With last summer’s record-breaking heat, it is not surprising that many homeowners have decided that they are not going through another summer without a swimming pool. Many of them have already begin planning—as we already have quite a few new pools to start after the first of the year.
Most pool builders are asked one simple question more than any other that they hear, and it is—“What is the best time of year to build a swimming pool?” The answer will probably not surprise you—it is now, during the off-season. This is true of not just swimming pools—but other backyard improvements as well. There are really four reasons for this:
- Landscaping—The best time to install landscaping is during the late winter or early spring. Summer is actually not a good time of the year to install landscaping as it is too hot for the actively growing plants—making them more susceptible to damage. If you install a pool and landscaping before the growing season, by the time summer arrives you have a wonderful looking backyard—not something that looks like a construction site.
- Better construction conditions—By the time April/May arrives, the north Texas area is in the midst of the rainy season, which typically delays construction and causes more of a mess when work does take place due to the soggy conditions. We do not yet know what this spring will bring when it comes to weather—but it will likely be wet at times.
- Well-rested work crews—Like anyone else, excessive work can lead to tired and stressed out workers and sometimes attention-to-detail is not where it needs to be. Therefore, it can be advantageous to build a pool or make other backyard improvements before the busy season and heat arrives to ensure that the workers are well-rested and less stressed.
- Ready for use—The best reason to begin planning for the pool or backyard improvement now is that if you start now, it will be ready when the warm weather arrives. There is nothing more frustrating than having a project under construction and wishing you were already using it.
We will soon be approaching the end of this window, so now is the time to get started on that backyard improvement that you desire.