All Your Pool Construction Questions Answered!
We often get asked questions about various aspects of pool construction. Some questions are quite common, while others are directed to a smaller group of people. Either way, we thought we’d try to answer them all here.
Take a minute to read through this guide and find answers to the questions that you’ve had on your mind. If you’re not able to find what you’re looking for or need extra clarification, give us a call. We have an experienced team who would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Our hope though is that this walk through helps put you at ease and provides some education into the process.
How long will my pool build take?
Every pool and work site is different. Pools are all different sizes, shapes, and depths and your site may require more work to bring in equipment or require some prep to get it ready. On top of that, we also offer the option to have multiple water features and add-ons. Because of this, it’s difficult to give you a general time that it takes to finish a pool. On average, most of our pools take between eight and fourteen weeks to complete. Weather is one of the biggest factors in delays as it takes roughly 3 days after a solid rain for the site to dry up enough to work in.
To give you a better idea of what you can expect with the timeline of your pool construction, call us to set up a meeting at our design center. When our designer meets with you, he or she will talk to you and get a better idea of what you want and will be able to give you a more accurate timeline.
What does the new pool build process look like?
From start to finish with your pool, there are a number of steps. These are some of the main points that you can expect and the order they’ll happen in.
- Permits and approvals – Most pools require approval and a permit to get started. There are several steps that need to be completed before we even sent the packet to the city (utility marking, design finalization, project audit, etc.).
- Meeting the Project Manager and laying out the pool – During this stage your pool will be laid out (painted on the ground) for final approval, the contract will be reviewed, the pool is excavated, shaped with rebar, and the plumbing will be started.
- Install the pool shell – Here, our crews will install your gunite pool shell and install the tile and coping to make sure your pool is ready for the next steps.
- Plumbing, electric and gas – This stage of the pool construction will get the rest of your plumbing as well as the electrical for the lights and gas for the heater and any fire features set up and in place.
- Decking is formed and installed.
- Site Cleanup – Here, we’ll make sure that any debris is cleaned up and grading is done- this is a construction grade which means that we leave room for planter material and sod. We will prep for the plaster crews and clean the shell to get ready for plaster. We will also walk the job with you and create a final punch list of items that need to be addressed prior to plaster.
- Plaster and finishes – This is the last major step! Plaster is applied to the shell and trowelled by hand, and once it’s set, the team will fill your pool with water. It’s critical that you follow the plaster instructions exactly as given- we want your pool looking great for many years!
Some project steps will vary depending on local codes and additional features, but you can count on this for a good outline. If you want to see a pool from start to finish in a condensed video, visit our pool build timelapse page.
Who teaches me to operate the pool and test the chemistry?
We will set up a full “pool school” to teach you the operation and testing specific to your pool and situation. We suggest video recording this as it is a great resource to refer back to and it ensures you don’t miss any important information. We also provide weekly cleaning services in case you’d rather just relax and swim.
Why are the stones on my pool different colors than what I saw at the Design Center?
One of the best properties of real stone is the natural color variance. The same block of stone may have several different colors, textures, and even fossils that appear. You should expect that even if most of the stones are one color, there may be an outlier or two that look different. This is considered normal and is not a defective stone.
How did my pool get stained?
During your pool construction, we do several checks throughout the process to make sure your pool is clean and ready for you once it’s done. The number one cause of stains or discoloration on the pool is lack of, or improper maintenance. The best thing to do is to make sure your pool is clean from debris and that you are testing the water every week (and every day for the first 30 days). If you need any additional help or advice, we offer an online pool school or you can book a technician to come out and help solve any issues you’re having.
Hopefully we were able to answer most of your questions, but if not, please give us a call. We want to make sure you have all the information you need before you invest in a new pool. A pool build is a major construction project, and as such it requires patience throughout.
No matter what, one thing you can count on is that we will treat your home and your pool like our own. Our team is made up of professionals that take pride in every pool we build, and we want to make sure our customers get the best experience possible and that you are thrilled with the finished product.
To get started on your pool, give us a call today or contact us on our website.