Hi TFP people!
What a great forum to help a pool idiot like myself get started. I've read and browsed most of the pertinent info, and appreciate that you guys take the time to answer questions.
I've got a big one...it's become a sticking point for us before we pull the trigger on a new pool: What cleaning system should I use? I've read what's on here, but wanted to ask personally
My wife and I have narrowed our PB choice to 2 builders: Cody Pools and Bayside Pools (Jason Fortney) out of Cedar Park, Tx. We know what we want when it comes to design, materials, size, decking, heat pump, etc, but cannot seem to make up our minds on cleaning system. Cody Pools suggests and highly touts a Paramount infloor system (haven't quite decided on model), while Bayside says they aren't worth the money and most of their clients have regretted having it installed. Of forums read, people polled, and articles read I have found about a 50/50 split on opinions of infloor systems.
So, our particular circumstances that might affect cleaning: our pool will be about 100 Perimeter feet, will have a 3 HP variable speed Pentair pump, will have an 8' x 10' tanning deck, otherwise will be 3.5-6' deep. The pool will be situated in a yard that has a 30' + pecan tree whose canopy will come to within about 15' of the pool and 4-5 40' tall Crepe Myrtle trees whose canopies will come to within about 15-20' of the pool (backdoor neighbor's so I can't take them down). In other words...we have a lot of leaf debris!
The two points we are stuck on:
1. Will the infloor system clean our debris as well as (not necessarily better) a Pentair Racer or similar cleaner.
2. What is a good estimate of the difference in monthly electricity cost when running an infloor system vs. a robot? This matters quite a bit to us.
Thanks for any input you could give us!