How Long Does It Take To Build An Inground Pool For My Family?

How Long Does It Take To Build An Inground Pool For My Family?

Are you thinking of getting an Inground pool built this year and would like to know how long it might take to build?  This answer can vary depending on the type of pool you decide to build and also the season you are building in. The rule of thumb is, the sooner you decide to build, the quicker it will be installed.


Inground vinyl liner steel pool, concrete wall vinyl liner, fiberglass or gunite pools all have a different construction time table.  Everything – from permitting, excavation, pool installation, weather delays, features added, installation of decking and all inspections passed and ready to use – is defined in the industry as the construction process.


At Pool & Spa Depot, we build two types of inground vinyl liner pools – Steel wall vinyl liner pool and the Concrete wall vinyl liner pool. Regardless of the type of vinyl liner pool, the construction times are very similar. Whether the pool is steel wall vinyl liner, cement wall vinyl liner or even a polymer wall vinyl liner, it will usually be 25-45 days. Many factors still come into play – like the complexity of each project, the number of inspections each township requires, as well as where the pool is located in the country – may affect this time frame.


Fiberglass pools, which are commonly known as “drop-in pools”, do not, in most cases, live up to their nickname and preconceived notions. Most of the time, from a construction standpoint, a fiberglass  pool is in the ground and filled with water in one day.  That is primarily due to the nature of how fiberglass pools are installed. But the completion process, depending on the builder, can take anywhere from 25-45 days. This will depend on the complexity of the product, the intricacy of the finishing work, weather, add on features, as well as how many inspections the municipality requires.


This is a common misconception. Gunite pools do not take forever, especially when you choose a quality builder like Pool & Spa Depot. On average, they will take from 45-75 days to be constructed.  The reason that these pools take substantially longer than the other types of construction is due, in part, to the fact that they must have 28-30 days of cure time for the shotcrete pool shell.  From the time the shotcrete is applied, or the gunite is shot, the pool must cure.  Although there is additional work that can go on while the pool cures, the pool’s interior finish cannot be applied.  This generally provides for a longer construction time.

There is also more labor involved in these types of pools, as well as more detailed finishing work. This may include placing tile on the steps or around the perimeter of the pool and spa, custom rock waterfalls, custom lighting, spill-over spas, negative edge features and any other finishing material the customer desires. Seasonal conditions, such as the time of the year and temperature, may also affect these types of pools.  The time will also vary depending on the location of where the pool is installed, as well as the number of inspections required by the township.  The nature and complexity of the project also affects the timeline.

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