Facts & Information

 

During the process of making decisions regarding the purchasing or renovating of your swimming pool, there will be so much information to absorb, it may get confusing. That is why we compiled the following questions/answers/informational facts to help you better understand what you will be facing.

Hopefully, it will answer your questions and put you at ease with some decision making; of course, please call us at any time, 631-473-8894.

 

How does the construction process work?

First, our staff will work with you to finalize the design. Once this is decided and the building permits are obtained, actual physical work will start. We will begin by excavating the site and forming it into the necessary shape. We’ll then proceed with wall construction, plumbing, filter system installation, electrical, and other accessories. Although the construction process may be unsightly, the final outcome will put smiles on your family's faces and create everlasting memories of pure FUN FUN FUN right there in your own backyard !!!

 

Can you help me design the best pool for my backyard?

Certainly! Our staff will help you select the right size, shape and overall layout of the best pool for the area you have to work with. We understand that each home is different and each homeowner’s tastes and styles are different. We will help you with all of the details, including any add-on options, such as waterfalls, landscaping, etc. that you want to include.

 

Will you support and help maintain my pool after it’s completed?

We build relationships. Just because we’ve completed your pool does not mean that our relationship ends. We will be with you to help service and maintain your pool long after it’s finished. The level of involvement we have in maintaining your pool is up to you. We are proud of the swimming pools we build and want you to be extremely happy in the swimming pool that you own !!!

 

How can I be assured you’re using quality parts and equipment when building my pool?

We use only the best parts and equipment available in the industry. We continually train our personnel with safety concerns and are kept informed about the latest innovations in the industry. When speaking with our staff, you can learn more specifically about the brands that we sell.

 

How can I be assured that your company is a reputable, quality pool builder?

First of all, check our list of references. There is no better way to become comfortable with our quality of standards and customer service than to speak directly with our existing customers !!! We are a fully licensed, insured and bonded NYS corporation with more than 26 years of experience building and servicing pools ... that itself is an accomplishment that we are extremely proud of !!!

 

Types of Pools

  • Above-Ground --- Inexpensive, can be dismantled, great for small yards, comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. No Diving is allowed due to depth, No main drain and usually only (1) return so longer duration of time to recirculate water.
  • In-Ground --- Permanent structure, enhances backyard landscape, adds property value, can be any shape or size you want dependent on local codes, numerous options available. Diving Boards, Slides, Grottos, Waterfalls can easily be added !!!
  • Gunite --- Expensive, but can be customized to any shape or size you want due to the way it is built. Steel rebar forms the shape of the pool and gunite is "shot" onto the steel cage. Life of structure is virtually indefinite; marbledust finish allows for a beautiful , sparkling water quality. Many unique features can be added to give you a complete one of a kind pool such as different types of finishes, waterfalls, grottos, etc.
  • Vinyl Lined --- Not as expensive as gunite, many sizes and shapes are available. Many patterns are available to choose from. Liner is fairly inexpensive to replace as the pool ages.

 

Vinyl Liners

  • Patterns --- vinyl liners come in a various choice of patterns. Liners with a solid color or slight, subtle pattern tend to show more "imperfections" and/or debris. Liners with a busier pattern tend to hide "imperfections" dirt, and debris.
  • Contrast --- vinyl liners can be "light" or "dark" in color. Darker patterns will allow the pool water to be warmer. Lighter patterns will fade slower than darker patterns as the liner ages.
  • Seams --- all vinyl liners will have seams. Darker liners and liners with patterns in darker colors with sharper patterns will show seams more than lighter patterns.

 

Coping

  • Aluminum --- this is the standard white coping that is included with most kits. It can be re-painted if it is scratched or worn as the pool ages.
  • Cantilever --- concrete coping that is made with special forms that are removed. More expensive, but gives a customized look especially with freeform pools or concrete patios.
  • Stone, Brick, Slate, Rock, Etc. --- the most expensive, but gives the most customized look due to their unique characteristics.

 

Pool Lighting

  • Standard --- basic, bright, white pool light. Usually included in the kit. May show the "imperfections" of the pool floor at night. Creates a nice glowing look at night. Comes with different colored lenses that can be snapped on to create a different aura.
  • Color Changing --- more expensive than the standard, but creates different moods by continuously changing colors or can be set at one color. Color Quartz or LED available.
  • Fiber Optics --- the weakest strength of light and the most expensive, but creates extremely breathtaking effects by changing the colors or intermittently stopping at one light.

 

Filter Systems

  • Sand Filters --- most common filter system, removes particles of 25 - 30 microns. Needs to be backwashed periodically. Zeolite (Zeosand) can be used in place of sand. It is a very safe and natural alternative and requires less backwashing.
  • Diatomaceous Earth --- extremely efficient removing the smallest particles (1-5 microns). Filter needs to be backwashed much more often than sand filters and Diatomaceous Earth needs to be added to recharge system. The actual DE is not biodegradable so certain care must be given when disposing of it. While working with DE, one should wear a respirator.
  • Cartridge --- has the greatest surface area compacted into a small space; removing particles of 8 - 10 microns. Unlike sand and DE, the cartridge element cannot be backwashed.

 

Sanitizing Systems

  • Chlorine/Bromine --- least expensive to install, manual application or automatic systems are available. Chemical can cause eye/skin irritations and damage to equipment if not kept in balance.
  • Salt Generators --- generators that make chlorine from a small amount of salt that is added to pool water at start of season. Expensive on the onset, but keeps water a lot cleaner, clearer, softer to the touch and smells better. No expense in purchasing chlorine throughout the season. Cell simply needs to be replaced every 3 to 5 years.

 

Heating Systems

  • Propane/Natural Gas --- the most powerful enabling the water to heat up faster to higher temperatures. Very popular in the Northeast as we have the coolest temperatures. Very expensive to run due to the costs of the gas. Requires hook-up to either propane tanks or natural gas lines. These heaters can be destroyed if the water chemistry is not kept in balance.
  • Electric Heat Pumps --- initially cost more, but can be more economical to run. Not as strong nor as fast in raising the temperature as gas heaters. Great in maintaining a constant temperature. Can also be destroyed if water chemistry is off balance.
  • Solar Systems --- expensive to install, but virtually runs for free using the suns energy. Installed on your home's roof, prefably with a southern exposure.
  • Solar Cover / Rings --- "bubble wrap" type of cover/rings that are laid on the pool surface to trap the heat. Inexpensive and especially good to use in conjunction with the other heating options to prevent heat escape.

 

Covers

  • Solid Covers --- basic tarp like cover using water bags to secure. Least expensive, prevents debris from getting into pool, but extremely unsafe. Requires pumping off the water with a cover pump.
  • Safety Mesh Covers --- provides safety, prevents large debris from getting into the pool, but does allow water and silt/dirt to enter pool. Water may not be clear upon removal. Needs to be originally installed by a Pool Professional.
  • Solid Safety Cover --- provides safety and prevents debris from getting into the pool. More expensive, but in the long run, saves on chemicals and cleaning. Comes in a variety of colors. Needs to be installed by a Pool Professional.
  • Automatic Covers --- very convenient, reduces maintenance costs, reduces heat loss as can be used all year long, and extremely safe. However, extremely expensive.