I would greatly appreciate some input from other inground vinyl pool or fiberglass pool owners who have jets/returns built into their steps.
We are in the process of deciding between two bids from two complete different pool systems, Hayward vs Fox. The reputable Hayward PB offered to put in step jets; we will have two sets of 8ft straight steps, one in the shallow end and one in the deep end of a rectangular 20X40 or 20X44 vinyl pool (in Canada there are no codes per say regulating residential pools on whether or not walk-out steps can or can't be installed in the deep end, so we can do so). The purpose for the jets is to help keep the steps clean, and provide a spa effect when sitting in the area.
The other reputable Fox PB recommends not installing them, and if we did we would need to sign a waiver. He claims that within a year or two they will either leak or not function properly. His reasoning being that fiberglass/acrylic steps for vinyl inground pools are not the same as solid concrete steps, and that movement will occur, which will cause the jets to start leaking. He also stated that if they are not winterized properly, they will eventually malfunction and need to be capped off.
Does anyone have any input to offer, or any experience with their own acrylic step jets?
And while on the topic of returns, the Hayward PB appears to have one main return line with several pool jet connections, and the same for their intakes (the bottom floor deep-end drains are linked in to the skimmer which then goes to one intake to the filter). Fox has 3 seperate return lines, and seperate their intake lines. In the long run, will one system be a better choice than the other?
Thank you for your help!