Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to the questions we receive the most about our services.
If we missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help.

Costs and Warranty

Construction Process

Most of our gunite pools start at approximately $50,000. Purchasing a pool is very much like purchasing a new vehicle. A pool will vary in price greatly depending on the size, complexity of construction and amount of features and finishes selected. There are dozens of options and add-ons that can effect the cost.

Factors that influence cost:

  • Shape of pool (free form curve is typically less than rectangle due to less linear feet)
  • Amount of decking around pool (priced by square foot)
  • Style of decking desired (brushed concrete, stamped and stained concrete)
  • Equipment upgrades (pumps, filters, etc)
  • Hot tub spa addition
  • Square footage and depth of pool
  • Water features (waterfalls, fountains, etc.)
  • Design features in pool (underwater seats, benches and custom inlays: Fleur-Di-Lis graphic for example).

Our goal is to customize something for you based on your desired budget and dream design.

From our most cost effective pool to our most elaborate, you can be sure it’ll be built to your liking and built to last! For exact details and pricing we encourage you to contact us for your free in-home estimate.

Brian Keith Pools takes care of all of the permits needed for pool construction. There are different guidelines and laws depending on the Parish you live in. Brian is knowledgeable about local laws and will handle this process for you as outlined in the construction guide

Depending on where you live, you may need to contact your neighborhood Homeowner’s Association for rules and guidelines on pool construction. 

It is also recommended that you contact your homeowners insurance company to find out if adding pool will change or effect your current policy.

Aside from paying for the pool directly from money you have saved, your local lending institutions are likely your best option. Local credit unions and smaller, more personal banks tend to offer better rates and options. Home equity loans and home equity lines of credit (HELOC) are worth looking into.

We also offer financing options through outside financing companies.

Structural Warranty

Brian Keith Pools warrants to the original owner that the pool shell will remain sound for as long as they own their pool. Structurally sound is defined as maintaining the structural integrity of the Gunite pool shell so as to withstand all the loads without cracking and causing water loss. Should the shell be determined not to be structurally sound, Brian Keith Pools will at no cost to the original owner, perform repairs necessary to restore its structural integrity and water holding ability. The term “structurally sound” therefore does not extend to cover items external to the pool, such as tile, plaster, plumbing, electricity, filter, heater, decking, or pool accessories.

Lifetime Manufacturers Warranty

In-floor cleaning system parts and pebble interior finishes are warranted for life per terms of the manufacturer’s warranty.

5 Year Underground Warranty

All underground installations provided by Brian Keith Pools including pool plumbing, gas and electric are warranted to be free of defects in the workmanship and material for a period of five years to the original owner from the original start-up date.

1 Year Protection Warranty

All workmanship, construction and pool equipment installed by Brian Keith Pools are covered by the 1 year protection warranty to the original owner from the original start-up date by Brian Keith Pools. Lifetime warranty is available for purchase, ask us for details.


Defects of failures caused by the lack of maintenance, proper care and/or correct water chemistry. After the 1st year there will be a fee per service call. The pool shall be kept full of water at all times except for the purposes of repair or maintenance not to exceed two (2) days. The pool shall be used in a normal and reasonable manner (Plaster pools should not be drained).

Brian Keith Pools uses the latest, most energy efficient products on the market today. Specifically, the IntelliFlo Variable Speed pump and filter system. The size of your pool will influence energy consumption, but our average customer will see a minimal increase of approximately $11-$25 per month on average.

You can watch this video to see how the IntelliFlo pump system works so efficiently. 

While construction costs are slightly more expensive than fiberglass or vinyl liners, there are far more advantages for choosing a gunite pool:

Flexible: Gunite pools offer more flexibility when choosing a swimming pool as they are built to suit your unique location. Any shape, size or depth and can be designed to meet your specific requirements. Contrary to common belief, Gunite swimming pools can be built both in-ground and out-of-ground.

Customization: Because they are so flexible, Gunite pools allow you to choose to add special features such as islands, steps & ledges, wet edges, beaches, bays and more.

Finishing: When it comes to choosing interior finishes, Gunite pools are far more versatile, offering a wide range of finishings such as as tiles, pebbles, quartz, coloured render and more.

We are often contacted by homeowners with limited space for a pool that are concerned they don’t have access or perhaps the room to carry out construction.

Brian Keith Pools is highly experienced with building pools in inaccessible places and other technically challenging sites.

The best way find out your options is to schedule a free consultation with one of our designers so we can offer expert advice and options.

A good pool builder will help you by designing to suit the space you have and will advise the cost implications of varying sizes within that space.


Waterline tiles are set directly under the coping and help with the appearance of your pool as well as the colour of the reflection on the water. The main reason tiles are great for your new pool is they are easier to clean and avoid the bath-ring effect should you ever let the water quality degrade dramatically.

With Brian Keith Pools, your imagination is your only limit! We have dozens of tile choices to choose from. You can click on this link to see some of our most popular choices. 

Coping is the flat walking surface surrounding your pool.  Premium Travertine Coping is included in the the price of ALL Brian Keith Pool Proposals (while other builder’s may charge an upgrade fee for this type of coping). 

Other options such as sandstone and natural stone are available upon request.

Note:. Sandstone used around a salt water pool should be treated with a sealer to prevent the salt from damaging the surface.

When the contract agreement is signed, a date to outline and dig the pool is set. On average, from the day we dig the hole for your pool, it takes approximately six weeks to finish.

The biggest factors in the pool building timeline is weather and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on delivery delays in materials and supplies from impacted manufacturers.

There are certain aspects of the pool build that cannot be done in rainy, in-climate weather. You can read the details of our pool building process in the construction guide.

Completion times can also vary depending on your approval type, weather,  complexity of construction, as well as the features and finishes you select along with any other customizations.

Everybody has different swimming preferences. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available for your backyard pool.

Ultraviolet Light Systems (UV)

Ultraviolet (UV) pool sanitizers use a non-chemical system of invisible UV light rays to sanitize water. Ultraviolet pool sanitizers emit a high intensity light ray that destroys algae, bacteria and viruses, as well as some chlorine-resistant parasites.  UV systems also eliminate the formation of chlorine by-products.

About 80% of new water parks and aquatic facilities use ultraviolet sanitation systems.

Although UV light systems effectively kill many germs,  the system must be used along with chlorine for residential pool sanitation.  That’s because UV systems work by moving the pool water past the UV lamps, where germs are destroyed. In residential pools, unlike many waterparks, water doesn’t circulate quickly enough around to the UV light.   That means it may take too long for germs in the distant part of the pool to get exposed to the ultraviolet system.

During that lag time, bacteria, algae, viruses and parasites can grow and multiply.  So adding germ-killing chlorine to a UV system is ideal for a residential pool.  But you should still consider installing a UV sanitizer since it should help you decrease the amount of chlorine needed for your pool.

he UV system itself is super low maintenance, typically needing only a yearly UV lamp replacement and a cleaning of the quartz tube that’s inside the UV unit. But remember you’ll also need to add chlorine regularly for optimal sanitation.

Saltwater Systems

Lots of people think that a saltwater pool is better than a chlorine pool.  But, in a way of speaking, a salt water pool IS a chlorine pool.  The chemical name for salt is sodium chloride.  Remember that from chemistry class?  In a saltwater pool, sodium chloride is electrically converted into chlorine.

Because they have lower chlorine levels, salt water pools are much gentler on the eyes and skin. Research indicates that salt water systems may be safer than chlorine pools, which force owners to store and handle unsafe chemicals. … Salt water pools produce softer-feeling water, which many find desirable.

Although a significant amount of salt is dissolved in the pool water to clean and sanitize the saltwater pool, the water won’t taste really salty like ocean water does. In fact, saltwater pools have 1/10 the salt of the ocean. 

The initial up-front cost of the saltwater pool is much greater than the up-front cost for chlorine, as we just discussed. But over time, the cost goes down significantly because it’s mainly the water in the pool that’s lost or gained, not salt.   The amount of salt in the pool remains relatively stable, so only small amounts have to be added to maintain salt-to-water ratio.

  • They can cause dry skin, red eyes, bleached swimwear and irritated noses, throats or lungs.
  • You must keep chlorine products on hand, which cost more than pool grade salt.
  • Chloramines may cause a strong “chlorine” smell, especially if you have an indoor pool.