If You’re Thinking About a Pool for Next Summer, Here are Some Things to Consider Now

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Vinyl Liner Pool Installation Considerations

If you are considering building a vinyl liner pool and want it to be ready to use next summer, start doing your research now. Creating a pool is a large project, not to speak of the investment, and planning for it involves making many decisions. Such aspects as arriving at a budget, selecting the type and size of the pool, and choosing the right contractor for the work are just a few items that you need to put on your list.

Proper planning will ensure the success of your project. Don’t wait until the last minute–that is, the spring. You will need to have gathered most of your information by then. Spend time this winter understanding what will be entailed in creating your outdoor oasis by asking yourself core questions before building your in-ground pool.

Here is a guide to help you get started with the essential considerations before you begin the project.

Pool Budget

It can be tough to estimate a budget in the beginning because you haven’t gotten far enough into researching and planning to know what is realistic. However, you should carefully consider the investment that you are comfortable with. This number will also impact the type of pool, the size, and the pool features that you can build. Is your yard suitable for a pool? The grade of your property is a key factor in what type of pool is reasonable. Is your yard flat or does it have a slope? What is the shape of your yard? These are aspects that can involve more work in the construction and installation of the pool and, therefore, add to the costs.

In-Ground, Swimming Pool Costs

With an in-ground pool, the entire project includes:

  • Design
  • Excavation
  • Construction
  • Installation,
  • Landscaping
  • Decking
  • Fencing
  • Filtration systems
  • Electrical

In addition, you have many in-ground pool options such as construction materials, sizes, and shapes. Depending on the size and the style of the pool, you can spend an average of $50,000 to $75,000. Larger seating areas and extra features such as spas or fountains as well as the construction materials will determine the cost. Lighting, cabanas, landscaping, waterfalls, slides, and state-of-the-art pumps can increase the price.

Yard Size and Shape

The size and grade of your yard are key factors in determining the vinyl-liner pool size and in-ground pool shape. Check with your local building codes to see if the pool needs to be a certain distance from property lines, septic tanks, and roads. You will need to know where underground cables, pipes, and roots are located and take into consideration overhead power lines, trees, and eaves. Extreme conditions such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil, and limited access will require special considerations for the construction and installation. Once you determine these aspects, you can begin to be more specific about the size and shape of the pool.

Pool Size, Shape, and Depth

After obtaining the particulars of the yard, you’ll be able to estimate the size, shape, and depth of the pool. Be sure that you allow plenty of room for the deck and landscaping. You may want to fill the space of the yard with patios, seating areas, and cabanas. Or, you may want to include grassy areas in the landscape. Consider the purpose of the pool when deciding on the depth. Do you want a lap pool or a play area for children? If so, these don’t require a deep pool. But, if you are wanting to have a diving board, you need more depth.

Choosing a Contractor for a New Pool

Hiring a dependable, knowledgeable, and experienced contractor to construct and install your pool is extremely important. Finding the right contractor will make the process run more smoothly.  It’s a best practice to talk to at least three contractors when deciding on who you will hire to do the work. Ask about their licensing, scheduling, and price, of course.

And here are a few more important questions to include in your interview:

  • How many years have they been in business under the present name and ownership?
  • Get proof that the contractor is insured.
  • Ask for references from past projects and speak with those homeowners about their experiences.
  • What are the options for the pool design and construction?
  • What kind of warranty do they offer?

Timeline for Building the Pool

Most pool projects take between 6 and 8 weeks, depending on the scope of the project. The time of the year you build impacts the length of time it takes, as well. Contractors’ schedules impact the timeframe–the busier the season, the longer it will take.

Here are some of the tasks that are required and the time it may take for each one:

  • Permitting: 1 to 6 weeks
  • Excavation and breaking ground: 1 day
  • Placement of pool wall, plumbing, and electrical installation: 3-4 days
  • Liner manufacturing: 3-4 weeks
  • Liner installation & water delivery: 2 days

Contact Prestige Pools of NC to Build Your In-Ground Vinyl Liner Pool

Once you have done your research and are considering options, contact our experienced team at Prestige Pools of NC. We can assist you in making the right choices for your in-ground vinyl liner pool. If you want to build a pool in Clayton, Raleigh, Coats, Garner, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Middlesex, Wendell, Zebulon, or the surrounding areas, call us at 919-779-1003 or fill out our online contact form.