We are approaching two years since we started feeling the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. None of us thought that it would last this long or that it would change our lives as much as it has.
With people staying at home more than usual we have seen an increase in the demand for home improvements, including swimming pools. While pool construction demand increased, material availability and the supply of skilled laborers decreased. This has resulted in an increase in project completion times. Many pool companies in the area are completely sold out for up to two years. If you are interested in a swimming pool anytime in the near future, I would not wait any longer.
Below is an estimated timeline on a standard pool installation:
Pool Selection/Approvals: 2-4 weeks
An important item to consider is that there can be multiple things that need to take place before your pool selection is finalized. Once pool selection is determined, several approvals are required before any work can begin. The selection/approval process can be expected to take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to complete. This process can include, but is not limited to, funding, electrical/HOA approval, engineering if required, and permitting.
Excavation: 1-3 days
Average jobs take one or two days for pool excavation to be completed. However, complications need to be considered as well. Access restrictions, utility obstructions, weather, and the potential for hitting rock can add to this timeline.
Plumbing, and Electrical: 1-4 days
After the pool is excavated, steel wall assembly, plumbing, and electrical can take place. This process is where the bulk of the installation takes place and the shape of your pool is formed. Additionally, all plumbing, equipment, and electrical will be installed.
Bottom Completion & Liner Installation: 1 day
Once the pool bottom is shaped and completed, the liner is installed & the pool really begins to take shape. Water will also be added at this point to help set liner.
Backfill of Pool: 1-2 days
With the pool now filled with water the backfilling the dirt around the pool is the next step. Rough grade finish/excavation of job site will also be completed at this time.
Concrete Deck: 3-4 days
Final phase is pouring the deck around the pool. All our pools come with a 3’ concrete deck around the pool. This phase can also include any additional patio extensions, stonework, or other items related to the pool area. During this phase, you can also expect to see your diving board, ladders, slide hardware installed.
To summarize, most pool projects can take several weeks. This does not take weather delays and permit inspection delays into consideration. In other words, if you’re interested in getting a pool anytime in the near future—Don’t Wait Any Longer!