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How Long Does It Take to Install a Swimming Pool?

Vinyl, Gunite and Fiberglass Pool Estimated Installation Times

Installing an in-ground swimming pool can take just two weeks or many months, not including the permitting process. The project length depends on factors like the type of pool, its size, the experience of your contractor, the weather and more.

  • Fiberglass in-ground pools can usually be installed in two or three weeks. They are shipped in one piece, so there’s less on-site work to do than with other types of pools.
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  • Vinyl in-ground pools take slightly longer, usually three to four weeks, because they arrive disassembled and must be constructed on site.
  • Concrete pools are typically built in two to three months. These are built from scratch, rather than factory-made materials, so the process takes longer.

Aside from construction, the permitting process can add to the project length. The contractor can’t start work until the proper building permits are in place, and that process can take anywhere from a couple weeks to several months, depending on where you live.

If you’re handling the permitting paperwork yourself, file it well in advance of the expected start of construction - ideally, six months. If you’re paying the contractor to handle permitting, ask for an exact date when paperwork will be submitted and follow up to make sure.

What’s the Best Time of Year to Install a Pool?

Pool contractors are busier in the spring and summer months, which means projects take longer (and cost more), in most cases. If you can stand waiting out the winter before using the pool, schedule construction to begin in early fall.

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If you’re determined to be swimming in that new pool by summer, start shopping around in the early winter months. Few people are thinking about pools in January, so contractors tend to have fairly open schedules at that point. This is especially important for people who live in cold climates because pool contractors have a shorter season.

Choosing a Pool Contractor

Hiring an experienced and reputable contractor is crucial. Do background research on any company you’re considering. Ask for references, and check the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau. Find out how long the company has been in business, and ask to see pictures of other pools it has constructed. To avoid fly-by-night operations, make sure the company has a website and a physical office location.

People who fail to do the research not only jeopardize the timing of the project, but the quality of the pool. When you’re spending tens of thousands, a company’s reputation is key.

Author: Ashley Smith


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