I am closing on a new house in Florida later this month and contacted local pool builder who has done many pools in this development and is local, family run business. I met with the builder and was impressed with his design. This is not the first time I put a pool in and also used a private contractor the last time out (2003 ?). My last pool had all Aquacal equipment - heater and SWC system and I never had any problems with it. This contractor wants to use all Pentair products and I'm not as comfortable given what I've read on this site and other reviews. My question is do I go to other PB's for the equipment brand I'm familiar with or talk to this PB about using Aquacal heater and chlorinator???
Also I'm not a big shopper but I have a budget and 1st proposal is already over budget without knowing proposed pool surface and just a standard paver deck.