Sales of one-piece pools are at an all-time high, with more customers than ever before choosing to invest in the ‘off the peg’ approach to pool installation. And pool companies that offer the one-piece pool service are reaping the rewards of the peak in interest. “It is a very exciting time to be involved in the growing one-piece pools market,” comments Ed West of Sundance Pools UK. “Now in our 20th year as Sundance Pools, we are at last seeing high levels of interest within the pool trade.
The increase in trade activity is driven by the consumer, who appreciates the low maintenance and hard-wearing nature of a fibreglass pool.” Lewis Salvidge, Managing Director of HTP Inc adds: “After 20 years in the industry, I can honestly say that the market for one piece is at an all-time high. “The reason for the increase is because one-piece pools require less labour time on site and less wet trades involved, meaning faster turnaround and water in the pool times. The benefit for the installer is that you can multi-manage several pool installations at the same time.” From a trade perspective, one-piece pools offer a fast-track installation and a controllable profit margin.
The systemised installation is quick, straightforward and can be done in almost all weather conditions. From a consumer point of view, one piece pools are sold from a price list with no ‘guesstimating’. This is particularly well received by customers who appreciate being able to change the specification and additional options. Added to that is the fast and hassle-free installation of a one-piece pool, resulting in minimal disruption – another tick in the box for the customer.
TICKING BOXES : “But installing a one-piece pool is not as easy as it looks. You have to understand the building trade and the fundamentals of concrete construction for the correct pool support and installation techniques,” Lewis warns. The installation is the easy part and although it takes skill and experience, you still need the pool knowledge and expertise to sell these big ticket items to customers who have not experienced a one-piece pool anywhere before.” HTP Inc have offered one-piece pools manufactured by Czechbased NIVEKO for the last seven years. The company produces in excess of 450 pools per year for more than 15 European countries. One of the principal disadvantages of classic one-piece pools is that they are available in limited shapes – they come in standardised shapes and fixed sizes, plus the fact that most manufacturers only offer pools with a skimmer. These disadvantages are eliminated with NIVEKO custom-built monopools. With NIVEKO, there is no limit in terms of shape, the type of pool technology – skimmer or overflow – size or design.
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CERTIKIN Tel. 01993 778855 www.certikin.co.uk
HTP INC. Tel. 07730 003 934 www.hottubpeople.com
NIVEKO Tel. +420 572 693 246 www.niveko-pools.com
PARAMOUNT POOLS Tel. 01256 748380 www.paramountpools.co.uk
SUNDANCE POOLS UK Tel. 01296 715071 www.sundancepools.co.uk