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How Long Does it Take to Build a Pool?

You’re dreaming of building your own luxurious pool or you want to buy a pool? How long does it take? To make your dreams a reality, we've divided it up into a few simple timed steps. Planning ahead is critical.

In total, building a Pool takes about 8 – 12 Weeks. The steps including Creating a design, getting permits, excavating, steeling, plumbing, electricals, plastering, vinyl, fiberglass, landscaping and adding custom features.

Design process – 1 to 4 weeks It all starts with an idea, a design. So first thing is to meet with a designer and bring your idea to life. The process can be amplified by a 3D model but it will take collaboration to create the perfect pool. You must be prepared that the design may change slightly from what you envisioned in order for it to become a functioning pool.

Getting a permit – 2 to 6 weeks

Most cities and towns may require you to have a residential building permit in order to build your in ground swimming pool. Permits inform your neighbors, city officials and the local professionals that you're building legally and in a safe manner. The time needed to get a permit can vary. It can take anywhere from a week up to six weeks from some institutes, and the waiting time depends on how long officials take to approve the permits. Some municipalities approve permits quickly, within two weeks, others require several levels of approvals- possibly as well from engineers and this could take months to get.

Excavation – 1 week It usually only takes a day or two to dig a pool installation, depending on the tools, depth, size and workforce, of course. But nonetheless, sometimes complications may arise. Such as weather changes or backlogs with other customers of the builders.

Steel, Plumbing and Electrical works – 1 to 2 weeks After the pool is dug, it’s time to lay the steel, electricals and plumbing- all the under lying structures to ensure your pool is set up to be reliable and durable. There are a lot of things to build and lay for the pool systems such as lighting, water features and functioning systems. This usually takes about two weeks depending on the size and depth of your pool.

Gunite, Plastering, Vinyl and Fiberglass workings – 1 to 3 weeks It's time to install the first proper “pool” part of the pool. Depending on what type of pool you’re building, the process may take up to three weeks. Vinyl and Fiberglass pools are faster to install as the manufactured liner is installed directly. A gunite (sprayed concrete) pool will take a little longer as a crew must be scheduled, and they need time to plaster. It can take up to a week for gunite to cure.

Decking/Paving, Landscaping and adding Custom Features - 1 to 4 weeks After the pool structure is complete, you might consider adding more lighting, some landscaping or water features. It is also safe to install the facilities for a pool covering, not only does this aid in keeping the pool warmer and cleaner, it prevents drownings. Pool nets are recommended should you wish to not cover the pool and a fence or barrier round the pool area. These should not come at a major cost or design issue and often don't impede the beauty of the pool and pool area. This usually takes 1 – 2 weeks, but it could take longer depending on where (in or next to the pool) and the number of features you would like to add.

Total Time to Build: 8 to 12 Weeks on Average After designing, obtaining permits, digging, installing (shell or gunite) and finishing with a deck or paved area or patio, you can then enjoy your backyard oasis! Done properly and correctly, it will last many many years. Two or three months can look like a long time, but it’s just a blink of the eye compared to the amount of fun that will be had with your new pool. Although the building process can be a rater 'longer than expected' one, it is definitely well worth it!

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