How long does it take to install a fibreglass pool?

Installing a fibreglass pool can be completed in as little as five days, however, it is often up to 14 days. Fibreglass DIY pool installation is always faster than concrete pool installation and it is not as difficult a process as you might think. 

Depending on where you live, local council approvals can take between 3 and 10 weeks, whether a fibreglass or concrete pool. All pools need a Building Permit before work can commence. You can submit the application yourself or engage a licensed Building Certifier. The building certifier will assess your application, ensure compliance on behalf of the council and approve the permit for you on behalf of council. As the council does not have to assess the application, you can significantly reduce the weeks required to receive your Building Permit. 

The manufacturing lead time for your fibreglass DIY pool shell is usually around 12 to 14 weeks during colder months and 16 to 20 weeks in warmer months when demand is higher. With good planning, you can obtain council approval for your DIY pool while your fibreglass shell is manufactured. As fibreglass pool shells are made in climate-controlled factories, you won’t experience manufacturing delays due to rain and wind as can occur with a concrete pool.

Basic fibreglass pool installation can be completed in as little as 5 days. Click the link to learn more about "What Is Normally Included With DIY Pool Installation?"  and the stages of installation. As a rule of thumb, allow at least two weeks for your fibreglass pool installation. Pool fences, full paving and landscaping can take an additional 3 days to 3 weeks, depending on what you are getting done. If you want to ensure your pool is ready for the first day of summer, arrange your pool installation over winter and spring. Weather does not impact fibreglass pool installation as much as a concrete pool so winter is a great time to install your pool. To learn about the time frames for installing concrete, vinyl liner and fibreglass pools in more detail, click on the following link to our What Is The Easiest Type Of Pool To Install? post. 

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These time frames assume a level backyard, good soil conditions and 2.5m side-of-house access. Installing your pool is possible if your site access is narrower than 2.5m. However, smaller excavation equipment is required, which will add to the time to excavate, remove soil and bring in the backfill material. 

If you need retaining walls, rocks dugout, trees cut down etc, get a quote so you understand the additional time these steps will take. As with any project, work out the time frame and then add a week for the unforeseen things that tend to pop up!

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Rohan Taylor
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Rohan Taylor

My wife and I grew up playing in swimming pools. Our daughters learnt to swim in our backyard fibreglass swimming pool. There is nothing quite like hearing kids splashing about and giggling. As pools do, our pool became a social magnet for friends, family and neighbours which we loved. Helping customers to have their own pool and saving customers thousands on their pool and equipment is the best job in the world.

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