How Long Does it Take to Build a Pool?

Published on 01 April 2021

Category : Construct

Once you’ve decided to build a pool, your emotional clock begins ticking. All you can think about is relaxing in the cool blue water. Or you might find yourself dreaming about inviting friends and family over for pool parties or an outdoor dinner by the shimmering pool.

So, how long does it take to build a pool? We’ve broken down the process for you so you can plan accordingly. Here is the step-by-step process of building a pool. 

Building a Pool Takes 8 – 12 Weeks on Average

Most pools are built in 8 to 12 weeks. And that process is done in stages, making it easy for you to plan around the construction. Here are the six stages of building a swimming pool.

Stage 1: Designing the Pool (1 to 4 Weeks)

During this stage of the process, the design of your dream pool will come to shape. Start by meeting with a pool professional and talking to them about your vision. They may use 3D modeling technology so you can see how your pool will look once it’s built. Even though the technology makes the process smoother and faster, it will still take some time because of the back and forth communications between you and the professional. After all, you want to make sure your pool design is perfect before moving on to the next stage!

Stage 2: Getting the Right Permits (2 to 4 Weeks)

Each city and country has different requirements when it comes to permitting your inground pool. Getting the required permits is important because it will show your neighbors, local professionals, and city or country officials that the pool was built safely, legally, and according to local code.

Your pool professional understands the requirements in your area, so you should speak with them about how long this process will take. Some jurisdictions may be able to issue a permit in a manner of weeks while others may have a more complex application process which can take months.

Stage 3: Excavation (1 Week)

Digging out a hole for your swimming pool typically takes a day or two, but it’s smart to allow for extra time in case something unexpected arises. For instance, the pool professional may come across an unseen obstruction, be restricted by utility lines, or have a large backlog of other customers who scheduled their excavation before you did. 

Stage 4: Steel, Plumbing, and Electrical (1 to 2 Weeks)

Now that you have a large, empty hole in your backyard, it’s time to build the inner workings of your pool. The pool professionals will lay the steel and then route the electrical and plumbing components. This will ensure the reliability of your swimming pool for many years.

As you watch this phase of the swimming pool construction, you will see the pool lighting, water features, spa, and other amenities installed. We’ve allowed two weeks for this phase, but it could be less or more time, depending on the size of the pool you build and the number of amenities you choose.

Stage 5: Gunite, Plastering, Vinyl, Fiberglass (1 to 3 Weeks)

During this phase of the construction, the pool professionals will install the pool into the hole dug by the excavation crew. This work will take from one to three weeks, depending on which type of pool you designed.

For instance, if you have a vinyl or fiberglass pool, the manufacturer will ship it directly to your home for installation. This will take less time. On the other hand, if you purchased a gunite pool, the crew will have to be scheduled and then hand spray the concrete to form the pool. Once the plaster is in place, it will take about a week to cure.

Stage 6: Custom Features, Decks, and Landscaping (1 to 4 Weeks)

Once your pool is installed, it’s time to add the things that will make it uniquely yours. During the next one to four weeks, you can add features such as an outdoor kitchen, a seating area, or retaining walls. You can also add landscaping and decks to make your pool even more enjoyable!

How Long Does it Take to Build a Pool? 8 to 12 Weeks on Average

Building a pool is exciting and it helps to know upfront how long it will take so you can plan more accurately. Begin by working with a professional to design your pool, then sit back as the pool professional acquires the proper permits, excavates the area, installs the steel, plumbing, and lighting, and then finally installs the pool.

After the pool is installed, you can have fun by adding landscaping, building decks, and adding other amenities such as an outdoor living area, a fireplace, a spa, or other hardscapes that will make your backyard a true retreat.


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