Having a new swimming pool is an expensive and potentially disruptive time. Essentially, swimming pool installation is quite a major construction project taking place in your home, so you have to expect some noise and mess while it is being carried out. Having said this, you pool installation team should make sure you’re fully informed prior to commencing work, so you know what to expect and when. They’ll aim to minimise disruption to the rest of your property, and carry out the installation with as little fuss as possible.
Naturally, you will have questions about the installation process. All pool contractors and building companies will work in a slightly different way, but here’s some general information to answer some of the questions you may have:
Do I Need To Have Planning Permission?
Building regulations and planning permission don’t usually apply to outdoor pools, unless you have a listed property. If you are having an indoor pool, you will need to comply with building regulations, and in some cases planning permission is also required. See our guide online for more information.
Can Someone Advise Me On The Best Systems And Equipment To Choose?
Your pool contractor should be able to talk you through all the various options for the type of pool you have chosen, including making recommendations on heaters, filters, pumps and other equipment. You’ll also be able to make choices about the appearance of your pool and the surrounding area. You will be given all the information you need in order to make an informed decision.
How Long Will The Installation Take?
This depends on all sorts of factors, including where the pool is to be located and what the site access is like, as well as the size and type of pool. For an average outdoor pool with a complication-free installation, it may take approximately 10 days – two weeks from the start of installation to handover. For an indoor pool where the pool building also needs to be constructed from scratch, approximately 25 weeks would be an average timescale.
Will There Be Lots Of Heavy Machinery On My Property?
The excavation work for the pool will need to be carried out using diggers and other plant machinery. Following this, depending on the nature of your pool construction and access to the site, a crane or even a helicopter may be used to lower one-piece pool shells into position. You should expect some disruption to the access route for the pool area, and you may wish to consider engaging a gardener or landscaping company to work on the area after the pool installation is complete.
Who Will Be My Main Contact During The Installation?
As ever, all companies are different, but at XL Pools we use our own team of professional pool engineers, and only ever engage third-party contractors if it is appropriate and cost-effective to do so. There will be an XL Pools representative on-site at all times throughout the construction and installation process should you have any questions or concerns.
How Much Does a Swimming Pool Cost?
The cost of a swimming pool is a very complicated matter which cannot be simply answered. There are ball park figures which we can offer however it will all depend on the size, shape, features and installation method. We have a handy document in our resourses section which can help you understand the various costs involved. Check it out here.
If you have a question which isn’t covered here, or elsewhere on our site, please get in touch and a member of our friendly and experienced team will be happy to help.