You’ve chosen the perfect new fiberglass pool for your family and approved the pool builder’s plans. You’ve scoured the internet for the coolest pool toys, floats and games. You’ve reviewed the rules of pool safety with the kids, so now you are wondering, “When will the pool be done?”
The good news: fiberglass pools are often the quickest to install.
When it comes to getting a new quality fiberglass inground pool, the waiting is the hardest part. But relative to other pool types, fiberglass is a quick install. In fact, your new fiberglass pool could potentially be swim-ready in as little as three weeks! Vinyl liner pools can take up to eight weeks, and a concrete (gunite) pool can take up to six months. (But remember, every project is different, and your actual results may vary.)
So, let’s take a look at the fiberglass pool installation process overall, along with some guidelines for approximately how long each phase might take. However, you’ll also need to keep in mind that every pool installation is unique, and there are lots of variables, such as the accessibility of your site, your soil conditions, the weather, and local code requirements and inspections that can impact the process and your timeline.
Pre-Installation: Permit application and approval
Permit application and approval can take as little as a few weeks or as long as several months, depending on where you live. Since this part happens prior to any actual excavation, we don’t count it as part of how long it takes to install the pool. However, it’s important to allot time in your schedule for this process. It’s definitely not something that should wait until the last minute. Your pool builder should be handling the acquisition of the permits for you as part of the installation process, but they’ll need some documentation from you to get started.
Phase One (2-3 days, depending on weather): Site excavation and setting the pool
Your pool builder will outline the pool’s dimensions for excavation using the “dig specs” for your pool design that the fiberglass pool manufacturer has provided them.
Phase Two (2-3 days, depending on weather): Installing the remaining plumbing, electrical and filtration system
Phase Three (2-3 days, depending on weather): Backfilling the shell and filling the pool
Your pool installation team will now add backfill around the outside of the pool shell while simultaneously adding water to the pool. It’s essential that these happen in tandem so that the pressure on the shell is equalized.
Phase Four (Timing can vary greatly, based on your local government agencies’ schedules): Inspection
Phase Five (3-5 days, depending on weather): Coping, decking and auto-cover installation
Your pool installation team will now install the coping around the edge of your pool.
Phase Six (2-3 days): Clean up, water balancing and other add-ons
It’s done. Have a blast and make amazing memories with your family in your new fiberglass pool!
All Thursday Pools fiberglass pools are built to meet strict ISO 9001 standards for quality of construction and materials as well as ISO 14001 standards for environmental stewardship. Their pools are backed by two industry-leading warranties and are crafted with true passion and teamwork.
Our one-piece, inground fiberglass swimming pool manufacturing facility is based out of Fortville, Indiana. At Thursday Pools, we aspire to build the best fiberglass pools in the world and to help our customers create a lifetime of memories with their family and friends. We are recognized as the creator of the world’s first beach entry fiberglass pool, and our innovations, commitment to quality and beautiful designs set us apart. View our exclusive designs for the Grace Beach Entry and the Sandal Beach Entry. You might also want to get on the waitlist for the world’s first Sunken Living Room Fiberglass Pool!
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