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Birmingham Home and Garden Show 2014

Posted by Trent King on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 @ 15:02 PM

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Earl's Pools will once again be at the Birmingham Home and Garden Show. If you're looking to install a pool now or in the early stages of considering a swimming pool, please come by and visit our booth to get educated on fiberglass pool cutting edge technology, pricing, or the process of the installation.

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Buyer Beware: Cheap Price Pool Dealers!

Posted by Josh Bush on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 @ 08:03 AM

Vinyl Liner Pool Nightmare

There are three different options when buying a swimming pool: Fiberglass, Vinyl, and Gunite.  This statement is true but you also have a fourth option that is the most important one of all when building a swimming pool, The Contractor.  We at Earl's Pools specialize in the installation of fiberglass swimming pools, because we believe that they are the best pool offered to consumers.  Not all fiberglass pools are created equal so do your research because the manufacturers of fiberglass pools across the nation have different practices when it comes to the making of a fiberglass pool.

There are a lot of pool dealers that believe the only way they can sell a pool is by being the cheapest.  This doesn't require any selling knowledge of their product but only that they can install a pool cheaper than anyone else.  There are a couple of major reasons they can accomplish this. One, they sell a cheap pool that is manufactured with lower standards on the materials used to make the pool in uncontrolled work environments.  With fiberglass pools, they are mostly made up of resin and with anything there are different grades of resin that can be used to manufacture the pool.  The lower the grade the cheaper cost to manufacture, so the cheaper the pool is to buy.  Two, the contractor cuts corners during installation.  This can be seen by a contractor using something as backfill that has no place around a swimming pool, like sand or even the dirt that is excavated from the hole.  They may also skimp when it comes to the pipe or pipe fittings that may be used underground that the consumer may never see.  They may also cut costs by installing a lower grade filter, pump, lights, salt chlorinator, or automatic cleaner; or they may charge you later for some of these items that aren't included in the initial quote.  Some contractors elect to get the pools they install outfitted from the factory with the skimmer, returns, maindrains, and even perimeter tile because of their lack of experience of installing or pure laziness of not wanting to do it themselves.  During the shipment of the pool any of the fittings may be jarred loose and cause a leak that may be undetected until months after the installation is complete.

Installing an inground pool is not cheap.  Quality is much better than cheap.  When people invest their hard earned money in a pool project they want to be sure they can trust their dealer to use the the best pool and  best materials to construct their backyard paradise.  Don't be afraid to ask questions about the construction of the pool and the process of installation used by different dealers.  Check out the dealer by checking references, insurance, and license.  Feel secure in knowing the installer you decide to use will be using the best pool and materials available for your installation.

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What options are there for financing swimming pools?

Posted by Trent King on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 @ 08:03 AM

houses made of money

  Here is a thought for some to take into consideration when planning the investment of a new pool. Although you may be able to pay for your pool up front or looking to finance it, take in consideration of refinancing your home and get the greenbacks to do what ever you please. Use the bad economy in your favor by taking advantages of the lowest interest rates available. After recent conversations with mortgage lenders it is beneficial to refinance now while the interest rates are bottoming out and if you can get at least a 1% decrease in your current rate it is worth the effort to get it done. The towering rumor of you having to be in a home for 7 years to build up equity is not true. Put yourself in the same or lower monthly payment and get the money you need to invest in a pool that will not only increase the value of your home, but have an investment and vacation that will last you a lifetime.

Sr. Loan Officer

Cathy Gapen



from Hometown Mortgage told me to give her direct contact info. out and she would be glad to answer any questions or concerns to see if this fits you. Hometown Mortgage has a great reputation and deals with all their customers direct because they are the lender. Tell her Trent at earl's pools sent you.

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Can you install a fiberglass pool inside an existing pool?

Posted by Josh Bush on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 @ 16:03 PM

Would you like to have this situation in your backyard?

Liner Pool Problems

Unfortunately one of my customers had this unpleasant site in her own backyard, and with the site of this she asked me if there was any hope.  After assessing the situation, I let her know that my recommendation was to install a fiberglass pool inside of this nightmare that she currently had to deal with.  We discussed a few things initially she needed to consider.

  1. What cost am I looking at for this type of project? -  To install a fiberglass pool in this situation she basically was looking at a whole new install.  Even though there was an existing hole there, the cost of additional gravel to fill in the area around the new pool would offset the cost of not having to excavate a new hole. 
  2. Will you be able to tell there was another pool here before?-  When we finish the job you will have no idea that there was anything here before.  We actually set the grade of the new pool a bit higher and poured new concrete on top of the existing patio area that was there before.
  3. Do you think it is worth the investment?-  One of the first questions that you must consider is if you intend on living there for a while or not.  In her situation this is her retirement home and wanted to fix things up to enjoy for years to come.  Even though the cost is high upfront to transform your backyard, by installing a fiberglass pool you save as you go.  The chemical consumption on a fiberglass pool was cut down to about 15% of what she was spending with the liner pool she already had.  Power usage also was cut to less than half of her existing pool, and the overall look that we created in her backyard for years of excitment and pleasure to come outweighed those years of frustration that she had dealt with before.  Her new pool that we installed requires about 20 minutes a week maintenance, and that is the one thing that has meant the most to her.

So in closing can you install a fiberglass pool inside of an existing pool, why yes you can.  You must weigh out what is best for you and your family of course, but it is worth the investment down the road.

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What are the top four pool upgrades that most choose?

Posted by Josh Bush on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 @ 15:03 PM

Salt Chlorinator

After installing pools here at Earl's Pools for the better part of thirty years we have always sold upgrades with pool purchases whether they may be perimeter tile, water features, salt chlorinators, underwater pool lighting, pool coping, patio options, slides, diving boards, deck jets, spa jets, automatic pool cleaners, or even retaining walls.  Within the past few years I started noticing that nine times out of ten most customers of ours chose the same four upgrades.  What we decided to do was to include them into our base price of the pool.  Here are the four most chosen pool upgrades by our customers over the past five years and reasons why.

  1. Salt Chlorine Generator-  The salt system with a fiberglass pool seems to cost my average customer around fifty dollars anually to maintain their pool.  Salt chlorinators produce chlorine from salt instead of using tablet forms or granular forms of chlorine.  Most salt systems even let the home owner know when the salt level is low in the pool, which provides them with less confusion when maintaining the water chemistry in the pool.
  2. Underwater Lighting-  We now use LED low voltage lights in our new installs due to the safety features and the overall more classic look that it provides.  Without a wet niche light used in the pool you take that potential of electrical current passing into the pool water.  Pool lighting provides that extra look at night as well as illuminating the inside of the pool for more enjoyment in the evenings.
  3. Automatic Pool Cleaner-  There are several different types of cleaners available in the market, but with designs now days it allows most customers of mine the ability to maintain their pool in about ten minutes a week.  This provides that ability to just swim instead of skimming the water or even manually vacuuming before you get to enjoy that pool you invested in to create that form of vacation in your backyard.
  4. Pool Coping-  One of the best things that you can do to boost the apperance of your pool cosmetically is pool coping.  There are several different types:  stamped concrete, cantilever concrete, flagstone, paver, bullnose brick, travertine, or tile.  Whichever one that you may choose draw your attention to the pool itself and provide that custom look that everyone longs for with their own pool.

If you may have any questions, please contact me through one of our contact forms located throughout our website.


Tags: fiberglass pool cost, fiberglass pools, fiberglass pool advantages, Pool Upgrades

What size fiberglass pool is best for my family?

Posted by Josh Bush on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 @ 14:03 PM

One of the most common asked questions is, "How big of a pool do you think we need to accomodate my family?"  This question is only answered by myself when talking with others after I have spent some time with them getting to know them and their family a little better, with understanding some of their hobbies and listening to what they intend to get by installing a pool in their backyard.  Let's face it most installs now days are done to provide that backyard escape for families that allow them to stay at home as a place of vacation.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing which style and size pool are best suitable for you and your family.

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  1. One thing to consider is the option if my family needs a diving board or not on the pool.  If so, then in order to have a diving board installed on a pool it needs to meet a depth of eight feet or more.  This can limit your choices to sometimes only a few different styles.
  2. If you are the type that loves to have company over and entertain others, then you may want to consider a gradual slope pool, due to the fact that if the pool only goes to six feet or so then most can utilize the entire pool.  Depending on the size of the backyard you want to choose a pool that is small enough that you allow yourself to provide adequate patio spacing to enjoy furniture for lounging and entertainment around the pool as well as within the pool itself.
  3. If you have smaller children like I do then one of my concerns is finding a pool that provides a play area for little ones incorporated into the design that I choose.  One of my favorite designs in this situation is the Riviera made  by Leisure Pools USA due to the large seating area on the shallow end of the pool that is ideal for smaller children to enjoy.
  4. You may be one that requests some customization to a fiberglass pool, whether it be a tanning ledge, spillover spa, water features, or even a negative edge pool.  If this is the case then with the availabilty of many shapes that are provided in today's market you open yourself up to many different options to incorporate that special look you desire around your investment with a pool.

In closing, we here at Earl's Pools of Alabama look forward in assisting all of our customers in meeting their needs whatever they may lead to be when choosing which pool meets their needs the best.  If you would like to receive more information about the fiberglass pools that we install here at Earl's Pools please fill out one of our contact forms, and we will get back with you as soon as possible.

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What type of cover should I install on my pool?

Posted by Josh Bush on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 @ 10:12 AM

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We have installed many different types of covers here in the past, and this is our opinion on a few.

Safety Cover

Easy maintenance with the removal of leaves

Structurally sound to hold up our most prized possesions (our children)

Different colors available to blend with your patio

Automatic Pool Cover

Provides a solid structure above the pool

Covers the pool with a push of a button

Price of installation is somewhat high

Solar Blanket

Inexpensive way to generate heat for the water

Not a safety cover by no means and should only be installed for the purpose to heat the water temperature and expect nothing else

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Is Rock a Deal Breaker While Installing A Swimming Pool?

Posted by Josh Bush on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 @ 21:06 PM

Rock in most areas can be expected when looking at the surrounding areas by a knowledgable pool installer.  The main thing with the rock issue is to be prepared for worst case senerio, so your budget will not be maxed out.  As a pool installer, you never know the extent of rock until you actually start the excavation of the hole because not a rock is the same and some may be broken out in layers and others have to be hammered out with a machine.  We at Earl's Pools of Alabama try to educate our customers before hand of the expenses that can be associated with hitting rock during excavation, and on most occasions the customer is told to expect anywhere between two and four thousand dollars at worst case.  Please enjoy the installation video to better understand the process involved with dealing with rock during installation.

Installation video of Riviera 34' while hitting rock in the process.

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Fiberglass pool cost and advantages

Posted by Josh Bush on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 @ 08:04 AM


Earl's Pools prides itself as a family owned business in providing the best quality fiberglass pool manufactured as well as our very own in-house service department to fully meet the needs of our customers.  Customer satisfaction is held in highest regards for our company.

  • We install Leisure fiberglass pools, which is an Australian based company that is light years ahead of the fiberglass pool manufacturers here in the United States. 
  • The Australian pool market is about 60% fiberglass pools, but here in the United States it is about 15%.
  • Leisure pools all come in color, which have their patented aquagaurd gelcoat, that has an unmatched 15 year surface warranty and a 35 year structural warranty.

We have installed an array of pools by different manufactures here in the United States including:  Viking, Ocean Reef, and Sun pools.  In the past three years we have exclusively installed Leisure fiberglass pools.  The difference speaks for itself, so to offer the best fiberglass pool manufactured for our customer we only install Leisure.  All of the other pools that we installed offered a limited lifetime warranty that is only good in Alabama by law for 7 years.

The cost of installing a fiberglass pool ranges from $20,000 to $40,000 on all of the sizes produced by Leisure.  Our base prices include salt chlorinators, lights, slate look cantilever coping, and an automatic cleaner.  Also with our fiberglass pools we offer and specialize in customization of waterfeatures, decking, retainer wall, and anything you can possible want.  Our average job with electrical, fence, and everything you need to start swimming is around $40,000 to $46,000. 

When you look at your investment of a pool you are basically now vacationing at your own house.  Your family will enjoy recreational activities, host parties, and enjoy quality family time in the busy pace of everyday life.  With the fiberglass pools that we offer, and being the easiest maintenance pool there is, you won't be spending a lot of your time working but instead relaxing.  Save those travel expenses and time to spend time where it matters with family.


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