My wife and I will be talking to fiberglass pool installers in the next few days. We contacted 4 and only 2 returned our call, so we will talk with the 2 who responded figuring that if they can not be bothered to try and earn our business, what in the world would they be like to deal with if we had problems...do y'all agree or should we talk to more than 2? The 2 we are going to meet with are both well regarded in the community and I have friends who have used them and been pleased. What makes it even better is that they install pools from the same manufacturer under different names, so we will be able to compare apples to apples. We are going to get prices for a turnkey installation.
Do y'all have any pointers for how to conduct these site surveys...specific questions to ask, things we should include, etc. We are looking at 2 pools which are identical except for size:
37'9"L X 14'1"W, depth 3'10"-6"6
33'9"L X 14"1"W, depth 3'8"-6"3"
Here is our list so far:
What material for back fill? (gravel preferred-what size and type?)
What tolerance for leveling, how many readings and from where to where?
How many skimmers ? and do they need to be individually plumbed or "looped"?
How many returns?
Rigid PVC and size for skimmer(s), drains and returns?
Hydrostatic Valve? (I have scoured the internet and see these are used in gunite (concrete) pools, but have never seen them used in fiber glass pools-anyone know why?)
Brand, size and model of pump? 2 speed or variable speed?
Brand, size and model of filter? I prefer sand as it is less labor intensive unless y'all think cartridge is better.
Brand and model of SWCG?
Fill water to be included. Hauling away dirt to be included.
Under water pool lights-what type, brand, location and how many-not interested in color changing.
Minimum size of patio (3' all the way around with 10' on one side is what we are thinking).
Dedicated suction line for vacuum?
No diving board or slide.
We were going to put off buying a cover until fall unless we would get a better price as part of the "package".
Thanks in advance for all your help,
1 - Especially with fiberglass, ask how the PB will set the pool - via crane or backhoe. If crane rental, make certain cost is included.
2 - Have them check your yard clearance for the equipment; some PB up charge if they have to use smaller equipment - more manual
moving of materials from front to back yard.
3 - Re: decking: Ask what is "standard" in their quotes and if there are any allowances for upgrades (i.e. color, stamping, etc)
4 - Ask if each drain/return is a dedicated line. Experts can chime in on the importance, but I figured having a dedicated line for each
provides some good back-up if there is a leak at one point.
5 - Ask to meet with the project manager and number of jobs they work on at one time.
6 - No matter how friendly you become, make sure you get everything in writing! Don't hesitate to ask for amended contracts, even for the
smallest changes; better safe than sorry.