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- 27 most asked questions


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- Types of pools
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- Maintain your pool yourself
- Maintenance guide
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1. Encourage Family Time

When you build a pool, you're actually creating a fun and relaxing space for your children and family to spend time together, without ever leaving the backyard! You'll make lasting memories as you teach your kids to swim, play with them in the pool, and barbque by the water.

2. Create An Outdoor Resort At Home

A well-designed swimming pool isn't just a bunch of water. It can turn your backyard into an elegant outdoor oasis. With waterfalls, vanishing edges and other unique amenities, a pool can serve as a relaxing and inviting centerpiece right in your own backyard.

3. Throw A Party
When warm afternoons and cool summer evenings roll around, a pool is a great way to entertain. Invite your friends and neighbors over for a poolside bar-b-que or a dip in the water.

4. Stay Healthy And Lose Weight
Instead of driving to the gym, you can spend time exercising in your own pool. Research shows that swimming provides a better total body workout with a low risk of injury. It also helps you to lose weight faster.

5. Unwind And Relax

When you get home from a long day at work or need to escape the busyness of life, take a quick dip in your pool to unwind. Spending time in the water helps your body relax and get rid of stress. You'll also sleep better than you ever have before.

6. Increase The Value of Your Home
Recent studies show that owning a pool increases the value of your home by as much as 15%. It also makes your property more attractive to prospective homebuyers. If it comes time to move, owning a pool may be the difference between selling your home quickly or keeping it on the market.

7. Stay Cool
Instead of hiding out indoors by the air conditioning, you can beat the summer heat by lounging in the cool waters of your own pool.

8. Keep An Eye On Your Kids
With a swimming pool in your backyard, you can give your kids and their friends a place to play that is both convenient and safe. You can also rest easy knowing that your children are close by.

9. Save Some Money
A pool is easier to finance and maintain than most people think. And in the long run, pools are less expensive than big family vacations and other entertainment options - and they last longer.

10. Long Lasting Fun
Building a pool is a great investment that will reap rewards for a lifetime. A vacation, a movie, or a visit to a theme park will all come to an end, but a pool will be enjoyed by your friends and family for years to come.


1. "I can't afford a pool."

Owning a pool is probably a lot easier than you think. There are many reasonably priced options for putting a pool in your backyard. The type of pool, materials, accessories, and landscaping you choose will influence the cost of the project. You should also remember that your pool will help reduce other expenses, such as the cost of vacations away from home, membership dues to community pools and other recreational activities.

2. "My yard will be ruined for a year and workmen will be around all the time."
An accurate understanding of the building process will help you develop realistic expectations for the completion of your pool. Many pools are completed in just a few months. But obviously, unforeseen factors such as the weather or permit delays can affect the building process. A good builder will communicate any changes in the project schedule to you as soon as possible.

3. "It takes too much time and effort to maintain a pool."

You can always hire a professional to do the job, but with today's cost-effective technology you can get the same great results in very little time. In fact, maintaining a pool is easier than maintaining your car or your lawn!

4. "My electric bill will significantly go up if I own a pool."
Utility bills vary depending on where you live and who your provider is. The elcetical consuption is very low, specially when compared to the money you'd otherwise spend on entertainment, vacations, and trips to the community pool, including the expense of gasoline, food, and concessions.

5. "I'm afraid of the risk of accidents and drowning occurring at my pool."
While attentive adult supervision is the best way to maintain a safe pool, fences, pool covers, gates and pool alarms offer additional layers of protection to enhance safety. Some experts believe that having a pool actually saves untold lives because children who learn to swim at a very early age are less likely to drown in an emergency situation later in life.

6. "Pools require constant repair."
You should research a builder's work and ask questions about the longevity of the pool types they are considering. Proper cleaning and maintenance prevent the need for unscheduled refurbishing, and some companies may even offer a lifetime guarantee for pools they install.

7. "I'm afraid of getting taken by a dishonest pool builder."
Like with any building project, you should always check a builder's professional credentials, ask for references and view samples of complete work.

8. "A pool is a big investment and I'm afraid that financing will be really difficult."

Homeowners can finance a pool with a long term mortgage. Additionally, pool builders who offer in store financing have industry experience and can explain financing options, loan terms and current interest rates to help you find a manageable monthly payment plan.

9. "I've heard that pools detract from the appeal of a home in the real estate market instead of adding to it."
Not true. Banks and other financial lenders often look favorably upon swimming pool financing, considering it a "home improvement" that will increase both the current and resale value of the home.


1. " How should I select my pool builder?"

During the selection of your pool builder, certify the following elements:
- How do I select the right pool builder?
- Will a pool increase the value of my home?
- What about warranties? Is my investment well-protected?
- I’ve heard that having a swimming pool can be a lot of work. How much work is involved in owning and caring for a swimming pool?
- I sometimes see advertisements promising pools at very low prices. Should I consider this option?
- Why do cost estimates vary so much when the pools seem to be the same?
- What factors affect the cost of my swimming pool?
- Is financing readily available for this type of project?
- Should I consider building my own pool as a homeowner?
- How should I decide on the design of my pool?
- I have a small and difficult yard to work with. Can I still have a pool?
- Are there any additional options available to add to my pool?
- Do pools contribute to the drought?

1. How do I select the right pool builder?
Make sure to interview your prospective builder very carefully. Here are a few things to consider.
What is the company’s reputation in the community?
Do you know a friend or neighbor who has used the same company with good results? If not, can the company provide you with dozens of reliable references or customer report cards?
How does the company treat you as a potential customer?
How long has the company been in business, and how long have they been building in your area?
How many pools have they built?
Will the company provide you with a clear written estimate so that you’re not confused about what work will be done?
Will they finish the project on time?
Is the company in good standing with your local Building Department, the State Department of Consumer Affairs and/or Contractor's Board?
Will the company add hidden charges after the construction process has begun?
Is the company financially stable so that there is no risk that you’ll be left with an unfinished pool if they go out of business?
Will the company be careful to remove or take care of landscaping and other outdoor structures?
Will they keep your property clean and safe throughout the construction process?
Aside from winning hundreds of awards for beautiful and innovative custom pools, AQUALUX is also well known within the industry for offering unparalleled customer service. From helping you understand all of the design options, to clearly communicating what you can expect during the construction process, we make sure that you are well informed during each phase of the project. And as one of the leading pool builders in the country, we set the standard as the industry leader. In fact, 98% of all our projects are finished on time and within budget!

2. Will a pool increase the value of my home?
Yes. Most studies show that a pool will increase the value of your home anywhere between 7% and 15%, depending on where your house is located. It will also continue to increase in value throughout the years, just like you home.

3. What about warranties? Is my investment well-protected?
Warranties are very important. At AQUALUX, we provide you with the strongest guarantee in the swimming pool industry. We are confident in the product we build and we offer a warranty that backs it up. You should always ask for and compare the warranties when requesting estimates from builders. You should also remember that a warranty is only as good as the company that issues it. Dozens of pool builders go out of business each year. And if they’re gone, so is your warranty.

4. I've heard that having a swimming pool can be a lot of work. How much work is involved in owning and caring for a swimming pool?
In the past, pool maintenance was more of a chore. But with today's technology and conveniences, owning a swimming pool is easier than owning a car! Pool chemical testing and maintenance, cleaning, and preprogrammed filtration and heating can all be automated. Automatic pool cleaners and various sanitizing devices also make your pool simple to maintain. Your only concern will be finding more time to enjoy your pool or spa!

5. I sometimes see advertisements promising pools at very low prices. Should I consider this option?
It is actually possible to build a pool at a low price. But you should be aware that to build a low cost pool, equipment, structural elements, craftsmanship, and design are all compromised. Besides ending up with a pool that doesn’t fit your property because of improper design, using poor quality construction materials can also put you and your family at risk. The old adage is still true: You get what you pay for.At AQUALUX, we know that the cost difference between a great job and a poor job doesn’t have to be significant. Your AQUALUX professional will work with you to determine a budget that meets your needs. We can custom design your pool to fit your financial parameters, and we’ll also help you secure the appropriate financing. The end result is a beautiful and dependable custom pool that is affordable and within your budget.

6. Why do cost estimates vary so much when the pools seem to be the same?
The price of a pool is determined by much more than just the size and shape of that pool. Unfortunately, many contractors don’t include important factors that affect cost in the actual estimate they give you. This also means that you can get hit with hidden charges after construction has begun. Some important things to consider are:
Quality of Materials
Design Expertise
Underground Strength and Durability
Customer Service
Time Required for Construction
AQUALUX estimates always include the highest quality materials available, superior craftsmanship, expert design, and unparalleled customer service. You also get the knowledge and expertise of more than 15 years of custom pool building experience. And we never submit a low introductory bid with the intent of making expensive changes later. Unfortunately this is something that happens with a lot of constructors, where they say that this or that was not included in the proposal. Our experience allows us to evaluate, measure and estimate your project correctly only once.

7. What factors affect the cost of my swimming pool?
The cost of a pool can be influenced by certain aspects that vary depending on the constructor:
- Terrain preperation
- Construction method
- Material used for structural construction
- Incasing material
- Interior finish
- Filtering equipment
- Finishing equipment
- Accessories (electrolysis system, U.V. system, heat pump, cover)

Surprisingly or not, each constructor uses a different construction method. Intense studies done by specialists in the construction area, demonstrate that AQUALUX uses the best construction technique in the market. Our main objective is to offer you a quality product like no other. Much of the variation in price comes from the incasing material, type and quality of interior finish, filtering equipment quality, material used on the finishes and accessories, this is where the difference is significant, due to the variety of brands in our market.

8. Is financing readily available for this type of project?
Yes. And it’s probably easier than you think. Hundreds of Portuguese and Foreigners have discovered they can give their families a beautiful new pool by merely taking the equity in their home and converting it to cash. It’s easy, inexpensive, and very tax wise!It’s Easy. Financing is approved over the phone and documents are brought to you in your home.

9. Should I consider building my own pool as a homeowner?
Never! And you can bet that equipment suppliers and other contractors will charge you more than the actual value of the materials and work. Even the experts encounter incredible challenges during pool construction. Years of experience, knowledge, and specific training lead to wise and innovative solutions that produce our superior quality finished products. At AQUALUX, we can offer you enormous buying power, efficient construction, and we also coordinate all of the work so that you experience no hassles and no headaches. Plus, everything is guaranteed. Remember that pool constrution requires a lot of knwoledge and technique. It's very different than constructing a small project (bathroom, tool house...) Actually, most constructors contract specialised pool construction companies. Also the design, counselling, supervision, are all small details that change depending on location and ambient. A company with extreme know-how will easily find the best solutions.

10. How should I decide on the design of my pool?
Each property has unique features that should be considered when your pool is being designed. So does your family! At your request, a design expert from AQUALUX will meet with you at your home to discuss your pool needs and desires. He or she will ask you how you intend to use your pool. Is exercise important? How about family use? What about location? Where will the pool look best when viewed from your home? Our design expert may take photographs, video, or sketches of your yard. Then they'll prepare a custom design at no charge...a design that fits your needs and your budget!

11. I have a small and difficult yard to work with. Can I still have a pool?
Expert builders can construct quality pools in yards of all shapes and sizes. Our expert design and engineering team can work with the most challenging properties. You’ll be surprised by our innovative solutions that can turn your dreams into a beautiful backyard resort. Before you give up on your impossibly small yard or hillside location, call us for design advice. It's free!

12. What type of interior pool finish/decoration should I select?
AQUALUX has a variety of interior finishes, mainly “Tiles” or “Pebble Shape”. Tiles also known as “mosaics” are traditionally the most common and have been until now. With AQUALUX, clients have the possibility to use the latest tendency for interior pool finishes, called “Pebble Shape”.The interior finish for pools in Pebble shape is the most recent innovating finish in the sector.
Developed from a carefull selection of precious natural stones, extracted from the most desired places in the world. These stones are treated, polished and sellected by a demanding quality criteria, which guarantee's maximum smoothness. In combination with a beautifull look is the enorme flexibility of this product which makes the application possible for any kind of pool and it has many quality advantages.
It's a new product in Portugal, but has been leader in the USA for 30 years, applied in more than 30,000 pools per year.
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13. Are there any additional options available to add to my pool?
Technology is changing at an unprecedented rate, and swimming pools are no exception. Innovative water treatment options, fiber-optic lighting, spa products, remote controls, automatic cleaning systems, and many other options are now available to make your pool easier to maintain and more enjoyable than ever. Tell us what you would like, and we can show you how to do it.14. Do pools contribute to the drought?
Water agency studies have proven that residential swimming pools require considerably less water to maintain than the landscaping they replace. And water in your swimming pool stays right there whenever needed in an emergency.


15. How and what products are necessary to treat/disinfect my pool?
Granulated chlorine (fast acting), granulated chlorine or Tablets (slow acting), pH reducer, anti-algae and flocculant.
These products accompanied with a test kit chlorine/pH should be suficient to disinfect your pool correctly.

16. Can chlorine and other products be aggresive to skin, eyes or hair?
Yes, when used improperly or in excessive amounts, they can be aggresive.

17. Is there any tool that manages/treats/disinfects the pool automatically?
Yes, there are system's that do this work automatically, saving you the hassle! The main systems are: Electrolysis salt system and Ultra violet systems. Nowadays 95% of pools are equipped with salt systems.

18. How does the salt system and the U.V. system work?
ELECTROLYSIS SALT SYSTEM: The salt system transforms the salt into a sterilizer that eliminates bacteria, algae, parasites and all organisms that could alter the water quality. This system also controls the pH level, injecting pH- or pH +, this depends on water caracteristics. All of this saving you the hassle.
ULTRA VIOLET: The efficiency of this system is assured by the U.V. bacteriacide, that works on generating ultra violet beams inside a treatment chamber. After the water passes through this chamber, all bacteria, viruses and algae are destroyd. In the sense of increasing the efficiency of algae combat, this system is accompanied with a dosing pump that injects active oxigen. All of this saving you the hassle.

19. Which system should I choose?
Definitly the electrolysis salt system, and it's the one that's mostly used because of the benefit's that it offers you, such as it's efficiency and low cost maintenance. All of this saving you the hassle.

20. Can I install a salt system even many years after my pool has been constructed?

Yes. These systems can be added to your pool anytime and no need to empty your pool.POOL HEATING

21. How can I heat my pool water?
There are many systems available to heat your pool, the most common are the Electric heat pumps.
Why? Because they have a very low running cost, lower than any other.
On the other hand, there are other systems: Electrical resistances, heat exchangers...

22. Which heating system should I choose?
With no doubt, the electric heat pump. Beyond having a very low running cost, they are extremely durable and easy to work with. For every 1Kw of consuption, it will restore 5Kw to your pool, therefore 80% of the energy is free.

23. When can I use the electric heat pump?

These heat pumps can be used 365 days per year.

24. To have a heat pump, is it necessary to have a pool cover?
You dont have to have a pool cover, but i'ts wise to have one because the pool cover retains heat.

25. Can I install a heating system even many years after my pool has been constructed?

Yes. These systems can be added to your pool anytime and no need to empty your pool.


26. Can pool covers be installed in all pools?
Yes. There is a wide range of covers, models, finishes and colours, that adapt to any type of pool.

27. What kind of covers are there and what advantages do they have?

These cover's are “best sellers” due to style, quality and security.
The benefit's from an electric pool cover are:
Safety, Economy, Heating, Energy, Cleaning and Esthetics.
Electric pool cover's not only do they increase considerably the security of a pool (can take 350kg) they also contribute in the reduction of chemical consuption, temperature gain of 4 to 8ºC, reduce to half the cost for a heated pool, avoid diverse types of debris and insects and also usefull to embellish your leisure area. With the electric remote, all that's needed is the simple gesture of turning a key switch to either open or close the pool.

These economical solutions adapt to all sizes of pools.
Solar covers improve; Economy, Heating, Energy, Cleaning.
These covers economize water and chemical consuption, increase considerably the water temperature, reduce to half the cost of electricity to heat the pool and prevent the accumulation of debris such as dust, insects, etc...
The working process is very simple: above ground, on one of the sides of the pool, a roller with a handle is installed that with a simple gesture you can wind the cover. Our pool covers are made of the best material, roller in aluminium and a PVC cover of high resistance. With the covers, exclusive accessories are available.

Optimam solutions for who wishes to create a micro-climate.
The main caracteristics of these covers are; Safety, Economy, Heating, Energy, Cleaning and Esthetics.
Telescopic covers create a specific pool area, allowing you to use your pool all year due to the possibility of creating their own micro-climate, heating the pool water and the surrounding area also, from 6-10ºC.
They increase considerably the safety of your pool, because it has a door for access that can be locked. They also contribute to the economizing on water and chemical products, heat the water, reduce to half the electricity bill and avoid debris from getting into the pool. If you wish to remove the cover, it is equipped with a rolling system and with a simple gesture you can push the cover to open the pool area. All pools should be equipped (very soon will have to by law) with some kind of security system either an electric cover, telescopic or security cover. With this cover you will be completely protected form any future eventuallity. Equipped with the best and most exclusive materials and accessories.

Super safe.
Main caracteristics of these covers are; Safety, Economy, Heating, Energie, Cleaning.
These covers decisively improve the safety of your pool but also economize water, chemical consuption, increase considerably the water temperature, reduce to half the cost of electricity to heat the pool and prevent the accumulation of debris such as dust, insects, etc...These covers are equipped with triangular or round paralel supports, panels manufactured in reinforced flexible plastic with a reliable fixing system, in combination, assure a good security system.
Rollable by one person with a handle or an electric device. It winds easily due to it's traction belt. A modular panel system that is manually removable therefore is easy to substitute any damaged pieces. In case of an accident, it is not necessary to substitute entire liner and comes out to be a economical investment. The telescopic barr system allows covers to fit any shape of pool. No matter the pool configuration, you can always use a security cover.

Excellent options for winter
Main caracteristics: Safety, Economy, Cleaning
The winter season can be complicated for your pool, with the accumulation of debris deposited into the pool from wind and rain, which is normal for this time of year. On the other hand, this is a low bathing period therefore it makes sense to protect your pool. These are economical solutions that adapt to the particularities of each pool and have many shapes and finishes.
These covers are available in a mesh or opaque liner, with this last model the cover comes with a stiched mesh pach to allow rain water to flow through. These covers are available in green or blue and have many types of reinforced border finishes extending the lifetime of the cover. When installed these covers can be fixed to the ground with a flush type support systems that is safe and at the same time easy for an adult to remove whenever someone wants to use the pool. These system's make the pool safer and better looking. These covers can be combined with manual or electric rollers which makes the fastening or removal much easier and quicker.


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