This is the second year that the Pool & Spa News Top 50 Builders have been selected using new, more well-rounded criteria, and the competition has become fierce.

While many of last year’s group made the cut again, they welcomed 10 newcomers who had the right combination of construction revenue, staffing proficiency, industry involvement, web presence and community engagement.

This year, the rules were changed slightly so that franchise and licensing operations were not permitted to enter all locations under the banner of a single company. Despite this, last year’s No. 1 builder, Premier Pools, which licenses all its offices, was represented in the top 10 by its founding location in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

This year’s assortment, ranging from volume to high-end companies, reported a total of 7,156 excavations in 2012.

Showing the strength of Texas, a whopping 15 of the 50 hail from the Lone Star State.

So check out the special packages devoted to those ranking in the top three overall, and the five that received the highest customer-service scores from former clients.  

To view the complete 2013 Top 50 Builder list, click here . Get a breakdown of the Top 50 Builders' revenue here .