FAQ: Why do pool cost estimates vary so much?

The price of a pool is determined by much more than just the size and shape of the pool. Unfortunately, many contractors don’t include important factors that affect cost in the actual estimate they provide. This also means that you can get hit with hidden charges after construction has begun. Some important things to consider are:

  • Design expertise
  • Skilled and experienced craftsmanship
  • Quality of materials
  • Underground strength and durability
  • Time required for construction
  • Warranties
  • Worker’s compensation and liability insurance
  • Customer service

FAQ: How much work is it to maintain a pool?

How much work is involved in owning and caring for a swimming pool?  In the past, pool maintenance was more of a chore. But with today’s technology and conveniences, owning a swimming pool is easier than owning a car!  Automatic pool cleaners, pre-programmed filtration and heating, as well as various sanitizing devices all make your pool simple to maintain. Your only concern will be finding more time to enjoy your pool or spa!

FAQ: How do I select the right pool builder?

When considering having a pool built in your backyard, hiring the right builder can be a challenge. Here are a few things to consider in determining the best fit: What is the company’s experience and skill level? Do they have a competent, professional team? Is the company in good standing with your local Better Business Bureau? Do you know a friend or neighbor who has used the same company with good results? If not, can the company provide you with a list of reliable references? How long has the company been in business, and how long have they been building pools in your area? Be sure to visit their showroom…


FAQ: How do I pick my pool design?

Each property has unique features that should be considered when your pool is being designed. So does your family! At your request, a design expert from Design Pool & Spa will meet with you at your home to discuss your pool needs and desires. He or she will ask you how you intend to use your pool. Is exercise important? How about family use? What about location? Where will the pool look best when viewed from your home? Our design expert may take photographs of your yard. Then they’ll prepare a custom design that fits your needs.

Top 5 Reasons to Build Your Pool This Winter

A Pool in the Winter? 5 Reasons why Winter is a Great Time to Build While cold weather may not inspire you to think about swimming outdoors, winter is the ideal time to buy a pool. (Yes – we can build year round, even here in Upstate New York.) Here are five great reasons to build a pool during the winter: 1. Swim All Summer. Building a pool in the winter ensures you’ll be swimming in your new pool in time for summer. After all, if you wait ’til April or May to start building a pool, you’ll miss out on a lot of swimming season by the time it’s ready. 2.…


Duck, Duck, Don’t!

Ducks are cute – but they don’t belong in your pool. There are three really good reasons to try to keep them out. It will harm the ducks. Drinking large amounts of pool water can damage their kidneys. Duck droppings can contain harmful bacteria. According to the Center for Disease Control, many germs in bird droppings can infect humans, such as E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, or Cryptosporidium (“Crypto” for short). Duck droppings and feathers will clog pool filters, sometimes leading to costly repairs. Keeps Ducks Away Here are some simple, harmless ways to keep ducks out of your pool. These tips will help keep your family and your neighborhood ducks,…


We Still Make Them Like They Used To

Have you purchased a washing machine or refrigerator lately? It’s frustrating to find shoddy parts and weak construction. Things you could once count on to last 20 years now only last 7 or 8. As the saying goes, “they don’t make them like they used to.” So, when people ask me why we build gunite pools – instead of vinyl — I ask them how long they want to enjoy their pool. Most people want their pools to last for generations – not just a few years. That’s why, if you are thinking of building a pool, you need to consider the construction material. At Design Pool & Spa we…