We are not new to pools just new to trying this semi-inground thing. I have tried to research until my brain hurts Previously we had a 12 x 24 Doughboy and a 24' round no-name pool that came with the house, different houses than where we live now. The Doughboy had a hopper deep end and we never had any problems with it and even moved it to our next house but we have been told Doughboy has had lawsuits over the expandable liner/deep end. Anyway, we have been looking for a pool for this backyard that is mostly covered by septic fields.
We have room we think for either a 16 x 32 AGP or a 15 x 30 semi-inground (due to septic and code we can't do actual IG). We looked at the Doughboys again but the independent installer they use is totally unresponsive and besdies we got sold on the semi-inground which the 16 x 32 would be too big for. We are looking at the Bermuda pool (aluminum) by I think Sharkline or Blue Wave? and the Ultimate pool by Fox Pools. Both can be semi-inground with a dishout to 6' in the middle . We are totally newbies to these pools so would love some input. Also what type/brand of pump/filter system would be best for this pool? We are only sinking it 2 ft so we hope we won't have to upgrade to inground pump/filter system, another $500.. We have been looking at a sand filter w/Zeosand but what brand? We figure size should be 22"-24". How do Waterway,Hayward, Sta-Rite, Pentair systems compare in quality? The pool place is pushing Waterway but we want to do this right. After reading some, we figure 2 spd pump is the way to go but what hp and brand?
Then what does anyone know about Pool Crete? We have been told we should have that for a bottom but it will add $1400 to the install. Is it worth that? And main drain we never had that before either, seems like that would void the liner warranty plus again costs more for installation. Do we really need that in only 6' deep water? We didn't have it in our 7' deep Doughboy but sometimes I thought it might be a good idea. Since it looks like we may not get this completed until fall, any advice on natural gas heaters might be good too. We have one from a friend getting rid of a pool but have no idea whether it runs or not, not electronic ignition type. We really need help asap so we can make some decisions. Thanks!!!