Advertisement

What to ask before you build a pool

Bookmark this
April 29, 2019 By Anthony & Sylvan

Southern Nevada’s triple-digit summer season is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to take the plunge on an in-ground swimming pool.

“A typical pool installation from excavation to swim is about nine to 11 weeks,” said Mitch Martinez, the general manager for Anthony & Sylvan -- one of Las Vegas’ leading pool builders.

But before you give a contractor the go ahead, there are a few key questions to ask yourself and your builder.

How big of a pool should I build?

The answer to this question largely depends on the size of your backyard and how you and your family intend to use the pool. But you don’t want to go too small – especially if your house isn’t your forever home.

“A typical pool in Las Vegas is 15 feet by 30 feet with a depth of 5 feet,” Martinez said. “You want room for entertainment and play.”

Anthony & Sylvan offers potential customers the opportunity to meet with a pool design consultant free of charge and have him or her create a 3D rendering of what the pool would look like in the customer’s backyard.

It’s a great tool for visualizing pools of different shapes and sizes without lifting a single shovel of dirt.

Is it worth trying to save money with a fiberglass pool?

Fiberglass pools are a cost-effective option in many parts of the country, but Las Vegas isn’t one of those places.

“It’s a good option for some people outside of our region,” Martinez said. “It is just not a good choice for our climate and water conditions.”
 


What about pool safety?

This is where hiring a licensed company with decades of experience like Anthony & Sylvan makes a difference. A reputable contractor should confidently explain any local ordinances and be able to walk customers through the pros and cons of new technologies on the market.

For example, pools in Las Vegas must have a fence around them that’s at least 5 feet tall and closes with a self-latching or self-closing gate.

Martinez also recommends adding an alarm to any door or window that leads out to the pool. They’re a great tool for making sure kids can’t accidentally access an unsupervised pool.

What if a company offers to save me thousands by paying subcontractors directly?

This is a big red flag, Martinez said.

He recommends avoiding any company that advertises that kind of cost savings. He would also avoid any company that lacks an office or showroom and ones that can’t provide a certificate of insurance for at least $1 million.

“We go even further by requiring all of our partners to carry the highest level of licensing and insurance to cover their work,” Martinez said.

Another red flag is a company that can’t produce a list of 10 customers from the past three months.

Anthony & Sylvan Pools has been in business for 70 years and built more than 370,000 pools nationwide. Homeowners should look to work with a company that’s likely to be around in a year or 10 years – especially if the pool comes with a warranty like the limited lifetime warranty Anthony & Sylvan offers.

What should I expect after the pool is finished?

Anthony & Sylvan sends each of their customers to “pool school” at the end of the project to learn how to care for their new swimming pool, Martinez said.

The builder and his or her team also check in after 15 days and 30 days to make sure their customers are happy.

What about referrals?

Martinez said references can be the best way to find a reputable contractor no matter what you’re looking to build or renovate. He recommends trying to get three or four references from people you trust.

And there’s a good chance you’ll hear the name Anthony & Sylvan Pools from family, friends and coworkers. About 50 percent of their business comes from referrals.
 


This article was presented and sponsored by Anthony & Sylvan Pools. For more information, go to anthonysylvan.com.


Recent Articles

Here’s why you can’t bet on the 2020 presidential election in Nevada

Here’s why you can’t bet on the 2020 presidential election in Nevada

in News

Shark migration patterns. The winner of the 2020 presidential election. The color of Gatorade dumped on the winning coach at the Super Bowl. All are fun, unique betting opportunities — none of which is legal in Nevada.

August 10, 2020 By Bailey Schulz

L&L’s free Luau & Learn booklets teach kids about things Hawaiian

L&L’s free Luau & Learn booklets teach kids about things Hawaiian

in News

Monday is the day kids will officially return to the learning cycle, but learning goes on all the time — and why shouldn’t it be fun?

August 10, 2020 By Heidi Knapp Rinella

No word yet on plans for site of failed SkyVue project

No word yet on plans for site of failed SkyVue project

in News

In the fall of 2012, after Wayne Perry sunk a fortune into a stalled Ferris wheel project on the Strip, he had a harsh message for the developers.

August 10, 2020 By Eli Segall

Baby Yoda cereal finally on Southern Nevada store shelves

Baby Yoda cereal finally on Southern Nevada store shelves

in Food, News

If the Force may not be with you, at least the summer’s cutest cereal can be. The Baby Yoda cereal is finally on store shelves in Southern Nevada.

August 10, 2020 By Janna Karel

Advertisement

Must Read Articles

Boutique hotel being built in Las Vegas’ Arts District

Boutique hotel being built in Las Vegas’ Arts District

in News

A boutique hotel promising a “modern aesthetic” is under construction in Las Vegas’ Arts District.

July 23, 2020 By Eli Segall

Illuminating of roof signs signals end of Allegiant Stadium branding

Illuminating of roof signs signals end of Allegiant Stadium branding

in News

With the expected completion date for Allegiant Stadium drawing near, the company tasked with installing the majority of signs is capping off its work with a trio of the largest signs on the site.

July 13, 2020 By Mick Akers

Chick-fil-A to open new location in Las Vegas

Chick-fil-A to open new location in Las Vegas

in Food, News

Good news, Chick-fil-A lovers. You’ll soon have a new spot to get your chicken fix.

July 30, 2020 By Lukas Eggen

Las Vegas Sands’ Palazzo hotel tower to halt weekday reservations

Las Vegas Sands’ Palazzo hotel tower to halt weekday reservations

in News

Las Vegas Sands’ Palazzo hotel tower will no longer accept reservations on weekdays, beginning July 21.

July 13, 2020 By Bailey Schulz

Advertisement