Welcome to the Modular Lap Pool FAQs page! Here, we've compiled answers to the most common questions about our innovative modular lap pools. Whether you're considering purchasing one or just want to learn more, this page is a great place to start.
In-ground pools require a specialized pump with higher head pressure to effectively circulate water from the pool's bottom and return it to the inlet. This upgraded pump comes at an additional cost, and we can provide you with an exact quote for this pump when it becomes necessary for your project.
The standard pump we provide with our pools is designed for above-ground applications. However, it is versatile enough to function in partial or fully in-ground installations, provided that the pump is positioned at the same level as the outlet pipes. It's important to note that this pump generates 6 pounds of head pressure, which is sufficient for horizontal circulation but not suitable for pumping water uphill.
Typically, above-ground pools are the most cost-effective option to install and often do not require permits. However, it's advisable to confirm with your local building department to ensure compliance with local regulations. In many counties, partial in-ground pools may also not require permits, but they tend to be pricier than above-ground pools due to excavation and backfilling requirements. In both above-ground and partial in-ground installations, the plumbing is usually kept above ground and easily accessible.
On the other hand, permits are always required for in-ground pools, making them the most expensive option to install. It's essential to adhere to these regulations to ensure the legal and safe construction of your pool project.
Heaters and Covers
You have the option to add a heater to our pools. We offer flexibility in choosing the type of heater that suits your preferences, whether it's electric, propane, natural gas, or solar-powered, and comes in various sizes and BTU ratings. The heater selection is ultimately left to the customer.
Notably, our lap pools typically contain fewer gallons of water compared to traditional rectangular or kidney-shaped swimming pools. In many cases, even a spa heater can effectively heat your pool, depending on the size of the pool you choose.
For those interested in eco-friendly heating solutions, black, roof-mounted solar water heaters are compatible and work efficiently with our pools.
Furthermore, both mechanical and motorized covers are compatible with our pools. The pool's top edge features a 6-inch width, providing ample space for the installation and operation of covers to enhance pool safety and maintenance.
Numerous aftermarket ladder options are readily available to meet your specific pool installation requirements. The choice of ladder largely depends on whether your pool is partially in the ground, features a surrounding deck, or is entirely above ground.
Salt vs Chlorine Pools
Salt systems, in contrast to traditional chlorine systems, offer several advantages. They produce a milder, salt-based form of chlorine, which is gentler on both swimmers and the pool itself. Additionally, salt systems require only a small amount of salt, resulting in water that feels softer and is often better tolerated by individuals with sensitivities or allergies. Maintenance is simplified, and these systems help prevent surprise algae growth.
In summary, here are eight advantages of salt systems:
Gentle Chlorine Production: Salt systems generate a milder, salt-based form of chlorine, which is less harsh than traditional chemical chlorine.
Minimal Salt Requirement: These systems require only a small amount of salt for operation.
Softer Water: Salt-treated water feels softer and more pleasant on the skin.
Hypoallergenic: Salt-generated chlorine is often better tolerated by individuals with sensitivities or allergies.
Simplified Maintenance: Salt systems are generally easier to maintain compared to traditional chlorination methods.
Algae Prevention: They help prevent unexpected algae growth in the pool.
Cost-Effective: Salt systems can be more cost-effective to run over the long term.
Enhanced Safety: Salt-based chlorine is considered safer, not only for swimmers but also for the pool liner itself.
For more in-depth information on these advantages and further comparisons, you can visit these external sites:
Climates our Pools Work in
We've delivered our pools to destinations around the globe, ranging from the freezing climates of Alaska to the sunny and tropical climates of Mexico. These pools have been installed in diverse settings, including outdoor and indoor locations, above ground, partially in-ground, and fully in-ground configurations. Regardless of the environment, our pools consistently deliver outstanding performance.
For those residing in colder regions where freezing temperatures are a common occurrence, please review the "Preparing the Pool for Winter" section below.
Preparing the Pool for Winter
Winterizing a pool is important for the life of the pool. We suggest that pools be drained in the winter, or have a heater installed in the system to keep the pool above 40 degrees to prevent freezing.
There are two methods of draining the pool. The first is to use a sump pump which is a fairly inexpensive option, and is available at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Harbor Freight. The other option is to have a drain valve installed inline during the plumbing process to allow the system pump to do the job. However, please note that when draining your pool, you should avoid draining the water into your garden, trees, or lawn. The salt and other chemicals you may have added can badly damage, and even kill, these plants.
Another piece of winterizing is to buy or create a cover for the top of the pool to keep out the snow, rain, leaves, or any other debris. It makes the process of getting your pool ready for use again easier, and it helps keep the liner looking new by protecting it from the elements.
Our Pools Include
Our pools are delivered as a comprehensive package, including an advanced pump and filter system, a skimmer, essential hardware, liner track, liner, inlet and outlet fittings, and sturdy side braces. This package is designed primarily for above-ground installations.
Our versatile pools are engineered to accommodate various installation options. You have the flexibility to set them up above ground, partially in-ground, or even fully in-ground, depending on your specific preferences and needs.
Liners and Liner Patterns
Our modular lap pool panels serve as the structural foundation for the pool, creating a sturdy framework. Inside this framework, we insert a vinyl liner to contain the water. These high-quality liners are sourced from reputable manufacturers, such as Latham Pools and GLI Pool Products.
To explore the wide array of liner patterns available, you can visit the following pages on their respective websites:
Latham Pools Liner Patterns: www.lathampool.com/liners/
Additional Latham Pools Vinyl Liner Patterns: www.lathampool.com/vinyl-liner-patterns/
GLI Pool Products Liner Availability: www.glipoolproducts.com/Products/Liner-Availability/
Liners are offered in two thickness options: 20 mil and 27 mil. Opting for the 27 mil variant provides a bit more strength and durability, making it an excellent choice for those seeking added longevity and resilience.
Tax and Shipping
The tax applied to the pool is determined by the prevailing tax rate in Nevada, which currently stands at 8.38%.
As for the shipping cost, it varies depending on several factors, including the precise delivery address, the weight of the shipment, the number of pallets required, and the height of the loaded pallets.
In order to provide you with an estimated quote, we'll need to know the specific size of the pool you intend to purchase, and the exact address that it will be delivered to.
Please keep in mind that shipping rates are subject to daily fluctuations, and we can only provide an exact price once we have the pool components ready on their pallets, measured, and weighed for shipment. Your understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated.
As a company, we offer two distinct installation services to cater to your needs.
Our standard installation package encompasses the assembly of the pool, the precision installation of 2-inch rigid insulation beneath the bottom panels (which should be provided by the customer on-site), the placement of the liner tray, liner installation with bead lock attachment, and the installation of inlet and outlet fittings. For our west coast customers, this comprehensive service is available at a cost of $2,050 for any pool measuring up to 50 feet in length.
To note, the 2-inch rigid insulation, often referred to as the "pink kind," can be readily obtained from retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe's, and Harbor Freight, with an approximate price of $50 per sheet. For every 5 feet in pool length, you'll require one 4-foot by 8-foot sheet of insulation on-site.
For those seeking a more comprehensive installation, our deluxe package encompasses all the elements of the standard installation, in addition to the plumbing setup for the pump, filter, and skimmer. If you choose to purchase your salt generator from us, we'll include its installation as part of our deluxe service. This comprehensive package is priced at $2,950 for pools up to 50 feet in length.
Our ordering process starts with a conversation where we discuss your specific installation plans for the pool, whether it's going to be above ground, partially in-ground, or fully in-ground. We'll also explore any additional features you might be interested in, like a salt generator or cover, and we'll address questions about the liner design and other considerations.
Once we've worked out all these details, we'll proceed to place your order. To initiate this process, we kindly request a 50% deposit upfront. The remaining balance will be due upon the delivery of your pool.
The lead time for your order varies depending on the availability of the necessary panels. If we have the required number of panels in our warehouse, you can expect a shorter lead time, possibly as quick as 2 weeks. However, if we are awaiting an order from the factory, which is responsible for manufacturing our panels, the lead time may extend to as much as 14 weeks.
Rest assured that we stand by the quality of our products. In the rare event that you receive panels with a manufacturing defect, we will cover all costs, including shipping, for their replacement.
With over twelve years in the industry, we've served customers around the globe. Throughout this time, we take pride in the fact that none of our pools have ever experienced failure when they are properly installed and well-maintained. Your satisfaction and peace of mind are our top priorities.
All our modular pools are proudly manufactured in the USA, adhering to the American standard for quality. Our modular pieces have a width of 6 feet (1.83 meters). With modular sections available in lengths of 5 feet (1.524 meters), we offer the flexibility to create a pool of any desired length.
The pool sides stand at a height of 4 feet (1.21 meters), and the water level is maintained just 2 inches below the edge, which equates to approximately 46 inches or around 117 centimeters.
Assembly of Pools
Assembling our pools is a straightforward process, but we understand that not everyone is comfortable with DIY projects. Many customers opt to have their home repair professionals or handymen handle the assembly. For instance, a 10-foot or 15-foot pool can typically be bolted together in just an hour or two.
In one case, a customer enlisted the help of her gardeners to assemble her 30-foot pool. Subsequently, a contractor friend assisted in connecting the pump and filter for her.
If you'd like a visual guide to assembling a 30-foot pool, we have provided an assembly video at the following link: https://youtu.be/ytHgFlmTjM8
Additionally, if you're looking for a professional above ground pool installer in your area, you can visit this website for assistance: https://www.angi.com/companylist/t/las-vegas/install-above-ground-pool.htm