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How to Find the Best Swimming Pool Contractors in Marin County


If you're ready to have a new swimming pool installed, there are many factors to take into account. One major consideration is the Marin County swimming pool contractor to hire. Whether you opt for an in-ground pool, above-ground pool, or even a heated spa, the quality of the Marin County swimming pool contractors you choose will have a major impact on the outcome.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best swimming pool contractors in Marin County and issues related to hiring them.

 

Updated April 5, 2018

 The TOP 10 Swimming Pool Contractors in Marin County CA

Aquascape
(415) 453-5126
34 De Luca Pl Ste D
San Rafael, CA 94901

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Ross, Tiburon, Belvedere
Services: swimming pool construction company, custom pool design

Marin Aquatics
(415) 472-0600
30 N. Pamaron Way Unit N
Terra Linda, CA 94903

Areas Served: San Rafael CA, Larkpur, Woodacre, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Novato, Tiburon, Kentfield
Services: new swimming pools, swimming pool builders, saltwater pools, custom pool builders

Apache Pools
(415) 492-3351
1010 Del Ganado Rd
Terra Linda, CA 94903

Areas Served: San Rafael, Mill Valley, Sausalito, San Anselmo, Tiburon, Ross, Belvedere, Novato
Services: swimming pool contractors, custom pools, pool designers, pool installers

Hydro Tech Pools
(415) 458-8500
1 Berens Drive
San Rafael, CA 94904

Areas Served: Mill Valley, San Rafael, Tiburon, Sausalito, Belvedere, Fairfax CA, San Anselmo
Services: swimming pool builders, designers, installers

How to Find the Best Swimming Pool Contractors in Marin County 

 

Swimming pool contractors in Marin County are required to be licensed by the State of California for your protection, such as with the specialty C53 license to perform as swimming pool builders specifically. 

If swimming pool builders in Marin County have employees, they're required to have workers' compensation insurance for your protection.  If a worker is injured on your property and the pool contractor doesn't have worker's comp, you could be liable to pay for the injuries and your own insurance may not cover that cost.

Builders of new swimming pools in Marin County are not required by law to have general liability insurance; however, all swimming pool contractors bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have general liability insurance coverage which reimburses their client in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as phone calls with previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.



Good Swimming Pool Contractors in Marin County Can Design and Construct Many Styles of Pools

Swimming pool construction is such a large undertaking that it has its own contractor license designation. Swimming pool contractors learn specific skills that allow them to construct swimming pools, spas or hot tubs, and install the heating equipment for them. More specifically, they can install or repair the basics, like new in-ground pools, above ground pools or vinyl pools, and there are many innovative types of custom pools that they can construct for both commercial and residential settings. Some of the swimming pool contractors in the Marin County area have experience with more advanced projects, such as vanishing edge pools, salt water pools, waterfall pools, infinity pools, fiberglass pools, and hillside pools. In these instances, installation includes new gunite, filtration equipment, vinyl lining (if applicable), and heating units. If you're worried about your pool draining excessive energy or otherwise negatively affecting the environment, some pool contractors have extensive experience with energy efficient pools that are solar heated, gas heated, or temperature controlled.

Most of the swimming pool companies in Marin County do regular work on existing pools as well. Certain wear is inevitable after time, and your aging pool might require extensive renovation, including relining, re-facing, gunite replacement, pool plastering, or concrete work, all of which can be completed by an accomplished pool contractor. If your pool is in need of major renovation, skilled contractors can even create a custom redesign based on your existing layout.

Marin County Swimming Pool Contractors Customize New and Existing Pools

If you've already dedicated a sizable budget to a new swimming pool, why not infuse the project with accessories that will make it truly unique and enjoyable? A look at any skilled swimming pool contractor's portfolio will reveal a plethora of options that you can have installed in addition to the pool itself. There are in-pool features such as diving boards, stairs, ladders, and slides. You can enhance the pool area with waterfalls, quartz pool interior finishes, or water features. Contractors can install mechanical and electrical systems within the pool too, including fiber optic pool lighting, automated pool lighting, computerized systems, pool cameras, antimicrobial filters, regular filters, solar powered pumps, regular pumps, and automatic safety covers.

There's also your new yard to consider. Swimming pool contractors can build or subcontract different landscape additions, such as patio heaters, pool decks and safety pool fencing, pool houses, fire pits, saunas, Koi ponds, special rock formations, and poolside tile work. Down the road, your new pool will likely require maintenance and replacement parts. You may be able to contract with the initial builder to provide for these instances by supplying new liners, vinyl covers, chemicals for advanced purification, or new pumps or filters.


Some Swimming Pool Contractors in Marin County Are Better Than Others

The Prime Buyer's Report lists these swimming pool contractors in Marin County: Marin Aquatics, Apache Pools, Aquascape, Hydro Tech Pools, A C Mobile Air, Pacific Sun, Edwards William, Blu Dolphin Pool Service & Repair. Other swimming pool contractors in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA who might still be in business include: .

 

 

Questions To Ask Swimming Pool Contractors in Marin County 

When choosing which local swimming pool installers to hire, ask these questions about their experience, range of services, credentials, and methods and materials before deciding:

• How long have the swimming pool contractors been designing, building, and/or installing new swimming pools in Marin County specifically? (Different regions have unique soil conditions and weather to take into consideration, and a swimming pool builder's experience in your exact location can indicate their familiarity with these aspects.)

• How many new pool installations have the Marin County swimming pool companies done that are similar to yours in terms of size of job, residential versus commercial, in ground pool versus above ground pool, freshwater versus saltwater pool, etc.?

• Can the local swimming pool contractors give you names and numbers of customers who had a similar kind of installation done who you can call as references? (All swimming pool builders bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)

• Will the swimming pool contractors in Marin County and your area of California provide a written estimate that is detailed, including the amount of labor being proposed, the amount of material to be used, brand names if any, and product numbers if any? (A company might only appear cheaper than another by skimping on the amount of material, the installation method used, products or fixtures.)

• After you explain what you want in a new swimming pool, is there a similar, but less expensive alternative to what you've asked for and what would you lose? Similarly, is there a big leap in quality or function that can be had for just a little bit more money?

• What are the manufacturer warranties on the material to be used?

• Do the Marin County CA pool builders in and around Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael provide a written warranty for their labor along with manufacturer warranties?

• Will pool building permits be needed? If so, will the local pool construction contractors be responsible for getting them, or do they leave that up to you?

• Do the pool construction companies use only their own employees, or do they hire subcontractors? What are the names of those companies? Are they covered by the pool company's insurance and guarantees? Or will you need to verify insurance and guarantees on your own?

• Can the pool building company vouch that all employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All swimming pool companies in Marin County bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)

• Will the new pool builders show you proof of active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All swimming pool contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)

When you've chosen the best swimming pool contractors in Marin County for your specific needs, make sure they are properly licensed by the state of California. (All swimming pool installers bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)

 

 

Eight Great Tips for Working With Marin County Pool Contractors 

Don't Make a Hasty Commitment.
When it comes to a complicated addition like a new swimming pool, give careful attention to every aspect of the project, including choosing a good local swimming pool contractor. Allow yourself enough time to thoroughly screen available pool builders until you are certain that you've found one who can design, install, and construct the new pool or spa of your dreams.

Write a Description of the New Pool Job.
Bring more than vague ideas to the table. Do some research: visit several showrooms and swimming pool websites styles you prefer. Note the overall result you'd like as well as details like tile, stone, color, layout, shape, depth, and additions like diving boards. If you write down your findings, you can present the same description to each Marin County CA pool and spa contractor and know that the responses you receive are based on consistent information.

Get Several Estimates for Your New Swimming Pool or Spa.
Get several estimates from different Marin County pool contractors. This way you'll have a realistic price range to expect and can develop a budget accordingly.

Get Everything in Writing.
If you ever need to debate quality or make a claim on your warranty, you'll be lost if you can't cite precedent. So make sure that your local swimming pool contractor and spa builder provides you with a written contract that details each phase of the work, the agreed pricing, warranty information, and a projected timeline.

Know Your Swimming Pool Contractor.
The selection of a spa and pool builder should involve careful research of their qualifications. Make sure all proper credentials are valid before you officially hire a company to build you a new pool or spa.

Agree in Advance to Review the Swimming Pool Construction Upon Completion.
When the job is complete, do a walk-through with your pool and spa contractor. Thoroughly analyze the work and make sure all the terms of the contract have been met to your standards. Immediately mention any problems you happen upon.

Know Your Rights.
You are legally protected from poor contracting practices. To see the specific legislation that applies to the state of California, visit the official website for the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

 

 

Resources About Swimming Pools in Marin County CA 

Licensing & Trade Associations Relevant to Swimming Pools in Marin County CA
APSP Association of Pool and Spa Professionals www.theapsp.org
BBB Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.com
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
IPSSA Independent Pool & Spa Service Association www.ipssa.com
NSPI National Spa & Pool Institute www.nspi.org
SPEC Spa and Pool Industry Education Council www.calspec.org

Media & Web Resources Relevant to Swimming Pool Builders in Marin County CA
Aqua Magazine
Pool and Spa Living Magazine
Pool Science Magazine
Poolsearch Magazine
Swimming Pool Magazine


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Swimming Pool Contractors in Marin County CA within the following zip codes:

94965, 94903, 94947, 94945, 94924, 94939, 94971, 94946, 94977, 94964, 94930, 94925, 94966, 94914, 94970, 94976, 94979, 94937, 94940, 94912, 94938, 94956, 94920, 94950, 94901, 94915, 94929, 94904, 94973, 94933, 94974, 94963, 94957, 94948, 94942, 94978, 94949, 94913, 94941 and 94960



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Swimming Pool and Spa Builders in Marin County CA within the following cities:

Terra Linda, Point Reyes Station, Bolinas, Tomales, Strawberry Point, San Quentin, Larkspur, Kent Woodlands, Ignacio, Muir Woods, Corte Madera, Marin City, Sleepy Hollow, Black Point, San Rafael, Fairfax, Mill Valley, Tamalpais Valley, Sausalito, San Marin, Kentfield, Inverness, Marinwood, Muir Beach, Dogtown, Ross, Santa Venetia, Almonte, Novato, Stinson Beach, Woodacre, Lucas Valley, Nicasio, Tamal, Dillon Beach, Bel Marin Keys, Greenbrae, San Anselmo, Mission Rafael, Belvedere Tiburon, Tiburon, Forest Knolls, San Geronimo, Belvedere, Lagunitas, Marshall and Olema

 

 

Swimming Pool Contractors in Marin County Sell & Install Many Pool Construction Brands 

Jacuzzi, Diamond Spas, Endless Pools, Cal Spas, Baja, Purex Parts, Milestone, Doughboy, Coverstar safety covers, Save-T Cover, Bio-guard, Aquabot, Kreepy, Arneson, Bio-Lab, Blue-White, Aquatech, Teledyne, Rainbow, Rola-Chem, Watermatic products, Baquacil, and Smartub.

 

 

 

 

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Swimming Pool Contractors in Marin County serving Terra Linda, Point Reyes Station, Bolinas, Tomales, Strawberry Point, San Quentin, Larkspur, Kent Woodlands, Ignacio, Muir Woods, Corte Madera, Marin City, Sleepy Hollow, Black Point, San Rafael, Fairfax, Mill Valley, Tamalpais Valley, Sausalito, San Marin, Kentfield, Inverness, Marinwood, Muir Beach, Dogtown, Ross, Santa Venetia, Almonte, Novato, Stinson Beach, Woodacre, Lucas Valley, Nicasio, Tamal, Dillon Beach, Bel Marin Keys, Greenbrae, San Anselmo, Mission Rafael, Belvedere Tiburon, Tiburon, Forest Knolls, San Geronimo, Belvedere, Lagunitas, Marshall and Olema

 

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