Expert Comments Leisure Pools
Read the following paragraphs to see what one of the pool industry's most sought after consultants, Marcus Sheridan, stated in his popular book, "How to Buy a Pool the Right Way, From the Right Company, at the Right Price"
Chapter 9: Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers
“The information found in this chapter, as well as the other chapters of this book, consist solely of the author’s opinion based on experience. Fiberglass pool manufacturers are always changing and developing, and therefore the information found herein may at times be slightly outdated (but not much)”
Many of you at this point may be confused as to which fiberglass manufacturer makes the best pool. Based on my experience in this industry, I wouldn’t hesitate to put most of the following pools in the ground myself, but I still wanted you to know what your options were as well as a general description of each. My opinions here are based on the many, many pool conventions I have attended in the past, as well as the substantial inquiries/studies I’ve made on each of these companies. I have personally installed five of these brands and seen just about all of them in the ground at one point. The order I have listed the manufacturers has nothing to do where I feel they rank, as they all certainly have strong and weak points within their companies. I have also included here the location of their main manufacturing facility. (This may have an affect on whether there is a dealer near you.)
Leisure pools(Texas, originally Australia)
Pro: Leisure just made their move to the United States market about six years ago. In my dealings with their company, I’ve been very impressed. Although they don’t have a huge selection to choose from, some of their designs are very elegant (the “Elegance” and “Moroccan” styles) and sharp looking. In fact, I would go so far as to say they have the classiest designs in the fiberglass industry. They also have a very nice, user-friendly website full of helpful consumer information. Another interesting feature of Leisure is that their pools only come available in color. White is not an option(Actually, white is available but it makes up for less than 1% of their pool sales). This is because Australian fiberglass pools are always colored and they have carried that tradition here to the U.S. market. This makes plenty of sense. The rich color selection Leisure offers with their pools is the best finish in the industry, and has been mimicked and studied by most other US manufacturers (to no avail I might add). One reason I have such a testimony of Leisure’s color superiority is due to a job miss-hap my company had in 2008. Once when we were setting a Morrocan 38 in the ground, our spreader –bar (a very large and heavy metal bar used for lifting the pool with an excavator) fell on the pool due to faulty equipment. The fall cause deep scratches in the pool’s colored finish. Had this of been a Viking or CPC pool, the results would have been a disaster, with the patch looking terrible. But because of Leisure’s color, we were able to re-apply the finish in the damaged areas and the pool looked as good as new when finished. Along these same lines, Leisure does boast one of the best finish warranties on their product, which, as of the beginning of 2009, is 15 years on the surface. It also includes a one-time transferable warranty, an idea unheard of my most fiberglass manufacturers. I have also found Leisure’s service to customers to be easily one of the best in the industry. Everyone from the top of the company, to their regional managers, are exceptional people, and very unlike many of the personalities one might find in the swimming pool industry. Simply put, if you want the best built fiberglass pool in the world, with the best colored finish, buy a Leisure.
Con: Small model selection to choose from. Also, Leisure doesn’t have the inlay/mosaic tile selection most other companies have.
Overall Rating: A (and with a few more models, they’ll be an A++)
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