I've been lurking for a while and decided to go for broke. I'm a complete pool novice so dumbing it down for me would be much appreciated.
We're getting bids on an in-ground, Pebble-Tec, ~90 ft+ perimeter lagoon shaped pool with an elevated spa; salt system. We have three little kids; we'll be using this pool a lot I suspect. I've built the attached spread sheet trying to apples-to-apples compare the bids, recognizing that my bid information is somewhat incomplete.
What I'm trying to get to are the following:
1) Are there any glaring errors here - something not up to snuff, cheap cop-out, silly?
2) Heyward vs Pentair vs Jandy - everyone has an opinion, trying to the best stuff that lasts the longest.
3) Is the equipment proper (HP, BTU, quantity, etc)
4) How many return lines should this size pool have? (bids have ranged 2 to 8 )
5) What am I missing?
I'm not asking for a "pick column B" answer. I'm trying to educate myself and compare these bids.
Column A is a "National Builder" that I will more than likely NOT use as theirs is the only bid w/o PebbleTec . I include them for reference only. Columns B, C and D are all well respected local co's with good histories.
You can ignore the "final prices" row at the bottom, decking and pool size is pushing the numbers around a lot. Blank spots just means they didn't specify the answer in their proposal - this information should be easy to get and in some instances can probably be inferred from other bids.
Thank you very much in advance, this board is great.