What started as an online search with fiberglass pools for sale or fiberglass pool cost has come full circle. Now 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, and you’ve reviewed the rules of pool safety with the kids. So now you are wondering, “When will the pool be done?” Good news! A fiberglass pool installation can be quick and painless when it’s done right.
LET’S TALK FIBERGLASS POOL INSTALLATION TIMELINE
When it comes to getting a new quality fiberglass inground pool, the waiting is the hardest part. But relative to other pool types, fiberglass pool installations are fast. In fact, your new inground fiberglass pool shell can be installed, connected, filled and swim-ready in as little as three weeks! By comparison, vinyl liner pools can take up to eight weeks, and concrete (gunite) pools can take up to six months. But remember, every project is different, and actual timings can vary. NOTE: During busy install seasons, or due to unforeseen supply chain issues, project timelines may increase. Communication with your pool dealer will give you the most accurate timeline projection and ensure everyone is on the same page.
When we cite timelines for a fiberglass pool installation, we’re always speaking in terms of manufacturer-approved dealers or installers. The timeline we cite is not for a do-it-yourself fiberglass pool install or a fiberglass pool kit—they’re for fiberglass pool shells crafted by manufacturers with high quality control standards working with an established network of dealers and fiberglass pool installers.
So, let’s take a look at the fiberglass inground pool installation process overall, along with some guidelines for approximately how long each phase might take. We’ll also take a quick look at some of the other 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.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL A FIBERGLASS POOL FROM START TO FINISH? LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!
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 typically 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 will likely 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.
Note: Almost all the following phases are weather dependent, so check your local forecast!
Phase One (2-3 days): 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): Installing the remaining plumbing, electrical and filtration system
Phase Three (2-3 days): 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 (Time Varies): Inspection
Phase Five (3-5 days): 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
Are there any geographic or location-specific factors that can impact my timeline?
What a great question! Yes, soil can play a big part in your fiberglass pool installation cost and timeline. It’s another reason why we stress the importance of finding a local dealer who knows the territory. The soil that your house sits on may make your pool installer’s job a dream or a big challenge. Does your house sit on hard bedrock? If not, thank your lucky stars. Here’s a few of the challenges you may face relative to the soil in your space:
Having covered what a fiberglass pool installation done right looks like, we hope you have a blast making amazing memories with your friends and family in your new fiberglass pool! Once your new pool is open, you’ll have countless days to enjoy the lifestyle of a fiberglass pool owner! You’re sure to throw amazing pool parties, enjoy quality family time, get fit with swimming exercise, and look forward to staycations in your own backyard for years to come.
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 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 (Patent US 10,358,837 and 10,472,839). You might also want to get on the waitlist for the Sunken Living Room Fiberglass Pool!
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