When Able Pools and Spas begins a fiberglass pool project, everything you need to use your new pool, is included in the price. As we often caution new pool buyers, the most important question to ask is, “what’s not included?”. There are so many other options you can add to your pool – some expensive and others less so. Which optional item will give the most value, or provide more use of your pool, or just make for more fun and play on those warm, and not so warm, summer days?
Here, in no particular order, are a few things to discuss with your builder…
* POOL HEATER – more than anything else, a pool heater will extend your pool season, keep the pool water at a temperature that everyone can enjoy, and ensure your pool is able to be used even on those cool cloudy days. When the April sun makes your pool look inviting, or when we have some of those spectacular weekends in the fall, adding a few degrees of temperature to your pool will make a huge difference. Many of our customers will use their heated pools well into the fall, and one customer keeps her pool heated until Halloween.
* VARIABLE SPEED PUMP – Your pool will likely come included with a single speed, single horse power pool pump with any in ground fiberglass pool you may buy. At Able, we include a Hayward brand pump and will quietly increase horse power, if needed, to properly circulate the amount of water needed for your specific pool. Your included Hayward pump will certainly do the job and will likely last you 2-5 years. BUT, Your variable speed pump will provide great benefits to your new pool. First, it has varying speeds, so what does that mean? CLEANER WATER! Think about it this way, when it’s the thick of summer, 98 sticky degrees, everyone in the neighborhood is in your pool…and their dogs! The heat and bather load is eating your chlorine at incredible speeds. Your pool is feeling a bit over used and over loaded with sun tan oils, sweat and general ‘people funk’. A variable speed pump will allow you to increase the turn over rate at which your pool water flows through your filtration and chlorination systems, therefore getting your water cleaner a lot quicker than a standard pump. Likewise, you will be able to turn the pump to it’s lowest setting in the winter months, just to circulate the water and prevent it from going green. As an added bonus, the variable speed is quiet! I often like to share the story of the first time we installed a Hayward variable speed pump. It happened to be a replacement pump for a customer who was switching from another brand pump to the Hayward variable speed. The new variable speed pump was so quiet, we had to triple check it and put our ear up to it just to make sure it was working! The benefits to a variable speed pump don’t stop there, the digital/swinging display panel offers ease of access and the energy efficiency of the variable speed pump deserves a blog all it’s own! There are also Hayward Expert Series variable speed pumps, which are recommended for water front properties. Ask for a variable speed pump from your builder. Your pump is like the heart of your pool and the stronger your heart is the longer your life expectancy is, who can argue with that?
* AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANER – Let’s be honest – we all might say we enjoy cleaning our pools – standing in the sun, listening to the birds as we slowly vacuum the dust and leaves from our pools, but when it comes time to clean the pool, it is certainly more relaxing to throw an auto cleaner n the pool and let it do its job. There is nothing more relaxing than watching someone else work, and a good automatic cleaner will keep your pool spotless, and entertain you while it scrubs your pool walls. They are the best.
* WATERLINE TILE – The things that you want to keep out of your fiberglass pool, are the same things that like to float on the water surface – suntan oils, dust, hair, and these things always seem to end up stuck to the pool walls. Waterline tile, will add a beautiful border to your swimming pool, and hide that “oil line” until your auto cleaner, or your pool brush, and your pool chlorine can clean things off. Waterline tile is the “final touch” that seems to make a swimming pool look perfect, and the available choices are in the hundreds. Most pool builders will keep a sample of the most recent and most popular choices, so take a moment to go into the showroom and see the selection. Also, on a fiberglass pool, waterline tile is one of the few things that can be applied after the pool is complete, so even if your pool is years old, if you want to add a nice touch to freshen up the look of your pool, ask your builder about waterline tile.
Those are a few things that you might consider on your pool as you discuss the final configuration with your builder. Remember, above all a swimming pool is meant to be a place for relaxation, enjoyment and family fun. By adding some or all of these optional items, you leave more time for your enjoyment of your swimming pool, and that makes all the difference.