Design FAQ’s

Rio Grande Valley & South Padre Island Pool Design FAQ’s

At Hamlin Pools, we’re dedicated to providing you with 100-percent customer satisfaction. Below you’ll find the most commonly asked questions regarding pool design and our expert answers. Please click on the + button to reveal the answer and the – button to hide it. We welcome you to contact us if you do not see your question here and want to learn more about Hamlin Pools custom pool design.

Absolutely! We have decades of experience crafting pools to fit any space. Our design department is happy to discuss ideas and show you examples. Get in touch to learn more about what we can do for your yard–no matter what size it is.
You are always welcome to express concerns. Contact us any time–click here for our complete contact information. When your pool is complete, the superintendent assigned to your pool will go through an extensive check-list during the final walk-through to make sure that that everything is working perfectly. You can discuss any concerns with your personal superintendent or call or email our office directly by phone or by emailing
Usually, we start within 2-3 weeks. The timing depends on the city where you live and how long it takes to get building permits. We begin once you approve the design and we receive the building permits.
A basic pool will take 5-6 weeks. The timeline depends on the complexity of your chosen design. Of course, as with all construction projects, delays may occur because of change orders, weather, and products.
We provide estimates for free. Our design team will meet you at the construction site, discuss the desired features and layout of your pool as well as all accessories and equipment you may be interested in. Then we will meet again to present your design.
Yes. We work with several reputable lenders who know us as responsible, family-run Rio Grande pool builders and enjoy working with our customers. We would be happy to refer you to reputable lenders. If you would like to receive a list of our lenders, click here to fill out our contact form and we will get right back to you. If you’d like to learn more about financing options, click here
The cost of maintenance depends on the size of the pool, the environment around the pool, and the usage of the pool. Electrical and chemical expenses vary. Historical data shows that an average pool costs from $150 to $300 monthly to maintain. We offer reasonably-priced and convenient maintenance packages if you would like us to help you maintain your pool. Click here to learn more
Hamlin Pools will do all of the leg work required to obtain the building permit. We feel that the fewer hassles you have to deal with, the more you’ll enjoy your pool building experience.
Our basic agreement will include the pool shell, usually a minimum of 3’ of Kool Deck, a traditional white plaster finish, all of the basic necessary equipment (pump, time clock, filter, plumbing, equipment slab, auto water leveler, main drains, etc.), taxes, and permits. We offer everything you need to get you swimming in your new Hamlin Pool.
This one usually surprises our customers! The answer is much lower than you might expect. On average, a standard 12,000 gallon pool will cost $24 to fill. This is based on a cost of $2 per 1,000 gallons of water. Of course, the cost will vary depending on the size of the pool and where it is located.
No. Most of the questions we have for our customers can be answered via phone or email. In some cases, a personal meeting on-site will be required. If so, the meeting is usually very brief and we will work around your schedule.We pride ourselves on being dependable, trustworthy, and dedicated. Our staff will take care of your backyard as if it were our own. If you would like to talk with your personal, assigned superintendent, one easy way is on-site during the various construction phases. We love building pools and think the process is fascinating–you might enjoy observing!
The biggest differences? QUALITY, PROFESSIONALISM, and EXPERIENCE. We have been in business as a Rio Grande pool company since 1952, and we’ve been building pools since the early 1960’s. Because of our extensive knowledge, experience, and network of very happy customers [link to Testimonials], we are 100% confident we will build you the best pool your money can buy. Our family name depends on it.
We can build a small, basic pool starting at around $18,000.
We want your pool to last for a very long time. We only construct in-ground gunite (concrete) pools. Our gunite is computer mixed for consistency, and stronger than the foundation of your house. That is why we offer our Hamlin Pools Lifetime shell warranty to the original owner of the pool, and you can bet we’ll be around to honor that warranty. We won’t compromise our pools: we use the highest-quality materials and equipment available.
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    Doug & Elaine Bready
    “Taylor, Tyler, Josh, Travis,Elaine and I want to express our sincere thanks for he wonderful addition to our home! The professionalism, timeliness, and end product, coupled with your patience as we worked through the design ...
    Cole Abbott
    It has been over 2 years since you completed our spa. I wanted to write you a note to tell you how happy we are with our spa. My wife comments all the time about ...
    Peter and Kelli Gardner
    We had never built a pool before and therefore needed a great deal of guidance. We also had concerns as to how long and how much of a challenge construction would be in the process. ...
    Terry Perez
    Dear Owners,I had actually known Hamlin's reputation via word of mouth. So when my husband and I were ready for a remodel, I called you. I was very pleased with Taylor when he showed up. ...
    Rex and Donna Leach
    We want to compliment the folks at Hamlin Pools for the outstanding job they did in the total remodel of our pool and patio area. The work they did was not only top-notch in quality ...


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