How Long Does It Take to Install a Fibreglass Pool?

If you are thinking of installing a swimming pool at your place, you might want to know how long it will take to install. The great thing about fibreglass pools is, they have a fast turnaround time and you could be swimming in your new pool in as little as 7 days! In most cases, a fibreglass pool build is relatively quick and simple, however there are occasions when unanticipated events do occur. This can affect the time it takes to put your pool in.

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Here some things that can alter the installation of your fibreglass pool:

The time of the year

Understandably, most people want a pool when the warmer weather approaches and this is when pool companies get the majority of their enquiries and are generally inundated with requests for pool builds. If you want to make the most of your pool for an upcoming summer, its best to start the pool installation process as soon as possible. We recommend discussing your pool installation with a pool builder by June/July, even earlier is preferable. After summer is normally the best time to install a pool, the peak season is over and pool companies may offer added extras to fill their books for the winter season.

Many states here in Australia are notorious for being hot and dry in the summertime and inadvertently this is the time of year people tend to build, undertake big projects, and renovate. This results in high demand for pool installs and the books generally get filled up very quickly. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to have a pool installed at this time, but it’s a good idea to get in early to avoid disappointment.

The weather

Demand for pools is less for the remaining months of the year which means no competing with other customers to get your pool put in, however, the weather may contribute to delays in putting your pool in. A substantial downpour of rain can stall your build, especially if it is continuous and the water doesn’t drain away swiftly.

Local council approval

It is a mandatory requirement that all pool builds are passed by local council authorities. The first step involves completing a planning process, a development application or permit permission, it will need to be submitted for approval. A majority of pool builders will take care of this for you or at least guide you through the process. The application will need to outline the construction process and safety standards that will be met.

The time it will take for your application to be approved varies for different regions. As mentioned previously, summer is peak season for the pool industry and approvals can take longer than normally expected. The earlier you submit your application, the better, to avoid any delays. Construction cannot begin until your local council has authorised the pool company to do so.

Other contractors involved in your pool build

When installing a pool, a pool builder is not the only person involved in the construction. Most times a pool project requires different contractors such as fencers, concreters, and electricians. Their availability can affect the time it takes to put your pool in. Most pool builders have a team of contractors that they work cohesively with on a regular basis to install pools.

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Access to your property and the condition of the site

The quickest fibreglass pool installs are usually homes that are positioned on a flat block with good access to the site. This reduces the ground work time drastically. If you have limited access at your place, it might require more equipment and time to get in. If you have a sloping block or your yard is full of rock at may take longer to excavate the area than normal.

How is a fibreglass pool installed?

Fibreglass pools are premade in a factory and its just a matter of picking the one you want and getting it installed. Once your backyard has been inspected and measured, the ground will then be excavated to place the pool shell in. A level is used to measure where the pool is to be situated and how deep the hole needs to be.
The most important thing to get right is the base of the hole where the pool will lay. The pool shell needs to be placed on a solid foundation so it does not shift over time. The pool is lifted by a crane into place, some last adjustments are made to ensure it is in the exact position it needs to be, then backfill is placed around the pool and it is compacted. Next, timber boxing is built around the perimeter of the pool. Concrete is poured and smoothed out. A gap is left so that pavers or decking can be placed to sit flush with the edge of the pool. Lastly, the pool is filled with water and plumbing is completed. Once this is done, the pool is all ready to swim in.

How sturdy is a fibreglass pool?

Fibreglass pools are extremely durable and can last for more than 25 years. If your pool has been installed by a licenced pool builder, the likelihood of your pool shifting, even slightly, is extremely low. Reputable pool builders offer generous warranties on their pool builds. All Barrier Reef Pools fibreglass pools have a lifetime structural guarantee.

We hope this article has provided you with an insight to some of the factors that may contribute to the time it will take to install your fibreglass pool. If you have any further questions regarding how long your pool installation will be, speak to our skilled team at Barrier Reef Pools. We offer a personalised installation service to each of our customers and we are more than happy to help.