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Houston Pool Builders: What Makes Them Unique

Aug 17, 2007
Installing a swimming pool is an investment in your home, raises property values and sets your home apart from the competition, if you ever decide to sell. That is, if you choose the right Houston pool builder.

Why choose pool builders in Houston? If you live in Houston or in the area, it is wise to go with a locally licensed pool builder and one that is a member of APSP (Association of Pool and Spa Professionals).

There are several reasons for choosing a pool builder in Houston. Because it is their home as well as yours, they are conveniently located in your area, and are readily available to handle any problems that may arise with your pool and spa. They can also complete general and yearly maintenance if you so choose. If you have a faulty product; filter, light bulbs, pump etc., they will normally have replacement parts in stock and a repairman on hand if you need one.

When you choose a pool builder from Houston you can ask to view projects the pool builder has completed in your area. This will allow you to judge for yourself, the quality and aesthetics of the finished project, and give you the best knowledge and information when you are ready to decide which builder is for you.

Building a pool is a partnership. You and your builder will work together to create the right pool and/or spa design for you and your family. Pool builders are experts at creating unique designs and atmospheres that will set your pool above the rest, by using premium materials, landscaping, fountains, streams, spas and much more.

Another advantage of choosing a builder in Houston is that they specialize in the area. They know the landscape, the types of soil and/or rock they may encounter during the excavation process, and how to effectively deal with them. Pool builders in Houston also know the affects that yearly climate changes can have on your pool, and how best to handle the construction to allow for normal expansion and contraction associated with temperature changes.

A builder will also know what types of plants are indigenous to the Houston area, and/or better ones that will beautify your pool area, while tolerating the hot Texas sun.

Be sure to schedule two or three, no-obligation consultations with different builders. This will allow you to find the right pool builder for you. The one that best understands and works with you to fulfill the vision of your personal oasis.

It is also wise to ask your builder for a list of customer referrals that you can call and talk too. Ask the customers about their satisfaction level with their pool builder on the initial design process, construction, follow-up, warranty, maintenance and long-term satisfaction.

Pool builders should have plenty of photos to show you of their finished projects. Photos can give you an idea of the contractor's style and how it aligns with your own. While pictures are a wonderful tool, seeing finished projects in your area is even better. Ask your builder if they can give you contacts, for past customers that would be willing to show off their finished oasis.

Always check their credentials, their membership in the APSP, as well as, their licensing and insurance information. If the company is not licensed, stop there and proceed to the next pool builder in Houston. Ask if the company ever operated under another name, changed owners and how long they've been in business. And last but not least, always check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the builder you are considering has any complaints against them, and if so, were they satisfactorily resolved.
About the Author
Rob Traugott serves as President of Laguna Pools, a premier pool and spa builder located in Katy, Texas. Laguna Pools has designed and built custom swimming pools, in the greater Houston area for over 30 years. Contact Rob Traugott at 281-392-8833 or visit http://www.lagunapools.com
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