Just wanted to post my experience in hopes to help others. It came down to royal or pool warehouse . Communication with both was great. Although I went with royal I spoke to Luke at pool warehouse and he was great to deal with, no pressure, follow up emails but not in a pushy way. If I would of ended up getting liner over steel steps I would of went with pool warehouse. Only a $300 upgrade versus $1000 at royal. I ended up going with royal for a couple reasons, their not as brand specific at royal as far as , I was interested In particular coping profile that cardinal systems makes called their "PC" profile. It kind of mimics the look of a cantilevered concrete profile. While I was at it I dictated that I'd also prefer to get the cardinal steel walls as long as I was getting their coping. In hindsight wall brand probably wouldn't of mattered and William , the guy I dealt with at royal said at one point not to get too hung up on wall brand kinda insinuating pretty much all the same. I also went with cantilevered steps with matching coping Trim kit so as not to have the plastic top exposed.full run down
14x26 rectangle , 1-1/2hp 2speed hayward tristar pump, hayward star clear 175 sq ft cartridge filter, 2 aqua genie skimmers , step returns , solar cover, equator 28mil Colorado sundance liner.
I know some on here might not like the aqua genies but the more I thought about them the more it makes sense .... Too me anyway.
Now the amazing part . I ordered all this on December 30th....... I got a call from r&l carriers to schedule delivery to my house on January 6!!!!! I couldn't believe it . I opted to bring a trailer to their terminal to pick up because I was gonna unload myself at the house. ( 2 trips)Yikes.... 8' panels are HEAVY!!!!! Not to mention picture this , unloading , by myself, an 8' straight back sit n step stacked on top of all the panels. Luckily it all worked out and every thin came through in great shape wrapped nice and no damage. Only thing missing where the 2 skimmer panels , came 3days later and filter and liner, 2 days later from ups. I'm still waiting on the coping apparently it's somewhat custom for the cantilevered steps. The steps that I got are hydra branded and I'm happy with those as well. I'm in upstate ny so my build is a few months away.
If anyone has any questions , feel free to ask.