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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2023-11-22T16:17:23+13:00

We’ve answered your questions

When looking to install a swimming pool, it’s natural to have many questions. We’ve answered some frequently asked questions about swimming pools, and have split them into categories below.

Have another question? Contact us and we’d be happy to help out.

Pool Installation Questions

Do I need a flat backyard to install a swimming pool?2023-11-06T10:42:39+13:00

The answer is: no! Thanks to our Maxi-Rib design, our pool can be installed in nearly ANY site – completely freestanding, above ground, or partially in/out of the ground. Read more about above ground pools here.

How long will it take to build my pool?2023-11-06T10:43:44+13:00

There are a few factors to consider that will influence how long it will take to install from the time you accept your pool, these include (but are not limited to):

  • Planning your pool
  • What type of pool you choose (e.g. concrete or fibreglass)
  • The time of the year you build
  • Approval from local authorities
  • Any other contractors required

Once pre-install items are finalised, the pool install itself usually on takes about 1 week.

I am interested to install a pool, but where do I begin?2023-11-06T10:44:58+13:00

There are lots of decisions to make when planning your pool, and this can take quite a while, these are some of the things you’ll need to consider:

  • What type of pool?
  • What shape?
  • What size?
  • What colour?
  • Where will you put it?
  • If you’re building your house, should you install it before or after you build?
  • Does any landscaping need to be done before or after your pool is installed?
  • Which sort of pool fencing will work best for you?

Once your pool is in the ground it’s going to be there for a very long time, so making the decisions to ensure you get the right pool for your needs is a very important process. This process can be as quick or as long as you need it to be, which is why the planning process can be one of the main contributing factors in how long it will take for your pool to be built and ready to swim in.

I’m building a new home, should I install the pool first?2023-11-06T10:45:29+13:00

This decision is mainly based around access and timeframes. For narrow or smaller sections, pools can be installed months in advance, installed as ‘sleeper’ pools that are placed, filled, and covered, until you’re ready for us to plumb the equipment and start the pool. The best way to determine this process is by beginning with a site visit with our sales consultant.

Where should I place my pool?2023-11-06T10:45:58+13:00

It is important to consider how you intend to use your space, what other assets are around the pool, and council restrictions. Be sure to investigate any underground pipes, boundary setbacks, and other restrictions for your property area. Remember, you must place your pool 1 metre from any boundaries, and keep the pool as far away from any major dwellings as it is deep (for example, a pool 1.8m deep should be a minimum of 1.8m from the dwelling) to avoid compromising building foundations. Contact us to find out more or book a site consultation for advice about placement if you’re unsure.

What are the biggest things I should consider before building a swimming pool?2023-11-06T10:46:46+13:00

The 3 most important factors to consider are:

  • How do I intend to use my swimming pool? (Leisure, exercise, family time)
  • How much time or effort are you willing to maintaining the pool? There are certain things you can consider to make pool ownership much easier down the track!
  • Where do you plan on placing the pool? This is a huge factor on the impact of the way your property is used, and the potential impact for future buyers.

Questions About Pool Costs

How much does it cost to have a pool installed?2023-11-06T10:49:14+13:00

There are just so many different options and inclusions and site differences and things that are particular or may be particular about that pool. These will change the overall cost. It’s more than just about the pool shell cost alone! By answering a couple of simple questions about your preferred pool size, position, and preferences, we can provide you with an estimate.

How to get the swimming pool you want working to a budget2023-11-06T10:50:45+13:00

To be able to provide an estimate on overall costs, you need to consider things like:

  • How big do you want your pool to be?
  • Do you want it to be five metres or do you want it to be fifteen metres?
  • Do you want to have a very automatic system so that you aren’t manually cleaning your pool, it’s looking after itself, it’s the easiest thing in the world to own?
  • Do you want your pool to look spectacular at night with beautiful lights in it?
  • Do you feel that you might want to heat this pool?
  • Do you feel that you need to have a cover over this pool?

Some things are simply more important to some, than others!

It is important to acknowledge where the largest costs exist, and this is often site dependant. Some choices around accessories can be made now, and some can be added later. We’re here to help guide you to help you make the best decisions for your budget.

How do I compare swimming pool quotes?2023-11-06T10:51:36+13:00

We understand that with the potential of such a large investment, customers will often get quotes from multiple providers for comparison. Regardless of the providers, it is incredibly important to understand the inclusions and exclusions between quotes, and the quality of product. Installing a pool can often be a complex process, and you don’t want to face unexpected bills part way through the process.

At Ultimate Pools we pride ourselves on transparency and providing honest information about what is involved for installing your pool. We encourage you to ask all the questions you can, and get the most information before accepting your pool quote – remember, the cheapest option is not necessarily going to be the best (or the cheapest by the time the project is complete!)

Questions About Ultimate Pools and Compass Pools

Why do people choose to install a Compass fibreglass pool?2023-11-06T10:53:33+13:00
  • We can install pools in nearly any location thanks to our maxi rib system for out of ground, and full self-supported solutions, often saving customers THOUSANDs in retaining costs
  • Our pools are super strong – in fact they’re twice as strong as traditional fibreglass pools thanks to their special layering. Read more about ceramic-core fibreglass technology here
  • Our pools can clean themselves, have better circulation, providing healthy, safer water, and save you time, money and energy! Read more here about Vantage self-cleaning
  • Our pools are proven to provide protection against extreme weather events including flooding thanks to HydroPro. Read more here.
  • We offer a life time warranty on our pool shells, with a transferrable balance of 25 years.
Where do Ultimate Pools install pools?2023-11-06T10:54:18+13:00

Ultimate Pools are the authorised dealers for Compass Pools NZ, installing pools and spas in the northern, western and shore areas of Auckland, north of the Harbour Bridge, right up to Mangawhai and beyond. We installed have over 340 pools in our region.

Questions About Swimming Pool Maintenance

What are the benefits of the self-cleaning system?2023-11-06T10:55:39+13:00

When you read ‘self-cleaning’ you really can believe it! The strategically designed secondary circulation system is designed to push dust and debris to it’s own drain at the bottom of the pool, run by a separate pump. Not only does it clean your pool, it means excellent water circulation. This means superior chemical and heat is circulated and distribution so that your pool uses less chemicals, less power, and is cleaner and safer. Gone are the days you will spend hours vacuuming and raking your swimming pool!

Read more about how Vantage works here.

How do I maintain the equipment once the pool has been installed?2023-11-06T10:56:54+13:00

When your pool is installed and the equipment is running, we will provide a comprehensive swimming pool handover session to cover everything you need to know about managing your pool throughout the year. Don’t worry – we know it can seem overwhelming at first! We’re always here to help.

You can rely on the Ultimate Pools Aftercare team to provide pool maintenance at a frequency you choose. We have one-off, monthly, quarterly, and yearly service options to suit your needs.

What kind of pool system is best to run my pool?2023-11-06T10:57:31+13:00

Ultimate Pools strives to provide only the best, top quality equipment to compliment our pools. It is important to make informed choices about how you want to run your pool. Long ago, chlorine was the only option – thank goodness times have changed! This means easier, healthier, more cost effective treatment options.

We can offer options for santisation and automated systems to best suit the needs and preferences for you and your family. It comes back to how you want to maintain your pool along with personal preference. Whether you want traditional salt, low salt, or a freshwater pool, we have solutions for you. Talk to us today for options and guidance.

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