We're still in the planning stages of our inground pool build. We have proposals from two pool builders (should have #3 later today). Thus far, the prices are within $1500 of each other ($45K to $46.5K).
Basic pool/landscaping specs:
- Freeform shape pool
Minimum 85' perimeter; 3.6' to 4.5' depth
Tanning shelf and three benches
Pool size to be approx. 15' by 31.9', with a capacity of at least 12,100 gallons
Pool area to be minimum 382 sq ft.
Approx. 645' of salt finish concrete decking
Gunite shell; 6-8" walls and floor with a 12" bond beam
Approx. 38' of limestone boulder retaining wall; total sq footage approx. 95 sq ft
Salt system automatic chlorinator
1. Pool builder 1 states 2" Schedule 40 PVC in a plumbing ditch using a balanced entry method of plumbing with complete envelope around pool. Pool builder 2 simply states all 2" Schedule 40 PVC. Is pool builder #1 saying their plumbing scheme is better than what a typical pool builder would use? What exactly is meant by "balanced entry plumbing method with complete envelope around pool?
2. Pool builder 1 states 1.5hp full rate pump by Jandy; 60 sq ft DE filter. Pool builder #2 states 3/4 hp Tri-Star full rate pump; 24" Hayward sand filter. Should I be concerned about one over the other?
3. Pool builder 1 states ColorLogic LED lighting; Pool builder #2 states (2) 100W 12v light. (Pool builder #1 states the lights spec'ed by pool builder #2 are designed for spa usage, not pool usage.) Is pool builder #1 correct?
4. Pool builder 1 states they use all Jandy equipment and, because of this, they are able to offer a 3-year equipment warranty. Pool builder #2 uses, as far as I can tell, Hayward equipment with a 1-year warranty. Is pool builder #1 correct in his warranty statement that, because he uses all Jandy equipment, he can offer a longer warranty?
Any and all comments/suggestions are welcome!