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Top Tips for Choosing the Right Swimming Pool Builder

18 November 2023

Are you dreaming of having your own backyard pool — an oasis where you can relax, exercise, and make the most of the summer sunshine? A reliable pool builder can help turn this fantasy into a reality and construct a swimming pool that you and your loved ones can enjoy for years to come. 

Building a new pool can be a challenging and time-consuming process, so it’s important to employ a trusted pool builder to help realize your vision. Choosing the right pool builder can seem daunting, particularly if you’ve never done it before. Just what should you look for in a pool builder? And what separates a good pool builder from a great one? The team at Cox Pools is here to help with this handy guide.

Look at reviews

Before trying out a new restaurant or ordering a new product, you’ll usually check out some online reviews to determine whether it’s worth your time and money. Why should choosing a new pool builder be any different? Most companies claim to only offer the best service, but this isn’t always the case. By reading reviews from previous customers, you’ll get a good idea of the typical standard of service that is provided. 

Has your prospective pool builder consistently received positive reviews? Do they have a good reputation in the local area? These are all important factors to consider before taking the plunge. At Cox Pools, you can check out some recent testimonials from our satisfied customers here.

Check credentials

Accreditations are what help the very best pool builders to stand out from the crowd; therefore, it’s a good idea to research your prospective pool company and look for any recent certifications or awards. It’s also advised to check whether the pool company in question is a member of the Master Pools Guild. This well-respected network of elite pool contractors sets the standard for the industry and only accepts the most reputable pool builders from around the globe.

Not only is Cox Pools a member of the Master Pools Guild, but we’re also affiliated with a number of distinguished local and national associations, including:

  • NFIB Safe Trust Member
  • Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Business Council of Alabama
  • Alabama Home Builders Association
  • The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals
  • Best of the Wiregrass Pool Builder since 2002
  • Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Baldwin County
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Community Association

What services do they offer?

Some pool builders are just that — they’ll design and construct your new pool but won’t offer any services beyond that. However, once your pool is complete, it will require regular maintenance work if you want to keep it in top-quality condition. To simplify this process, consider choosing a pool contractor that also offers maintenance and repairs in addition to pool construction. That way, you’ll have an existing relationship and you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re dealing with a pool expert you know and trust.

Compare prices

When choosing your pool builder, it’s only natural that you’ll want to get the best possible deal. The best way to ensure you’re getting a fair rate is to obtain quotes from a number of local pool builders. Any reliable pool contractor will be only too happy to provide a fully itemized quote that details just where your money will be going.

How long have they been in business?

While quality isn’t necessarily linked to the number of years a business has been around, it’s always reassuring if your pool builder has a long and well-established history, as longevity suggests they offer consistently great service. Furthermore, if your chosen pool company has decades of experience to draw on, they’ll likely have the ability to tackle even the most complex projects.


Established in 1955, Cox Pools has been designing and constructing dream pools throughout the Gulf Coast region, including Orange Beach and Dothan in Alabama, for 65+ years. We’re the oldest and largest pool builder in the South, so you can be sure you’ll benefit from our extensive experience and receive a high-quality and durable backyard pool.

For more information or to arrange a free quote, contact our friendly team today.

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