We put a new pool in 2 years ago. after a considerable amount of research. Ended up going with an 11x4.5m job with in floor cleaning, approx 50,000L.
In my view the in floor cleaning is a must and well worth the $6/$8k spend. (Touch wood) Only effort we really need to put in is a check early in the season, add some salt and various bits as the test advises and apart from that we barely touch it all year.
We have an electric heater (split system) instead of solar heating, as we already had the house on solar and run it off that. No noticable increase in power costs.
Overall very, very happy with the product. Notwithstanding that, there has been some issues:
- The industry seems to be full of rogues and to an extent unregulated. We were 75% of the way through the project and discovered that the mob we were using were uninsured (or in their words self-insured). Created issues as to that point we had paid cash, however the last 25% was funded via our bank and the bank wouldn't release funds until proof of insurance was held. Cuased a catch 22 and stalled the project for nearly 8 weeks. We only resolved it by threatening to call work cover (as we had an un-fenced full pool). Work was completed and then bank was able to completed a final valuation and released funds accordingly. Was a huge headache at the time
- No formal handover done so we have had to call them back on various occasions to show us how to use the system. Rather than invest the time to give us a proper demonstration they show one thing and then disappear, only coming back when we contact them again once we discover something else we didn;t know.
- Further to above, we have already had to replace one pump and the other is on the way out, and system wasn't running optimally and caused damage to the pump. They tried to blame us until we reminded them of the numerous call outs we have had to get them to show us stuff. Ended up covered under warranty however I did pay a little extra to get an upgraded, better brand.
My suggestion if putting one in is to do your research and then do some more. We knew a little bit about the attitude of these guys, but were best of a bad bunch. We addressed this early only, being very upfront telling them what we had found during our research, and they assured us this would be the case.
Turns out that a leopard doesn't change its spots.
As I said, overall very happy with the product. It really is a "set and forget set up". Apart from the annual check at the start of the season I check the filters every 3/4 weeks or so and that's about it. Barely use it enough to justify the cost, but whatever........its there if we want it.