Frequently Asked Questions
I often see pool companies advertise pools at very low prices. Can I really get a pool at these prices?
Yes, it is possible to build a pool at very low prices. Most of these "low" prices are nothing more than "BAIT AND SWITCH". In order to build a cheap pool you will be compromising quality. A cheap pool may end up costing you more in the long run. Don't forget the old adage, "You get what you pay for."
Why do estimates vary when the pools seem to be the same?
There are many factors that go into the building of a swimming pool, including the quality of materials used. Some pool builders will not include some very important factors when giving an estimate, and at the end of the job, you find that you have actually spent more than the original estimate. There are also places where a pool builder may cut costs for example in the following areas:
Be sure that the company you trust to build your pool uses quality materials that are adequate to support the pool and that the company will stand behind the work.
A pool is a major investment. Are there any warranties?
You should always compare the warranties on all pool builders you consider for your pool. Your warranty is only as good as the company that gives it. If they are out of business, so is your warranty. Make sure you receive all warranties in WRITING! Never accept anything verbally.
What does it mean to have a "lifetime structural warranty?"
What this means is that the gunite structure will hold water for as long as you live in your home. Like all warranties, this is only as good as the company backing it. Some companies, including Elite Pools and Spas, will transfer the warranty time if you happen to sell your home during the warranty period.
How long will it take to build my pool?
From the day that excavation actually begins, it should take between 30 and 45 days (weather permitting). Keep in mind, that excavation does not begin the same day you sign your contract. Before we begin on your pool, there are certain things which must happen first:
We lead very busy lives. Do we have to be home during construction of our pool?
There will only be a few times which you must be home during construction: the day the swimming pool is excavated and the day(s) the electrician and gas people are there. You will also need to water down the gunite structure 2 to 3 times a day for about 7 days, as well as be there to turn the water off after the pool is filled to the mid-tile line.
Does the shape of the pool we want impact the price we pay?
Yes. Pools are priced by the perimeter of the swimming pool, therefore, a curve shaped swimming pool is less expensive than a rectangular pool.
Do you have any tips on getting new pool construction/remodel bids?
Note: If you have a Sub-contractor going straight to the public, that usually means that Contractors will not use them. Red Flag!!!
What to do once you have a new pool or a remodel:
Most contractors do not take care of your pool once they have built it or remodeled it. It is your job to learn or hire a weekly maintenance company to take care of it every week. The average cost of that is around $150 a month including chemicals (depending on size of the pool). Again, do homework and find a reputable company who is insured and well-known.
When your pool is new, you must brush your pool at-least once a day for 10 days. Many new pool owners do not know the importance in this step. It helps get the dust and particles loose and out of the pool.
It is your job to get the chemicals that you will need for your pool. Most companies will provide you with the start up equipment on a new pool construction. Keep the water balanced. Most pools in the Clear Lake Area will need algaecides starting in March and use them until it starts cooling off this will help with prevention. Check skimmer and pump baskets, and keep them cleaned out every few days depending on trees, and whether in your area. This will help your equipment stay running properly. Keep your water level at the middle of your tile line at all times.
The pool company that you choose should not have a problem helping with answers or warranty questions, even after your job is complete. Please know that the warranties on your equipment are warranted through that equipment manufacturer, not the pool company that installs it. Always have your warranties on paper, and make sure that you are aware of them.
We hope that this will help make your pool building and/or remodeling a more educational and pleasant experience.
"I priced out the pool with other pool builders and I compared the quality of your construction methods, workmanship, materials and equipment to your competitors.I found that your price was by far the most economical without lowering any standards of quality of any component...
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Elite Pools & Spas
1801 Rosemist Dr., League City, TX 77573
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