Swimming Pool Tips February 9, 2018 No Comments

How to Choose the Right Pool Builder

There is no question you are all set to have your own dream pool designed and constructed; however, where do you begin with such a huge project? And more importantly, how do you start looking for a pool contractor for the project.

Here are a few tips on how to select a Pool Contractor:

Background check

If you are thinking of a contractor, it is time for you to take your probe to a new level checking out records associated with the company. Your first stop has to be the Better Business Bureau to (BBB) to find out if there are any negative feedbacks against the builder. You can also pay a small fee to get a report from ContractorCheck, which includes an overall builder rating and lots of information about the business operations of the contractor.

Finally, you have to consider your state’s laws on pool construction and ensure the builder is properly certified.

Look at References

If a builder is willing to provide you with a long list of references that is a great sign. The more pleased customers a contractor can show the less likely it is that they are cherry picked or staged. If there are many references, you most likely will not look at all of them; however, you need to randomly choose some to call (do not just contact the first three but choose from different sections of the list).

If your list is small, that does not necessarily disqualify the builder; however, you may want to ask a few probing investigating questions to ensure the references are trustworthy. Here are some things you can ask to: When did the builder do work for you? If the references are mainly older, that mght signify cherry picking.

Which type of swimming pool did the builder install? If you are installing a fiberglass swimming pool, you will be especially concerned about what the reference needs to say if he also had a fiberglass swimming pool installed. Was the project completed without delay, and was payment for work done requested after the project was completed? Were any surprises encountered? Were the contractors polite and understanding of your requirements while onsite?

Get Recommendations

Do you know anybody in your neighborhood who has an inground swimming pool? If yes, inquire further about their experience; many swimming pool owners are more than ready to speak about it. They might be able to lead you toward, or away from, a specific builder.

If you reside in a larger metropolis, you might also be able to get recommendations from consumer sites and internet forums. Be extremely careful of these; however, since they are easily manipulated.

Follow your instincts

First inner thoughts tend to be wrong; however, do not bet too much on it. If something concerning a certain pool contractor does not seem right, then that is reason enough for extreme caution. Some red flags to be aware of:

  • Providing a low estimate that is unrealistic
  • Pressuring you to decide fast
  • Pushing you toward obtaining financing through the swimming pool company or an associated company
  • Requesting payment in cash in
  • Requesting large sums upfront
  • General lack of professionalism in behavior and looks

Before you hire a pool contractor, make sure you stop by the contractor’s place of business. How a contractor runs its office and carries out routine everyday business is usually helpful of how they operate on the job. And if the builder does not have an office? Well, that is another red flag.


How to Choose a Pool Contractor

Swimming Pool Tips February 8, 2018 No Comments

Choosing the Right Pool Builder

People build swimming pools to fulfill their dreams. Unfortunately, that dream can become a nightmare if you make the wrong choice while selecting a pool builder for your pool. Many articles have been written on pool ratings, yet people repeatedly make wrong choices.

Here is some pool ratings advice that can make a difference in case they are followed to the latter:

1. Before choosing a builder, begin by determining the type of pool you would like to construct. Is it a concrete pool, a fiberglass pool, or above ground pool. This is based on personal taste, geographic location, and your budget. You only have one chance to pick the right pool contractor to build the pool.

2. The next thing to do after picking the pool of your choice is to identify the design of your pool. Look at companies that build your type of pool. The more you look at the sample pools contracted, the more you will find what best works for you.

3. Once you have a list of builders, start to narrow them down. Have at least 3 or 5 potential builders. Once you do that, schedule each, one a day or two apart so that you can make a comparison. Yearn to know their experience. This narrows down to references. You might not go direct to the point asking them for references.

Here are some techniques to get to know the potential builder’s previous work:

  • Anyone who has been in the pool construction industry at some point had a few complaints. Ask them how they solved the mistakes. The difference between a good contractor and a poor one is how they solve their previous mistakes.
  • Ask them how many pools they installed the previous year. How they answer tells you so much. Usually, a contractor will be quick to answer. The answer will help you decide between giving him the job or not.
  • Another thing is qualification and their experience. Giving the job to the inexperienced contractor will result in a mess.
  • Then ask them for the reference list. Some contractors might round up to be perceived to be larger. If for instance, they said 20 yet in the list, only 10 are available, that gives you a 50% satisfaction rate. Some may deny you the list terming privacy reasons. Walk away and find the next.

For those who are planning on coming up with a swimming pool for their backyard, follow the above-mentioned steps. It will save you stress and money too. If one of the potential builders fails to answer your questions just leave and move to the next person. Those steps will definitely give you good results.

Give us the feedback once you follow the tips selecting a pool contractor!


Choosing the Right Pool Builder

Swimming Pool Tips February 8, 2018 No Comments

Pool Building Estimate

Installing a swimming pool in your backyard can add to the comfort and value of your home.  It is not one of those choices you make on the go, and needs a considerable amount of thought and planning. If done incorrectly it can reduce your property value and can be a safety hazard.

Installation costs for any pool will be determined by the type of pool; materials used finished surface area, grade and material volume, custom needs and labor. When getting a pool estimate, all these things will be considered to get an accurate pool quote. It is important to have some of the options and extra features done during construction to save on costs. However, some of the additional features can be done after project completion.

An average pool costs approximately $22,000, and the average homeowner will spend between $10,000 and $35,000. This pool estimate is for both above and inground pools, but inground pools obviously fall on the higher end of the estimate.

What determines the pool estimate?

Above or in-ground

Above ground pools generally, cost less. Inground pools require excavation, and this aspect of the construction takes a large percentage of the costs. Materials required to install an inground pool are also expensive. Inground pool adds more value to your home because they add to the aesthetics. However, above ground pools can be designed with patios and decks to blend into the yard and not look out of place. Above ground are available in DIY packages, and you can save on some of the costs by installing the pool yourself.

Pool size

Size is the largest cost factor in any pool installation. The larger your go regarding size, the more expensive it will be. Operational costs also go up for larger pools. Your pool size is also determined by the size of your yard.

Pool materials

Will you use cement, tiles or vinyl for your pool? What you choose will determine the cost because the prices vary on different materials. Concrete costs more than vinyl and will last longer. Although you might love tiles, you might not want to incur the cost if you can get the same look with vinyl pool liners that look like tiles. Talk to your pool installer before making a decision.

Heating and filtration

What you use to heat, filter and clean your pool will be a cost that you need to consider. Low priced heating and filtration systems are available, but you should remember that the systems will probably be running full time. You may go the short way and end up incurring extra costs for repairs and maintenance in the long term.

Pool extras

Extras are usually features that you can do without and still enjoy your swimming pool. They will add to the costs, but the good thing is that most of them can be added after the pool has been installed. Diving boards, forced current systems, covered decks, and whirlpools are some of the features you could want to add to your pool.

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Swimming Pool Tips February 6, 2018 No Comments

Shopping for a Swimming Pool

So you have decided that this is the time to get that swimming pool in your backyard. Swimming pools have numerous benefits and can also increase your home’s value. Buying a pool is not something you might be familiar with, and you can end u going about it the wrong way. There is information and sales people at every corner trying to close deals. What type of pool do you want? How much will it cost? Is it within your budget? How do you maintain your pool? That’s why you need to take it slow and carefully take in some consideration before you take the plunge.

Here are 5 things you need to know before you receive pool estimates:

1. Know you want a swimming pool

Knowing that you want a swimming pool in your home is the first step. Once you are sure that it’s the right call, it will help you make solid decisions along the way. You can research on different pool types. Learn what it takes to take care of and maintain a pool. What accessories you will need and where to get them is also good to know. Educational videos can also give you more information so that you can make the right choice.

2. Know what you want of the pool

Set a priority on what you feel is the most important aspect of the pool. Is it customization, aesthetics, low maintenance, water features? These are just a few of the things that pool shoppers think of when they are considering buying a pool. It is important to list this and rate them before a meeting with a pool builder. This will help you focus on the right pool for you and your family.

3. Decide on a pool installer

When deciding on which pool installer to use, there also some considerations to take into account. What is your main goal? Is it getting the lowest price, good workmanship or something else? Price is usually the determining factor for most pool shoppers, and you might want to go with the lowest pool estimates given. However, it is important to choose a pool installer who offers quality workmanship. You do not want to be in a situation where 2 years after you buy the pool it requires major repairs.

4. Know your true budget and stick to it

Set a budget after taking into account all the above consideration. Get your finances in order before you start getting pool estimates. It can be frustrating for you when you begin the project and cannot complete it due to financial constraints. This way you will not waste your time or the pool builders.

5. Know the difference between pool types

Know the difference between vinyl, concrete and fiberglass pools. Each type of pool has its own pros and cons. Maintenance costs, lifespan, initial cost, and accessories vary, and it is important to know which type you prefer. While you might have seen a vinyl pool and liked it, it might just not be for you.


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Swimming Pool News March 23, 2016 No Comments

St. Louis Pools With Mike Hampton And Cindie Ridle

At Premier Pools & Spas we fully understand the importance of professionalism and responsiveness. This is why, when it comes to the expansion of our brand, we always make sure that we are partnered with the best names in the industry. Mike Hampton and Cindie Ridle’s team of experts is ready to bring the standards of the Premier Pools & Spas family to St. Louis pools.

St. Louis Pools

Mike Hampton and Cindie Ridle, the owners of the Premier Pools & Spas office in St. Louis, are prime examples of the best that we have to offer. Not only are they two of the most talented individuals that we have on our team, they are also extremely charismatic as well. Their long standing history in the pool service industry is also an additional bonus that their clients benefit from. In addition to this, now that they have joined the Premier Pools & Spas family, Mike and Cindie now have the fastest growing pool company in America on their side.

Whenever you decide to build a pool, the most important decision that you will have to make is choosing the right builder. The builder that you select will inevitably set the tone for the development process, as well as the latter stages of the project.

We know that all of our customers, from coast to coast, only want to see us put our best foot forward and perform our jobs to the best of our ability. This support from our dedicated clientele is a large part of the reason why we are constantly making an effort to perfect our craft.

St. Louis Pools

No matter where you are located – from St. Louis pools to Los Angeles pools – you can always expect the same unmatched level of dedication, professionalism, and commitment, from every single one of our offices.

Our company culture is defined by the characteristics that were set out in principle by the men who founded this business in 1988. Their goal was to raise the bar for the swimming pool construction industry as a whole; while also creating a company that would stand on a foundation of: quality services, accountability, and family. As a result, we expect that each and every one of our team members, across the country, should abide by these same guidelines and embody similar characteristics.

Mike Hampton and Cindie Ridle are two of the most valuable assets that we have in the Midwest and we are proud to have them as a part of our family. Not only do they bring an unmatched level of quality and innovation to the table, they are also a charming and fun addition to our team.

St. Louis Pools

We expect that every member of our team is going to have the drive to take initiative and do what needs to be done to provide you with the best pool possible. Mike and Cindie are perfect examples of this and with their help, we aim to improve the quality of St. Louis pools in the future.

Once you put your faith in the Premier Pools & Spas family, we are obligated to provide you with the pool that you want; the pool that you deserve; the pool of your dreams.

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Swimming Pool News March 22, 2016 No Comments

Atlanta Attends The 50th Tri-State Home Show

Summer 2016 is right around the corner! Premier Pools & Spas of Atlanta, Georgia made it our priority to attend the 50th Tri-State Home Show to provide homeowners with amazing ideas for pool projects that will make their summer much more enjoyable. The three day event kicked off on Friday the 26th of February to celebrate its big 5-0 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and came to a close on the 28th.

home show

Annual sponsors, the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga made accommodations for over 500 booths. Executive officer Terry Greene had commented that this year’s show had more vendors and companies than they had ever seen. The Tri-State Home Show is an event we always look forward to attending every year, so that we can present prospective clients with amazing ideas for adding a pool to their outdoor space.

home show

At the show you can get insight on everything that you need to start your pool project. If you did not attend the event and you’re not sure what a home show is, just picture yourself, family and friends having a fantastic time in a huge hall packed with experts and resources on the latest trends in the home improvement industry. It gives you the opportunity to meet some of our friendly staff at Premier Pools and Spas and find out all you need to know about making your dream pool.

home show

At the 50th Tri-State Home Show we provided visitors with free information on how they can remodel or install different types of pools. Our main goal for the show was to offer insightful tips to homeowners who were interested in designing luxury swimming pools to transform their home into their own personal vacation villa. From comparing prices to deciding what type of pool to get, our staff was more than happy to interact with homeowners and provide them with detailed answers to their queries.

If you missed this year’s show be sure to stop by next year. Premier Pools and Spa was happy to be a part of the fun filled event, greeting and chatting with the amazing visitors that stopped by our booth – including R2-D2, who you might recognize from the Star Wars films. The home show is among the few events where you can talk face to face with us, discuss designs, compare prices, and find out about the latest strategies for installing pools.

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