It all depends on the size of your pool, the kind of pool you want, and what other building or landscaping work needs to be done with it. It also depends on the ground it’s going in to, and the type of installation. Is it a custom pool, or a prefab pool?

So, to answer the question of how long it will take to build you pool – we will base estimates on some average size and type of pool built in gardens in South Africa: the concrete pool.

The concrete pool: building time – between 1.5 to 3 months

After your design has been established and you are ready for the build, it may come as a shock when you see that large hole being dug in your garden. You can expect to come across some issues during the dig, like boulders, clay and large roots, which can all add to the time frame of your pool build. Hang in there all of this can be overcome!

Concrete pools take the longest to finish. This is because the concrete will need time to set after it is poured. The bigger the pool, the longer the overall building time. However, the concrete will take the same amount of time to set – around 30 days. This is irrespective of the size, design, or depth, of the pool. Weather conditions can affect the setting time though. Concrete will take longer to set in wet or humid conditions. And it may need another layer if conditions are too dry. This can extend the build time a great deal.

Overall pool design, build and finish time:

A pool will take a minimum of 8- 12 weeks to build. This is factoring in the time for design, permissions, digs, concrete pour (or other installation) and landscaping or features. If you want custom shapes and designs, or even mosaic – add another 4 – 8 weeks.

Keep in mind that once the marbelite has been applied, it still takes 2 to 3 moths to properly cure under water, so no instant swimming or you will get foot prints on the floor. Its is also a good idea to get acquainted with pool maintenance, especially the pool light as they can be tricky.

Building a swimming is not a quick affair. However, when you can finally relax, cocktail in hand, at the edge of the sparkling blue water – the time is worth it!

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