Pool Build Quality?
I am in the process of building a new pool, 2nd pool I have had built. I'm by far from being an expert but I am also the type of person that does extensive research before doing anything major whether it be building a pool or buying a new car. I had a couple of discussions in other threads that basically led to arguments from pool builders so thought I'd start a new thread discussing nothing but build quality and the differences that justify $5,000-$30,000 price differences. When a company has a design center, sales personnel, design personnel, job superintendents, I would assume they have to charge significantly more than say a pool builder where the owner does it all out of a small office or his house. This to me does not mean sub standard pool. I have also known people that supervised their own pool and saved a lot of money but personally I don't want the hassle. I have chosen a builder and very happy with them and yes I do expect them to make a decent profit as they should.
If 5 pool builders use the same exact gunite company, same pool plaster and same company installing it, exact same equipment, same rebar size and same spacing, same thickness of gunite, same number of returns and skimmers, same stone, same LED lights, same start up process how can one builder be that much better than the others? I keep hearing from the builders there pool is way better and they do things "differently" to justify their costs but I want to know specifics. I understand each builders overhead costs can vary significantly and I also understand some subcontractors such as stone workers quality of work may vary. I also understand how small things like where the returns are located, where the lights are located can make a difference but this isn't that complicated to figure out and should not affect overall cost of the pool.
This post was edited by ktm250sx on Wed, May 14, 14 at 8:27