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Find the Best Pool Builders and Pool Companies in Buffalo, NY

Pools are fun and can even increase home resale values, but it’s important to find a reliable pool builder. The Buffalo News has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing the consumer reviews and local availability of 20 businesses and choosing seven favorites from the top pool builders in Buffalo.

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How to find a good pool company in Buffalo

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A new pool is a significant purchase, which is why it’s crucial to find a reputable pool builder in Buffalo. When searching for companies to work with, look for ones with expertise in the exact type of pool you want. If you don’t know what kind of pool you want, ask companies for recommendations on what type of pool would work best for your property. Most of the companies on this guide offer free on-site inspections.

Whether you want a custom-designed lap pool or an inground fiberglass pool, always read online reviews about each company and look through photos of their previous projects. It’s also helpful to ask neighbors or friends with pools if they liked the company they worked with.

After narrowing your list down to a few companies, verify that they are all licensed with the Buffalo Department of Permit & Inspection Services using the licensed contractor search on the city’s website. Then, contact each of those companies for a quote. This helps ensure you get not only a low price but also the right service for your needs.

Ask each company the following questions to find the one that’s your best fit:

  • Do you specialize in certain pool types?
  • How many years of experience do you have?
  • What materials and products do you use?
  • How long does the installation process take?
  • What type of pool would work best for my property?
  • How do you price your services?
  • Do you offer a warranty?
  • Do you have references or a portfolio I can see?

Buffalo pool prices

The cost to build a pool in Buffalo ranges from $18,000 to $36,000, with $27,000 being the average amount spent. However, pool building costs depend on the pool’s type, size, shape and materials. Inground pools in Buffalo cost about $40,000 on average, with an average price range between $32,000 to $50,000. Above ground pools are a more affordable option and start around $750 for an average cost of $2,500.

Consider the following cost factors when installing a pool:

  • Materials: A pool’s material affects its price the most. Inground pools are usually made from vinyl, fiberglass or concrete. Fiberglass and vinyl materials run about $30 to $40 per square foot, but concrete is $55 to $70 per square foot.
  • Labor costs: Labor accounts for nearly half of most pool costs. Labor costs start around $5.50 per square foot plus the cost of excavation, which runs from $120 to $150 an hour or $3,000 to $13,000 total for an average-sized pool of 12 feet by 24 feet. Building an inground pool takes two to three months on average. In contrast, above ground pool labor costs range between just $1,000 and $3,000.
  • Decorative add-ons: Decorative tile costs between $1,000 to $5,000. Adding a water feature, such as fountains or waterfalls, costs $1,000 to $10,000 or more. Infinity-edges are an additional $15,000 to $20,000, and poolside light bulbs cost $100 to $300 each.
  • Decks or fencing: Installing a pool deck or patio ranges from $3,000 to $12,000. Fencing around a pool ranges from $13 to $50 per linear foot. Pool enclosures cost between $5,000 and $15,000.
  • Accessories: Slides cost between $1,000 and $14,000. Diving boards are $300 to $5,000. Also, don’t forget about a pool cover, which costs between $600 and $2,200.
  • Maintenance: In Buffalo, the average price to maintain a pool is around $241 a month. Maintaining an above ground pool usually costs less than maintaining an inground pool. Regardless, you can save money by doing the maintenance work yourself.

Other ways to save money include buying an above ground pool and installing it yourself or buying a pre-fabricated fiberglass shell for inground pools.

Buffalo pool regulations and requirements

You need a permit to install a pool in Buffalo unless your pool is an above ground design less than two feet deep. You can apply for a pool permit online through the City of Buffalo’s website.

Buffalo pool builder companies FAQ

How much are inground pools?

The cost to build an inground pool in Buffalo is about $40,000 on average, but they usually range in price from $32,000 and $50,000.

How much is an above ground pool?

Above ground pools in Buffalo start around $750, with an average cost of $2,500. Above ground pools can cost up to $15,000, depending on their size and type, though.

How can I winterize a pool in Buffalo?

Winterizing an inground pool in Buffalo takes a full day's work. Start by testing the water chemistry and making sure it’s balanced. Then, lower the water level below the mouth of the skimmer and follow these steps:

  • Clear the plumbing
  • Drain the filter
  • Drain the remaining equipment
  • Store the equipment
  • Cover the pool

How many gallons of water are in an average pool?

An average above ground pool, measuring 24 feet in diameter and 52 inches deep, holds about 15,000 gallons of water. An average inground pool, measuring about 14 feet by 28 feet with a depth of 6 1/2 feet, holds around 19,000 gallons of water.

When can babies go in a pool?

It’s potentially safe for babies to go in a pool if they’re at least 2 months old, but it may be best to wait until after your baby turns 6 months old. Before this age, they can’t regulate their body temperature. Should they go in a pool before 6 months of age, it's important that the pool is heated to at least 89 degrees Fahrenheit. Always use proper flotation devices and keep the child supervised at all times, too.

Buffalo pool builders company information

Anthony & Sylvan Pools

Anthony & Sylvan Pools is a pool builder that specializes in inground pools. Its pools come in a variety of colors, sizes, and finishes in both concrete and fiberglass. Customization options include custom tile and mosaic designs and LED or fiber optic lighting systems. Coping is available in concrete, brick and stone. The company offers water feature options, beach entries and vanishing edges, and it backs every pool with a lifetime structural warranty.

Anthony & Sylvan Pools

Swimco Pools Inc.

Swimco Pools Inc. is a pool builder that makes vinyl-lined, inground pools in a variety of shapes and sizes. The company also offers repairs and maintenance for pool equipment, including seasonal opening and closing services. All its pools have a lifetime warranty on wall structures and a three-year guarantee on installation. The company is located at 6701 S. Transit Road, Lockport, NY 14094.

Swimco Pools Inc.

Pool Mart

Pool Mart has five locations in Western New York. The company offers hot tubs, patio furniture, pool supplies, and a wide variety of above ground and semi-inground pools. Pool accessories such as decks, ladders, cleaning supplies, lights and water features are also available for purchase. Other products include outdoor living items like fire pits, retractable awnings, pergolas and outdoor kitchens. The company is located at 6410 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043.

Pool Mart

Pools Unlimited

Pools Unlimited is a pool retailer and service company offering above ground swimming pools, hot tubs and outdoor living products. The company also provides pool repair and maintenance services for above ground and inground pools. Above ground pools come in a variety of models and sizes from a few different manufacturers, including Cornelius, Aquasport and Carvin. The company is located at 3903 Seneca St., West Seneca, NY 14224.

Pools Unlimited

Majestic Pools

Majestic Pools is a pool builder offering more than 250 pool shapes and sizes as well as custom-designed pool options. The company also offers pool supplies, accessories, and maintenance and repair services. Majestic Pools has a large selection of hot tubs, swim spas and patio furniture in addition to selling and installing gazebos, patio enclosures and decks. The company is located at 6315 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043.

Majestic Pools

Reflection Pools

Reflection Pools installs and builds inground pools. The company has a large selection of inground and semi-inground fiberglass pool kits. Installation takes around a week. Its other services include patio surfacing, fencing, plumbing, pool equipment installation and pool maintenance. The company is located at 3211 Transit Road, Elma, NY 14059.

Reflection Pools

Mister Pool Enterprises Limited

Mister Pool Enterprises Limited is a pool builder that specializes in vinyl-lined, inground pools. Pools are available in 12 different shapes, and packages include in-pool LED lighting, walk-in steps with handrails, maintenance equipment and covers. The company also offers pool liner replacement and maintenance services as well as pool renovations. The company is located at 89 Brandel Ave., Lancaster, NY 14086.

Mister Pool Enterprises Limited