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Reasons To Own A Pool

Family Time Occurs!

When you build a pool, you actually create a fun, relaxing and healthy space for your children and entire family to spend quality time together….without leaving the backyard! You will make lasting memories as you teach your kids to swim, play with them in the pool, bar-b-que with friends and relatives and relax on your pool deck.

Create An Outdoor Resort At Home

A well designed swimming pool is not just a concrete bowl of water! It turns your backyard into an elegant outdoor resort and oasis. With spas, waterfalls, vanishing edges, planters and other unique amenities, a pool can serve as a relaxing and inviting centerpiece right in your own backyard.

Throw A Party

During the warm afternoons, cool summer evenings or chilly winter nights, using the pool deck area is a great way to entertain. Invite your friends over for dinner, pool side bar-b-que or just a dip in the spa…….it’s party time!

Stay Healthy And Lose Weight

Instead of driving to the gym, you can spend time exercising in your own pool. Research shows that swimming provides a better total body workout with a low risk of injury. Swimming also helps you to lose weight faster and it’s not bad for the heart either!

Unwind And Relax

When you get home from a long day at work or need to escape the hectic demands of life, take a quick dip in your pool or unwind in the spa. Spending time in the water helps your body and mind relax and shed the life’s stresses. Chances are you will also sleep better and deeper that you ever have before!

Increase The Value Of Your Home

Studies show that owning a pool increases the value of your home by as much as 15%. It also makes your property more attractive to prospective homebuyers. If it comes time to move, owning a pool may be the difference between selling your home quickly and keeping it on the market.

Stay Cool

Instead of hiding indoors by the air conditioning, you can beat the summer heat by lounging in the cool waters of your own pool. If a screen enclosure is added you can also shield some of the sun’s rays yet still cool off in the crisp clean and safe water.

Keep An Eye On Your Kids

With a swimming pool in your backyard, you can give your kids and their friends a place to play that is both convenient and safe.

Save Some Money

A pool is easier to finance and maintain than most people think. As well, in the long run, pools are less expensive than big family vacations and other entertainment options. Plus, you will create just as many memories.

Long Lasting Fun

Building a pool is a great investment that will reap rewards for a lifetime. A vacation, a movie, or a visit to a theme park will all come to an end, but a pool will be enjoyed by your friends and family for years to come. You never have to leave you backyard oasis!

As Polk County’s most trusted and professional swimming pool, spa and water feature builder we believe in providing potential pool owners with the information necessary to make the right decision for them and their family. If you are considering purchasing a swimming pool we hope you find the following information beneficial to your decision. As always, feel free to send us a question using our Contact Form or give us a call at (863) 665-8080 if you have any questions.

Myths Of Pool Ownership

I CAN’T AFFORD A POOL

Owning a pool is a lot easier than you think. There are many reasonably priced options for putting a pool in your backyard. The type of pool, materials, accessories and options, screening and lighting you choose will influence the cost of the project. You should remember that your pool will help reduce other expenses, such as the cost of vacations away from home, membership dues to country clubs or health clubs for swimming or other recreational activities.

MY YARD WILL BE RUINED FOR A YEAR AND WORKMEN WILL BE A AROUND ALL THE TIME.

An accurate understanding of the building process will help you develop realistic expectations for the completion of your pool. Many pools are completed in just 8 weeks! But obviously, unforeseen factors such as the weather or permit delays can affect the building process. A good builder will communicate any changes in the project schedule to you as soon as possible.

IT TAKES TOO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT TO MAINTAIN A POOL.

You can always hire a professional to do the job, but with today’s cost-effective technology you can get the same great results in very little time. In fact, maintaining a pool is easier than maintaining your car or your lawn and most of the time less expensive!

MY ELECTRIC BILL WILL SIGNIFICANTLY GO UP IF I OWN A POOL

Utility bills vary depending on where you live and who your provider is, but average estimates show that utility bills only increase between $20-$30 with today’s energy efficient pumps. But that’s nothing when compared to the money you would otherwise spend on entertainment, vacations and trips, including the expense of gasoline, food and concessions. Studies show that air conditioners cost much more to run than the addition of an electric pool pump.

I AM AFRAID OF THE RISK OF ACCIDENTS AND DROWNINGS AT MY POOL.

While attentive adult supervision is the best way to maintain a safe pool, fences, pool covers, gates and pool alarms offer additional layers of protection to enhance safety. Some experts believe that having a pool actually saves untold lives because children who learn to swim at a very early age are less likely to drown in an emergency situation later in life.

I AM WORRIED ABOUT THE INCREASED INSURANCE AND LIABILITY THAT MAY COME WITH OWNING A POOL

It is not fact that insurance rates go up with pool ownership. Homeowners should always check with their current insurance brokers and shop around for the best coverage available. You should also contract with a reputable builder, carefully read safety materials, closely follow safety equipment instructions, and ensure that there is adult supervision of the pool at all times. Many good pool builders discourage the additions of diving boards and slides to the swimming pool for safety reasons.

POOLS REQUIRE CONSTANT REPAIR.

You should research a builder’s work and ask questions about the longevity of the pool types they are considering. Proper cleaning and maintenance prevent the need for unscheduled refurbishing, and some companies may even offer a lifetime guarantee for the pools they install. One of the most important aspect of quality is ask how long the company has been in business.

I AM AFRAID OF MISTAKENLY HIRING A DISHONEST POOL BUILDER.

Like with any building project, you should always check a builder’s professional credentials, ask for references and view samples of their completed work. As well, call the county or city municipality permit office and code enforcement and ask for an opinion of the builder or check if they have ever been in front of the licensing board for complaints and/or violations.

SAVE SOME MONEY

A pool is easier to finance and maintain than most people think. As well, in the long run, pools are less expensive than big family vacations and other entertainment options. Plus, you will create just as many memories.

A POOL IS A BIG INVESTMENT AND I THINK THAT FINANCING WILL BE REALLY DIFFICULT.

Homeowners can finance a pool with a long term mortgage. Additionally, pool builders with great reputations will be able to offer financing due to industry and financing experience and will be able to explain financing options, loan terms and current interest rates to help you find a manageable monthly payment plan. In today’s lending environment, pool financing is as easy as financing a car.

I HAVE HEARD THAT POOLS DETRACT FROM THE APPEAL OF A HOME IN THE REAL ESTATE MARKET INSTEAD OF ADDING TO IT.

Not true. Banks and other financial lenders often look favorably upon swimming pool financing, considering it a “home improvement” that will increase both the current and resale value of the home.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I select the right pool builder?

Make sure to interview your prospective builder very carefully. Here are a few things to consider:

  • What is the company’s reputation in the community?
  • Do you know a friend or neighbor who has used the same company with good results? If not, can the company provide you with dozens of reliable references or customer report cards?
  • How does the company treat you as a potential customer?
  • How long has the company been in business, and how long have they been building in your area?
  • How many pools have they built?
  • Will the company provide you with a clear written estimate so that you’re not confused about what work will be done?
  • Will they finish the project on time?
  • Is the company in good standing with your local Building Department, Polk County or City Municipality and or Contractor’s Board?
  • Will the company add hidden charges after the construction process has begun?
  • Is the company financially stable so that there is no risk that you’ll be left with an unfinished pool if they go out of business?
  • Will they keep your property clean and safe throughout the construction process?

Aside from winning countless of awards for beautiful and innovative custom pools, Griffin Pools is also well known within the industry for offering unparalleled customer service. From helping you understand all of the design options, to clearly communicating what you can expect during the construction process, we make sure that you are well informed during each phase of the project. And as the largest pool builder in Polk Country with more than 6,000 pools built, we set the standard as the industry leader. In fact, 98% of all our projects are finished on time and within budget.

Will a pool increase the value of my home?

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. It will also continue to increase in value throughout the years, just like your home.

What about warranties? Is my investment well-protected?

Warranties are very important. At Griffin Pools, we provide you with the strongest guarantee in the swimming pool industry. We are confident in the product we build and we offer a warranty that backs it up. You should always ask for and compare the warranties when requesting estimates from builders. You should also remember that a warranty is only as good as the company that issues it. Dozens of pool builders go out of business each year. And if they’re gone, so is your warranty.

Griffin Pools has been building pools for over 40 years. In fact, some of the very first pools we built in 1975 are still in great shape and get regular use. We build our pools to last, and we’ll always be here to stand by our swimming pools in the future. Anyone can offer a “lifetime warranty,” but if they aren’t in business for the duration of your pool’s life, then you haven’t got much of a warranty.

I’ve heard that having a swimming pool can be a lot of work. 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! Pool chemical testing and maintenance, cleaning, and preprogrammed filtration and heating can all be automated. Automatic pool cleaners and various sanitizing devices also make your pool simple to maintain. Your only concern will be finding more time to enjoy your pool or spa! Be sure to ask your Griffin Pools representative about the Intellichlor Salt System with Easy Touch Controls.

I sometimes see advertisements promising pools at very low prices. Should I consider this option?

It is actually possible to build a pool at a low price. But you should be aware that to build a low cost pool, equipment, structural elements, craftsmanship, and design are all compromised. Besides ending up with a pool that doesn’t fit your property because of improper design or using poor quality construction materials, can put you and your family at risk. The old adage is still true: You get what you pay for and if it’s too good to be true, it is.

At Griffin Pools, we know that the cost difference between a great job and a poor job doesn’t have to be significant. Your Griffin Pool professional will work with you to determine a budget that meets your needs. We can custom design your pool to fit your financial parameters, and we’ll also help you secure the appropriate financing. The end result is a beautiful and dependable custom built pool that is affordable and within your budget.

Why do cost estimates vary so much when the pools seem to be the same?

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

  • Quality of Materials
  • Craftsmanship
  • Design Expertise
  • Underground Strength and Durability
  • Customer Service
  • Time Required for Construction
  • Warranties

Griffin Pools’ estimates always include the highest quality materials available, superior craftsmanship, expert design, and unparalleled customer service. You also get the knowledge and expertise of 40 years of custom pool building experience. And we never submit a low introductory bid with the intent of making expensive changes later.

What factors effect the cost of my swimming pool?

Surprisingly, construction costs for the pool structure itself do not vary greatly from pool to pool. Prices can be effected slightly by ease of access onto your property; demolition requirements prior to construction, and local permit costs. The size and design of the pool effect the cost too, but not as much as you might think.

Much of the variation in price is based on what is called “hardscape”. Hardscape is what is placed around your pool to enhance its design. The size and materials used in your deck, patios, waterfalls, gazebos, planter walls, and other features can be simple or sensational. As the customer, you have the greatest influence on your total budget as you control the design of your pool’s hardscape.

Is financing readily available for this type of project?

Yes. And it’s probably easier than you think. Tens of thousands of Floridians have discovered they can give their families a beautiful new pool by merely taking the equity in their home and converting it to cash. It’s easy, inexpensive, and very tax wise!

  • It’s Easy. Financing is approved over the phone and documents are brought to you in your home.
  • It’s Inexpensive. Because of our sheer volume (we’ve built more than 6,000 pools!), we attract the very best and most trusted lenders in the industry.
  • It’s Tax Wise. Did you know that every dollar of interest you pay can be taken as a direct deduction from your taxable income? (consult your tax advisor).
  • You can also use your swimming pool financing to generate additional funds for other home improvement projects or to pay off other high interest, non-deductible credit cards. This often results in savings that literally pay for the home improvement.

Should I consider building my own pool as a homeowner?

Never! And you can bet that equipment suppliers and other contractors will charge you more than the actual value of the materials and work. Even the experts encounter incredible challenges during pool construction. Years of experience, knowledge, and specific training lead to wise and innovative solutions that produce our superior quality finished products. At Griffin Pools, we can offer you enormous buying power, efficient construction, and we also coordinate all of the work so that you experience no hassles and no headaches. Plus, everything is guaranteed.

How should I decide on the design of my pool?

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 Griffin Pools will meet with you at your home to discuss your pool needs and desires. He 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, and sketches of your yard. Then they’ll prepare a custom design at no charge…a design that fits your needs AND your budget! Griffin Pools has received more design awards than any other swimming pool contractor in Polk County.

I have a small and difficult yard to work with. Can I still have a pool?

Expert builders can construct quality pools in yards of all shapes and sizes. Our expert design and engineering team can work with the most challenging properties. You’ll be surprised by our innovative solutions that can turn your dreams into a beautiful backyard resort. Before you give up on your impossibly small yard or hillside location, call us for design advice. It’s free!

Are there any additional options available to add to my pool?

Technology is changing at an unprecedented rate, and swimming pools are no exception. Innovative water treatment options, fiber-optic lighting, spa products, remote controls, automatic cleaning systems, and many others are now available to make your pool easier to maintain and more enjoyable than ever. Tell us what you would like, and we can show you how to do it.

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Enjoying Your Pool

Here Are 23 Rules and Tips to Make Sure Everyone Stays Safe

  • Never swim alone.
  • No running around the pool.
  • No rough playing or “dunking.”
  • No glass containers around the pool.
  • No bobby pins or metallic objects around the pool.
  • No long-distance underwater swimming.
  • Use pool toys with care.
  • Swim to the floor of the deep end before diving. Dive only when and where it is safe (not on top of swimmers and not in shallow water).
  • Children should not use the pool without adult supervision, and the adult should be a competent swimmer.
  • No electrical appliances or wires should be allowed near the pool.
  • A first-aid kit should be kept near the pool.
  • A selected list of emergency telephone numbers should be on hand which includes the nearest available physician, ambulance service, hospital, police, fire and/or rescue unit.
  • The pool deck should be kept clean and clear of debris. Dirty surfaces can become slippery and can cause accidents.
  • Be careful with inflatable toys and floats. Remember: those items are also deflatable.
  • Pools are like driving an automobile; they don’t mix well with alcohol.
  • Allow a meal to “settle” before going into the pool. If you are overly tired, go to bed, not for a swim.
  • Swimmers with open sores and infections should not use the pool.
  • Be careful; do not overexpose yourself to the sun.
  • There should be a periodic safety and maintenance check for all pool appliances and equipment.
  • Children should rest periodically to avoid over exhaustion.
  • Begin teaching your children to swim at the earliest possible age. Until they learn to swim well, teach them to scream in the event they should fall in the water. This will greatly increase the chance of someone hearing them and coming to their rescue.
  • Learn mouth-to-mouth resuscitation prescribed by the American Red Cross. For more information about these and other life saving techniques, contact your Red Cross chapter for training.
  • Regularly check gate latches, 2nd springs, and check the batteries in pool alarms to ensure a safe and secure swimming pool.
  • Always keep floating toys and games out of the pool after being used. Children have a natural tendency to reach for those first.

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Buyer's Guide

Would you give over $20,000 of your money to a stranger? If you would, then read no further. Buying a pool is serious business, and you should take precautions to protect your investment. Because most people are unfamiliar with the swimming pool industry, we have put this guide together to help the consumer to be a more informed buyer. If you know the right questions to ask, the answers given will help you to make the correct choices. The following questions are not all inclusive, but will put you in the right direction for making an "educated buy."

How long has your company been in business?

Many advertisements indicate things like: "28 years experience," and "since 1985," when in fact the company may have only been in business a short time. What they are using is the sum total of years in the "industry by all their employees.

Ask how long the pool company has been incorporated. They say they have 25 years of experience, but have they only been incorporated for 2 years? Is the owner of the company on their second pool company attempt, third or even fourth pool company ownership attempt? Don’t let them keep practicing owning a pool company, failing and then trying over again in your backyard.

Who are your main material suppliers?

If a company is in financial difficulty, normally their suppliers are the first to feel the pinch. This shows up in “slow paying of bills” or over-extended credit resulting in "cash & carry purchases only."

Are you state licensed?

A contractor must be state licensed to pull a "building permit." Some contractors will try to do business with only a locally-issued competency card. These types of contractors will need the homeowner to pull the permit for them. State licensing is required by Florida law, and any contractor working without one is breaking the law. As a matter of fact, if you knowingly hire an unlicensed contractor, you are also breaking the law.

Do you carry Workers’ Compensation and Liability Insurance?

Ask to see a copy of the insurance binder. These insurances protect you, the homeowner, from lawsuits resulting from injuries sustained by the contractors and their employees while they are working on your property. Don’t feel so assured if your pool builder claims they are “Workers Comp Exempt”. As well, if they provide you with their exemption card ask to see workers comp from everyone on the job.

Have you ever declared bankruptcy as an individual or as a pool company?

Florida has very lenient bankruptcy laws. It is possible for a pool company to go bankrupt, then change one word in their company name, and resume business. Bankruptcy does not always result in the loss of the contractor’s state license. For example, XYZ pool company can declare bankruptcy. It can be dissolved of all its debts and warranties. The license holder can then change the name of the business to XY pools and spas and resume business in less than a month.

Does your company have any real property assets?

Many pool companies operate out of their homes. This practice is common with out-of-town companies testing the "economic water," trying to decide whether or not they want to stay in an area. Under-capitalized companies also do this because it is a cheap way to operate with low corporate exposure.

What "material and workmanship" warranties do you offer?

Most warranties offered are backed by the pool company. Some have manufacturer warranties. Be sure you understand which is which. For example, most pumps and filters have warranties backed by manufacturers. In many cases, these manufacturers are national companies and will be around a long time. Warranties like “lifetime pool shell” are backed by the pool company. If the company is no longer in business, then the warranty is gone.

Who does your warranty service?

Some companies have “in-house” service departments, and some contract out for their warranty service. Some contractors do their own selling, building, and warranty service. This often spreads their time too thin and doesn’t allow enough time to do what needs to be done.

What does each of your warranties cover, and what does it exclude?

Many people hear the word warranty and think that it means “everything” is covered. For example, a 10-year filter warranty normally only pertains to the filter housing. All internal parts are not covered. Usually it is the internal parts that need replacing from time to time. Another example is pool cleaners. Some carry a three-year warranty, but it only covers the cleaner head. Often times hoses, brushes, bearings, etc. are excluded from the warranty.

Does your company use a contract which spells out exactly what is being bought and what the “conditions of the sale” are?

The days of “hand shake” deals are long since over. Written contracts, which are specific, eliminate “gray areas” and reduce possible disputes later on. A happy consumer is the one who gets everything they think they bought. Remember, if it’s not in writing, it may not happen.

Does your company have local ownership with “day to day” operational involvement?

Sometimes owners are not accessible to the consumer. This leaves all corporate policies subject to employees interpretation. If it becomes necessary to settle disagreements, talking with the person at “the top” is a consumer’s right.

How many pools has your company built in the local area?

It’s good to know the level of expertise you are dealing with. Very often, new pool companies or companies with high turnover rates are training their people “on the job.” That’s right, in your backyard, and at your expense.

Is your company a member of the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) or any other trade organization?

Membership in the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) or any other trade organization is not an absolute guarantee for the consumer, but it does demonstrate the company’s commitment to bettering the industry, as well as working to keep their company abreast of the latest pool technology. The FSPA sponsors seminars, product displays, and offers technical assistance to its members. Because it is a national organization, it can draw from a tremendous wealth of information. This helps both the builder and the consumer handle challenges before, during, and after construction of the swimming pool.

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Griffin Pools, Inc. Warranty

Your investment in a Griffin Pool not only comes with the confidence that you are getting one of the best built pools in Polk County, but also one of the most comprehensive warranty packages in the industry.

Our minimum standard warranty is one year, this is in addition to a lifetime warranty on your swimming pool shell and three-year manufacturers warranty on pool equipment. Your design consultant will discuss all of the details of your warranty and put it in writing. Providing this warranty will give you the peace of mind that we will continue to stand behind our work and our commitment to your complete satisfaction.

We are confident that you will have many years of enjoyment with your Griffin Pool and are proud to provide you with the added assurance that we will be there should any issues arise. We understand that a warranty is only as good as the company and its reputation. That is why “Quality from the Ground Down” isn’t just a slogan; it’s our business philosophy.

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