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Northwest Indiana Pool Installers: Royal Pools VS Caribbean Pools

If you’re shopping around for an inground pool, look, we can’t deny that you have tons of options for pool builders in Northwest Indiana! We won’t even begin to act like we’re the best inground swimming pool builder in the area! There are tons of talented pool contractors out here in Indiana and also Illinois for that matter!

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “You guys don’t think you’re the best pool installer? What did you just say?”

Let me back up for a second! Of course we all like to think we’re the best at what we do, that’s a given! What we want to talk about today is whether we are actually the best fit for you! SPOILER ALERT!!! We aren’t the best fit for everyone seeking out an inground swimming pool, and THAT’S OK!

It’s simple really. We feel you need to find the best builder who will cater to your swimming pool wants and needs. You should really discover that on your own and not by us telling you how Awesome we are all the time! In addition to that, the pool builders needs to find customers who are the best fit for their company as well. Makes sense right?!?! We all have had bad business experiences before with contractors, retailers, or even car salesmen etc. In short, who would want to do business with someone they dislike!! NOT ME!

Now, if you were to search the phrase “swimming pool builders near me” in Northwest Indiana, there is at least one swimming pool builder that will always pop up on google—Caribbean Pools, and rightfully so!

They have a lot to offer, no doubt. We’re similar in some ways but different in others. And that’s just what we’re going to discuss in this article. An honest comparison of a good competitor!

We’re both unique in our own ways and we want you to decide who is best.  Our goal here at Royal Pools is to educate you on what we both have to offer so you can make the decision that will benefit you the most.

Pool Industry Background

Caribbean Pools




Caribbean Pools has been around since 1976 and has two locations in Indiana (Schererville and Valparaiso) and one in Illinois (Mokena).

They are a predominant builder of vinyl liner pools but also install fiberglass pools. Together they build over 100 vinyl liner and fiberglass inground swimming pools each year. Caribbean pools services in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area.

Royal Pools and More

We have been in business for 31 years and 18 of those years have been spent in the swimming pool industry.

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

We are considered a predominant fiberglass pool builder but we also find ourselves installing custom vinyl liner pools as well. On average we build between 20-30 inground fiberglass and vinyl liner pools per year in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area.

Inground Pool Types Offered

Caribbean Pools

Caribbean Pools offers fiberglass pools from Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pools, a Latham Pool Company.

As for vinyl liner inground pools, they offer liners from:


Plastimayd is a vinyl liner manufacturer that has been creating pool liners for 60 plus years and is another Latham Pool Brand. Their warranty comes standard as a non-transferable/pro-rated 20-year warranty on their Classic Line, Perma Wall, and Premium Liners. Coverage on manufacturer defect is 5 years full and 15 years pro-rated (www.lathampool.com).


Craftworks is a liner manufacturer that prides themselves on helping you create a unique backyard experience. Their warranty is a 25-year limited pro-rated warranty covering defects in material and manufacturing (www.craftworkspool.com).

On Caribbean Pools’ website, there are over 15 vinyl liner pool shapes that you can choose from including:

  • Rectangular pools
  • Oval pools
  • L-shaped pools
  • Grecian pools
  • Roman End pools
  • Other shaped pools

We also assume that they can build you a custom shaped liner pool as well, being that they are 95% customizable.

Another set of products that they offer are spas from three different manufacturers: Caldera Spas, Nordic Spas, and Lazy Boy Spas.

Royal Pools and More

At Royal Pools and More, we offer the installation of fiberglass pools from Thursday Pools and River Fiberglass Pools.

Thursday Pools

With over 35 years of experience in manufacturing of fiberglass pools, Thursday Pools brings the newest innovations to the fiberglass pool Industry. Thursday Pools out of Fortville, Indiana and prides themselves on striving to be the best fiberglass pool manufacturer in the industry.

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


River Pools

River Pools is a manufacturer/installer based out of Warsaw, VA. River Pools has just under 20 years experience in the fiberglass pool world, starting off as an installer and later transitioning into a manufacturer. They pride themselves on being the leading educator in the entire inground pool industry. Their warranty is a limited lifetime warranty and a full 15 years on the surface of the pool against osmotic blistering.

River Pools and Spas has manufactured 7 different series of pools with variations within each series. So, combined with the 15+ options available from Thursday Pools (most of which come in multiple sizes), we have a selection of over 20 fiberglass pools that you can sort through to see which may meet your wants and needs.

Our vinyl liner pools come in a wide variety of shapes just as our competitors but we find ourselves installing custom vinyl pool more than not! Meaning that we can implement most features that our clients want into the design of their desired layout.

Our steel is manufactured in Pennsylvania from Cardinal Pool Systems

On their warranty, Cardinal warrants to the original residential purchaser, and to the properly registered second owner, for the duration of their ownership, the Cardinal steel wall panel and wall braces to be free of defects in material and workmanship that would render the structure non-functional.

Our vinyl liners are made by Tara Liners

Tara Liners 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 last longer.

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

Related Article:

River Pools VS Thursday Pools

Fiberglass Pools VS Vinyl

Inground Pool Services

Caribbean Pools

On top of new pool construction, Caribbean Pools offers other services to keep your pool in good condition for many years to come. Some of these include:

  • Pool Openings
  • Pool Closings
  • Pool Renovations
  • Pool Repairs
    • Liner Replacements
    • Liner Patching
    • Re-Finishing
  • Maintenance
    • Weekly Service
    • Balance Water Chemistry

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.


Caribbean Pools

As a larger business, Caribbean Pools is able to do more business with more teams, so naturally they install more swimming pools which leads to also servicing more pools.

As we said earlier, Caribbean Pools has three retail stores: two in Indiana (Schererville and Valparaiso) and one in Illinois (Mokena). They cover a wide territory and are known as one of the larger pool builders in our area!

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!

To sum things up, finding the right contractor should not be that difficult. If you are looking to choose between any pool installer in Northwest Indiana, the good news for you is that you have tons of options and all are pretty solid!

We’re here to help educate you and hopefully help you along in the pool buying process. If you choose Royal Pools, then great! If you don’t, it’s okay.  We get it – do what is best for you and your family! We take this business very seriously and only want the best for everyone involved!

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you’re informed of your options and know who they are and what they provide. This is no investment to take lightly. After all, this could be what you need to create your very own backyard oasis!

Get a free swimming pool service quote today!