With the summer season fast approaching, you need to be all geared up for a time of fun and adventure. If you are tired of visiting the public pool in your area, take the plunge and build yours. It’s a significant investment that alters the landscape of your property, but it’s worth it once set up. Apart from the substantial cash investment, you need to factor in the time it will take to set up. Constructing a swimming pool is a lengthy process hence the need to start early on to ensure it is complete by the time the summer season arrives. You also need to factor in the type of pool you want to construct as it affects the period of construction. Gunite or concrete pools, for example, take longer than other types because they need 28-30 days to cure. Fiberglass pools, on the other hand, are the easiest to set up, taking 14-30 days. Of course, it depends on the complexity of the project, the number of inspections required, and the intricacy of the finishing work. Here’s a breakdown of what building a swimming pool entails:
How Long Takes Build Swimming Pool?
Obtaining Permits and Designing 1-8 weeks
Local municipalities require homeowners to get a residential building permit to construct a swimming pool. The licenses inform city officials, neighbors, and local professionals alike of your intention to build safely and legally. However, this is the most time-consuming step as the time to get the permit can vary between a week and six weeks. It depends on the amount of time the officials take to approve permits. Some municipals approve them quickly, usually in one or two weeks. Others require several approvals, including attending a planning board to approve the construction, which may take several months. The design process is pretty straightforward, thanks to the invention of 3D modeling technologies. You may need a day or more to consult with the designer, but it should not take long.
Excavating- One Week
The contractor then schedules the excavation, which takes a day or two at most. However, factors such as ease of access to the pool site and presence of utility lines and other obstructions may extend the process to a week. Additionally, the contractor may be attending to other homeowners who scheduled the construction within the same period.
Installing Plumbing, Electricity, and Steel -1-2 weeks
Once the pool is dug, steel is laid, plumbing and electrical system routed to ensure the underworkings of the pool are ready for long-term use. Other fixtures such as the water, lighting, spas, and backyard systems are set up during this period. This step may take one to two weeks based on the size and complexity of the pool.
Installing the Fiberglass, Gunite, or Vinyl and Plastering 1-3 Weeks
This length of this step depends on the type of swimming pool you want to construct. If installing a fiberglass or vinyl pool, the process is relatively short and easy. The contractor only needs to bring in the manufactured pool liner and install it. However, if going for a gunite swimming pool, the process will take longer. This is because you need to schedule a time for plastering and assign time for the concrete to cure.
Customizing the pool- 1-2 weeks
You may want to customize your pool by adding custom lighting, landscaping, and beautiful water features. This process should take two weeks, but if adding more features, it might take longer.
Total Time- 6-12 Weeks
Your pool should be ready in 6-10 weeks (exclusive of the additional time for obtaining a permit). While it seems a long time, it is immaterial compared to the years of fun you get to enjoy your new swimming pool.