People build in-ground swimming pools for many reasons – social, aesthetic or for health reasons. Whether you are a practical consumer or an extravagant dreamer, seeking a tropical paradise with tumbling waterfall, we advise you to keep in mind your needs, desires and budget before making any purchasing decisions.
Before choosing a dealer or builder, think about how your family will use the swimming pool. Do they like to play a lot of water sports, swim laps or just splash around? Thinking about usage and then designing with those needs in mind is the key to building a pool that your entire family will be happy with for years to come.
When you decide on the type and design of your pool, you want to select the right contractor or builder. You should select a pool contractor or dealer as carefully as you would an architect or builder for your home. The Better Business Bureau, along with the National Pool and Spa Institute, suggest the following before signing a contract:
- Obtain at least three bids and compare them. Make sure the contractor’s bid specifies the materials to be used, including quantity, brand, size, color, etc. Keep in mind that the lowest bid is not always the best.
- Make sure the contractor’s paperwork is in order. Ask to see the contractor’s license and certificates of insurance. Contact the licensing board to verify. Contractors are required to obtain licenses from state, city and/or county agencies.
- Ask for references and check them out.
- Contact the Better Business Bureau to see if the contractor or builder has any complaints against it.
- Find out who will be doing the actual work – the contractor’s employees or subcontractors. If the firm uses sub-contractors for some of their work – such as from a tile company – you will need to research both the tile firm’s reputation, as well as the contractor. You also want to determine who will be responsible for problems down the road. Issues such as these should be resolved before construction begins.
- Find out if the builder can make any necessary site and soil evaluations of your property. The contractor should also know about existing zone, building and grading requirements.
- Some pool builders offer financing, but you want to shop various lenders to find the best terms.
- Do not be pressured into signing a contract right away. Take your time and review the contract carefully. If you do not understand the contract, do not sign it!
- Make sure all warranties for labor and materials are in writing.
- When paying for your pool, never pay in cash. Use your credit card, check or money order. And, never pay the full amount up front.
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Our crews and contractors work extremely well together, putting in a full team effort to make sure every job is done to specification, city codes, and clients approval. AquaTechs will design and bid the jobs at no cost to the home owner. If the design works but the budget does not, then plans may be purchased. We will break down and explain the construction steps and process. Our company prides itself on the quality of our work.
“The best end results come from good communication between the contractor and their clients.”
The Swimming Pool Structure
The way a pool structure is designed and built will determine the life span of the pool. The Helical piers hold ground where there is minimal earth movement which secures your pool in place. Next, the swimming pool flooring and wall steel will be connected to the to the piers. Once the gunite is shot in place, the pool is stable. Depending on what area of Texas the pool construction is being held, and what the engineer calculates to be the most structurally sound, will determine how many piers will be needed.
Steel – Gunite
Our steel and gunite crews have been tieing steel and shooting gunite together for 28 years. This is a very important part of the pool structure.
The steel structure is the backbone of the gunite shell; in-floor plumbing will be in place at this point. A re-bar reinforced grid of 3/8″ and 1/2″ steel 6″ to 12″ on center defines the pool and spas floor and walls.
AquaTechs gunite crew, are concrete application specialist and have mastered the techniques of properly placing gunite.
The gunite shell is the single most important phase of construction as plaster, pumps, and decking will eventually wear out, the gunite shell will last for many generations.
AquaTechs uses the Pentair Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS)pumps which provides an important layer of entrapment protection. It’s built in controller and proprietary software detect blockage of the drain and automatically shut the pump off. We use schedule 40 pvc pipe and fittings with Jandy control, check, and port valves.
All of our plumbing standards meet the safety requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act.
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AquaTechs warranties all of it’s construction and workmanship . Products have individual warranties which will be defined in our contracts. Our water features and fountains come with a one year warranty. Swimming pools come with multiple warranties:
- Gunite and steel structural-lifetime As long as the buyer owns the pool
- Premium plaster – 5 years
- Standard plaster – 1 year
- Pebble Tech or Stone Scapes – 5 years
- Coping/tile and hard scapes – 1 year
- Decking – 1 year
We offer life time service options. Our equipment repair and warranty services are on site within 48hrs upon request. Customers will be kept in our files with full records as long as they own the feature AquaTechs has built.
AquaTechs is fully insured and has employees covered with workers comp. A copy of this will be included in your pool packet.