Swimming pool recommendations - Johannesburg

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Looking for a 3x7 pool, marbelite preferable but considering fibreglass option as well. Every other company that has a website have extremely bad reviews on hellopeter (I don't rely on them completely but that is definitely a factor at times)

Has anyone used any contractors recently? Any recommendations? Any other advise? I would really appreciate any input. What one time expense I am looking for just for pool construction?

In Johannesburg
 
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personally if I were installing a new pool i would go small, like 4 x 4 or 5 x 3

I think you need to state your area, also maybe ask on a community group and get recommendations from people in your area who have had work done recently.
 

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personally if I were installing a new pool i would go small, like 4 x 4 or 5 x 3

I think you need to state your area, also maybe ask on a community group and get recommendations from people in your area who have had work done recently.
Thanks, updated location. Any reason for going small - apart from cost I mean? We used to stay in a townhouse where pool was 3x5 - didn't find it sufficient to use it as adult swim pool as such. We obviously can't go full length - some people have suggested 12 meter length. Have asked our complex WA group just now.
 
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Thanks, updated location. Any reason for going small - apart from cost I mean? We used to stay in a townhouse where pool was 3x5 - didn't find it sufficient to use it as adult swim pool as such. We obviously can't go full length - some people have suggested 12 meter length. Have asked our complex WA group just now.
Just to keep maintenance and running costs down as well as space availability, i feel if the pool is deep enough like a plunge pool you don't need that much space to swim lengths, when you get old all you want is to dunk and cool off and maybe a big seat to sit with a cold one :p and the kiddies will still find it big enough.
 

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personally if I were installing a new pool i would go small, like 4 x 4 or 5 x 3

I think you need to state your area, also maybe ask on a community group and get recommendations from people in your area who have had work done recently.
I have a 3x4m pool. It was put in by the previous owner. If I had to do it again I would do at least 4x6m. You might spend a bit more on chemicals, but the time spent on cleaning/maintenance will be the same and I'd rather have a pool I can actually swim in rather than just and oversized bath.
 

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I have a 3x4m pool. It was put in by the previous owner. If I had to do it again I would do at least 4x6m. You might spend a bit more on chemicals, but the time spent on cleaning/maintenance will be the same and I'd rather have a pool I can actually swim in rather than just and oversized bath.
Let's swap houses, you can have my 10x5
 

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As with everything you get what you pay for. When I got quotes I went with the cheapest (some private guy). He f’d up the installation and refused to fix properly afterwards. Wanted me to pay him to fix his screw ups. Eventually cut my losses and got another company to fix his mess, that cost another 20k more. Had to redo pipes, change position of weir, dig up paving etc. whoever you choose ask for 5 recent references and check them out out. Also, there isn’t s huge difference in maintenance costs when adding a few square meters more. 5X3 is the minimum you should go if you have the space especially if you want more than 1 kid to play in it.
 

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Honestly don't think he is, I've got a 9x5 but it's an odd shape. A big pool can be a pain
yeah mine is also an odd shape, it is lovely to have, but for example water costs get a bit rough.

Also it is time to redo it, and i just know it is going to be expensive and then cost a small fortune to fill also
 

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Anybody comment on the depth of a pool? I'm considering doing one that is only 1.5m deep max, so you can stand everywhere. Not for swimming, more for lazing, socialising and for kids to play. Also heated..
 

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Anybody comment on the depth of a pool? I'm considering doing one that is only 1.5m deep max, so you can stand everywhere. Not for swimming, more for lazing, socialising and for kids to play. Also heated..
you lost me at heating.... personally i would go to 1.8
 

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Had a pool done in 2016 (2.5m x 8m, because that is what we wanted). Concrete shell, but fibre glassed instead. max depth of 1.6m (again, what we wanted) and this cost us R90k. Fast forward 3 years later and still no issues. The guy we used works in the estate, not sure if he does work in other areas around Gauteng, but will try and get a number.
 

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Had a pool done in 2016 (2.5m x 8m, because that is what we wanted). Concrete shell, but fibre glassed instead. max depth of 1.6m (again, what we wanted) and this cost us R90k. Fast forward 3 years later and still no issues. The guy we used works in the estate, not sure if he does work in other areas around Gauteng, but will try and get a number.
Thanks, it will be great if you can find the number. Was 90K just pool construction cost? excluding pumps, etc..
 

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Anybody comment on the depth of a pool? I'm considering doing one that is only 1.5m deep max, so you can stand everywhere. Not for swimming, more for lazing, socialising and for kids to play. Also heated..
One guy came this weekend and he said he usually does 1.1/1.2 m on one side and then smooth gradient with max 1.6m on the other side.
 

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Thanks, it will be great if you can find the number. Was 90K just pool construction cost? excluding pumps, etc..
Everything: From excavating, to installation. Piping and pool pump, as well as a sort of starter pack with a kreepy and leaf net. I have emailed the contractor that we used to get the number
 

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Would anyone recommend heat pump based on personal experience (monthly cost considerations primarily) ? We are in Johannesburg.
 

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As with everything you get what you pay for. When I got quotes I went with the cheapest (some private guy). He f’d up the installation and refused to fix properly afterwards. Wanted me to pay him to fix his screw ups. Eventually cut my losses and got another company to fix his mess, that cost another 20k more. Had to redo pipes, change position of weir, dig up paving etc. whoever you choose ask for 5 recent references and check them out out. Also, there isn’t s huge difference in maintenance costs when adding a few square meters more. 5X3 is the minimum you should go if you have the space especially if you want more than 1 kid to play in it.
Thanks. Absolutely no one is able to provide even 2 references, let alone 5. Guy who did our patio roof recommended his cousin so let us see.
 
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