Great site and a wealth of information for potential pool owners (and current pool owners for that matter)
We are finally ready to make some pool decisions and I wanted to get some feedback on two items: #1. an In Floor Cleaning System (Caretaker) and #2. a sun shelf.
We are looking at an in ground gunite free form pool, approx. 16x34 with a 8' deep end. 400k gas heater, Pebbletec, with a variable speed filter.
I know that there is a lot of negative feedback on the in floor systems but I also see a good amount of positive. My goal is to get as "maintenance free" a pool as possible and I originally thought the cost delta on the in floor system over a robot was worth it--but that is up for debate, I guess. (I also really like the added circulation impact of having the in floor system). Just having an internal tussle on whether it makes sense to spend an extra $3k plus on the Caretaker???
Relative to the sun shelf...I know my wife likes the idea but not sure how much "value" it adds to the pool. Again it is another $5k to $6k option and I'd be interested to hear from people who have them on whether they think it is worth it.
It is amazing how you can blow through your budget in no time.....