Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Need to Get Started?

We encourage you browse our website to gather which features pique your interest, the process involved in designing a pool and then contact our sales/design department to schedule an appointment for us to come visit your home or property.

During our visit, we will ask questions to find out how you intend to use your pool. We will show you the many styles and options that are available and ask about your budget to make sure we give you our professional advice on how to go the most from your investment. From there, we will have your yard measured and photographed and then return to prepare our initial design recommendations. When the design is ready, we will return to your home and present you with our ideas for your new outdoor environment.

Are Your Pools Backed by a Warranty?

The Pool Specialists have been standing by our products for close to 30 years. We are confident in the pools we build and we offer a warranty that backs it up.

Why Do Cost Estimates Vary So Much?

While the primary elements of a swimming pool construction project are consistent from one plan to another, there are a great variety of options that can affect the costs and there are numerous features that can be included. In addition, there are a number of swimming pool contractors in the St. Louis area and not every contractor utilizes the same estimating process.

To help you better understand why there are variations in the prices for in ground swimming pools, you should consider that the price is determined not just by the size of the pool, but also by the quality of materials and construction as well as the complexity of the design and whether the contractor includes all aspects of construction in its price estimate.

Many pool contractors are inexperienced with certain site situations and therefore bring in their bids lower to win the job and then add the numerous “cost overruns” after construction starts. While every pool builder faces some uncertainty with the costs to prepare the hole for the pool (due to rock, sinkholes, etc) many also do not factor in essential elements like deck caulking, systems integration, and safety features.

Will Certain Factors On My Property Prohibit Us Building a Pool?

As a custom pool builder severing the St. Louis region with close to 30 years experience, we are able to design a pool for most yards. We have extensive knowledge of building on hillsides and would be able to give a professional analysis of your site.

How Much Does a Custom Pool Cost?

We specialize in building custom concrete pools as concrete is the most versatile and longest lasting construction material available. Like any custom construction project, costs will vary significantly depending on a number of variables. These include the size of the pool, the land modifications required, the size of the surface deck, and the other construction elements you choose. Custom features like built-in hot tubs, water features, vanishing edges, patios and pool houses will also have a significant impact on the costs.

Given the large number of variables, we welcome the opportunity to visit with you and discuss all the possibilities.

How Difficult is Maintaining a Pool?

On average, you will spend approximately 20 minutes a week maintaining your pool. A few items you will attend to will be emptying the skimmer basket, testing the water chemistry and adding the chlorine tablets to the chlorinator. We also have a complete pool service department that offers opening, closing, and weekly cleaning and chemical treatments during the season.

How Do I Choose the Right Pool Builder?

Choosing the right contractor to build your pool is a very important decision and we know that over the years we have faced competition from a number of other pool companies. The Pool Specialists has remained one of the leading swimming pool builders in the St. Louis region for over 25 years with a majority of our design and service work through word of mouth.