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T/A Aaron Construction. We are a Construction Company providing Home Owners with all their Construction needs.

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Reviewed by Jerry on 24/5/2019

Aaron is the best! Job 1 was to replace the hopper and downpipe on our 4-storey house. This was done within a day, on time and at an acceptable price. Thereafter, we asked Aaron to carry out various jobs both inside and outside, all of which were carried out neatly, professionally, on time and again at perfectly acceptable prices which were adhered to without any unnecessary add-ons. In fact Aaron did various extras without additional cost and always with a smile. Trustworthy, professional and talented.

Aquatec Pools are specialists in swimming pool maintenance and repair. We provide a reliable, efficient and professional service in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and surrounding areas.

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Reviewed by Soraya on 17/6/2018

James from Aquatec Pools came to clean up our pool which hadn't been used in over a year. He transformed it from a swamp to a clean, fully running pool. He took time to explain how everything worked, gave us lots of advice and was happy to answers questions. The service was great. He came when he said he would and was very polite and pleasant to deal with.

Small Construction firm offering an excellent finish to all aspects of building work. We have over 30 Years experience.

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Reviewed by Stephen on 5/2/2019

Gareth and Darren did such an excellent job of clearing my decking I have asked them to tender for more work including the installation of the new decking.

I have 10 years experience creating bespoke products for a niche market across the UK. My experience has enabled me to work to a very high standard ensuring that a customers requirements are met to the last detail. My Key skills include joinery/woodwork, tiling and steel work. I am confident taking on large or small jobs. I am also a time served welder and fabricator and own a mig welder for repairs and small projects.

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Reviewed by Ruth on 9/11/2018

Simon is a proud craftsman and completes work to an excellent finish. We will defintely be using Simon again in the future.

Domestic, Industrial, Commercial and Agricultural Electricians in Northern Cumbria. We accept visa and mastercard payments on request.

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Reviewed by Vix on 23/2/2019

Were some issues of communication, Mark came back and bent over backwards to make it right. Can't fault him but be prepared to explain in detail exactly what is required to workmen and Don't just leave them to get on with it.

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Reviewed by Mark on 16/3/2019

Yuliyan came to my house and spent 30 minutes explaining and adding little tweaks to the job to make it better.He kept us informed all the way through and is hard working and professional.I would highly recommend to anyone.

We are a family run business with over 20 yrs experience. We have grown over the past years resulting in an extensive residential and commercial portfolio with projects that cover the UK, Australia and South Africa.

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Reviewed by scott on 18/8/2016

Scott has done an excellent job here. With meticulous detail in all areas he has added a vast decking area with lovely sleepers at the sides finished with a central feature amongst coloured stones. It has totally modernised our back garden and it now looks so different and so much better. A very down to earth and friendly individual it has been a pleasure doing business and I would recommend him to anyone wishing to improve their garden. Well done and many thanks Scott??

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Reviewed by Sarah on 28/4/2016

Great service, very professional and reasonably priced- would highly recommend

We are a small company who offer many services,you name it we cover it.With years of experience in all building and maintenance.We specialise in plumbing,building [internal and external],patios ,decorating as i said you name it .We aim to please.

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Reviewed by Charlie on 18/2/2019

Steve was very nice and did and excellent job for an excellent price

Hello, i am a high quality professional tiler, competetively priced to ensure a happy customer experience. I work with all types of tiled finishes both interior and exterior. No job too small. I am tidy, considerate, honest and reliable. Thankyou.

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Reviewed by Sharon on 7/9/2016

Jon turned up when he said he would did a great job I am going to get him to do some more tiling for me. Was very good would recommend Sharon Campbell GSL

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Swimming Pool Specialists - what you need to know

Swimming pools are a serious construction project, especially if you go for an indoor pool which requires an extension, a new building, and appropriate ventilation.

What a swimming pool specialist can help with

  • Indoor swimming pools.
  • Outdoor swimming pools, along with associated buildings and extensions.
  • Overflow and infinity pools.

There are four basic types of pool construction:

  1. A reinforced concrete shell, finished with tiles, marblite or special paint.
  2. A blockwork or prefabricated panel shell supporting a tailor-made PVC liner.
  3. A glassfibre or ceramic one-piece shell.
  4. An above-ground pool.

Your swimming pool specialist will need you to think about a few different things that’ll determine your requirements. It’s good to think about these things in advance of talking to them.

  • How much are you prepared to pay to run your pool? Heating costs can vary significantly depending on your insulation and structure of the pool. Ask your specialist about the options and budgets for running your swimming pool.
  • How will you be using your pool? Do you want to swim lengths or just have somewhere to relax? This will affect the length and dimensions.
  • Who’ll be using your pool? If you’ve got young children you’ll need to think about safety devices, covers, or fences to keep them safe.
  • How tall, or short, are the people who are going to be using the pool? This will affect the depth of the pool.
  • How much space is available in your garden or property? You need to be practical about the space a pool could occupy.

If you’re interested in having one installed it’s always best to use someone who specialises in pools. Not only will they have the experience to take on the construction, they’ll also be able to advise on the best way to insulate, heat and line the pool. You’ll need them to give you tips on maintenance and chemicals too, which a specialist company are better placed to do.

The planning stage will be hugely important in any swimming pool installation. You’ll need to make sure all designs have been finalised, so that you know the exact costs involved. Making changes at a later date will probably be very difficult.

As part of the planning, make sure your swimming pool specialist has done a proper survey – it’s important they know the lay of the land, including where all services pipes are. The last thing you want is a burst water main or a gas pipe being damaged. They should also cover off any necessary planning issues and building regulations.

Swimming pool maintenance

pH

The pH of the water is very important – it should be ever so slightly alkaline, between 7.2 and 7.4 so that the water isn’t irritable to people using the pool, and won’t damage the pool itself.

Chlorine

Chlorine is a bactericide and oxidiser. It’s used in lots of water treatment processes, including in the plants that produce drinking water. Using chlorine will help keep your pool clean, safe and hygienic to swim in.

Health and safety for children

It’s crucial to think about safety devices for children – covers, fences, gates etc, so there’s no risk of danger. Your specialist will be able to talk you through the options on this front.

As a general rule, it’s important to insist that everyone learns to swim properly – for safety, exercise and fitness. 

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA)

SPATA are the body who represent the swimming pool industry and have the latest information about swimming pool construction, depths and safety standards.

Swimming pool cost

Costs can vary dramatically. A circular, above-ground, unheated pool, with a diameter of about 5 metres, could cost around £1,500. Larger outdoor pools, depending on insulation and heating options, can be between £25,000 and £40,000. If you’re having an indoor pool that requires an extension or a new building then it’ll be substantially more.

The qualifications your swimming pool specialist needs

It’s not a requirement but being a member of the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) is a good start. Other than that, you’ll be wanting to look for the same qualifications and experience you’d find in builders who take on large projects like loft conversions and extensions.

Other trade bodies - your swimming pool specialist might be a member of other trade bodies such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). These bodies have criteria that must be met in order to become a member, demonstrating the extent of their experience.

For example, with CIOB membership they look for things like degrees, technical qualifications, military training and educational backgrounds. 

Gas Safe and Part P - the company you choose to take on the work will almost definitely be using a team of specialist tradespeople, whether they’re sub-contractors or fully employed by the builder. Anyone working with gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe, and anyone working with electricity (in England and Wales) needs to be registered with Part P. These tradespeople will have a valid membership ID, which they’ll be happy to show you.

Competent person scheme - for any work that requires planning permission, your builder can take care of all of this if they’re registered with the competent person scheme. You can search the Competent Persons Register to check they belong to a scheme.

Planning permission and building regulations for swimming pool jobs

There are 2 kinds of permission and approval you might need, which you can read about in more detail on the government’s website.

  • Planning permission – usually for major changes or new parts to your house (loft conversions, basement conversions, extensions etc).
  • Building regulations approval – this can apply to even small changes to your house, and is to make sure that all homes have the same safety and design features set out in the latest government legislation.

A couple of extra things you might need to consider - If you’re in a conservation area or live in a listed building, you’ll need to check with your local council about any further considerations. Also if you’re a leaseholder rather than a freeholder, you may need to get permission from them to get the work done.

Just remember you might need more than 1 kind of permission or approval to get cracking on the work. Use a builder who’s a member of a competent person scheme and they’ll take care of everything for you.

If you don’t have the right approvals and permissions, this can result in fines, penalties, or serious issues if you want to sell your home. You may even have to pay to undo the work, so it’s important to get it right before you start.

Insurance for swimming pool installation work

Public liability insurance - your builder definitely needs to have public liability insurance, which will cover you and them if someone gets hurt or if the property is damaged.

Insurance-backed warranties or guarantees - you can get this as part of the cost of the work, if your builder offers it. Check exactly what’s covered - it should include the cost of finishing or fixing the work if there are any issues.

Home and contents insurance - if you have home or contents insurance, check with your insurer to make sure you'll be covered while the work is going on. You might have to pay more for your insurance during and after the work. Your insurer will probably want to know what builder you’re using and what insurance they have.

Questions you should ask a swimming pool specialist

  • Can they provide an itemised list of costs for the full project?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Are they registered with a competent person scheme and will they take care of all planning permissions / building regulation approvals?
  • Do they offer insurance-backed warranties?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Do they use sub-contractors or their own employees?
  • What experience do their sub-contractors/employees have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?

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