We are beginning the process of starting a pool project. We are planning on having the pool built in Phoenix at our second home, having never owned a pool before I am learning quite a bit and I am finding this site immensely helpful. The pool design we are looking at is approximately 400 sqft/10,000 gallons, free form shape with levels from 3 to 5 feet depth, in ground gunite pool with pebble tec finish. Upon discussions with different contractors I am getting different opinions and I am hoping to get some advice from the more experienced on this site.
Regarding the chlorination system, should I go with an inline with ozone or a swg system. some builders say the salt water system is to hard to maintain (elevates ph which has to be constantly adjusted) to corroding/eating away pool decks and one builder said due to the phoenix hard water the cell clogs up fast and requires replacement quite often. I am looking for the least costly system for chemical replacement as well as the one that will require the least amount of maintenance, what are your recommendations?
Is a pool vacuum adequate or should I go with an in floor cleaning system? What equipment manufacturer would you recommend?
What type of circulation pump should I go with, 2hp and upgrade to a 2 speed? What equipment manufacturer would you recommend?
What type of filter and size do you recommend? What manufacturer would you recommend?
For decking would you go with acrylic or another product (travertine, etc)?
I am looking at solar heating in order to extend the pool season, would the 2 hp pump be adequate for a roof top system(bungalow house)? What type/manufacturer would you recommend? If there is anyone in arizona with a solar heating system, how long are you able to extend your pool season?
If there is anything else you would recommend, please add it with your suggestions.
Thanks In Advance