Homeowners Want To Know Before They Buy – “How Long Does It Take To Build A Pool?”

The summer heat is closing in on us and the Staycation couldn’t be more appealing with everything going on with the Coronavirus – travel is not appealing right now.  If you’ve decided to take the plunge and have your inground swimming pool built, we applaud you on your great decision making skills. You’ll love your new swimming pool and it’s the perfect time to build a great place to entertain and cool off in the summer.  If you’re wondering how long a swimming pool takes to build, we can offer you some helpful insights. While we can’t give very specific times, we’ll give you a general breakdown of how long you can expect to be swimming from the time you sign the contract with us.

How Long Does a Pool Take to Build

Swimming pool installation is a lengthy procedure, sure, but it can be broken down to a few simple steps to get a general notion of where you are in the process; starting with designing and permitting, to excavating, plaster, and then finally relaxing on your tanning shelf with your feet in the cool water.

If you are considering building a swimming pool, keep in mind that you will be talking about a major home improvement project. Installing a swimming pool will involve a complete overhaul taking place in your backyard. If you live in a particularly hot location in the country, it can be a welcome addition that adds value to your home. Still, homeowners can’t help but wonder “How long does it take to build a swimming pool?”. We’ve often considered the question ourselves so we’ve done the research to make it easier for homeowners to decide whether or not building a swimming pool is really for them. It can be a lengthy process that to homeowners can appear to take years (it doesn’t), but pool buyers need to be aware of what they are in store for before they take the plunge.

How long does it take to build a pool, how much will it cost, and what are some other key factors to consider?

How long does it take to build a swimming pool?

The short answer is 14 to 30 days but it varies by swimming pool type.

There are three basic types of in-ground swimming pools: Vinyl liner, fiberglass, and gunite, which is a mixture of sand, cement, and water. All three vary in construction, according to California Pools, a pool-building franchise located in California and Las Vegas.

In the pool-building industry, construction refers to everything from pool excavation, pool installation, and installation of decking, to the pool being turned over to the users after passing all inspections. Let’s take a look at each type of in-ground pool and what you might expect time-wise depending on the type of pool you decide to build.

Vinyl Liner Pools

There are three types of vinyl liner you can select from: cement wall, steel wall, or polymer wall vinyl liner pool. Pool construction times are similar across the country, regardless of the type of vinyl liner pool, and will usually take between 25 to 45 days.

Time will vary depending on the complexity of the project and the number of inspections required by your municipality.

Fiberglass pools

Fiberglass pools, referred by some as “cookie cutter pools,” or “instant pools” is an option. While most of the time — from a construction standpoint — a fiberglass pool can be in the ground and filled with water in the same day, the total completion process typically takes around  14 to 30 days, according to Latham Pools.

Once again, the time will depend on the complexity of the project, the intricacy of the finishing work, and how many inspections the municipality requires.

Concrete / Shotcrete / Gunite Pools

As you might expect, shotcrete, or gunite, concrete pools take the longest to build. On average, they will take from 45 to 75 days to be constructed according to Blue Haven Pools. The primary reason gunite pools take substantially longer than other types of construction is that they need between 28 and 30 days to cure, or set.

There is also more labor and finishing work involved in building a gunite pool. Seasonal conditions, including the time of the year and temperature, may also affect these types of pools and how long they take to cure. Also, just like the other types of construction, the time will vary depending on several factors such as the project’s complexity and the number of inspections required.

Designing and Permitting – 1 to 8 weeks

This is the most difficult stage to estimate time for.  While the pool designing process is as simple as ever thanks to our use of 3D modeling, there will likely be many stages while we work with you to design the perfect pool custom fit to what you envision.  On top of that, permitting is often out of your pool contractors control.  Pool builders have experience working with municipalities, but depending on where you live, this can be a simple process or a long-drawn out process.  Your pool contractor will do everything possible to hurry the process, it’s in their favor to complete pools as fast as possible. Quite often this is the best case scenario instead of the worst.

Excavation – 1 week

Once your pool contractor has the design and permits, they can schedule excavation.  This is typically a very quick process, but some things do affect the timing – ease of access, the need to work around utility lines, and more.  Often times, this process will get done in a day or two.

Steel, Plumbing, Electrical – 1 to 2 weeks

After the pool is dug, your pool contractor will lay the steel, route the electrical and plumbing, and make sure everything is set for a long-term swimming pool in your yard.  There are a lot of things to build around including your systems, and lighting, water features, spas and more.  This process is still fairly quick and can be completed within 2 weeks depending on the size and complexity of your swimming pool.

Gunite, Plastering, Vinyl, Fiberglass – 1-3 weeks

If you’re installing a vinyl or fiberglass pool, this process is fairly easy as the manufactured pool liner is brought in and installed.  If you’re getting a gunite swimming pool, however, this takes a little bit longer.  A pool builder will have to schedule the gunite crew and then plaster, and allow time for the gunite to cure (which can take up to a week).

Deck, Landscaping, Custom Features 1-4 weeks

The final step before (or sometimes during) you get to enjoy your pool is the installation of your deck, landscaping, waterfalls, custom lighting, and more.  The pool is ready to be filled, and your pool builder will be doing all the final work that will really make your pool your own.  This process depends largely on how many custom features and what type of landscaping you are having done.

Total Time – 6-10 Weeks on Average

Your pool is ready to enjoy!  While it may seem like a long process to build a swimming pool, taking 6 to 10 weeks (discounting extra time for permitting in more difficult areas), the total time to enjoy your pool, 260-2080 weeks, seems like a fairly good exchange in relation to time spent constructing it.


Cost of Building an Inground Pool Varies

The price of a swimming pool can vary greatly depending on where you live and how many special features you want to have in your pool, such as expensive tiles, a hot tub, slide, or diving board. According to Fixr.com, the average in-ground 32-by-16-foot pool will run you approximately $22,000.

Marketing research and consulting firm P.K. Data breaks the numbers down further. According to P.K. Data, vinyl pools are the least expensive, with a standard cost of $25,700. Fiberglass pools run closer to $31,400 on average.

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