First off, I have to say this forum has a huge wealth of information. I have learned a ton since being given a link to here a few weeks ago.
Sorry that I have so many questions with my first post. Hope you will all forgive that. Thanks in advance.
We have had a few consultations to have a pool built. Both have given nice designs for the pool and both have different things we like about them. The pools are roughly the same wize with 89 perimeter for builder 1 and 87 for builder 2. Both prices are pretty close with builder 1 coming in about cheaper $1500.
1. One is offering a cartridge filter vs. DE filtering. I think I am leaning towards DE as one company mentioned that the pump would be used less as the DE filters the water better and quicker than the cartridge type. Is this true?
2. One is offering a salt water chlorine generator the other favors chemicals. The one that favors chemicals talked up that the Salt system would need to be run more than it would with chemicals as the system would have to continue generating chlorine. Also, mentioned that the cells would have to be changed out every 3-5 years at $800 each time.
3. Builder 1 offered a plaster surface with a tint to it, other offered plaster but with additional quartz added but also offered Pebbletec for another $3k. Any recommendations on those?
Pool builder 1 uses all Pentair equipment
Pool Builder 2 uses all Jandy equipment
Pool builder 1 will put in 2 skimmers with 3 drains MDX and 2 SDX(not sure what that means) 5 returns.
Pool builder 2 will put in 2 skimmers with 2 drains and 4 returns
Builder 1 as mentioned is Cartridge and Salt Water
Builder 2 is DE and chemicals
Builder 1 will use 4x160 programmable motor for the pump
Not sure which pump builder 2 will use