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Northwest Indiana Pool Installers: Expert Pool Builders Vs Royal Pools

Northwest Indiana Pool Installers: Expert Pool Builders Vs Royal Pools

Up next in our comparison series versus other pool installers in Northwest Indiana we have Expert Pool Builders.

Our goal in this series is to show you what we offer in comparison to other pool builders in the area.

Obviously, we all offer different products, services, and experiences—all of which work together to make each pool builder unique. And for us, it’s important that we’re transparent with you not only about ourselves, but our competition as well.

You see, the most important thing when purchasing a pool is finding the pool builder who will provide you with the product and experience that will best fit your wants and needs. Without that, you won’t receive the upmost satisfaction that you deserve.

So we’ve put together this series to help you find just that!

And if you don’t choose us, that’s completely okay! We know we’re not the right fit for everyone just like other pool builders aren’t the right fit for some families. But either way, it’s imperative that you are well-informed of what all of your options can offer you.

So let’s get into it!

Pool Industry Background

Expert Pool Builders


Expert Pool Builders is owned by the Hoover family and has been installing inground swimming pools for over 16 years.

They currently provide their services in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan.

Royal Pools and More


We’ve spent over 30 years in business and 18 of those have been spent in the swimming pool industry.

Our retail store is located in Dyer, Indiana right off of US Route 30 at 1512 Joliet Street.

We are predominately a fiberglass pool installer, but we also install vinyl liner pools. We do not install concrete pools, but we do keep ourselves educated on them to answer any questions you may have.

On average we build and install between 20-30 vinyl liner and fiberglass pools per year in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area.

Inground Pool Types Offered

Expert Pool Builders

While Expert Pool Builders only installs fiberglass pools, they are authorized to sell pools from the five following manufacturers:

Each manufacturer has quite an extensive line of fiberglass pools, so with full lines available for purchase from five different manufacturers, they have quite a few options to choose from.

Royal Pools and More

At Royal Pools and More, we are authorized to sell fiberglass pools from two of the leading manufacturers in the industry: River Fiberglass Pools and Thursday Pools.

Thursday Pools

Thursday Pools is based out of Fortville, IN and pride themselves on being the best fiberglass pool manufacturer in the industry. With over 35 years of experience, they have brought and continue to bring some of the newest innovations to fiberglass pools that take them to the next level.

Their pools carry a limited lifetime warranty and a full 15 years of coverage on the surface of the pool against osmotic blistering.

River Fiberglass Pools

River Pools is based out of Warsaw, VA, River Pools has almost 20 years of experience in the pool industry under their belt. They began solely as a pool installer, but later branched out into the manufacturing field, becoming one of the most prominent manufacturers in the industry today. With backgrounds in both aspects of the industry, they pride themselves on sharing their knowledge and being the leading educator on all things inground swimming pools.

Their pools carry a limited lifetime warranty and a full 15 years of coverage on the surface of the pool against osmotic blistering.

Vinyl Liner Pools

Our vinyl liner pools come in a variety of shapes, but we have found that customized vinyl liner pools are more popular as we can cater to most design requests from our clients! The steel that we use for the pool walls is manufactured from Cardinal Pool Systems in Pennsylvania. The warranty on their steel warrants that the wall panels and braces to be free of defects in material and workmanship that would render the pool non-functional. This is promised to both the original residential purchaser as well as a properly registered second owner for the duration of their ownership.

Our vinyl liners are made by Tara Liners, who have been manufacturing liners since 1984. They focus on investing in the finest virgin vinyl in America as it is proven to fit better and have a linger lifespan.

Their warranty offers a 20-year pro-rated liner with a 5-year full replacement on manufacturer’s defect.

Inground Pool Services

Expert Pool Builders

If you do choose to purchase a pool through Expert Pool Builders, you have two options for installation:

  • They will have an installation crew come to your property and fully install the pool OR
  • You can purchase an installation kit and install the pool yourself

Obviously, purchasing an installation kit would be cheaper as you wouldn’t have to pay for equipment, transportation of the shell, labor, etc., but it’s a very complex process so just be sure that you know how to properly install the pool if you choose to go that route. We are sure Expert Pools has wonderful support.

We also assume that they offer basic services such as:

  • Pool Openings
  • Pool Closings
  • Cleaning Services
  • Pool Repairs

Royal Pools and More

Along with the construction of new vinyl liner and fiberglass pools, we offer other services that will help maintain your pool or repair them in the future. The services we offer include:

  • Pool Openings
  • Pool Closings
  • Pool Renovations
  • Maintenance Packages
    • 1x Weekly Chemical Only
    • 1x Weekly Chemical and Cleaning
    • 2x Weekly Chemical and Cleaning
    • Vacation Service
    • Vacuum Service
    • Mid-Season Filter Cleaning
  • Pool Inspections
  • Tiling and Decorative Work
  • Liner Replacements

You can choose from any of the maintenance packages listed above or we can work with you to customize a package that is tailored to your needs!


Expert Pool Builders

One thing that makes Expert Pool Builders unique is that they have their own warehouse and showroom available to the public in Merillville Indiana.

Their warehouse has additional parts, features, and other products to meet your pool needs should you need them in the future.

Not all pool installers have this luxury available to their potential clients, and one more thing that should be added to these opportunities to see what you might purchase up close: you can work with Expert Pool Builders to visit an installation site to see a pool-in-progress.

Royal Pools and More

At Royal Pools and More we have never focused too much on quantity of pools but always try to be a teacher of all things pools.  We have the highest quality materials and installation techniques.

The first thing for us that hopefully brings you quality is that we try to be as transparent and educational as possible (being the teacher). We know that inground swimming pools are huge investments and are something special that few are fortunate enough to include in their own backyards. In order to give you as much quality as possible, we have to be 100% transparent about who we are, what we do, and educate you on all things pools for you to make the best decision for you and your family!

This is why we make sure to produce educational content regularly in the form of articles and videos. We want you to be as knowledgeable and informed as possible about inground swimming pools! Heck, in this case, even our competition!

The second thing we pride ourselves on is our high-quality products and are very strict pool installation techniques! We make sure we install only the industry’s best products, preferably all American-Made when possible, that also carry the pool industry’s best warranties!

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So Who is Right for You?

Well, that’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it!?

You have a lot of solid options in Norwest Indiana—all of which offer something different. And it’s up to you to determine what you want and need from a pool and pool installer to answer that million-dollar question!

But as always, we’re here to educate you to the best of our ability not only on your pool installer options, but all of the nitty gritty about inground swimming pools! It’s just as important to us that you get the best experience and swimming pool as it is to you!

So, if you’d like to learn more about your options, please visit some of our other articles featuring our competitors!