how long does it take to build a pool - ingroundOne question we get asked frequently is “how long does it take to build a pool?” The answer to that question depends on numerous factors:

  • Determining the type of pool (vinyl, gunite or fiberglass)
  • The time of the year your pool will be built
  • Obtaining the necessary permits
  • Subcontractors – availability

Let’s take a look at how these factors can influence how to answer the question “how long does it take to build a pool?”

The Planning Process

One of the biggest influencing factors of “how long does it take to build a pool?” is the time spent making decisions on your preferences. For some people, pool planning can take days, and for others, it can take many months of discussions.

From pool tile to decking materials, you will want to be meticulous in your decision-making. Your pool will be a part of your landscaping for many years to come.

The Type of Pool You Want to Build

The pool material you choose is a major factor in determining the length of time your pool build will take. For example, the difference in construction time between fiberglass and concrete can be considerable. One of the many benefits of building a fiberglass pool is that the shells are prebuilt. So, no swimming pool construction will happen in your backyard. A fiberglass pool installation can be completed in just a few days.

Concrete/gunite pools offer detailed and complex shapes that typically take much longer to build.

Seasonal Demands

how long does it take to build a pool - diggingWhen the weather gets warmer, more people begin to think about swimming pools. In the summertime, most pool builders are inundated with inquiries from people who want to get a swimming pool as soon as possible.

If you want to enjoy a lengthy first summer in your newly-built pool, it is a good idea to talk with your pool builder off-season and do as much prep work as you’re able before temperatures rise.

Another thing to consider regarding weather is wet vs. dry seasons. Rain and wet weather can cause delays in your pool build. Construction sites can’t be wet, and the construction area has to dry out before the building process can continue.

Permitting

Depending on your city or town, obtaining permits can stall pool building projects. Construction requirements vary, and you will want to make sure you understand what those requirements are before you begin your swimming pool project.

It is likely that building applications and your pool plan will have to be submitted to your town or city. The more information you have when applying for a pool building permit, the better off you will be, with less chance of delays in getting your required permit.

Subcontractor Scheduling

Most pool projects require several different contractors from electricians to concrete masons. The availability of your contractors can affect the time it takes to build your pool.

There are elements of a pool installation that will rely on one another contractor completing his part in the project before another can do his required work (for example your pumps can not be switched on unless an electrician has established a power supply). Scheduling conflicts with contractors can be avoided by ensuring there is good communication with all participants involved.

In most cases, your pool builder will have a list of preferred contractors whose work ethic they trust.

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