This is a topic which has always intrigued me and I figured Trouble Free would be the best place to ask my question.
Why are there regional differences across this US when it comes to pool equipment and pool types. Over the past 13 years supplying pool products across the united states I have noticed the following trends.
- Florida Pool owners - use Cartridge filters
- Southeast Pool owners (Alabama - Georgia) - use Sand Filters
- Northeast - uses Sand Filters
- California - uses more DE Filters
- South - Florida, Texas, Arizona & California - Predominately gunite pools
- Northeast & Midwest - Predominately vinyl liner pools
- Northeast, Midwest & Southeast - Big above ground pool markets
- California, Florida & Texas - Not as many above ground pools
- California - Big Pentair market
- Northeast - Big Hayward market
- Southeast - Big Jacuzzi market
- California - Higher adoption of dual speed and variable speed pumps (this one is probably pretty obvious based on cost of electricity and and incentives from power companies)
- Florida - Higher adoption of heat pumps, however we are seeing heat pumps going to much higher range of states compared to 5 years ago.
Does the above coincide with the experiences you have had in your area?
I have always attributed the pool type variations due the climate (freeze vs. non-freeze areas), soil and water table in the given areas..... And the filter & manufacture variations due to the manufacture having a large sales rep. presence in the given area. Both points are speculation on my part but I would be interested if anyone could shed more light on this topic and there experiences. Thanks!