How Long Does It Take To Build a Pool?
You have decided to install a pool; all that is left is anticipation. In our pool construction process here in Summerlin, we are not surprised to find homeowners asking questions about the time it will take to finish a pool: “When will this thing be done?”, “Is it done yet?”, “Are you people close to getting this thing done?” Well, the simple answer to these questions is that pool construction takes time.
The better answer is with the right designer, time is often dependent on the design and the scope of work. The best way to know the time it will take to build a pool in Las Vegas, Nevada is to break down the construction process, so that you can have an idea of where you are in the process.
Pool Design and permitting (1 week or more)
Pool design is often the difficult stage to estimate the timeline because the designer will have to consider your pool preferences, which could be unique in its own ways. In Las Vegas, Nevada, obtaining and submitting licenses and permit from the local jurisdiction depends on various factors. And this may be out of your control. Nonetheless, with an experienced and knowledgeable builder who has worked with local officials, licensing and permit will typically take a week or more. It is therefore imperative to work with a contractor with a good work relationship with these officials to ensure that the process is as quick as possible. Once the design is done and the necessary documents have been acquired, the construction process begins immediately.
Layout and Excavation (3 days to 1 week)
This is where you literally start to see your pool taking shape. Typically, it is a quick process, because all it takes is cleaning, grading the area and marking the ground of the actual shape of your Custom pool. Breaking ground with excavation equipment will also begin. If the soil condition is good and the weather is perfect, this simple process will merely take 2 to 3 days.
Framing, Plumbing, and Electrical (2 weeks)
After the pool is dug, the builders will lay the steel. Then route the plumbing and electrical and everything else that is needed to operate your pool. Basically, there are a lot of things to build around the entire system. But with an experienced builder, this phase should not take more than two weeks; but, again this will depend on the size and the complexity of your pool.
Plastering, Gunite/ Vinyl (1-2 weeks)
When installing a Gunite pool, the process will take a little longer than when you are using vinyl or fiberglass. Typically, Gunite is the application of the concrete on the pool surface, so at this stage, the pool will start to have a close to a finished look. For the next ten days or more, one of the crewmembers will be required to hose down the pool shell several times in a day with water to help the pool to cure the gunite. Vinyl and fiberglass are manufactured pool liners and under the right circumstances, installing them takes no more than two weeks. From a construction standpoint, fiberglass pool will take a day, which is why you may have heard other Summerlin pool builders stating “fiberglass pools take a day,”. But the completion process often takes longer.
Tiles, Deck, landscaping and custom features (1-4 weeks)
After Gunite/ Vinyl, fiberglass installation, your builder will install tiles and rocks for few days to provide a comfortable surface. With these and other features you want on your custom pool, the next addition will be the decking. Concrete is the most preferred choice of deck, but of course, that will depend on your preferences. In either way, decking takes three days to a couple of weeks depending on the surface. Other final works will also be done at the same time. Therefore, the time it takes on this entire process will depend on the custom features of your pool. Sometimes this can go to as much as four weeks.
So, how long does it take to build a custom pool on average?
Based on the above analysis, we would suggest that you start with an expectation of 10 weeks. Here in Summerlin,Las vegas, Nevada, we typically tell our customers that it will take 6 to 10 week. Without including the time required to get approval, but again, this is all dependent on your preferences on the pool and other issues such as the weather, and the site of the pool.