Above ground swimming pools, in-ground swimming pools, swimming pool maintenance, swim spas and saunas are not just our job at The Pool Store in Lufkin, Texas – they are our passion. Turning your East Texas backyard into a true oasis is what we strive for, and it's the same with every job we take on. We know that owning a pool or spa can be a life changing experience, especially when it's your first one – and we treat it that way. Buying a pool is probably one of the largest, most important purchases you will ever make, and we not only appreciate the opportunity to be a part of that, we consider ourselves privileged.
The Pool Store also builds wood decks. Owner Rory Stringer says, "Wood decks as well as stained, stenciled and decorative concrete have become important to customers in the Lufkin area, so they're important to us!"
That said, we want to be your East Texas "pool guys," not just the people who sold you a swimming pool or spa. This is why buying from us is just the beginning of a long term relationship between a client and his or her "pool guys" – so when you're in the market for a new pool or spa, give The Pool Store in Lufkin, Texas a call. When you think "pools in Lufkin, Texas," think The Pool Store!
Above Ground Pools
Salt Systems (for most pools)
Pool Repair & Maintenance
Hot Tub/Spa Repair & Maintenance
Sauna Repair & Maintenance
Pool, Spa/Hot Tub & Sauna Installation
Weekly Maintenance on Pools, Hot Tubs, Spas and Saunas
Computerized Water Analysis / Water Samples (free)
Custom Pool Design
When it comes to above ground pools in East Texas, we do it all. Our highly trained crews install new liners or repair your old liners, do leak detection, take care of green pool cleanups, plus chemical drops and acid washing. We remove old pools and install new above ground pools, install pool covers, re-plumb systems, remodel your existing pool, and a whole lot more. Absolutely no one knows above ground pools like The Pool Store!
Like above ground pools, when it comes to spas and hot tubs, we are your specialists. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff provides dependable, professional spa & hot tub service. The bottom line is that we know spas and hot tubs better than anyone in East Texas. We sell primarily new spas but run across used and refurbished hot tubs throughout the year, usually through trade-ins. Our expert staff handles all of our spa/hot tub maintenance and repairs at very reasonable rates.
Okay, you've made the decision to finally buy that pool you've always dreamed of. Now, what do you buy? An above-ground pool or an in-ground pool? If you have a huge backyard, your own landscape designer and millions of dollars, you’re good to go – but if you're like most of us and have to consider price, how much room you have to work with, etc., you’ll have to make some choices.
Do you want an in-ground pool and settle for a smaller patio area, or an above-ground pool that will allow you to have a larger patio area and even some outdoor furniture? There are advantages and disadvantages to both. The question is, which is right for you?
An above-ground pool definitely has its advantages, starting with the cost. It could cost up to ten times less than an in-ground pool, and installing an above ground pool normally will not raise your property taxes in East Texas. In most areas an above-ground pool is not considered a permanent structure. Above ground pools are also easier to clean and maintain, primarily because they are usually smaller than an in-ground pool.
Last but certainly not least, an above ground pool is almost always safer. To prevent access to your pool, just remove the pool ladder. It doesn't get much simpler that that! If you're worried about the look, and most of us are, visit The Pool Store to see all the options available.
In years past, above-ground pools were known for a metallic look, but our newer models are much more pleasing to the eye. Chances are you’ll be able to find an above ground pool you're very happy with, and the ability to add a deck and outdoor furniture can make all of the difference in the world. Above-ground pools are becoming more popular almost by the day, but we realize they're not for everyone. You may want an in-ground pool if you’re a serious swimmer or have a large backyard and want waterfalls, a diving board, etc. In other words "all of the bells and whistles."
In-ground pools are usually six feet at the deep end, while above-ground pools normally have a deep end of around four feet. Again, a deeper in-ground pool means you can have a slide, diving board, fancy lights and waterfalls, plus it's easier to swim laps. An in-ground pool will also come in many more attractive shapes than an above-ground pool. We can even custom design an in-ground pool that fits the space of your yard and goes with the style of your house, whereas a custom shape is normally not available in an above-ground pool.
Please remember that as beautiful as a custom built in-ground pool can be, and as nice and relaxing as it can be to take some laps after a hard day's work, it does have its disadvantages. One, it is going to be much more expensive than an above-ground pool. There is just so much more work involved with an in-ground pool. First, a trench must be dug, then a solid liner has to be installed. Maintaining an in-ground pool is also more expensive...and more time consuming. Because an in-ground pool is almost always larger than an above-ground pool, cleaning equipment, chemical testing kits, etc. are going to be more expensive. And on top of the cost factor it is much more difficult to keep an in-ground pool free of trash or debris. Taking care of this problem is time consuming and if you don't have the time to do it yourself, you may end up with the extra expense of hiring someone to do it for you.
Another thing to consider is the fact that an in-ground pool may actually negatively impact the resale value of your home. A lot of times buyers will be concerned with safety, especially if they have smaller children, and won’t even consider a home with an in-ground pool. Putting a fence around the pool could possibly be an option, but this won't satisfy all potential buyers. An above-ground pool can be taken apart and either moved to your new location or simply hauled away, while an in-ground pool would have to be filled in, which is a much more expensive.
The bottom line...which option is right for you? Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each and consider exactly what you and your family are looking for. Then, take a careful look at your backyard. I bet you will know the answer!
We specialize in above ground pools, gunite pools, fiberglass pools, swim spas, saunas, pool remodeling, and hot tubs in Lufkin, Texas and the East Texas area.