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How can I be sure to make the right decision when choosing a pool builder??
Referrals can be the most valuable source of information. You should call old customers and ask about their experience. Ask if they had any problems and if they did, did the company take care of them? If possible, go and see some of the work that the builder has done in your area. Make sure that they hold a current pool building contractors license.

What about warranties? Is my investment well protected?
Warranties are very important. You should compare the warranties of every pool builder you speak with. Make sure all warranties are in writing, not verbal. Remember one thing: the warranty is only as good as the company and their reputation. If the builder is not in business for the duration of your pool warranty, then you do not have a warranty.

What if I have a small or difficult yard to work with?
You will be surprised at how a small backyard can have the most innovative design. Good builders can design an enjoyable backyard no matter the size.

Why do cost estimates vary when pools seem to be the same?
The price of a pool is determined by much more than just the size and shape of the pool. Many pool builders do not include some of the most important factors affecting cost in their proposals. Because there are so many factors that go into building a swimming pool, there are many ways to cut corners. Here are some of the ways pool builders may cut corners:
  • Craftsmanship
  • Quality of materials (smaller pumps, filter, etc.)
  • Design
  • Underground strength
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Warranties
  • Service

What does “lifetime structural warranty” really mean?
A lifetime structural warranty means that the gunite structure will hold water for as long as you live in the home. Remember that this warranty is only as good as the company backing it. Some companiesl will transfer that warranty one time if you sell your home.

How long does it take to build a swimming pool?
From the day of excavation it should take about thirty working days, which is 6 weeks. Remember though, from the day you sign the contract other things have to happen before the pool can be excavated, such as:
  • Financing (if applicable)
  • Home owners associations
  • Marking and finding utilities
  • Permits from your city or county
Permits can sometimes hold up the process, it all depends on what city you live in and the time of year. Ask your Hillside Pools Staff Designer how long your city normally takes at that time of year.

Will we need to be home the entire time during construction?
No. There are only a few times that we need you to be home during construction – the day the swimming pool is excavated and the day that the electrician and gas companies 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 turn the water off after the pool is filled to the middle of the tile line.

Are there any care free swimming pools?
Most pool companies can build the pool so you only have to spend about 20 minutes a week on maintenance. But most builders build them so you have to spend about 2 hours a week on maintenance. They feel that price is the only thing that matters and that your time is not valuable. All of the things that make the pool easier to take care of is an option and of course cost more money. Hillside Pools includes all these things in our pools because we know that you want to spend time in the pool, not working on the pool.

Does a swimming pool add value to my home?
Yes, it does. Normally you will receive an estimated 75% of the value of the pool. Keep in mind, the more you decorate the backyard with landscaping, the more money you will get back on the pool.

I see advertisements promising pools at very low prices. Is this POSSIBLE?
It is possible to build a pool at a very low price. But most of these “incredible deals” are nothing more than a bait-and-switch tactic to get you to call. You should be aware that to build a pool at a low price, quality will be compromised. The cost of the pool may be cheap, but your time and money spent to maintain the pool could be 4 to 5 times more if the pool was not built right to begin with. Remember the old adage “YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.”

Are some swimming pool shapes less expensive than others?
Yes, a curve shape swimming pool is less expensive than a rectangle. Pools are priced by the perimeter of the swimming pool, which is the tile line around the pool. If you would like an estimate, contact us online or call our office.