Hello to All,
My family and I are currently winding down construction of our new house and are going to add a pool. We have previously owned a house with a 16x32 vinyl liner pool, but we are considering a fiberglass pool based on the low maintenance and recommendations from a couple of friends who have them. We got a quote from Tallman Pools on the Centennial model, a 16x38, 6' deep rectangular model for $30k, which includes the shell (with the "diamond tech" color), delivery, installation, 1HP 2-speed SuperFlo pump, 420 sq ft clean and clear filter, easy touch salt system, cantilever deck forms, 1 skimmer, 2 returns, 2 main drains, and 1 supply for a pool cleaner to be named later. We are in the process of soliciting quotes for the excavation right now.
My main questions at this point are:
The typical install is 1.5" returns and 2" suction. Should this be increased, and, if so, to what?
Recommendations on a cleaner? I have had a Polaris (360) in the past, and it worked okay when it was tuned up. I have heard the 380 w/ booster is better, but I am open to suggestions. Tallman is recommending a Pentair cleaner.
Is the standard 1 skimmer, 2 returns, 2 main drains enough?
Is the 420 sq ft clean and clear a good choice, or is there any benefit to going up to the clean and clear plus?
Is the easy touch system overkill for a simple pool without any "options"? Would I be better off to go with a basic Intermatic timer and the basic IC power station
Any other recommendations or comments are certainly welcome as well.
Thanks in advance,