How long a new installation takes will depend on the type of pool in question and whether there are any access issues but if you live in a normal home, in a normal part of Toronto, and you are planning to have a fiberglass pool installed, the following guidelines should help you to come up with a rough estimate of the total amount of time required. It is of course possible that certain special factors will shorten or lengthen the total time but if you start with the figures in this article and make adjustments for any unique factors, you should finish up with a reasonably accurate estimate.
Installation Time for Inground Pools: Breaking It Down into Stages
The easiest way to work out how long the whole process is going to take is to break it down into individual stages.
- Design – This will of course vary significantly depending on the complexity of the design you have in mind but most competent contractors should be able to complete designs for inground pools within 1-2 weeks. Before you ask your contractor to start on the design of your new pool, it is of course important to have an initial discussion, during which you can advise them of all the features you would like to have included in the final layout.
- Building Permit – You will need a permit for the fencing that surrounds your Toronto pool and in case you were thinking of not bothering with any fencing, you should know that a pool enclosure is required by law when you build a pool on private property in the city. A survey and site plan will need to be completed before the application is submitted and you can expect the whole process to take anywhere from 1-4 weeks, depending on how busy they are at city hall when you submit your application.
- Waiting for Excavation Work to Start – If you have hired an experienced and reliable contractor who has a good track record as far as the installation of inground pools is concerned, you can expect to wait at least a couple of weeks after receiving your permit before they actually start the excavation work.
- The Excavation Phase – Once it has been established that there are no utility lines in the way and the area for excavation has been marked out, the real work can begin! Depending on the size of your new pool, this phase will take from 1-3 days. It does not take long as a mechanical excavator is used; the preparation and finishing stages of inground pools tend to take the longest.
- Lowering of Fiberglass Mould into Place – If you opt for a fiberglass pool, this part of the installation process will take no more than a few hours. You will need to wait for the enclosure to be erected and the whole site inspected by a city building official before it can be filled with water but this should not take more than a week.
- Adding Water, Plumbing and Electrical Work – This stage will normally take from 2-7 days, depending on whether any snags are encountered along the way.
- Decking or Patio – The building of your decking or patio surround will take around 2-3 days in most cases, depending on the area that needs to be covered,
In summary, the whole process could take anywhere from 6 to 11 weeks, but bad weather may cause delays. If you are interested in gunite or concrete inground pools, the installation will probably take 4-6 weeks longer. For a more accurate timeline, call and talk to one of our installation experts today.