Everybody wants to know the answer to this question, and rightly so. Building an inground pool is a major investment in the backyard. We find that no matter what time frame we tell customers, when we show up and start, the completion date can seem to be a ways off. With the first scoop of dirt of a dig, customers already have visions of swimming in their own backyard oasis!
Several factors can affect the completion date of a project. Here are a few…
Weather is the number one factor in terms of affecting the completion date of an inground project. Rain is not the best thing to have during the construction process! If your project is started in the early spring or even late fall temperature can have an affect on the time frame. The temperature will affect the construction of vinyl liner pools more than it will fiberglass.
While rain typically is the culprit in extending the process, normally it should not be more than a couple of days. While the construction process can continue in less than stellar circumstances, just remember that sometimes Mother Nature can still have a say in matters when she wants to!
Another factor that can make a difference is the pool site. Is there plenty of room for access? Can construction equipment get back to the site? Will traffic have an affect on the process( we had one job where we felt more like traffic cops than pool builders)! How much room is there to work around the pool site? Can we get equipment completely around the pool?
If you have a situation where there is lots of space and room to work, it does make it more convenient. If your yard is small and the pool site will be somewhat tight in the space department, keep in mind that it may take a little longer to build your pool.
The more options you have with your pool typically will extend the construction process. Automatic covers, pool automation, slides and diving boards will take more time to install.
The type of decking you choose to install around your new pool will affect the time frame for completing your pool. If you choose a concrete decking, whether broom finish, stamped, etc., it will take less time to finish than if you go with pavers. Installing a paver decking is more time consuming than a concrete deck.
Don’t forget to consider the landscaping in the time frame. With us(Edwards Pools) this will take place typically after we have finished our part of the process. Keep in mind that when the pool is filled with water and the rough grade is finished, at the bare minimum you will have to plant some grass seed.
We have found that allowing three to five weeks for the construction of an inground pool is typically adequate. While weather, pool sites, and issues that arise out of the blue can come up, allowing up to five weeks for completion is a good idea. As every builder knows some jobs go really smooth with no glitches whatsoever. Other jobs however can present quite a few more challenges! I hope the information provided gives you a better idea of what to expect when starting construction of your new pool!