The Best Pool Builders in Chicago IL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
Swimming pool contractors in Chicago IL bearing The Prime Buyer's Report Top Ten symbol are the local pool builders proven by our independent research to have passed the Top Ten requirements, including proving competency and value, carrying liability insurance as protection for customers, promising to hire only documented workers, and for whom our staff have called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them as pool installers or custom pool builders in Chicago IL, including saltwater pools, in-ground pools and above-ground pools.
Whether you want a new backyard swimming pool, swim spa, custom hot tub, commercial swimming pool, or other water feature, read on for helpful hiring tips, questions to ask, facts about swimming pool construction and Chicago swimming pool contractors.
Updated February 11, 2019
The Best Pool Builders in Chicago IL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
The state of Illinois does not require above-ground pool installers or in-ground swimming pool builders in Chicago IL to have any state license, so there is no state test for competency among local pool builders.
So there is no guarantee that any particular contractor for new swimming pools in Chicago IL is competent, doing business ethically, providing real value, or satisfying customers.
This makes it even more significant that all local swimming pool contractors in Chicago IL that bear The Prime Buyer's Report Top Ten symbol have been cleared by our research staff as having passed all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report Top Ten status. This includes survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified state license (for in ground pool builders) or verified state registration (for above ground pool installers), hiring only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.
Good Swimming Pool Contractors in Chicago IL Can Design and Construct Many Styles of Pools
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. There are also many innovative types of custom pools that Chicago swimming pool builders can construct for commercial and residential clients.
Some of the best swimming pool contractors in Chicago have experience with 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 local pool contractors in Cook County IL have extensive experience with energy efficient pools that are solar heated, gas heated, or temperature controlled.
Most of the swimming pool companies in Chicago do regular work on existing pools as well.
Certain wear is inevitable after time, and your aging pool might require repairs or 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 may even be able to create a custom redesign based on your existing layout.
Swimming Pool Contractors in Chicago IL 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 should reveal a range 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 to make your pool area even more comfortable and customized, such as patio heaters, pool decks and safety pool fencing, pool houses, fire pits, saunas, Koi ponds, special rock formations, waterfalls, pool water features, 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, and they may be able to provide you with new pool liners, vinyl pool covers, swimming pool chemicals for advanced purification, and new pumps or pool filters.
Types of In-Ground Swimming Pools in Chicago IL
The three most common types of in-ground pools in Chicago IL are fiberglass, vinyl liner, and concrete pools (sometimes called gunite pools).
Some pool contractors in Chicago IL will install one or two of those but not others, while some can do all three.
- Fiberglass Pools
Fans of fiberglass swimming pools cite low maintenance as one advantage due to a very smooth non-porous surface compared to concrete or gunite pools with a rougher surface that can grow algae and require brushing. Fiberglass pools also don't need the same doses of muriatic acid necessary for concrete pools since those raise the pH of the water due to the surface being alkaline. In contrast, fiberglass is chemically inert and doesn't effect the pH of the water.Fiberglass pools can also be quicker to install since the shell comes pre-manufactured. Because they don't have the liner of a vinyl liner pool, there's no liner to be damaged and need replacement.
Drawbacks to fiberglass pools are an initial cost that can be higher than vinyl liner pools and sometimes even higher than gunite pools. They are also not customizable, so you must find a preexisting size and shape that you like.
- Concrete Pools (Gunite Pools)
Concrete is durable so that the surface of a concrete swimming pool is unlikely to ever be damaged, and it allows for almost endless possible customization by swimming pool installers. Downsides can be more maintenance since the surface of concrete swimming pools is porous, a longer installation time by the local pool contractor, and those desiring saltwater might have to refinish the interior more often due to the salt's effect on the concrete.
- Vinyl Liner Pools
The cost to install vinyl liner swimming pools can be significantly less than either fiberglass or concrete pools, and vinyl liner pools can also have their shape customized. They are also likely to have lower maintenance costs than concrete pools for similar reasons as fiberglass pools. A potential drawback can be the cost of replacing the liner every 10 to 15 years. For vinyl liner pool warranties, make sure you understand exactly what is covered and what isn't, such as the seams only but not the majority of the liner, and whether the labor and water costs involved in a replacement are also covered.
Swimming Pool Repair, Renovation, Rehabilitation & Restoration
Some swimming pool contractors in Chicago IL will agree to update or rehabilitate your existing vinyl pool, concrete or gunite pool, or fiberglass pool, with different pool companies willing to rehab some of those types but not others.
Swimming pool rehab possibilities include partial or full burial of an above-ground pool, making it into an in-ground pool, provided your existing above ground pool is suitable for contact with the earth or being surrounded by brick or stone. Other possibilities include adding a surrounding pool deck, swapping in larger pump and filter system to keep the water clearer with less run time, adding pool lighting for practical purpose or for dramatic effect, redoing the coping around the pool edge, resurfacing the interior such as with additives in the concrete for light reflection or colors or with new texture using pebbles or tile.
Extensive swimming pool rehab might include changing the shape of your pool, adding or enlarging walk-in steps, raising the floor to create a shallow water tanning shelf, adding a spa attached to and spilling over into the pool, or adding hardscape features like cascades, waterfalls and fountains.
Swim Spas in Chicago IL
There is an increase in popularity of swim spas in Chicago IL. Swim spas are smaller than typical in-ground swimming pools, but they create a current of adjustable speed that you can swim against without moving, like a treadmill for swimming. Swim spas come in a variety of sizes and can be installed indoors or outdoors.
Swim spas are a popular option because of their ability to save space in a yard while still providing the exercise of a full length swimming pool. Most swim spas also replicate the relaxation properties of a spa. Swim spas cost less to buy and install than full-size swimming pools, and because they hold less water, ongoing maintenance costs are usually less.
The best swim spa dealers in Chicago IL can provide proof of lots of previous experience as swim spa installers in Chicago IL.
Common brands of swim spas in Chicago IL include Arctic Spas, Cal Spas, Dimension One Spas, Michael Phelps Swim Spas, Master Spas, Dynasty, Endless Pools, H2X, Hydropool, SwimEx, ThermoSpas.
Some Swimming Pool Contractors in Chicago IL Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these swimming pool contractors in Chicago IL: .
Other swimming pool contractors in Chicago IL who might still be in business include: .
Questions To Ask Swimming Pool Contractors in Chicago IL
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 pool contractors been installing swimming pools in Chicago specifically? (Different regions have their own unique soil conditions and weather to take into consideration and experience in your exact location specifically shows familiarity with these aspects.)
• How many installations have they done 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 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 in Chicago IL bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• Will they 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 Chicago swimming pool builders provide a written warranty for their labor, aside from manufacturer warranties?
• Will permits be needed? If so, will the contractors be responsible for getting them or do they leave that up to you?
• Do they use only their own employees, or do they hire subcontractors, and if so, what are the names of those companies?
• Can the swimming pool construction company vouch that all employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All swimming pool companies in Chicago IL bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)
• Will they show you proof of active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All swimming pool contractors in Chicago IL bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
When you've chosen the best hot tub and swimming pool contractors in Chicago IL for your specific needs, make sure they have a good complaint record, especially since the state of Illinois doesn't regulate swimming pool contractors and doesn't require any state license for pool building. (All swimming pool installers in Chicago IL bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their good complaint record verified by our research staff.)
Resources About Swimming Pools in Chicago IL
Licensing & Trade Associations Relevant to Installation of New Swimming Pools in Chicago IL
APSP Association of Pool and Spa Professionals www.theapsp.org
BBB Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.com
Midwest Chapter of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals www.chapters.apsp.org/midwest
IPSSA Independent Pool & Spa Service Association www.ipssa.com
NSPI National Spa & Pool Institute www.nspi.org
Media & Web Resources Relevant to Local Swimming Pool Builders in Chicago IL
Pool and Spa Living Magazine
Pool Science Magazine
Swimming Pool Magazine
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