Frequently Asked Questions
Narellan Pools pool builders follow a 5-Step Swimming Pool Construction and Installation Process that ensures your new fibreglass pool is ready for you and your family to enjoy in the most efficient time possible.
Time: Up to 12 months
Once you contact your local Narellan Pools pool builder for a free pool quote, they will book a time to meet with you and your family at your home. The purpose of this meeting is to investigate possible locations for your pool, consider any grades and slope, established trees and gardens, distance from boundaries and existing structures and explore existing services that may be in the way, such as water, gas and sewer pipes. Your pool builder will assess the access for excavation equipment, including excavators and tip trucks, and determine how your pool shell will be manoeuvred from the delivery truck and placed in its final location.
You may be surprised to know that clients install a smaller pool than their first choice in more cases than not! Why? Because after a site visit from their local pool builder, clients appreciate the areas required for hardscaping, the location of filter equipment and the amount of backyard space that will remain once the pool and surrounds are complete.
With knowledge of your backyard and site constraints, your pool builder will work with you to choose the best fibreglass pool design for your backyard, which will also complement the aesthetics of your existing home.
After providing a quote, and you’ve signed your pool building contract, your Pool Builder will work with a private certifier or your local council to gain an Approval and Construction permit. Submitting applications and receiving approvals from your local council can take longer than expected, be sure to allow extra time for this when planning for your new pool. Your local Narellan Pool builder can help answer your permitting and approval questions as requirements are often unique in each municipality.
Once approval is received and your construction permit is issued, it’s time to bring your dream pool to life.
Time: Up to one week, weather permitting
The first stage in any swimming pool construction is to prepare your backyard for the pool shell to arrive. Boundary fences may be removed temporarily, and garden beds relocated. An excavator will arrive at your home, and a dump truck will be on standby to remove the excess dirt. Depending on the size of the hole and if the excavator hits a rock shelf, digging the location for your new fibreglass pool can take up to one week. The excavation process will include any trenches for plumbing and electrical, paths and footings for retaining walls. With the excavation complete, your pool builder will install a temporary pool fence to protect the site.
Time: One or two days, weather permitting
Once the hole is ready, Narellan Pools will deliver your pool shell to your site. Your Pool Builder will install the necessary plumbing and electrical to the pool shell before a crane lifts it into its final resting place. They will also place the filtration equipment in its location, ready to be connected to the pool.
Installation day is an event you’ll never forget!
Next, the plumbing is connected to the filtration equipment, the backfill of the hole will commence, and it’s time to turn on the hose!
Time: 1 day + setting time
The final structural component of your swimming pool is pouring the structural pool beam on top of the pool edges. This beam is typically 400mm wide (the same width as a standard paver) and securely locks your inground swimming pool safely into the ground and keeps it from popping out. If your design includes tiles or paving around the pool deck, that concrete will be poured simultaneously. Allow 28 days for the concrete to cure, and then the finishing touches can be made.
Time: A couple of hours
With the installation complete and the swimming pool full of water, your local Narellan Pools pool builder will vacuum your pool, test the water and add the required chemicals. They’ll conduct a handover, teaching you how to maintain the filter equipment, test the water, winterize your pool and ensure it remains in pristine condition.
Time: A few weeks to a few years
The wonderful thing about installing a fibreglass pool is that you can be swimming, best case, within a few days! Getting your backyard from having an oversized bucket with water in it and a temporary pool fence to an Insta-worthy space could take a few weeks or a few years.
The landscaping surrounding your pool will create the backyard design of your dreams. Landscaping not only visually completes the space and sets its tone, but it also shapes how you use it.
A well-landscaped pool area will increase your enjoyment and usage of the pool and its surroundings and help increase the value of your property.
To complete your dream backyard, you can hire a professional landscaper or do-it-yourself. Your design and budget will ultimately determine the time required to complete your backyard oasis.
So you’ve chosen the best pool design for your family, planned the ultimate backyard design and gained the necessary council permits. What next?
Before your pool builder arrives on-site, there are a few things you can do to make sure your fibreglass pool install is as streamlined as possible.
- What do you need to protect? Is Aunt Betty’s prized Apple Tree in the potential path of an excavator? Excavation teams have a purpose – to dig a hole. Make their job more manageable and your day less stressful. Relocate garden furniture, plants, and sheds so that your pool builder has clear, unobstructed access to the site of your new pool.
- Consider your neighbours. Let your neighbours know what is going on. Swimming pool builders start work at 7 am! If you’re feeling neighbourly, pass a homemade coffee over the fence on the morning of the dig.
- Protect your pets. If you can’t keep pets inside or contained during construction, consider sending them to a pet resort for a few days. Little and big paws and claws will be thrilled when they return home to their beautiful swimming pool!
Narellan Pools fibreglass pool installation process
Once the pool position is marked out and the height set, the dig begins. An excavator will remove the dirt, which in most cases, is disposed of offsite. After screeding, the base of the hole is complete. Once levels are checked, a crane lowers the pool shell into place. Next, the standpipe is installed at the deepest end of the pool, then the area around the pool shell is backfilled with a mix of sand and cement. As backfilling occurs, the pool is filled with water.
Electrical work, plumbing and placement of the filtration equipment occurs, the skimmer box is attached, then the concrete bond beam is poured. The bond beam is an area of concrete around the pool’s rim that ensures it remains safely placed in the ground and does not pop out!
Like any building project, things can get messy. Excavators and trucks will disturb grass, and cranes will leave indents in your backyard. Concrete will spill from pumps and if it rains, be prepared for mud. Pool building is not a glamorous process. However, the result is a backyard design and lifestyle your family and friends can enjoy and create memories in for many years to come.
Your local pool builder has extensive experience installing salt water and mineral pool systems and can help you make the right choice for your family.
One of the most important decisions you’ll need to make when designing your dream backyard is: do I want a salt water pool or a mineral pool system?
Both salt water and mineral pool systems avoid storing and using many harsh chemicals compared to chlorine pools. The systems self-produce their sanitizers, ensuring your pool will be free of bacteria and algae year-round.
– Very effective at controlling bacteria and algae
– Cheaper installation cost compared to Saltwater and a Mineral Pool System
– Harsh on skin, eyes, hair and swimwear
– Expensive to maintain. Chlorine pools generally require chemicals on a weekly basis
– Won’t damage your swimwear!
– Saltwater chlorinators convert salt into chlorine to sanitise your pool water, so you don’t need to handle harsh chemicals
– A 20kg bag of pool salt costs $10 – $15, about 120% cheaper than minerals!
– High initial setup, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, plus installation costs
– Saltwater systems are complex. If something breaks, you’ll need a pool expert to fix the problem
– Saltwater is drying on the skin and hair
– Salt is corrosive. Over time underwater lights and other fixtures can degrade and may need to be replaced
Your local pool builder has extensive experience installing saltwater and chlorine pool systems and can help you make the right choice for your family.