Greetings from Miami,
First, I want to let you know how appreciative I am of all the information and expertise that is shared on this website and forum. I have been reading constantly and have learned so much already. Thank you!
So, on to my issue. We started with 5 pool companies and have narrowed our selection down to 2. I feel comfortable with both builders -- good reputations, came recommended, etc. I felt both designers clearly understood our wishes and requests.
The biggest difference between them is price. Pool Builder B is approximately 40% more expensive than Pool Builder A. Pool Builder B claims to have higher quality construction, higher quality equipment, longer warranties, etc. Because I have never owned a pool before, I'm not sure of this. For some basis of comparison, I went to Pool Supply World (online) to price out the equipment. The price difference is not 40%! PB "B" does offer additional extensive warranties on everything (compared to PB "A") and their standard decking and coping material is from Artistic Pavers, which seems to be high-end. Both builders are "certified" professionals of the specific line of equipment they offer and will not consider different equipment. (Jandy vs. Pentair).
But, is the higher cost justified? I prepared a spreadsheet comparing the two offers. Any observations would be greatly appreciated!