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About Cannon Pools and Spas

Our History

Cannon Pools has been a local family-owned company for almost 50 years. Co-founder, Bob Malzman, was instrumental in the growth of the swimming pool industry in Upstate NY. There was a time when pools were considered a luxury only attainable by the affluent.

Bob is famous for saying, “I want to bring the pool to the common man.” We build and design pools to meet every budget, taking the same meticulous approach with a 24’ round aboveground pool as we do with a custom inground pool.

Our experienced employees have installed over 24,800 swimming pools – more than any other inground/aboveground pool builder in the Eastern United States. What started as a small local company has become the premier pool and spa builder in the northeast.

Nine Reasons to Buy Your Pool from Cannon Pools and Spas

  • SPEED – Cannon Pools will have you swimming sooner. We will start your pool sooner and build it faster.
  • EXPERIENCE – The most experienced sales staff in CNY. With a century of combined pool experience, each member of our sales team is able to provide expert design assistance. We are committed to the successful and timely completion of your pool project. Each of our construction foremen has over thirty years of “in the field” pool experience. Combined with constant education and training in the latest construction techniques and materials, your pool will be built to the highest standards.

  • AESTHETICS – The most beautiful pools in CNY are built by Cannon. Our experience-based vision and unlimited design potential will assure an elegant pool. The contemporary coping design and built-in stairs are far more appealing than a dated white fiberglass step and clunky coping. There are 29 hand-selected interior finishes offering many different styles such as traditional blue, tile, natural tan, grey stone, and modern black granite. Cannon has relationships with masons, landscapers, and fence companies who are adept in creating a beautiful pool setting.
  • SUPPORT – We will help you secure competitive financing for your project. We will fill in permit applications. We can coordinate with electricians, inspectors, landscapers, and fence installers. We do all of this to streamline the construction process and reduce your overall cost.
  • WARRANTY – The Legacy Edition pool carries a lifetime warranty that is transferable to the next homeowner. The Imperial Stair System carries a lifetime warranty. The Legacy liner carries a 20-year warranty with a 5-year full coverage provision. Pumps, filters, heaters, lights, all have the industry’s longest warranties.
  • SERVICE – Warranty service is completed and coordinated through our service department. Led by our Service Manager with over 30 years of experience and supported by Certified Pool Operator (CPO) techs on staff, buying a pool is the start of a relationship, not a transaction.
  • LOW MAINTENANCE – Minimum maintenance, maximum relaxation. That is the Cannon pool owner mantra. This is achieved through our Autopilot salt systems, the #1 rated energy-efficient heat pumps, automatic cleaners, and an in-store staff with a state-of-the-art water lab.
  • COMMUNITY – Our pool is manufactured in Upstate NY by Upstate NY craftsman for the Upstate NY climate. Cannon has always been a civic-minded partner to our community. Every year we make a sizable contribution to a local charity. In the past, we have supported ACR Health, the Vera House, the NYS Blues Fest, Make a Wish Foundation, the Food Bank, and many others. Currently, our chief executive is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Everson Museum of Art. Philanthropy and participation in our community is paramount to the Cannon culture.
  • REFERRAL – Whether it is a friend, acquaintance, business associate, or neighbor, we have certainly built a pool for someone you know who can share their Cannon experience with you. Just ask.

Our Services

We provide the following products and services for homeowners throughout the Central New York area.

Our Awards

  • Aqua Magazine, the pool industry trade journal, has listed Cannon Pools 3 times among the top 100 builders nationally – an honor based not on company size, but on excellence and customer satisfaction.
  • The “Syracuse 100” has listed Cannon Pools among the 100 fastest growing companies in the Syracuse area.
  • Northeast Pool & Spa Association Member (NESPA)
  • Imperial Pools national dealer of the year 4 times
  • CPO (certified pool operator) on staff
  • A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau
  • 4+ star rating on Google reviews
  • 4.8-star rating as Home Advisor preferred builder

Areas Served

We are proudly serving the following cities in Central New York.

  • Annsville
  • Auburn
  • Aurelius
  • Camillus
  • Constantia
  • Cortland
  • Cortlandville
  • DeWitt
  • Dryden
  • Forestport
  • Fulton
  • Geddes
  • Granby
  • Ithaca
  • Ledyard
  • Little falls
  • Lysander
  • Manheim
  • Marcellus
  • Mentz
  • Oneida
  • Orwell
  • Oswego
  • Otisco
  • Owasco
  • Pompey
  • Sandy Creek
  • Sangerfield
  • Schroeppel
  • Scriba
  • Sempronius
  • Sherrill
  • Spafford
  • Springport
  • Syracuse
  • Volney
  • Whitestown

Our Association and Certifications

Further evidence of our advantages in the swimming pool industry are the various groups and associations we belong to.

BBB A+ Better Business Bureau

The BBB is a nonprofit membership organization with chapters throughout North America. It promotes primarily through two functions: rating businesses based on their reliability and performance. They also maintain the highest ethical standards between companies and their customers in the areas of:

  • Dependable Service
  • Honesty In Advertising
  • Honest Business Practices
  • Reliable Complaint Handling Procedures

Cannon Pools and Spas is a proud member of BBB with an A+ rating. We have worked hard to build such strong working relationships with our clients over the years, and our service is a reflection of the high standards that we achieve throughout the business.

CPO® – Certified Pool Operator®

The Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) certification program is the world’s leading education and certification program. Over 400,000 students have been trained since 1972. CPO® Certification provides individuals with the knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. This training has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities.

HomeAdvisor – Top Rated

HomeAdvisor is the operator of the largest home services marketplace across the globe, providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance and improvement projects.

NESPA – Northeast Spa & Pool Association

Cannon Pools is a member of the Northeast Spa & Pool Organization (NESPA), which helps educate and raise the quality and level of competency of its members. Through membership within NESPA, Cannon Pool is abreast with all the updates and advancements in pool and spa codes, standards, and regulations.

For over forty years, NESPA has been affiliated with the PHTA – Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (previously known as APSP). NESPA consists of four chapters – CONSPA (covering Connecticut), Long Island, Metro NY-NJ and Penn Jersey. Members include service companies, builders/installers, distributors, retail stores, manufacturer’s agents, manufacturers, independent pool and spa service companies and sub-contractors.

We’re A “Totally Hayward” Pool Builder​

A “Totally Hayward” pool builder is someone who is qualified to offer the complete line of technologically advanced pumps, filters, heaters, heat pumps, automatic pool cleaners, lighting, controls and salt chlorine generators. These are all high-quality components that are engineered to work together to keep your pool always at its best.

As a Totally Hayward builder, we can offer you a three-year extended warranty on all Hayward equipment. That’s three times the industry average!

Hayward® is one of the top pool equipment manufacturers in the world. For the past 80 years, their focus and objective are to make every homeowner’s pool experience worry-free and hassle-free. Their equipment is engineered to last, work smart, and help pool owners enjoy the pleasures of pool ownership.

For more information visit: Totally Hayward

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