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Hybrid pools: The ultimate option for busy professionals

The hybrid pool is helping professionals expand their business to a larger spectrum of customers and landscapes. Photos courtesy Fox Pool

By Eric Gohn

In the face of unwavering demand, pool professionals continue to look for the best building strategy. With labour in short supply, they are seeking ways to maximize the number of pools they can build with their existing crews. This is where hybrid pools have quickly become an ideal solution.

When it comes to selling and installing across a wide range of homeowner needs, options are no longer limited to the traditional above-ground or inground pools. The hybrid pool is helping professionals expand their business to a larger spectrum of customers and landscapes. Installers can even train a crew to focus solely on its easier installation, allowing more pools to be built in a single season.

Meeting a market need

In the past few years, pool manufacturers have introduced the higher-end hybrid option, which has a much stronger construction and can be installed onground, semi-inground, or even fully inground. Rather than using a single, rolled-wall sheet, many of the new products available are made of heavier-grade steel panels. These pools can even handle a bull nose aluminum coping, into which the installer can pour concrete for coping or deck treatments, or a synthetic top treatment for above- and semi-inground applications.

It is important for installers to be aware of this product, as it provides an excellent solution to meet the surge in pool demand. The hybrid pool stands out as the perfect in-between price point. It costs approximately $3000 to $5000 more than the traditional above-ground pool but will last longer and can cost less, once replacements and retaining walls are factored in over even a five-year period.

It is essential to point these facts out to clients when selling the hybrid pool. Consumers will be happier with their investment, which is the ultimate goal for the industry.

The hybrid pool has a much stronger construction and can be installed onground, semi-inground, or even fully inground.

Overcoming challenges

The new generation of hybrid pools are designed to meet specific market needs not being addressed by traditional above-ground models. They can overcome challenges such as sloping backyards, harsh cold winters, and even price point objections.

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