How long does it take to install a swimming pool?

how long does a swimming pool install take?
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How long will your swimming pool take to install?

It’s time to plan.

You’re ready to start thinking about installing a swimming pool. But it’s a pretty big job. 

So, how long will it take to install a swimming pool? 

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Do all swimming pools take the same length of time to install?

No, the advantage of some pool installations is that they take less time to install. This suits a lot of people. They don’t want to spend 6 months installing a swimming pool. 

In addition to the pool installation, which includes the shell, filtration, heating etc. the ground works will need to be completed. Groundworks (eg. the hole dug) can be completed in around a week. But even once that is built, the pool build is not out of the danger zone. Groundwater gathering round the pool during heavy rain is a serious danger if not pumped away. 

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How long does a concrete swimming pool take to install?

Sprayed concrete pools take the longest to install of any swimming pools as there are many stages to installation. 

After the concrete is sprayed, the pool needs to be rendered and stand tested. Once it is holding water it will be tiled.

The whole process can take 3-6 months However, it is not unusual for us to work with concrete pool customers for over 2 years from start to finish. 

A typical timeline might look something like this

  • Spray Concrete - approx. 1 week
  • Allow to cure - approx. 3 weeks
  • Render - approx. 7 - 10 days
  • Allow to cute - approx. 3 weeks
  • Standtest - approx. 1 week (once full)
  • Tile - approx. 7 - 10 days
  • Allow to cure - approx 3 weeks
  • Grout - approx. 1 week
  • Leave to dry before filling - approx. 3 weeks

This timeline will vary depending on the size of the pool. But you are looking at approx. 17 weeks+ for the pool construction alone if curing timelines are adhered to properly.

This timeline is assuming that the job runs seamlessly and that work for the next stage is ready to begin as soon as scheduled. We’ve found that in sprayed concrete pool constructions this is not always the case. 

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How long does a liner pool take to install?

Overall, liner pools are fairly fast to install.

They main structure is usually built using block work or steel panels. Which, are fairly fast to put together. This can usually be done by a standard builder (with some guidance from your pool installation team).

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As the liner forms the protective, waterproof layer, there is not need to render or waterproof the structure. 

Once that is done, the liner installation usually takes a couple of days depending on the size of the pool. 

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How long does a one-piece swimming pool take to install?

One-piece pools arrive in one piece. They are pre-assembled off site to your specifications. This makes the installation process extremely quick.

Installation times are usually approx. 2-4 weeks on average one the pool arrives. This excludes excavation and ground works that are required for the one-piece pool.

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When is the best time to install a swimming pool?

Can you install a swimming pool at any time of the year?

Well, technically yes. But in Scotland, it might not be a great idea. The weather can make things a little difficult for building swimming pools. 

As the installation involves digging a large hole in the ground, Spring/Summer is the best time to install. 

Heavy rain can increase water tables, which can disrupt the process. Concreting and tiling depends on ambient temperatures as minus temperatures may damage the shell. 

If it’s an indoor pool, as long as the building is sealed and weather-proofed, then you can continue will pool installation. 

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In conclusion

The time it takes to install your swimming pool will depend on what type of construction you go for. Some are faster than others, which makes them a very attractive option for some people. 

Pool installation will takes between a few days and 6 months (excluding the groundworks). But in general, all in, the entire process will usually take at least a few months.

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Debbie Ekins
Debbie Ekins
Eagle Leisure - Sales & Marketing Manager Mission = to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best buying decisions. Fuelled by coffee (and naps). Explorer of Scotland and the world.
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