New pool quote - questions

JHLSELJuly 23, 2012

We are in the process of building a house and want to add a pool at the same time. I have a quote from a company that has built a lot in the area and come recommended. We are new to any type of pool and just wanted to get input from the forum folks that have knowledge in pools.

Thank you in advance :)

Here is what the quote has

96 perimeter 577 area

36 x 16 3.5 x 7

Salt water

Dive rock

Sun shelf

Polaris pool cleaner

Auto water fill

500 watt light

Sand filter

1 hp energy efficient pump

Dual timers

Freeze protection

Flagstone coping

31k

What are other things I need to know or ask or have concerns about

Located in East Texas

Broom finish decks

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poolguynj

The following are important:

Equipment brand and models being used
Do they use flex?
Number of returns
Pipe size used.
Rebar sizing and spacing
Floor, wall and bond beam thickness
Strength of the gunite
Flagstone type. Oklahoma Flag tends to be soft and not last due to erosion. While pretty, it shouldn't be used, IMHO.
What if they hit rock? Added costs for the dig?
How big is the sun shelf?
Warranty periods?
Visits to pools they have built and are building are important. Asking these people what when right and wrong is important due diligence on your part.
What is the pay schedule they want?

Scott

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 4:32AM
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JHLSEL

Thank you for the additional questions Scott-
these are his answers
The equipment brand we use is Pentair.
We do not use flex - Schedual 40 PVC.
3in Dual Main Drain with 10in pots.
There are 4 returns, returns are 2in.
Rebar is 3/8in on the walls and floor with 10in centers and 1/2 4 bar and beam.
Bond beam is 12in, floor and walls are 8ins.
Strength of the gunite is a 6 sack mix.
We use flagstone on all of our jobs, although if you would like brick it would be $800 more.
The sunshelf is 6ft or custom at no extra charge.
Pentair has a 3 yr warrenty.
Polaris has a 1 yr warrenty.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 12:07PM
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poolguynj

If you have Pentair, then use a Legend and get the 3 year warranty. He just wants the vacation for selling enough Polarises.

Scott

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 5:05PM
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bpricedo

Scott correct me if I'm wrong, but I think getting an Intellibrite LED light counts toward the 3 pieces of equipment needed for the extended warranty. Then they could go with the Polaris cleaner.

Of course nothing wrong with the Legend either.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 7:44PM
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bpricedo

Okay, I looked it up. What I found said you had to buy a pump, filter and one other item. Lights , cleaners, and other assorted things qualified.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 12:25AM
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