With Nashville summer temperatures soaring into the high 90s, an outdoor pool is a refreshing home amenity. Adding one to your home can be a complicated process, however. ConsumerAffairs researched the best pool builders in Nashville to guide your search for the perfect swimming pool and the right company to install it.
In Nashville’s suburban communities, including Franklin and the Green Hills and Belle Meade neighborhoods, it seems as though every home has a pool. While areas like these with large lots and many kids are ideal for inground pools, many Nashville residents with smaller yards install above ground pools to get the same benefit during the summer months without taking up as much space.
Inground vs. above ground pools in Nashville
Above ground pool
Last for decades
High investment cost
Requires more maintenance
Lasts for 7-15 years
Uniform depth of usually 54” or less
Those who enjoy entertaining and want to make a lifetime investment
Those who want a pool but aren’t willing to make a large investment
Slides and diving boards
Average installation cost
$25,000 - $80,000
$2,000 - $12,000
Inground pools are generally built with a steel or aluminum outer wall and vinyl liner, though some have a resin outer wall with steel or aluminum supports. Above ground pools come in a variety of materials, each with its own pros and cons.
Vinyl pools: Customizable pool sizes and low-cost installations, but require liner replacements every six to 12 years
Fiberglass pools: Low pool maintenance, durable materials and attractive designs but expensive and not very customizable
Concrete pools: Completely customizable and durable but require the most maintenance and expense
Maintaining a pool in Nashville
When considering adding a pool to your Nashville home, think about the tools, supplies and chemicals you’ll need to purchase. These extra costs help to maintain the integrity, structure and appearance of your pool through the years. These supplies include:
Pool cleaning chemicals
Water test strips
Pool vacuum and brush
Choosing a pool builder in Nashville
A swimming pool is a big investment, so it’s important to find a reputable company you trust. If you have friends, relatives or neighbors with a pool, ask if they were satisfied with their contractor. Customer reviews are also an excellent source of information. Focus on companies that install the type of pool you want — if you’re unsure, talk to a few companies and see if they do on-site evaluations to help you choose.
Other questions you should ask when contacting pool builders are:
How much experience do you have building pools?
Do you provide free on-site estimates?
Do you guarantee your work?
How long will the pool take to install?
Is your company licensed and insured?
Do you have a portfolio of previous work I can view?
When searching for a pool building company in Nashville, look for those who have either a home improvement license or contractor’s license. In addition, Nashville homes must have an approved permit for building a pool before beginning instruction, so be sure any contractor you hire is familiar with the Nashville permitting process.
Blue World Pools provides Nashville residents with a variety of home installation options, including above ground and inground pools. The company has installed thousands of pools across the country and has more than 16 years of experience. Nashville customers appreciate the employees’ clear and transparent communication throughout the pool installation process.
The Jandy Pro Series is a line of automated pool equipment with products including valves, lights, heaters, filters and pumps. Nashville residents can purchase a package of parts and tools they need to operate or upgrade their pool. Nashville customer reviews are positive and praise the variety of options for pool equipment and professional installation services.
Tennessee Custom Pools
Tennessee Custom Pools designs, builds and installs pools, spas and outdoor kitchens for Nashville area residents. The company specializes in concrete inground pools but offers a variety of options along with pool remodeling services. Reviews from Nashville customers say the company’s owner takes great pride in his work and genuinely listens to customers.
ASP: America's Swimming Pool Company
ASP: America's Swimming Pool Company only hires licensed and insured contractors to complete their pool building jobs. The company also offers pool maintenance, repair and equipment. Reviews from local Nashville customers recommend the company for its professional technicians and staff members who care about the quality of their work.
Pool and Spa Depot
Pool and Spa Depot is a member of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and BBB accredited. In addition to the company’s inground and above ground pool services, the company assists with outdoor kitchens, spa and equipment needs. Reviews from Nashville residents discuss consistent quality and service, affordable prices and knowledgeable staff members.