Since the Top 50 Builders list debuted nearly a decade ago, the
industry has seen historic highs and lows.
A dearth of available financing and uncooperative weather
made for a tough 2009 … especially after a gangbusters
stretch just a few years prior.
For instance, total revenue generated by Pool & Spa
News’ Top 50 Builders peaked at $2.2 billion in 2006,
while last year’s $882.6 million — a 60 percent drop
— marked the group’s lowest output since the list was
Similarly, the Top 50 accounted for an all-time high of 46,513
pools built in 2005, but dipped nearly 75 percent to 12,467 in
As a result, many pool professionals poured greater resources and
found additional income in previously supplementary businesses like
service, maintenance and repairs.
Renovation and remodeling activity among the Top 50, for example,
tripled in significance over the past five years: In 2004, such
work accounted for just 3.4 percent of the Top 50’s combined
revenue; last year, however, renovations were responsible for an
impressive 10.3 percent of total revenue.
Continuing another trend from the previous year, commercial work
also cast a larger shadow in 2009, when it accounted for 10.4
percent of the Top 50’s combined revenue compared with 4.5
percent in 2004.
Through it all, the industry perseveres, with a number of builders
across the country reporting modest
growth in 2010. Could it be the start of a sustained
Only time will tell.