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    Cheap versus expensive pool?

    Anyone have an opinion on whether you should by a cheap pool or expensive pool?

    I see the options as cheap ($2,000) is quick and dirty and you plan to replace the liner or pool in about 3-5 years. You run the risk of collapse and failure. You basically can get 3 of these for the cost of the others. If you hate it you pull it down and trash it.

    With the extruded aluminum you pay more ($6,000), but get a "life" pool for the extra expense. This ends up lasting substantially longer with maybe liner replacement costs but no collapses and reliability. If you hate the pool you are stuck with it.

    Of course inground is the most permanent and long lived, but I cannot justify $40K in Washington State for a few month of the year usage.

    I am planning on using quality pumps and filters though, regardless of the pool type.

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    Re: Cheap versus expensive pool?

    hi mtbarr64,
    We just purchased an above ground pool. I too was torn because I love an inground pool but could not justify the expense of it, mostly because we live in New England and the summers are only a few months long. I did research and chose to go with a good, solid pool. I wanted something to withstand the 2 feet of snow that may be on it in January. I also wanted it to last a good amount of time so we would not need to replace it if possible. There are a lot of additional costs when replacing a pool like water and chemicals to balance it, just something to keep in mind
    We went with a Sharkline pool, it is a solid American made pool and I know that I can find pieces in the future if they are needed. I also really liked Ester williams, they were a little more expensive and also have a good reputation. For me it came down to the local pool stores and best reputation since we were having them do the install. I also liked the 54" depth of the sharkline as opposed to the 52" of the Ester Williams that I was considering.
    Good luck with whatever decision you make.
    Holly
    Sharkline 18x33 54"AG, Hayward 1.5hp Perflex D.E., TF-100 test kit

    Finally....a pool of our own!

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    Re: Cheap versus expensive pool?

    Thanks!

    I see you have almost the identical pool configuration I am looking at down to the DE filter!

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    Re: Cheap versus expensive pool?

    WOW $6K? We sell Ester Williams pools starting @ $2600(18') going up to $7800(18' x 33').

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    Re: Cheap versus expensive pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbarr64
    Thanks!

    I see you have almost the identical pool configuration I am looking at down to the DE filter!

    It has been up and running now for almost 4 weeks. So far so good! I am very happy, the pool is very sturdy and the filter is easy to use. All I need now is the deck to be built but that will have to wait until next spring. I have had my kids friends over-12 kids in the pool all at the same time and everything was great, plenty of room and no wall movement at all! I remember as a kid having an above ground pool and kicking off the side to swim and feeling like the walls were going to collapse!
    FYI I paid $4400 for the whole package, pool,filter,pump,auto vacuum,winter cover,ladder,start up chems and a few extras. Of course price will vary by location but it is just some info to help you.
    Plus don't forget the extra cost of permit fees($130 in my town) and electrician ($450) I still have not gotten my water bill, that will be interesting
    Keep me posted in you search, it is so exciting!
    Sharkline 18x33 54"AG, Hayward 1.5hp Perflex D.E., TF-100 test kit

    Finally....a pool of our own!

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    Re: Cheap versus expensive pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by DBfan187
    WOW $6K? We sell Ester Williams pools starting @ $2600(18') going up to $7800(18' x 33').
    Are we talking about the Millenium model with 4" extruded aluminum side panels? Inground/Semi-inground capable?

    I have tried contacting the Washington State dealer of Esther Williams and have gotten no email response.

    Do board rules allow you to PM me with contact information?

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    Re: Cheap versus expensive pool?

    You can pm as long as it's welcome by both parties. Obviously, we don't just allow anyone to solicit via pm.
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    My Pool: 13K gal IG gunite with 7' spa, Pentair Cartridge Filter, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Polaris 280 Cleaner, TF-100 Test Kit w/ salt test.

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