The following Frequently Asked Questions have been posted to help answer
some of the more commonly asked questions we get from customers who are
considering building a custom built pool. We hope they provide you with
Please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 813-962-0374 if you have any additional pool building questions
we can help answer for you.
What MakesPatio the right choice for me?
We've been building pools for the Tampa Bay area for over 28 years and
have built a longstanding reputation for consistent quality, fast construction
time and time tested construction practices. Our building partners have
been with us for years and our construction managers/supervisors are highly
qualified. Because we only build in certain locations of the Tampa Bay
area, we are able to focus our work resources to insure the quality construction
people have come to expect from a Patio Pool. We would be happy to provide
references at your request.
What areas do you build in?
Most areas in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties.
Are different shaped pools different prices? Will a pool with curves cost
me more than a simple rectangular pool?
There is a common misconception that curved or custom shaped pools carry
a premium price. Not so with Patio Pools. Pool pricing is determined by
square footage, as well as some linear footage components, plus the materials
and special options that you choose.
What do I need to do to get started?
Call 813-962-0374 or e-mail
to set an appointment with one of our Design Consultants. If you'd prefer,
you can fill out our
Request a free estimate form here
. You'll want to budget 1-2 hours for the consultation at your home. You'll
want to have your property survey available which should have been included
with your house/title closing documents. Your design consultant will:
Check for access to the construction area to give construction vehicles access to
the back yard
Take measurements and shoot elevations.
Sit down and learn about your Island Time dream pool. The more information you
can give the better the Design Consultant can show you the right options.
Your Design Consultant will bring lots of design photo's to help you create
a vision of what you want. Feel free to show us pictures of pool options
you like so we can build your dream pool.
You should have an estimate within a week of your initial meeting, depending
upon the time of year.
How long does the entire building process typically take?
Our goal is to complete your pool as quickly as possible. Typically, construction
time takes 21-29 working days once we break ground. The timeframe is very
dependent on the complexity of the project, orders for any special components,
weather conditions, and permitting schedules which are subject to municipal
government practices. The average time to break ground once permits become
available is typically 2 weeks.
Do you offer financing?
Yes...We have many great financing institutions that we have built relationships with.
Secured finance options are offered through Suntrust Bank and Unsecured
option through Swimmingpool.com
How do I check to see how long my pool builder has been licensed or if
there are any complaints on file?
Why shouldn't I go with the lowest price?
At Patio Pools, we see it every year. People call us with their pools in
some stage of construction bemoaning the fact that their pool builder
has not done a quality job, they find themselves in their 4th month of
building with no end in sight or worse yet their builder has gone out
of business and liens are being filed by creditors. Unfortunately, many
times it is too late for us to help them.
So here are some reasons why buying on price alone can come back to haunt you:
- This group of builders typically uses the cheapest labor they can find
and sometimes that labor is inexperienced and even worse, unlicensed.
Even if these workers are conscientious, it is difficult for them to point
out problems for fear of not being paid by the contractor.
- Because of low margins, these builders are more likely to use lower quality
materials and building techniques. For example:
- Utilization of inferior pool finishes (like marcite).
- Undersized pumps and filters.
- Cheap bullnose tile instead of bullnose brick or cantilever deck edge.
- Every year you hear about pool builders going out of business and leaving
their customers high and dry! It is typically these lower cost pool builders
who are most susceptible. Don't become the next consumer news feature
on your local TV news.
- Will your builder give you referrals from happy customers who have recently
had a pool built as well as customers who have owned their pool for a
few years? It's better if you determine if the pools being built can pass
the test of time than get stuck with expensive replacement and repair costs.
- Foremost, there are more things than just price. Consider how well and
how long the pool builder stands behind their product if something goes
wrong as well as the type of warranties they offer.
What parts of the construction process does Patio provide?
Patio Pools helps you with the design, pool construction, plumbing and
electrical, deck finishes and screen enclosures. In addition we provide
outdoor kitchens to along with your pool or pool/spa combination.
What are my responsibilities in the construction process?
You are responsible for capping off or removing irrigation lines prior
to construction, as well as moving power lines, air conditioning units,
underground pipes, sewer lines, septic tanks, well fields and trees if
necessary. You should also be ready to address any sod work or landscaping
that needs to be done after the construction process.
Will I be contacted to let me know when certain phases of construction
will take place?
Once permits become available, a construction manager will contact you
and discuss the start of the project and answer any question you might
have. As the project progresses you will be contacted by Patio Pools to
let you know when certain activities will take place at your site. Once
construction has begun it's always better to direct construction related
questions to your field supervisor if you have questions, although your
design consultant is always available and happy to field questions.
Can weather effect project completion time?
Keep in mind that we live in Florida. At certain times of the year weather
can become extreme and impact the ability to work outdoors. Certain phases
of the construction process can be affected by weather more than others.
At all times we will communicate with you regarding weather delays. Click
here to fill out our online quotation form.