When you’re investing in a fiberglass pool for your home, it can be intimidating to choose the best pool builder to suit your needs. Who you choose to work with affects everything from the pool shapes available, to the customer care you receive throughout the process, and the quality of the finished pool installation. If done well, a pool can add value to your property in hot weather climates (like in Raleigh, NC). If not, the pool becomes a hassle with continual maintenance and repairs needed.
With all of these factors, there may be some stress to make sure you choose correctly. We’re here to equip you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision when selecting a pool builder. Being diligent at the beginning of the pool buying process will pay off down the road!
Experience is the most important thing to look for when choosing a pool builder. A few things to keep in mind are:
Pool builders will state their range of offerings online whether they install concrete, vinyl, and/or fiberglass pools. While some do all, we believe in the long-term benefits of fiberglass pools and specialize solely in them. Doing some research in advance will ensure that your pool builder aligns with the type of pool you’re seeking, along with verifying their ability to complete the project with high-quality work.
Customer service is the cornerstone of any good business. As with any business transaction, the main things to look for are good communication and a willingness to stand by the product they sell:
The easier a pool contractor makes it for you, and the more reliable they are, the less frustration you are bound to experience throughout the installation process. A common complaint within the industry is a lack of communication on the pool builder’s side. One way to avoid this is to confirm whether you’ll be communicating with the actual pool builder or an office assistant. It sounds backward, but you don’t want to be calling up the builder directly. When they’re out on site digging and dealing with cranes, they won’t be able to take your call or will be much less focused on your conversation! Having a full staff on hand ready to help ensures the best service.
Especially during the pandemic, demand for pools increased dramatically. Some pool builders not only have to wait for materials but are also booked out for months before they could take on your project due to sheer volume. However, being able to get you on the calendar and finish your pool varies by pool builder.
Some things to consider are:
Vinyl pools arrive at houses disassembled, which require three to four weeks to complete. Concrete pools take the longest to install since they don’t have any prefabricated parts. The timeline for a concrete pool is roughly three to four months.
Our company specializes in fiberglass pools not only because it’s a high-quality material, but also because the fiberglass shells are quick to get in the ground with just a couple of days needed for installation.
Knowing that there’s such a high demand for pools right now, we keep an inventory of fiberglass pools in-stock to avoid manufacturer delays. We also have three crews and our own fleet of delivery trucks to bypass additional delays.
Once you’ve decided on the type of inground pool you want, you’ll want to compare apples to apples (comparing only your chosen pool type) when contacting the neighboring pool builders. You can ask how soon you can get on their calendar along with what safeguards they have in place to mitigate delays.
Having a pool installed is a big financial commitment. When you’re investing that kind of money, you want to work with a pool contractor who is transparent about costs, what’s included, and project status.
Here are some things to keep in mind when reviewing the contract or final bid for the project:
Installing a pool usually involves a complete upheaval of your backyard. There are several more components to consider than just the pool in order to obtain your backyard oasis. Your pool builder should clearly state what they’re responsible for vs a landscaper or other vendor. This will affect costs along with many other variables depending on the pool features and add-ons you request. We encourage transparency by using an app that lets you see your project’s status and communicate with the Parrot Bay team. That way, your questions are answered throughout the process and you’re not left in the dark.
When you’re researching pool builders, keep these items in mind to make sure you’re getting the quality and experience you deserve. You’ll be able to say you chose right once you’re swimming in your beautiful new pool! Let’s make that happen. If you’re considering a fiberglass pool, see why we’re the best fiberglass pool builder in Raleigh, NC.