7 Questions to Ask Your Pool Contractor Before You Sign a Contract

7 Questions to Ask Your Pool Contractor Before You Sign a Contract

7 Questions to Ask Your Pool Contractor Before You Sign a Contract

If you’ve decided it’s time to build a pool in your yard, chances are you’ve done a lot of research online. Maybe you already know the style and materials you’d like to use. Perhaps you’ve settled on a shape you love. However, now is the time to pick the company to make your dream a reality. A pool is a huge investment of time and money. Follow these steps to make sure you get your money's worth. Click To Tweet

7 Questions to Ask Your Pool Contractor

You want a beautiful pool, so you better make sure you hire the right pool contractor. When it comes to local contractors there are always cautionary tales and horror stories, which is why it’s so important to ask the right questions before you sign a contract.

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Can I see examples of your work?
  3. How long will construction take?
  4. Do you offer warranties?
  5. Are you insured?
  6. Can you recommend financing?
  7. What custom features are available?

1) How long have you been in business?

While there’s no set number of years that makes someone experienced, a very small number of years in business means only a small number of pools built. The more years of experience, the better. Also, clarify that they’ve built the same kind of pool during all those years.

2) Can I see examples of your work?

Your Spring pool contractor should be more than happy to show off his work and provide references. If not, there may be a problem with the quality of work, or he or she may be bending the truth when it comes to how long they’ve been building.

3) How long will construction take?

While this will just be an estimate, it’s a good baseline to go off of. There’s always a chance of unforeseen delays, but building in the off-seasons (fall or winter) will greatly help your project run according to schedule.

4) Do you offer service and warranties?

When choosing a pool builder in The Woodlands, select one that provides service and warranties. This provides both peace of mind and easy repairs and maintenance.

5) Are you insured?

You should never work with a pool builder that is not insured. Doing so could put you on the hook for any potential accidents that could occur on your property during the pool installation.

6) Do you offer financing?

While most pool contractors don’t offer financing themselves, many have a preferred list of lenders that they work with for finance plans or loans.

7) What custom features are available?

With custom sizes, shapes and features, your backyard can become your own piece of paradise. Add a waterfall, slide, scuppers to your pool, or add outdoor living features like a pergola or outdoor kitchen.

The Final Question

After all the other questions have been answered and you’re confident in your decision, it’s time to ask, “How much is this going to cost me?” This will include any custom features, outdoor living construction additions, landscaping and of course, your pool! Remember that when it comes to quality, you get what you pay for.

Contact Us to learn more about what you need to know before you pick a pool builder in Spring, TX.

10 Steps to the Perfect Pool

10 Steps to the Perfect Pool

Why do you want a pool? The answer to this question should be your guiding force as you decide on the overall look of your swimming pool and hire a pool contractor. A landscape architect or pool builder can walk you through the design process, but it helps to have a general idea of what you want and how you’ll use it.

Preparing For Your Dream Backyard

If you’ve done a lot of research before deciding to build a pool, then you know that it’s a big commitment. The best thing you can do now is find a pool contractor with the expertise to handle the logistics of construction so you don’t have to! Here are 10 steps to the perfect backyard pool:

  1. Secure Financing
  2. Consider Timing
  3. Choose a Builder
  4. Settle on a  Location
  5. Pick a Shape
  6. Determine Type of Pool
  7. Select Custom Features
  8. Choose Design Elements
  9. The Build
  10. Landscaping

1) Choose a Builder

The best way to locate a pool builder who is committed to quality construction and design is to ask for referrals from friends and colleagues who own pools, or to look for reviews online. It’s important to get a quote after they’ve visited your home to view the space where the pool will sit.

2) Secure Financing

Once you’ve chosen the right builder and received a quote, you may need to secure financing. This can be through your bank, but many pool builders partner with financial institutions to offer financing as well.

2) Consider Timing

The best time of year to build a pool is generally in the fall. Summer is the peak pool building season, and contractors will likely have several projects going on at the same time. Fall is typically a slower season, so your project is more likely to be finished faster.

4) Settle on a  Location

Depending on the size of your property, you’ll need to decide on a location for your pool. On a smaller lot it may be just steps outside your back door, but larger acreage allows for a bit more creativity in placement.

5) Pick a Shape

When choosing a pool shape, opt for a style that complements the architecture of your home and existing (or planned) landscape design. This is also when you should decide whether or not to incorporate a hot tub into your pool design.

6) Determine Type of Pool

Your pool builder will have the best recommendation for you, but generally speaking,  most will advise you to go with a gunite chlorine pool. Known for its dependability, gunite is a concrete blend of sand, cement, and water applied through a high-pressure hose. It’s much more durable than vinyl or fiberglass.

7) Select Custom Features

To maximize enjoyment and enhance the appearance of your pool, you can incorporate custom water features such as waterfalls, slides, scuppers or bubblers. Based on how you plan to use your pool, you may also want to consider underwater benches, fire features, or a swim-up bar.

8) Choose Design Elements

Perhaps you want bright turquoise lining to mimic the waters of The Bahamas, but perhaps you’d rather have a deep blue color with pops of shimmering tiles on the coping. Whatever look you’re going for will be reflected in the colors, textures and materials you use.

9) The Build

There are many factors that go into building your perfect backyard pool. It may take as little as six weeks during the off season (fall or winter), but if you’re waiting on permits and city approvals it could take up to 4 months.

10) Landscaping

If your new pool is a work of art, then the landscaping around it is the frame. Your pool builder can work directly with the landscape designer to come up with the ideal combination of waterscape and landscape for your home. By designing it all at once, we can plan and build special places for unique plants and other landscape features. It also streamlines the construction process so we can deliver a finished product in a timely manner.

 

Take The Plunge

A pool doesn’t just alter the landscape of your outdoor living space, it changes your entire lifestyle. More entertaining, more fun with your family, more exercise, and a more beautiful view from your back patio.

Aquascapes pool designs have been featured in The Houston Chronicle, ABC13 and Hill Country Magazine. They’ve won several awards for their pool designs and service.

Contact Us to get started on your own backyard masterpiece!

Do You Need an Inground Swimming Pool Cover?

Do You Need an Inground Swimming Pool Cover?

Even as fall approaches, it remains hot in Houston. If you’re still using your backyard pool regularly, you may not be thinking about investing in a cover. You might look out at your freeform pool and wonder how you would even get a cover to fit! Pool covers are most often reserved for cold-weather climates to retain the heat of the water within it. However, the decision to invest in a cover or skip it depends entirely on your situation. 

Inground Swimming Pool Cover

The majority of homeowners do not need a pool cover, but there are instances when you may prefer to use one. Perhaps you have small children or animals that you want to prevent from falling into the pool (safety net or cover), or maybe you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time. Whatever the case, there’s often a moment when pool owners wonder if they need one. Most inground pools in Texas don’t require a cover, but if you're unsure, call a professional for advice. Click To Tweet

What It Does

  • Protects your pool from debris and leaves
  • Cuts down the needs for chemicals
  • Retains heat
  • Certain types can protect kids and pets from falling in
  • Conserves water

When You Need It

  • If you plan to travel extensively
  • You have small children or pets with access to the backyard

When to Skip It

  • In areas that don’t experience freeze or snow
  • You use your pool year-round

Talk to a Professional

If you’re still not sure if you need a pool cover, talk to a pool professional. They’ll be able to assess your situation and determine whether or not you need to bother with a cover. If safety is your concern, consider discussing other options, such as fencing or other hardscape elements separate the pool from the rest of your yard and protect your little ones.

Contact Us with any questions about pool building or maintenance. For pool inspiration, visit our pool gallery.

Pool Construction: What to Expect From Start to Finish

Pool Construction: What to Expect From Start to Finish

Building a pool in your backyard is an incredibly exciting endeavor, so it’s hard to be patient once you’ve signed a contract! However, like any big project, it does take time to plan, prepare and execute. Building a pool will pay off big in the end, so be patient with the process. Click To Tweet

The Highs and Lows of Pool Construction

Rain. Underground Wiring. Plumbing. These are just a few things that could delay your pool construction, no matter how good your builder is. Here are 6 considerations to keep in mind when you decide to add a pool to your backyard:

  1. Choose a Professional
  2. Pick Your Pool
  3. Utilities Check
  4. The Dig
  5. Framing
  6. Filling & Finishing

1) Choose a Professional

Choosing a reputable pool builder will save you stress and money. Going with the cheapest bid will often get you a lot of headaches and additional expenses trying to fix mistakes a less experienced builder might make.

2) Pick Your Pool

Consulting a professional pool builder is a good idea to help you determine which size and shape will be a good fit for your yard as well as determining possible maintenance costs. Make sure to have the most up to date zoning and building restrictions for swimming pools and spas.

3) Utilities Check

Before any excavation can begin, your proposed pool site will need to be checked for underground utilities. This may require several surveys from your electrical company, water company and more.

4) The Dig

The excavator will dig a big hole in your backyard, making a big mess of your previously nice looking lawn. Don’t worry! It’ll be worth it. The hole will be larger than the pool itself, to allow workers room to walk around it and run the wiring/plumbing.

5) Framing

The type of pool you pick will determine what kind of framing is used, but for most, it’ll be steel panels. This step is crucial for the stability of your pool. Steel panels are then reinforced with concrete.

6) Filling & Finishing

The last step in your pool construction is to fill it, usually with concrete. Custom water features like scuppers or slides are also added. From there the finish you chose is added and the final touches are put into place. When everything has cured, you just add water!

The Perfect Backyard Waterscape

There are many factors that go into building your perfect backyard waterscape. It may take as little as six weeks to build your custom pool, but if you’re waiting on permits and city approvals it could take up to 3 months. Be patient, and trust your pool builder!

Contact Us to get started on the pool of your dreams!

Sport Swimming Pool vs. Traditional Deep End

Sport Swimming Pool vs. Traditional Deep End

Overwhelmed by the many options for a new backyard pool? The way your pool will be used will also be a large determining factor for the type of pool you choose. Deciding between a sports swimming pool or traditional deep end is a choice that can be made easier by discussing your needs with a professional pool builder. A custom pool might be your best bet if you want to take elements from several different designs to create a truly unique pool! Click To Tweet

Sport Swimming Pool or a Traditional Deep End?

If you’re considering adding a pool to your backyard, there are many things to consider. Are you looking for something basic or will your pool have custom water features that make it stand out? Have you thought about the shape and size that will best fit your needs?

Sports Pool

  • No deep end: Deepest point is in the middle at around 5 feet 5 inches deep
  • Ideal for water sports, like volleyball or swimming laps
  • Makes diving into the pool impossible
  • Does not allow for water slides
  • Is often preferred by parents of small children

Traditional Deep End

  • Comes in various sizes and depths
  • Allows for diving games, water slides, and diving boards
  • Makes some water sports, like volleyball, impossible

The Perfect Pool

If you still can’t decide whether a traditional pool or a sports pool is best for you, discuss your options with a pool builder. They’ll be able to design the perfect pool to fit all of your wants and needs. Many modern pool designs are a combination of sports and traditional pool in 1!

Contact Us to learn more about building a custom pool that will make memories for years to come.

Pool Maintenance: When to DIY and When To Hire Someone

Pool Maintenance: When to DIY and When To Hire Someone

A well-maintained pool can serve as an impressive centerpiece to neighborhood get-togethers, but you’ll have to roll up your sleeves and put in a little elbow grease if you want your pool to sparkle. If you have a new pool or renovated pool, it can be quite a novelty to care for it. But once the thrill is gone, you might wonder if it would be better to hire someone to take care of your pool for you. Pool maintenance is absolutely crucial to spot problems before they snowball. Click To Tweet

The Importance of Pool Maintenance

Keeping your pool clean and clear doesn’t have to be as challenging as you might think. All pools are different, so their specific maintenance needs vary. However, they all require preventative care and maintenance.

When to Do It Yourself

  • You have time to test your pool water each week, and treat accordingly
  • You’re physically able to clean debris out of your pool every couple of days
  • You understand the pumps and filters and how to check that they’re working correctly
  • You’re familiar with pool chemicals and know how to handle and use them

When to Hire Someone

  • You have a busy schedule and little free time to clean and treat your pool
  • You travel frequently, sometimes for days or weeks at a time
  • You are not familiar with how the pool pumps and filters function
  • You do not know how to read pool testing strips or water analysis results

When to Call a Pro

A DIY approach to pool maintenance is fine for daily and weekly maintenance, but if your pool experiences serious issues, changes water color dramatically or stops running, you need to call a pro. The longer you let a small problem go, the larger it may become.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Skimming debris. Testing water chemistry. Scrubbing grime off your pool walls and steps. Not exactly what you envisioned with you imagined owning your own pool. And yet these tedious tasks are as much a part of pool ownership as a game of Marco Polo! It’s no wonder many people choose to outsource their pool maintenance, but ultimately, it’s your decision. If you have the time and the know-how, why not DIY?

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