If you are interested in a swimming pool for this year, do not wait any longer.
It has been almost two years since we started feeling the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. None of us thought that it would last this long or that it would change our lives as much as it has.
One of the consequences that we have seen is the increase in the demand for home improvements, including swimming pools. While pool construction demand increased, material availability and the supply of skilled laborers decreased. This has resulted in an increase in project completion times. I know of companies in other parts of the country that are completely sold out for up to two years. That has not yet happened in the DFW area, but if you are interested in a swimming pool for this year, I would not wait any longer.
Following is an approximate current timeline on standard pool build projects at this time:
Design/Approvals: 2-4 months
As many don’t consider, there are oftentimes multiple things that need to take place before a design concept is finalized. Once a concept is accepted, several approvals are required before any work can begin. The design/approval process can be expected to take anywhere from 2-4 months to complete. This process can include, but is not limited to, funding, electrical/HOA approval, engineering if required, and city permitting. An exception to this is when a pool project falls outside of a municipality that requires a building permit and no financing is needed.
Excavation: 1-4 days
Average jobs take one or two days for pool excavation to be completed. However, complications need to be considered as well. Access restrictions, utility obstructions, and the potential for hitting rock can add to this timeline.
Steel, plumbing, and electrical: 2-4 weeks
After the pool is excavated, steel, plumbing, and electrical can take place. This process is where the “bones” of your pool are formed. Additionally, all plumbing, equipment, and electrical will be installed.
Gunite: 1 day + curing process time
Gunite (concrete) is the day which most people say their pool begins to take shape. While gunite only takes a day on average to install, this process needs three to four weeks for adequate curing. During this curing process, several other phases of the project will ensue.
Prior to plaster: 6-8 weeks
While the gunite is curing, the beginning of many other processes will begin. During this 6-8 week process, you can expect to see tile and coping take place (plus any additional stonework that may include grills, fireplaces, and firepits). During this phase, you can also expect any gas plumbing and deck forming/pouring to take place. While it doesn’t happen on every job, this would be the time that any arbors, gazebos, or any supplemental installations would take place. You can also expect any landscaping, access repair, and sprinkler work to take place. Lastly, the pool plaster takes place, and the pool will begin to be filled with water.
To summarize, most pool projects are currently taking from 4-8 months. This does not take weather delays and city inspection delays into consideration. In other words, if you want your pool completed this year—Don’t Wait Any Longer!