Wondering if you should invest into a new pool for your family? There are a few questions you can ask yourself first. Most importantly is what kind of pool do I want? In-ground, on-ground or above ground. This is important as you will also need to ask yourself what your budget is? This will identify what type of pool fits within that particular budget.
Lots of people are very happy with their above ground pool and their on ground pool. But don’t fool yourself, these are not in-ground pools, they won’t give you the same ambiance as an in-ground pool will however if your goal is to simply cool off, give the kids somewhere to play then the other two types of pools will work fine.
Now, if you find that you definitely want an in-ground pool the next question is once again budget? There are three types of in-ground pools – concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl lined.
Concrete takes much longer to install, has to be acid washed periodically due to the pores in the concrete however your pool can be any shape, size etc. These will last for years however at some point you will need to do some repair to the concrete.
Fiberglass on the other hand is virtually no maintenance. There are a number of different molds and colours available and they aren’t near as expensive as concrete. They will last for years and years and with proper water care will look great 25 years from now.
Vinyl lined pools are your entry level pool. There is some maintenance required with vinyl as you can ruin your liner by poor water care, misuse etc. These pools are also subjected to standard shapes/sizes. Although they are the least expensive to purchase you do have to consider the costs of liner replacements down the road. This can be expensive as you will have to replace the liner a number of times throughout the lifespan of your pool ownership.
At Knapp’s Pools and Hot Tubs Inc. we specialize in fiberglass pools. Our pools are manufactured in Canada therefore they are subjected to a different code than that of other countries. Not to mention the cost of bringing pools in from the USA and Australia.
This leads us to the next set of questions
Top 5 questions to ask when purchasing a fiberglass pool.
- I heard that Fiberglass pools can pop out of the ground?
As the internet has a vast amount of information, I get this question a lot. There is only one way that a Fiberglass Pool or for that matter any pool can pop out of the ground, IMPROPER installation. When installing our Fiberglass pools we always install an 8-10” atmospheric pipe otherwise know as a dry well, this is placed at the deep end of the pool and ties into a weeping tile. This ensures that if there is ever any hydrostatic pressure (water under the pool) the water can be pumped out from this pipe. We always install this but in most cases depending on undergound water tables and soil condition you may never see water in this pipe. So, when choosing a pool contractor always ask about this.
- Do you use sand as backfill and base?
This is always an option, however in recent years we have been using a material called H.P.B (high performance bedding, pea gravel. ¼ inch chip limestone etc.) This material has a 95% to 97% compaction rate without tamping. We do use the stonedust base and yes we still tamp it however we backfill with the HPB. This forms a fantastic base for the pool and allows for excellent drainage as there is no screening in this material. In short a much more stable material for base and drainage.
- What is the warranty on the Pool and color?
Most Fiberglass pool manufacturers warranty the color against fading, bubbling etc for a period of 5 to 15 years. The shell or structure is warrantied for 25 to 35 years.
- Can you provide references?
Your pool contractor should provide references that you can contact. Ask the references about the good and the bad points, such as communication with the contractor, on time, returning phone calls etc. This will give you a good idea of how reliable the contractor is.
- How long will it take to install my Pool?
Realistically it should take about 5 days to have the pool installed, full of water and all your mechanical (pump, filter, salt system, installed. The variables are the electrical hook up and gas hook up if you decide to go with a gas heater. Any hardscape or landscape that you choose to install will also add time to your project, however most times you can expect to be done in a couple of weeks.
We would be pleased to discuss our pool options with you at any time. We are a very down to earth company and believe in being honest, doing quality work and building relationships with our customers by ensuring we meet their expectations – every time!