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EL SOBRANTE—You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a swimming pool contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified swimming pool construction company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated swimming pool contractor and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Contra Costa County – Swimming Pool Contractors CATEGORY

Val Toland is a 37-year veteran of the swimming pool construction business and owner of Classic Pools, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 201-6120 or by email.

Val Toland

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Val Toland: Jumping in With Both Feet

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CONCORD — As an officer in the Air Force, Val Toland had been contemplating a long-term career in the military. However, following a spontaneous visit with a relative, he found himself poised to jump into an entirely different livelihood. “In 1979, I was stationed in Omaha, Nebraska, when my wife’s mother unexpectedly passed away,” he remembers. “After attending the funeral in Washington, we drove down south to get out of the snow and stopped in Pleasanton to visit my Uncle Joe. He had just started a pool company about six months earlier, and he asked if I’d like to come out and help him build the business. When I got back to Omaha, I looked around at the three-foot snow drifts and thought, ‘I liked it there in Pleasanton.’ Plus, things had been getting awfully political with the military, which had me second-guessing my plans for a long-term career. After giving it some thought, I decided to resign my commission in the Air Force, move my family to California and get into the pool business.”

Today, as owner of Classic Pools, Val says his favorite part of his job is making his customers’ dreams come true. “That’s no exaggeration—I really do get to make dreams come true! Many families, especially those with kids, dream about having a pool, so the fact that I get to make that a reality for them is very rewarding. I love going to a job every day where I get to be creative and make people happy.”

A resident of Clayton (where he lives with his wife, Cathe), Val says the weather and topography of the Bay Area make it equally lucrative and challenging for a professional pool builder. “There’s a lot of demand here, including both residential and commercial applications, so we stay busy. With all the hills, building pools here can be very challenging, but I enjoy the challenges and seeing projects come together from our hard work.”

Outside of work, Val divides his free time between leisure activities and community volunteering. “I’m LDS by faith, and I’m heavily involved in my church, as well as the local Boy Scouts troop,” he explains. “I’ve been working with young men for about 14 years now, and I enjoy teaching them life skills like respect, etiquette and integrity.” Val also likes to travel and visit family. “My wife and I have several children and grandchildren, most of whom are spread out around the country, so we take a lot of RV trips to visit them. We also try to go on a big trip every year to Hawaii or some other destination.”

In his life and career, Val espouses a philosophy passed down from his grandmother. “When I was a boy, I used to visit my grandparents on their farm, which was out in the boondocks,” he remembers. “My grandma used to say, ‘If you never turn anybody away from your door, you’ll always have food for your family.’ It always impressed me that, despite living in the middle of nowhere, she had faith that if she provided for others, she’d be taken care of. Today, I continue to apply that philosophy to my business. I have faith that if we take care of our customers, the financial aspect will take care of itself.”

When asked what his future retirement might look like, Val says he’ll have no trouble staying occupied. “After my son, Shane, takes over the business, I’ll probably still help run the sales end, just to keep myself busy. I’d also like to do some more traveling, as well as some missionary work. After all, there’s a whole world out there to see.”

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AHRC American Homeowners Resource Center (www.ahrc.com)
APSP Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (www.theapsp.org)
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NUCA National Utility Contractors Association (www.nuca.com)
NSPI National Spa & Pool Institute (www.nspi.org)
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Know What You Want
Knowing What You Want before Hiring a Swimming Pool Company

Once you are ready to build a new pool and hire a swimming pool company in Contra Costa County, it is important to know what you want. Unfortunately, many pool companies do not meet the standard of swimming pool building that is required for quality pool construction.

Use the questions below to help you define what you really want from a pool contractor and you are almost guaranteed to find the most reliable and trustworthy swimming pool company. The benefits may be well-worth it.

Questions to ask yourself during the planning process include:

  • Do I want a reputable company that is fully insured and bonded?
  • Do I want a company that uses environmentally friendly cleaning supplies?
  • Do I want a building contractor to provide swimming pool building services on a one-time basis only or will you need regular maintenance?
  • What area of the yard will the swimming pool be situated?
  • What is my budget?
  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
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What To Ask In Person
What to Ask When Speaking with Local Pool Builders in Person

After questioning numerous Contra Costa County pool builders on the phone, you will want to whittle down your list of prospects, including those that serve the larger cities of Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek, and Pittsburg, and your area.

Ask those few prospects to visit your home in person to prepare preliminary plans for your swimming pool.

Consider the following questions to help you obtain critical information.

  • What type of swimming pools do you specialize in?
  • Do you have any energy efficient or environmentally friendly swimming pool building materials?
  • How long do you expect it to take to complete the swimming pool?
  • Will I receive a written estimate for my new swimming pool?
  • Will I receive a written contract before swimming pool construction begins?
  • Is your personnel BCSP certified by the National Spa and Pool Institute?
  • Will you need permits? If so, who is responsible for getting the permits?
  • Will you hire subcontractors or will you do the work yourself with your own employees?
  • How will you clean up the job site and when will you clean up?
  • What type of warranty do you offer? What will it cover?
  • How may I pay for my new pool?
  • How many pools have you finished in Contra Costa County?
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  • What To Ask References
    Questions to Ask Previous Contra Costa Swimming Pool Customers

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified swimming pool contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a swimming pool contractor in Contra Costa County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company.

    Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified swimming pool contractor within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your swimming pool contractor.

    Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the swimming pool contractor are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers in Contra Costa County, in the major cities of San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Martinez, and Pleasant Hill. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    • What type of pool did they construct for you (in-ground pool, above ground pool, etc.)
    • Did the swimming pool contractor you hired finish the work on time?
    • Did the contractor keep you up-to-date with the status of the project? Or did you have to call in order to get information?
    • If you live in smaller towns such as Bay Point, Concord, Cowell, Hercules, North Richmond, Port Chicago, and Vine Hill, did they charge extra to travel to your home?
    • Did the contractor show up on time?
    • Did they clean up after completing the job?
    • When you need a swimming pool contractor in the future, will you consider hiring this pool contractor again?
    • Would you recommend this swimming pool contractor to your friends and family?
    • Were you satisfied with the services from _(swimming pool contractor)_?
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  • Review Your Options
    Finding the Right Pool Contractor in Contra Costa County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Once you’ve carefully considered your choices in Contra Costa County swimming pool contractors in the major cities of Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek, and Pittsburg, answer the following questions to help you indicate the right contractor:

    • Are the swimming pool contractors knowledgeable about the brands and techniques they use and on the specific needs of your job?
    • Is the Contra Costa County swimming pool construction company sensitive to your budget? Can they offer various pool brands and services to match your resources? Many contractors will give you bids that outline good, better and best options that include choices in pool selection, pool accessories, etc.
    • Do the swimming pool contractors you interviewed offer written warranties that back up their work and products?
    • Can the swimming pool companies in Contra Costa County meet your needs when it comes to scheduling, products, techniques, customer service and experience?
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  • How To Work With
    Get Accurate Contra Costa County Pool Company Estimates

    Once you find the local swimming pool company that meets all your ideals, it’s the perfect time to ask for a written contract. This contract should include written details on the price, quality and materials to be used, as well as the job start date and intended completion date.

    Before you sign the contract, read and be sure you understand all the terms and limitations. The contract you sign is binding, and should protect your property and your interests, as well as those of your contractor. For this reason, you should never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

    When signing the contract, don’t be afraid to write in special requests or verbal agreements. This will protect you and help ensure you get the services you have agreed on. Along with end dates and any special instructions, these add-ons may also include related issues that aren’t always covered by a standard contract.

    For example, regardless of how careful your contractor promises to be, rutted lawns, damaged shrubs and crushed flowerbeds are often unexpected results of exterior swimming pool jobs.

    But you can protect your property by being proactive. Before the work begins, schedule a walk through with the company supervisor and conduct a pre-work inspection of your property. List or photograph your landscaping, home and property and talk with a company representative about reasonable expectations for protecting your home and yard during the work.

    When you’ve reached an agreement, both you and the contractor should sign and date the document. When the work is done, do a concluding inspection together and verify that your expectations were met.

    Preparing for New Pool Installation
    Professional pool contractors are able to handle the large and small aspects of their work. But there are a few things you can do in preparation to their arrival and while the work is in progress to help their job go more smoothly. You may even cut down on billable hours or the possibility of damage to your home and belongings.

    Remove any outdoor furniture or movable items from the workspace.. Anything that’s cannot be removed from the pool area should be moved as far away as possible from the construction area. You may also want to temporarily store any expensive items that are in high-traffic areas of your yard to prevent them from being broken.

    Provide adequate clearance and parking space for work trucks. Some swimming pool companies have large work trucks that require more clearance or parking space than average vehicles. Contact the company before the scheduled start date and ask them how many work vehicles will need parking space and whether the vehicles are oversized.

    You may find it helpful to walk through the site with your contractor ahead of time so they can point out any potential clearance issues or possible hazards you can move or minimize before the pool construction begins.

    Trim plants and bushes outside your home before the swimming pool is installed. You may be able to save time and money by trimming trees, bushes and other plants that are close to your home’s exterior. Talk with your contractor about the amount of space they require around the perimeter of the job.

    Keep children and pets away from the construction areas. Your contractors will be focused on the work at hand and shouldn’t have to watch out for children and pets before, during or after the work. Cordon off the area the contractor will be using and keep pets and kids away from that area until after the work is finished. This will prevent accidents, injury and the expense of touch-ups.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Keys to Being a Good Swimming Pool Contractor Customer?

    It's the swimming pool contractor’s responsibility to put in quality swimming pools using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your swimming pool, too.

    Here are a few simple tips to help you be a good customer when hiring a Contra Costa County swimming pool contractor in the major cities of San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Martinez, and Pleasant Hill.

    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way in gaining and maintaining trust.
    • Before you hire a swimming pool contractor in Contra Costa County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the swimming pool contractor representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local swimming pool contractors occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your swimming pool contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re installing the swimming pool. The work will move along more smoothly if your swimming pool company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the installation of the swimming pool on schedule.
    • Pay for the swimming pool work on time.
    • Be clear and upfront with the swimming pool contractor. Let them know what you want from your swimming pool, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Swimming pool contractors in Contra Costa County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Check the Invoice With the Completed Swimming Pool Work

When the swimming pool is finished, most good builders will give you a written invoice that details the completed work.

This invoice usually includes:

  • A list of all swimming pool construction services performed.
  • An itemized list of the swimming pool materials and pool supplies purchased.
  • The total cost for swimming pool services, including the amount due for labor.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by the swimming pool manufacturers and the company.
  • The contractor’s name, physical address and license number.

It’s smart to compare the completed work to what was promised on the written invoice. Ask your company representative to walk through the job site with you and show you the work. Check what was done against the invoice.

During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your new swimming pool. If you have questions about the work that was done or the materials used, this is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Ask for Written Warrantees from Swimming Pool Builders in Contra Costa County

Most good swimming pool companies in Contra Costa County in the smaller towns of Alamo, Antioch, Clayton, Clyde, El Sobrante, Morago, Point Richmond, and Tara Hills offer some type of warranty on their work or on the materials they’ve used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job.

This written warranty information should include the following:

  • What products and services are covered. This should also include whether the contractor will replace or repair your new pool and its parts in the event of a product failure.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the swimming pool, materials and workmanship.
  • If the warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
  • The contractor’s name and physical address.
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Top 10 Requests
Most Popular Contra Costa County Swimming Pool Contractor Services

The top requests for swimming pool contractors  in Contra Costa County are listed below.

Swimming Pool Installation
The installing of an above ground or in-ground enclosure intended for the containment of water. This structure is designed to be used for swimming, wading, or other recreational use.

Above Ground Swimming Pools
Swimming pools that are built above ground. These pools are less expensive are typically round or rectangular.

Inground Swimming Pool Designs
Designs of inground swimming pools as far as shape and contour.

In Ground Swimming Pools
Swimming pool built into the ground which usually have a gradual depth. These can be made with fiberglass or cement.

Fiberglass Swimming Pools
A swimming pool made with fiberglass that is created less likely to crack or require any future repairs. These pool are also more flexible than a cement pool. Fiberglass is more suitable for colder areas.

Custom Swimming Pool
Swimming pools that can be custom designed with limitless options for shape, features, and configurations.

Swimming Pool Liners
Liners made for swimming pools typically made of plastic or similar materials.

Swimming Pool Maintenance
Caring for the upkeep of swimming pools, both aboveground and in-ground. These services include adding chlorine and other chemicals to pools, winterizing the pool, getting pools ready for the season, and vacuuming the pool.

Swimming Pool Supplies
Supplies to maintain the pH of the water, the pump and its parts, the cleaning of the filters, the upkeep of the pool equipment, and other accessories that aid in the upkeep of the swimming pool.

Swimming Pool Designs
Designs of pools as far as shape and contour. With custom designing the options are endless.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms Used By Local Swimming Pool Contractors

Below are key swimming pool contractor terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your swimming pool service from start to finish.

above-ground swimming pool cleaning and repair
Services for cleaning pool filters, maintaining the pH of the water, and maintaining the pool, pool equipment, and pool accessories, or a combination of these services for both above-ground swimming pools.

Below are key swimming pool contractor terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your swimming pool service from start to finish.

above-ground swimming pool cleaning and repair
Services for cleaning pool filters, maintaining the pH of the water, and maintaining the pool, pool equipment, and pool accessories, or a combination of these services for both above-ground swimming pools.

Also known as: swimming pool cleaning service, pool cleaning service, pool cleaning companies, above ground pool cleaning services, swimming pool repair services

algae
Algae is a term for a variety of microscopic organisms which have features that are similar to plants. These organisms are fairly harmless, but they can significantly change the color of your pool water. If the algae gets thick enough, it can also damage the filter.

Also known as: swimming pool algae, pool algae removal, pool algae treatment, pool maintenance, pool algae chemicals, swimming pool black algae, swimming pool algae control, pool green algae, green algae in pool, green pool water

alkalinity
Alkalinity is the opposite of acidity and can be referred to as total alkalinity. You can find test your pool’s pH to find its alkalinity. This can be done with test strips from a pool supply store.

Also known as: alkalinity of water, pool alkalinity, alkaline water, lower alkalinity in pool, pool alkalinity high, increase alkalinity in pool, low alkalinity in pool, pool alkalinity low, raising alkalinity in pool

above ground swimming pools
Swimming pools that are built above ground. These pools are less expensive are typically round or rectangular.

Also known as: above ground swimming pool decks, above ground swimming pool liners, above ground pools, above ground swimming pool, above ground swimming pool pumps, swimming pool liners above ground

backwashing
This is the process of reversing the flow of water through a pool’s filter so it can be cleaned.

Also known as: backwash, backwash filter, backwash pool filter, backwash hose, backwashing filters

bleach
A term for liquid chlorine. This is similar to the bleach that can be used in cleaning laundry; however swimming pool bleach has three times the concentration of actual chlorine.

Also known as: bleach for swimming pool, swimming pool supplies, bleach in swimming pool

calcium chloride
A water-soluble white salt that is used to alter the hardness of swimming pool water.

Also known as: calcium chloride dehydrate, anhydrous calcium chloride, calcium chloride uses

calcium hardness
A term that describes the calcium content of swimming pool water. Water can be too “hard,” or not hard enough. When it is too hard, the water will not be comfortable to swim in. You could also see white calcium buildup appearing on your fixtures. When the water is not hard enough, it can corrode metals.

Also known as: calcium hardness in pools, swimming pool calcium hardness, calcium hardness test, calcium hardness increaser

cartridge filter
There are many types of pool filters. The cartridge is the replaceable element of the pool filter, and it is usually made of polyester or sometimes paper.

Also known as: cartridge filters, cartridge pool filters, cartridge pool filter, spa cartridge filters, spa cartridge filters, pool cartridge filters, pool cartridge filter cleaner, pool filter cartridges

chlorine
A material that is used to disinfect pool water. What is commonly referred to as chlorine is many times sodium hypochlorite.

Also known as: chlorine tablets, chlorine in water, pool chlorine tables, chlorine pool

clarity
A term that describes the transparency of swimming pool water. When the water is not clear, it can be a sign that there is an algae problem.

cover
A cover for a pool or a spa that protects the pool or spa when it isn’t being used.

Also known as: spa pool covers, spa covers, spa pool cover, pool and spa covers, pool spa covers, pool spa cover, pool and spa supplies

custom swimming pool
Swimming pools that can be custom designed with limitless options for shape, features, and configurations.

Also known as: swimming pool designs, concrete swimming pools, custom in-ground swimming pools, in-ground swimming pool designs, swimming pool design services

diatomaceous earth
A powder that is made up of thousands of single-celled organisms (fossilized diatoms). These tiny fossils are porous and make a perfect material for filtering impurities out of swimming pool water. Some of the most effective swimming pool filters on the market are DE filters.

Also known as: DE, diatomaceous earth pool filter, diatomaceous earth pool filters

drain
The pool drain is situated in the deepest part of the swimming pool This drain is connected to the swimming pool pump which circulates and filters the water.

Also known as: main drain

fiberglass swimming pools
A swimming pool made with fiberglass that is created less likely to crack or require any future repairs. These pool are also more flexible than a cement pool. Fiberglass is more suitable for colder areas.

Also known as: fiberglass swimming pool, cheap swimming pool, fiberglass in-ground swimming pools, in-ground fiberglass swimming pools, fiberglass swimming pool inserts

filter
A swimming pool filter keeps the water clean and free from unhealthy particles. It cleans the pool water by running it through a porous substance (diatomaceous earth or sand) which pulls out impurities out.

Also known as: pool filter cartridge, pool filter parts, swimming pool filters, pool filters and pumps, swimming pool filter, pool filter cartridges

filtration rate
A term that describes the speed at which water moves through a swimming pool filter.

hot tub chemicals
Chemicals used for spas (hot tubs) to disinfect, sanitize, and continuously kill bacteria in the water.

Also known as: hot tub chemical

inground swimming pool designs
Designs of pools as far as shape and contour. With custom designing, the options are endless.

Also known as: swimming pool designs, pool designs, in-ground pools designs, in-ground pool design, in-ground swimming pool design, custom swimming pool designs

in-ground swimming pool repair & cleaning
Services for cleaning pool filters, maintaining the pH of the water, and maintaining the pool, pool equipment, and pool accessories, or a combination of these services.

Also known as: in-ground swimming, pool repair, in ground swimming pools, swimming pool supplies, in-ground pool repair, in-ground swimming pool repair, swimming pool liner repair, swimming pool liner, swimming pools services

in ground swimming pools
Swimming pools that are built into the ground which usually have a gradual depth. These are typically made with cement.

Also known as: in-ground swimming pools, ground swimming pools, above ground swimming pools, swimming pools in ground, in ground swimming pool liners, above ground swimming pool pumps, above ground swimming pool, custom swimming pools

pool cleaning service
Services for cleaning pool filters, maintaining the pH of the water, and maintaining the pool, pool equipment, and pool accessories, or a combination of these services.

Also known as: swimming pool cleaning services, swimming pool cleaning equipment, pool cleaning business, pool tile cleaning, pool cleaning equipment

swimming pool cleaners
Products that clean the pool either using the suction and the return lines or cleaning through the pool’s circulation system.

Also known as: automatic swimming pool cleaners, automatic pool cleaners, swimming pool cleaning, above ground pool cleaners, swimming pool cleaning service

swimming pool construction
The building of an above ground or in-ground outdoor enclosure designed, intended, or used for the containment of water. Also this structure is designed to be used for swimming, wading, or other recreational use.

Also known as: concrete swimming pool construction, swimming pool builders, swimming pool contractors, swimming pool installation, in-ground swimming pool construction, swimming pool installers

swimming pool contractor
A building contractor who has a specialty license that is issued in the areas of excavation, structural, trim, decking, layout, piping, and finishes.

Also known as: swimming pool builders, swimming pool contractor, in-ground swimming pool contractors, swimming pool construction, pools contractor, in-ground swimming pool contractors, swimming pool installers

swimming pool designs
Designs of pools as far as shape and contour. With custom designing, the options are endless.

Also known as: in-ground swimming pool designs, pool designs, in-ground pools designs, in-ground pool design, swimming pool design, in-ground swimming pool design, fiberglass pool designs, in-ground swimming pool contractors, swimming pools contractors, in-ground pool contractors

swimming pool installation
The installing of an above ground or in-ground enclosure intended for the containment of water. This structure is designed to be used for swimming, wading, or other recreational use.

Also known as: above ground swimming pool installation, in-ground swimming pool installation, swimming pool liner installation, swimming pools installed, swimming pool installers, in-ground swimming pool contractors, in-ground pool contractors

swimming pool liners
Liners made for swimming pools typically made of plastic or similar materials.

Also known as: above ground swimming pool liners, pool liners, swimming pools liners, above ground pool liners, pool liners for in-ground pools, in-ground swimming pool liner, swimming pool liner repair, above ground swimming pool liner, pool liners in-ground, in-ground swimming pool liners, gunite swimming pools, in-ground pool contractors

swimming pool maintenance
Caring for the upkeep of swimming pools, both above-ground and in-ground. These services include adding chlorine and other chemicals to pools, winterizing the pool, getting pools ready for the season, and vacuuming the pool.

Also known as: swimming pools maintenance, swimming pools, swimming pool supplies, in-ground swimming pool maintenance, above ground pool maintenance, swim pool maintenance, swimming pool chemicals, swimming pool service and repair, spa maintenance services, gunite swimming pools, concrete swimming pools

swimming pool painting
Water impermeable paint that is specially formulated and has good wet adhesion. This paint is used to protect and also decorate the interior surfaces of pools.

Also known as: swimming pool paint, swimming pool paints, concrete swimming pool paint, swimming pool deck paint, swimming pool paint colors, painting swimming pool, pool paint, paint swimming pool, pool painting

swimming pool pump
This mechanical device causes the water to flow under pressure to filtrate or circulate the swimming pool water.

Also known as: swimming pool pumps, swimming pools pumps, swimming pool filters and pumps, above ground pool pumps, above ground swimming pool pumps, swimming pool filter pumps, swimming pool pumps filters, swimming pool heat pump

swimming pool service
Services for treating swimming pool water, cleaning swimming pool filters, and also maintaining and repairing pools, pool equipment, and pool accessories or any combination of these services.

Also known as: swimming pool service and repair, swimming pool maintenance, pool service, swimming pool services, swimming pool cleaning services, swimming pools service, swimming pool cleaning service, swimming pool supplies, swimming pool maintenance, pool cleaning service, spa maintenance services, gunite swimming pools

swimming pool service repair
Services for swimming pools such as patching or possibly replacing a liner. Also these services could be repairing the underground or above ground part of the filtration system, including the pump and its parts.

Also known as: swimming pool repair, pool service, swimming pool service and repair, swimming pool cleaning service, swimming pool service and repair, swimming pool repairs, swimming pool repairs companies, pool cleaning services, swimming pool repair service, swimming pool service, swimming pool services, swimming pool installers

swimming pool supplies
Supplies to maintain the pH of the water, the pump and its parts, the cleaning of the filters, the upkeep of the pool equipment, and other accessories that aid in the upkeep of the swimming pool.

Also known as: swimming pool supplies, swim supplies, swimming pool supply, swimming pool supply, swimming pools supplies, swim supply, swim pool supplies, swimming pool equipment supplies, swim supply store, swimming supply, above ground swimming pool supplies, swimming pool service and repair

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Local Swimming Pool Contractors

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified swimming pool contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a swimming pool contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only swimming pool companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified swimming pool contractor.

Q: What does the average pool cost to build?
A: Usually the bigger you build a pool, the smaller the square footage cost will be. The cost of the average pool starts in the mid $20,000 range. There are many factors that affect price besides the size: the selection of equipment and devices, the tile and coping selections, an addition of a waterfall or other water features, different types of stone features, the lighting choices, the finish selections, and the choice of decking.

Q: What size is the average pool?
A: Basic pool sizes begin at around 400 square feet and the sizes go up from there.

Q: How long does the average pool take to build?
A: The time it takes is dependent upon the size of the pool, the complexity of the design, and also the cooperation of the weather. The average pool can usually be completed in about six weeks.

Q: How do I decide what type of pool is right for my family?
A: First the pool size and kind will be determined by the overall size of your lot. As far as the shape and style that will depend on how you are going to use the pool. If exercise is an important factor, then you will need a pool where lap swimming is appropriate. If you want a pool that reflects an oasis in your backyard to relax or entertain, then you may be well-suited for a custom design. There are a variety of shapes to fit a multitude of different needs and lifestyles. Ask your swimming pool contractor for a selection of pool styles.

Q: Can a pool be used year round?
A: Yes , a quality pool can be used beyond the pool season. Regardless of the season, the swimming pool can be a centerpiece of great memories with your family and your friends that will last for years ahead. Enjoy your backyard oasis year round!

Q: Should a new pool be built in the spring in preparation for summer?
A: Demand increases in the spring and summer, so the months of November to February are actually a great time to build the pool. If you plan ahead with the building of your pool, you can make sure your swimming pool is ready to use those first days of warm weather.

Q: What typical concrete finishes are offered for pools?
A: There is a variety of concrete finishes: stamping, multi colors, banding, broom, salt, exposed aggregates, staining, and unlimited combinations of these.

Q: Will the value of my home increase with a pool?
A: It will. Studies reveal that pools increase your home value between 7% and 15%. It depends on the locations of your home.

Q: Will a pool increase the value of my home?
A: Yes. Most studies show that a pool will increase the value of your home anywhere between 7% and 15%, depending on where your house is located.

Q: What is the greatest factor affecting the swimming pool cost?
A: Interestingly, the cost of construction for the structure of the pool does not vary much. The ease of access to your property, local permits, and the demolition before construction can affect the prices slightly. The biggest cost increase is due to what you place around the pool to enhance the design. The materials that are used in the waterfalls, the planter walls, the deck, the patio, and other features can be very simple or very elaborate. So since you will have the greatest control of the cost by monitoring what goes around the pool for design.

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