Exactly what you will be faced with during the installation of your new pool will depend partly on what type of pool it is. As space is limited, we are going to confine ourselves to examining the installation process for a fibreglass pool. We will look at the same process for concrete pools at a later date. While there may be certain additional steps that need to be taken into account if you have any special requirements, those listed below are common to every fibreglass installation and will give you a very good idea of what you can expect once work commences.
The Fiberglass Pool Installation Process: What You Can Expect
Installation procedures are fairly standard across the globe so even if you are not sitting here in Toronto while reading this, you will hopefully find the following information very useful. We are now going to quickly run through the main steps involved in the installation of a fibreglass swimming pool.
- Excavation – An inground swimming pool needs a hole in which it can be set so before your new pool arrives, your contractor will have to excavate a hole that is big enough to accommodate it. This will involve digging up a sizable area of your back yard or garden with a mechanical excavator so you should be prepared for this part of your home to resemble a construction site for a few days and plan accordingly.
- Setting and Levelling the Pool – The next stage involves creating a solid, level foundation for the fibreglass mould before it is set in position. Gravel is most commonly used for the building of foundations (and as a backfilling material too). However, some pool installation firms use sand instead so it is a good idea to check this detail beforehand.
- Plumbing – All the pipes and filtration equipment are installed next. Some Toronto contractors may install the plumbing on the fiberglass mould before it is set on the foundation.
- Backfilling – Once the Pool, plumbing, and filtration is in place, it is time to backfill the pool, i.e. to start filling in the space between the fiberglass mould and the edges of the hole in which it is sitting. At this stage of the pool installation, you can expect trucks carrying gravel to need access to your back yard. This is also the stage when your pool will first be filled with water.
- Installation of Coping and Decking – Once the pool itself has been installed and inspected, it is time to install the coping (the concrete sections used to cap the wall of the pool mould) and the deck/patio. This will not be a particularly disruptive phase compared with what has preceded it but your back yard will of course still be populated by skilled workers and machinery. It is at this stage that everything starts to come together, from a visual perspective, and you realize that the end is in sight
- Fencing – The final phase of your pool installation will be the erecting of a perimeter fence, for safety reasons as well as aesthetic concerns. How long this takes and what the process involves will depend on the type of fencing you have chosen but it should not be a lengthy or particularly difficult job. If you have young children, it is a good idea to install an alarm system linked to the gate in your fencing.
Once your pool installation team have cleared up and performed a final inspection, you are free to enjoy your beautiful new swimming pool! If you would like a free estimate for any type of pool, don’t forget to call the team at Seabreeze.