I have noticed that there is a lot of good information on here about buried pools and semi above ground pools, but many of the posts I am reading are 2 -3 years old. I'm doing some current research on these pools and I wonder if anyone else would also like to share their findings so that we can collect our research into one topic.
I am not endorsing, or slandering any of these pools. Just sharing my research so far.
Are there other pools I have missed?
Do you have one of these buried in ground?
Thanks for any additions!
1. Fabcote / Fox Pools -- They have a pool called "the ultimate" and they look very strong. 14 gauge steel walls. However I can find no warranty or pricing information on the internet. The nearest dealer to me has a high volume showroom and sales staff who treat the transaction like a McDonald's. (You want a #1 or a # 2? Want fries? Ok. Next!) It frustrates me that a dealer won't make a trip to my house for a consult when I am looking to drop thousands of dollars. (This is not a comment on the Fabcote or Fox pool -- just a comment on the sales tactics of only local dealer..)
2. Radiant Pools - These pools look nice. I believe these are aluminum. They have lots of insulation in the walls to keep the water warm (that is their claim -- not mine). They have a transferable warranty, so if you ever sell your house, the lifetime warranty passes to the next homeowner. However, the warranty does not cover any damage from draining the pool(liner changes...?) The pools are offered in unique shapes. It looks like a 27' round can be purchased for a little under $7K. A 16x32 oval is a little over 9K.
3. Doughboy -- These pools are very attractive and get good reviews by others here on the TFP forums. The doughboy site does not offer much information in the way of pricing or warranty, or the specifics of wall strength. I like the way these look, but wish I could learn more about them.
4. EZ Panel -- This pool appears to be made of aluminum and can be buried. It has a 60 year warranty. However, if you read the fine print the warranty is worth only 20% on years 11 thru 60. The pools are offered in unique shapes. 26 foot round pool kit is between $7K and $8K.
5. Sharkline Pools -- The Oasis, Intrepid, and Bermuda can be buried. Looks like they are made of aluminum. However, the warranty is voided if you drain the pool. (Liner changes ?)
These are very affordable. 27 foot round, and 18x33 oval kits can be purchased for between $5500 -- $8500.