I have been reading the posts on this site for a couple hours now and it appears to be a place where I can get some honest answers!!
We are about to start construction of our pool (hopefully in a week if the weather cooperates). I have to make some final decisions on the pool and I am desperate for advice.
Here are some details that we have finalized:
- 16x35 rectangular outdoor pool
- autocover by coverstar
- full width (16') steel steps in shallow end
- Pump and heater will be installed in the pool house (Is there anything that we should do to help prevent mold? The heater will be vented.)
Everything else is up in the air:
Pool company is recommending UV with low salt chlorine generator (I will clarify exactly what they are recommending - I don't see this on the quote but I have heard him say it many times). I am torn between what they are telling us and a salt water pool. Everyone I know that has salt water loves it and swear that it is less work to maintain. Whereas the pool company suggests that this UV system is the way to go. If you had the chance to do it from scratch what would you suggest? I understand that UV only cleans what passes through it and you get UV from the sun...
Pump - going to get a variable speed pump but what size (HP) would you recommend? The quote appears to reference 1/2 HP hayward. I would prefer a quieter model...
Heater - 266BTU Raypak is what they are including
- I am also looking at a solar heat system to aid in the heating of the pool - I am leaning towards a techno-solis system over enersol & ecosun at this time and will have it controlled by a goldline controller
LED Lights - I understand you can have 2 per Transformer - Was thinking 3-4 for the pool as the kids and adults alike will like the colours? Suggestions?
Jets - someone we know suggested a bottom jet in the pool? Any thoughs on this? Considering Laminar jets (2) that provide the glass rod effect entering the water with LED lights
8' Diving Board
I guess what I am looking for is experience and unbiased opinion in terms of what is the best way to go for a lower maintenance, family friendly, and heavily used pool (we have three young kids and they have plenty of friends in the area).
Thanks and I look forward to your replies!! I will post pictures as we progress!!