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How Long Does it Take to Build a Pool?

How Long Does it Take to Build a Pool?

This is a great question because many people underestimate the actual time it takes to go from initial design and consultation to having a backyard pool that’s ready to swim in. Not taking the total construction process into account is why so many people end up waiting too long to start on their pool.

From our years of experience, we can tell you that the earlier you start on your swimming pool, the better. When spring starts, all of the reputable and qualified pool builders will have full schedules. Of course, your swimming pool will still get completed and at the same level of quality, it just becomes difficult to predict potential delays.

 

Initial Consultation to Starting Pool Construction

This is the stage that most people don’t think about. When people say it takes 6-8 weeks to build a pool, they mean actual construction time. The time from when you first contact a pool builder to when you start construction can vary quite a bit. This time includes the initial design of the pool, working out all the details and features, selecting materials and then coming up with an overall final design.

Also in this stage is permitting. The length of time it takes to get all the approvals and permits is mostly out of the control of the pool contractor. Sometimes it can be a waiting game until everything comes through and it’s time to bring in the equipment to start digging.

 

Constructing the Swimming Pool

Once the design is finalized and all the permits are ready, then it’s time to start excavation. This takes about a week. Of course, digging a hole in the ground doesn’t work well in mud. So weather can play a factor.

When excavation is complete, the plumbing, electrical, and steel foundation of the pool is completed. This usually takes a couple of weeks depending on the complexity of the project.

After the hole has been dug and all the plumbing and electrical is in place, the gunite is applied. The gunite has to cure and this can take up to a week. Then the tile is placed, coping is installed, and the decking is built. Finally, plaster is added.

When the pool itself is complete, landscaping and water features are completed. This, of course, varies greatly based on the type of landscaping and the number and complexity of water features.

This process is the 6-8 weeks people refer to when saying how long it typically takes to build a swimming pool.

 

The Actual Time to Build a Pool

The overall time it takes to go from first contact with your builder to when your swimming in your pool can actually be up to 10 weeks. This is a realistic estimate based on all the variables and really isn’t that long when you consider the change your backyard is going to undertake. However, add to this a busy season when all the good pool builders have full schedules and you can potentially add even more time. That’s why you need to get started now.

We want you to be swimming this spring! So don’t wait. Remember that the process to become a pool owner is longer than just the time it takes to build a pool. This is true for all quality pool builders who want to make sure you get the pool of your dreams. So get started today!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

7 Smart Things to Know About Swimming Pool Quotes

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If you’re considering new pool construction in Tampa Bay, you need to be prepared to consider numerous variables and look at all the available options. Since adding a pool to your Tampa Bay, Brandon, or Clearwater home is a large project, it is important to take your time making the final decision. A very big part of this decision will be reviewing quotes from different pool builders. To help you out, here are 7 things to look for in swimming pool quotes.

 

Overall Cost of a Swimming Pool

Look into both the initial cost of pool installation and the overall cost of maintaining a pool over the span of the pool's life. While a lower-end quote might seem like a good deal, long-term maintenance costs can end up making it more expensive if it’s not well constructed.

 

Compare Swimming Pool Quotes

Compare the quotes you obtain and eliminate quotes that seem exceptionally high or low. After looking at several pool companies you should have a general understanding of the average costs associated with new pool installation. A quote that comes in extremely high or low could be an indicator that the contractor cannot be trusted.

 

Look for Other Pool Construction Costs

Find out if the quote includes the cost of insurance during installation. In most areas, the team hired to install your pool will need to be licensed and this may be reflected in your costs. If it is, ensure you are aware of this upfront.

 

Fully Understand the Pool Quote

Avoid pool contractors that are vague about any of the aspects of pool installation when providing you with a quote. Ask as many questions as you like and make sure that they understand what it is you are looking for.

 

Make Sure You’re Getting What You Want

Find out what features are included in the price quote that you receive. Some contractors may try to add on additional features that you are not really interested in. Stay focused on what you want, but pay attention to helpful advice and recommendations.

 

Get a Breakdown of the Pool Quote

Understand how they came up with their price quote. A trusted pool contractor should be able to breakdown their quote and help you understand how they arrived at their final figure.

 

Don’t Rely Solely on Price

Finally, carefully compare all your options before choosing the company that you want to install your new pool. Don't simply choose a company based solely on the price tag. Look at all the advantages of each company; you may even get a company with a higher bid to price match a lower quote.

Keep all these tips in mind when you start your search for the right Tampa Bay pool company. Get a selection of swimming pool quotes and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each prospective builder, along with the overall price that you are quoted.

A great place to start your search is at Tampa Bay Pools. We can talk to you about every available option and give you a clear picture of the best swimming pool for your backyard. Contact us today to learn more.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.