Chances are that if you are reading this you know that you’re likely going to get your family that pool they have always wanted sometime soon.  You have finally decided to make the decision to cool off at home from now on.  With all this being said, many of you are going about this “pool buying decision process” the wrong way.

WHY WE DELAY:   Right now when you look outside you wonder if this cold weather will last forever.   Any why not?  It is 71 degrees here at the American Fiberglass Pool factory today! Because of this, you are delaying and putting off that pool purchasing decision that will before you realize it hit you like a ton of bricks in the near future!  If I had a dollar for every time a pool purchasing customer has said to me over the last 43 years, “You mean you can’t start our pool for 6-8 weeks?”, well, let’s just say I would be living on a beach in Hawaii instead of writing you this list!

In my opinion, when mid-March gets here and the daily temps are in the 80’s, all of a sudden our brains come out of hibernation and we start to realize “Wow, we need to get our pool plans going right away!”.  What we don’t realize is most pools are sold at that time and the construction backlog can be weeks or even months.  To give you an example, last March our construction division sold 49 pools for families like yours.  In April we sold 63 more.  Also, when you factor in the uncertainty of a wet spring along with the hundreds of pools we supply our dealer network with around the country; things can get backed up significantly.  Needless to say, this situation can be a real bummer for folks that procrastinated so long to talk to the pool guy and also for us too since we like to keep things in a nice construction grove year round.

So by now I’m sure that you get my point, but read on as I list the most obvious reasons that you need to purchase a pool NOW versus waiting until spring.

1. YOU LIKELY WILL SPEND MORE MONEY IF YOU WAIT:    To be frank with you, our material vendors tend to raise prices on materials it takes to build a pool right after the first of the year EVERY year.  We even just received another price increase for 2/24/14.  When demand is high for most materials or items, prices are high as well.  When demand is low, prices are lower.  This is all simple economics!  So, take advantage of the lower prices before the demand increases.

2. YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT LONGER TO SWIM:     We have already established that March can mean a 6-8 week construction backlog because so many folks delay their purchasing decision until warm weather arrives.  That flood of sales means that instead of your pool guy getting started as soon as the permits are completed, he can’t actually start for 45-60 days.  This, as you can well imagine, may cut into the swim season significantly.

3. THIS IS STILL THE TIME TO GET “BUYING INCENTIVES” FROM YOUR POOL BUILDER:  It is very common to get LED multi-colored lights, possibly upgraded pool surfacing like the shimmer surfaces available on American Fiberglass Pools and discounts on saltwater chlorination systems, etc.  All these incentive items will disappear in a month or so.

4. YOUR YARD WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GET BACK TO NORMAL:    Any type of construction can get messy, especially if the season is a wet one.  For those pool buyers that get their pool installed now, their yards will look much nicer come next pool season compared to those persons that make a later purchase.

5. LESS STRESS:    I can tell you absolutely that NOW  pool installations are less stressful.  There is plenty of 2014 swim time in front of us!  There is plenty of time NOW for construction to be completed even prior to the end of March if you get the ball rolling now.

6. YOU ARE NOT SO RUSHED:    No one wants to be rushed when they are spending thousands of dollars on a swimming pool.  It is good to take your time and to have your wits about you when making a decision.  By shopping for a pool now, you can make a relaxed and informed decision.  You won’t have to make a decision simply on “Who can start my pool the soonest?”

7. THE COST OF VACATIONS KEEP GOING UP:   With oil prices starting to inch back up and the cost of gasoline already above that level of making vacations even more expensive than you budgeted for; why not get that pool now so your family can “staycation” at home every single day?  A pool purchase from the right pool guy means forever enjoyment, relaxation, exercise, and backyard BBQ’s!

8. AWESOME FINANCING IS NOW AVAILABLE:  That’s right, if you borrow, let’s say $35,000.00, for as much as 180 months, your payment right now is only about $300 a month.  What’s more, the interest is tax deductible, the rate is “fixed” over the life of the loan and better yet, there is NO prepayment penalty.  We have lots of lenders available that also include unsecured loans.  Very interesting, don’t you think?  If you give me a call I can give you further details.

So, now you have it.  I can only hope that this simple list helps you in your efforts to have an enjoyable pool buying experience now and lots of great swimming and fun in 2014 and beyond!  Lastly, as the old saying goes, “Memories last a lifetime, opportunity seldom does”.  Consider this opportunity and feel free to call anytime.

Thought of the day:  “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”  Mark Twain


  1. Helpusplease!! says:

    We are having trouble with another pool company called **** *****. We spoke with you back in the fall of last year about one of your pools. Can or will you help us in getting our situation with those other people resolved?
    Please call us at ***-***-****.

    • wayne says:

      Since we met 3 weeks ago, I hope that the other pool company has responded to your needs. If not, let me know.

  2. George McKree says:

    You seem to have a lot of valid reasons to get started now with a pool contractor selection.

    Ok, here we go, please call us at 832_*******.
    We will need you to provide financing info too.


    • wayne says:

      As you know, we will be signing your bank loan papers this Saturday at 10. We look forward to knowing your family will enjoy a beautiful, affordable, VERY LOW maintenance American Fiberglass Pool this spring!

  3. Gerry Roman says:

    We read every blog entry you have made for 2 years.
    We are so impressed with your range of knowledge, suggestions, and words to the wise.
    Please contact us @ 713-***_****.

    We want to swim in April.

    Thank you,

    • wayne says:

      You WILL be swimming in a beautiful, affordable, VERY LOW maintenance American Fiberglass Pool in April!

  4. L. Baldwin says:

    We are ready for an estimate on a fiberglass pool.

    713_******* any time.


    • wayne says:

      Welcome aboard! Your pool is loaded on a trailer at our factory and ready to head your way next week!

  5. Jerome says:

    My wife and I have been researching types of pools for almost two years. It certainly appears that a fiberglass pool is the best way to go when you have soil conditions that shift and expand. We live in Lake Jackson area where the soil conditions are the pits. We have several friends that own concrete and fiberglass pools. The people that are happiest seem to be the fiberglass pool owners. One of the pools was built by your company 18 years ago. You can call us today at 979*******. We are anxious to beat the rush of pool buyers you referenced in this posting.

    • wayne says:

      We are pleased to know that you selected American Pools to be your pool builder of choice.

  6. Kendell Rogers says:

    Nice web site, interesting topics, obviously a great company and good people to do biz with.
    Please give me a call for an estimate for a pool to be located in the Heights section of Houston.

    Thank you so much….Kendell

    • wayne says:

      I am so sorry that you had such a large utility easement that will keep your family from enjoying a pool. Sometimes this happens in older inner city neighborhoods. If ever you relocate, thanks in advance for remembering to give us a holler again!

  7. G. Armstrong says:

    All of our research about swimming pools keep leading us back to buying a fiberglass pool, all of our research about fiberglass pools keep leading us back to American Fiberglass Pools. I think that the 43 years in business pretty much says it all to us. We also like that you are the company that manufactures, installs, and services the pool if ever needed.
    It seems that most fiberglass pool builders do not have to warranty anything on the pool after ONE year. That sure does not seem right.
    That builder collects ALL the money but has no responsibility?
    Whoa Nellie on that!
    Please call us at 281*******.


    • wayne says:

      George, You’re right! With so much positive information available today, it’s a wonder that a pool buyer purchases anything other than a fiberglass pool. You are also correct that Texas only requires a one year warranty from the pool builder. After that, you have to deal with another company that may be hundreds of miles away for warranty service. My opinion, that is not a good place to be in…

  8. Katie West says:

    We live in Woodville and are very interested in getting a fiberglass pool. We will not require financing. So tell us please, what is the first step we need to make?

    936_***-**** is our cell #

    • wayne says:

      Hi Katie, our American Fiberglass Dealer in your area tells me that he will be taking delivery of your American Fiberglass Pool model Rio Grande the end of next week! Happy swimming (soon)!

  9. Danny Carr says:

    Our first mistake was we waited too long last year & purchased a pool in April, our second mistake was getting a gunite pool that took 4 months to build.

    You told us in your initial visit that it would be hard to take care of a gunite pool.

    You were so right!
    This pool is a drag to care for!!

    Wew wish that we had done business with you.

    • wayne says:

      Nice to hear from you. Unfortunately I hear stuff like this all the time. If your plaster is too rough, you may want to give them a call to check things out. As for enjoying a fiberglass pool, there is always next time!

  10. Research Pays Off says:

    We have found that there are some real “scoundrels” in the market place that sell major pool products & have some really bad reputations in their past.

    We like that you are a BBB member forever & have so many “old” references to pass along to us.

    We have made our choice to build our pool & you will be our builder.

    So call us at 832-******* so we can visit again & get things underway!

    • wayne says:

      Hi Shannon, I truly believe that people that take the extra time to investigate contractors in general will be the folks with less issues on the job. You are correct that a few of the pool guys here in town have had less than sterling results in their home states. Especially if they came here from Michigan or California during the last 4 years. Your pool construction begins next week and we are happy to know that you became an educated, informed pool buyer that selected an American Fiberglass Pool to enjoy for a lifetime!

  11. Adriana says:

    Please send us a brochure to our address to follow:
    Adriana B******
    14566 **** *******
    Katy, TX *****
    My husband and I have always wanted a fiber glass pool.

    Thanks a lot!

    • wayne says:

      Hello and thanks for joining us here on our blog! We fully expect to have your pool completed by April 4th if the weather allows.

  12. D Cardin says:

    Time to build a pool.
    Please call us to provide an estimate.
    Thank you.

  13. Morton Bunch says:

    We are fortunate that we listened to you about this topic 2 years ago. The pool has you built us changed our lives for the better. We spend almost all our family time in the pool or in the spa.
    Next time you are in the Madisonville area please give us a ring and stop by. You are always welcome in our home Wayne.

    • wayne says:

      Max, glad to hear from you and glad to hear how much your family is enjoying your beautiful, affordable, VERY LOW maintenance American Fiberglass Pool! Next time I’m in your area, I will give you a buzz!

  14. J.R. says:

    I sell fiberglass and gunite pools in New England. I have to admit that I agree with this blog post 100%. There are no good reasons to wait in getting on some pool co’s construction schedule.

    We are getting socked by bad weather and price increases are on our email every day.
    Longer waiting list and pool price increases are a sure thing in a few weeks.
    Lastly, I find your blog to be informative and interesting. How do you find the time to do all this??

    • wayne says:

      Thanks for visiting us here and also for the kind words! Sometimes it is hard to be as timely on this blog as I like to be, but I get a lot of incentive by reading responses like yours! Visit again please.

  15. Lyndon V. says:

    Thank you for writing about this topic. I have been telling my wife this since Christmas. She read it from you and has become a believer.

    Please call us at 281 *** **** as soon as you can so that we can make the leap into a fiberglass pool.

    • wayne says:

      I’m glad now that both of you are believers and look forward to having your beautiful, affordable, VERY LOW maintenance American Fiberglass Pools built soon!

  16. R. Zweigen says:

    We like your suggestion to schedule a pool now.
    We live in Livingston. Do you build pools here?
    If so please give us a call@ 936-*******.
    Thank you.
    R. Z.

    • wayne says:

      Of course we build pools in Livingston and now you will be our latest addition to the list!

  17. Jose Canino says:

    We have been planning and saving for a pool for 4 years. Fibreglas pools are the only way to go.

    Please call us at 832******* or 832*******.

  18. Rodeo Clown IV says:

    I travel all over the USA. My wife has decided she wants a fiberglass pool. We live in Alice Texas. Do you work in the area?
    You can call me at 361******* to discuss.

    Thank you!

    • wayne says:

      I passed your information on to our installing dealer near you and he has ordered your American Fiberglass Pool model Pecos II.

  19. Damein S. says:

    We should have started our pool guy search weeks ago. Oh well, better late than never…

    Please call us at 281-*******.

    BTW, we only will be interested in a fiberglass pool. All our studies say they are the best pools for expansive soil areas like Houston.

    • wayne says:

      All your studies are correct! American Fiberglass Pools hold up much better in expansive soil conditions than concrete pools. We expect to be starting your beautiful, affordable, VERY LOW maintenance American Fiberglass Pool in 2 weeks.

  20. H. Paulsen. says:

    Contact us please @ 713-***-****.
    We have purchased a fiberglass pool from you before And need another one for our new home in Rosharon.

    • wayne says:

      Thank you for becoming another pool buyer that has owned at least 2 American Fiberglass Pools. One of these days I will have to sit down and count all of you. I know at least 250-300 folks have had us install 2 or more American Fiberglass Pools for them!

  21. L.M.Barrios says:

    Call us at 832*******.
    We wish to speak to you about a fibre glas pool. We live in Houston but wish for the pool to be installed at our weekend home in Crystal Beach.

    • wayne says:

      We have lots of pools on Bolivar and Galveston. We are very appreciative that you decide to join them too!

  22. R. L. Calais says:

    All the reasons you listed here are sound reasoning to move forward with a pool as soon as possible.

  23. Charlie T. says:

    I build pools in the mid-west and find your suggestions to be spot on.
    Even though we can build fiberglass pools considerably faster than the concrete guys can build theirs, it makes since to get a pool scheduled as soon as possible. There are too many uncontrollable varibles in particular the weather, that can prolong a pool completion, or even force the project to a halt. I would like more info on your pools and to be a Dealer. Best way to contact me is 636-***-****.

    Thank you!

    • wayne says:

      Welcome aboard as a dealer. As discussed we should have a stocking pool depot close to you within 30 days.

  24. Marc says:

    Thank you for the tips on getting a pool built prior to swimming season arriving.

    Call us please at 713-***-****. My phone is always on.

    Thanks, Marc

    • wayne says:

      Welcome aboard! Your pool construction should begin within 2 weeks if it ever stops raining down here!

  25. Eduardo V. says:

    Call us at 832******* to have an associate stop by to deliver us a price on a fibre glas pool. We are from Brazil. There are most fibre glas pools for homes there and in Argentina. Concreto pool type is only used for commercial pool.

    • wayne says:

      I have read that 70% of all residential pools built in the Caribbean are fiberglass pools. Makes sense that a lot of fiberglass pools are built in South America too. We are still trying to find the right financing for your family and I am optimistic we will soon!

  26. Dottie Bancroft says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog!!
    You have so many useful suggestions and blog about a wide variety of topics.
    My husband and I are in our mid-sixties and truly enjoy being in and around a pool. If you are inclined to be our pool man, please call us at 361*******. We are wanting to hear all your thoughts about what to do with our backyard.

    Thank you so much, Dottie

    • wayne says:

      Hi Dottie, Your HOA permit should be in sometime over the next couple of weeks. We will be good to go then to start your new pool construction. We are tickled that you were inclined to select us as your pool builder of choice!

  27. H. Walker says:

    Even though the current weather is unpredictable, you are correct the time to schedule a new pool is now if a person wants to swim this spring.

    Please call us to set up an estimate for one of your fiberglass pools.

    Our phone number is 713-***-****.

    • wayne says:

      I enjoyed meeting you a couple of weeks ago. Sorry that the overhead electrical easement behind your house won’t let you own a new pool. If ever you move, give us a call!

  28. Bay City Biker says:

    Call us at 979*******. Thanks! Pool time approaches!

    • wayne says:

      Your financing should be finished and ready to sign next week. Your pool construction will begin shortly thereafter. Happy swimming (soon)!