Narellan Pools Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much does it cost to install or build a swimming pool?

It’s very difficult to give a cost (even an approximate one) due to the amount of variable to consider when installing a fibreglass swimming pool, such as;

  • Choice of pool design, size and colour
  • Site location and access (do you require a crane, road closures, etc.)
  • Choice of pumps, filtration and heating, etc.

The standard inground fibreglass pool can cost anywhere from $25k to $45k plus. Our network of local teams here to assist and offer you an obligation free quote for you to determine how much it will cost to install your dream pool.

 

How long does it take to install a fibreglass pool?

Depending on the type of pool you’re looking for, local rules and regulations, any landscaping needs, and the availability of contractors, construction times can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months.

There are a number of stages in installing a new swimming pool:

  1. Site Inspection / Design consultation
  2. Quote and Contract Signing
  3. Gaining approvals from Council / local authorities
  4. Pool Installation
  5. Handover of pool

To learn more click through to our blog here!

 

Do you have a display centre?

We have a few displays around the country within Regional NSW, QLD and SA. Your local pool builder can arrange for you to visit past clients who either have the design, colour or size that you wish to see. They will welcome you into their backyards to show you their own Narellan Pool. It’s a great way for you to see the pool builders work and see the pool colour, design and size in real life. This can only be arranged by appointment with your local pool builder.

 

How do I finance my new swimming pool?

There are many ways to finance your pool purchase, the most common is to use the capital in your home and get finance at home loan rates through your finance broker or bank. This could be accessing your redraw, increasing your home loan or refinancing to release additional funds. Other options include personal loans or using your savings.

Another finance option available with Narellan Pools is zipMoney, they can help bridge the gap in your budget by securing funds on an interest-free* payment plan which is safe, simple, convenient and entirely paperless. Your local Narellan Pools Team can assist you with the process of topping up your finances using zipMoney, allowing you the flexibility to complement your pool with our range of upgrades and accessories, transforming your backyard dream into a reality.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs and read the relevant product disclosure statement (PDS). Where appropriate seek professional advice from a financial adviser prior to making a decision.

 

Pool care and maintenance during Winter:

The level of water in the pool will have likely dropped a bit over the winter months. Before topping it up, though, you should test the pool water to check if any treatments are required. Test kits to check PH, calcium levels, and chlorine concentrations are easy to use and can be purchased cheaply online or at a local pool shop; some local stores will even be able to test the water quality for you if you take a sample in, often as a free service. After you’ve tested the water, and purchased any water treatments, fill the pool back up to the recommended levels.

 

Pool care and maintenance during Summer:

It is important to maintain your water chemistry at the right levels to protect the fiberglass pool surface and the health of swimmers. Below is the water balance required for your Narellan Pool.

Narellan Pools Water Balance:

Ph Between 7.0 to 7.4
T.A. Between 80 – 120ppm
Stabilizer Between 30 – 50ppm (outdoors only)
Chlorine Normal 1 – 3ppm
Calcium Hardness 100 – 300pmm (Narellan Standard)

 

NB: The Water Balance of your pool will be impacted by the amount of debris that falls into the swimming pool, chlorination system and usage, bather load and the season. You must regularly check and adjust the water balance on a regular basis to maintain a healthy and crystal clean pool.

You should test the water every week in summer and record the details in a log book. Have your pool shop test your water every 3 months and keep the records.

 

How much site access do you need to install a pool?

The Narellan Pools local team builders are known known for finding a way to bring a client’s dream backyards to life. We have flown pools into site using helicopters a number of times, and floated pools across rivers and lakes to the client’s backyard. There is always a way to install a swimming pool no matter how limited your access.

 

I have a small backyard; can I still have a pool installed?

We have a range of compact pools designed for modern suburban blocks. Our Eden, Nirvana, Madeira and Panama are narrow in width making them ideal for limited spaces. Please view our whole range of swimming pools here.

 

The smallest pool in our range is the Eden 3 which is 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.65m and available in a Free Standing (above ground) and inground option.

 

Here is a snapshot of the compact pools in our range:

Name Length Width Depth
Eden 3.5 3.5m 3.5m 1.65m
Eden 4.5 4.5m 3.5m 1.65m
Eden 5 Slimline 5.0m 2.1m 1.65m
Symphony 5 5.3m 3.5m 1.20m – 1.45m
Symphony 6 6.3m 3.5m 1.20m – 1.55m
Nirvana 5 5.3m 3.5m 1.45m
Nirvana 6 6.3m 3.5m 1.45m
Madeira 6 6.3m 2.8m 1.10m – 1.55m
Panama 5 5.3m 2.5m 1.45m
Soho 2.5m 2.5m 1.45m

 

What are the largest / deepest pools in your range?

We have a range of pools that are available as 10m, 11m and 12m options with depths ranging from 1.95m to 2.10m deep. Please view our whole range of swimming pools here to explore all our different size options.

 

Here is a snapshot of the largest pool in our range:

Name Length Width Depth
Symphony 10 10.3m 4.2m 1.20m – 1.86m
Symphony 11 11.3m 4.2m 1.20m – 1.95m
Symphony 12 12.0m 4.2m 1.20m – 1.99m
Grandeur 11 11.3m 4.2m 1.20m – 1.95m
Federation 11 11.3m 4.3m 1.13m – 1.83m
Atlantis 10 10.3m 4.2m 1.05m – 1.80m
Atlantis 11 11.3m 4.2m 1.10m – 1.90m
Atlantis 12 12.0m 4.3m 1.10m – 2.10m
Panama 11 11.3m 2.45m 1.45m
Princess 10 10.3m 4.2m 1.15m – 1.85 


How often should a pool be cleaned?

You should always keep your pool clean. You should always try to handle issues as they arise or as soon as they are noticed. The key to an ever clean and healthy pool though lies in a regular maintenance program. During the summer season, clean at least once a week. When it gets colder, you can reduce the frequency to once a month.

There are 2 things you should do to keep your pool clean:

  1. Maintain your water balance

The first part of maintaining a pool is to keep the chemistry of the pool water balanced. The PH of the pool water is the most important balance to be considered. When the PH is too low, acidic water will irritate the skin and the eyes of the swimmer. It may also eat away at your pool equipment. PH that is too high will damage the surface of the pool as well and encourage algae growth by impacting the effectiveness of the chlorine in the pool. The ideal PH level for a fibreglass pool is between 7.0 and 7.4. To reduce the PH levels, it is recommended that you use dry acid.

Secondly, you need to balance alkalinity. The ideal alkalinity in a fibreglass pool is 80-120ppm. To raise alkalinity, use a buffer like Sodium Bicarbonate. Finally, you will also need to adjust the calcium hardness. A pool with low calcium will cause corrosion to the equipment while very high amounts may deposit on the surface. The recommended hardness is 100-300ppm.

Once your pool water is balanced you need to ensure that your chlorination system is working correctly and maintaining a chlorine level in your pool water of between 1-3ppm.

  1. The physical clean of your pool

You need to clean your skimmer at least once per week and remove and debris from the surface of floor of your pool. If there are many trees adjacent to your pool, clean skimmers a couple of times in a week. Failure to clean may cause backwash to be more frequent. It may also cause clogging which then affects your filtration system.

To remove leaves and debris from the surface of the pool, use the leaf scoop. You should also clean around the outside surface of the pool to prevent leaves and other debris blowing into the pool.

To remove debris from the pool floor or walls, use a manual, automatic or robotic cleaner that is suitable for fiberglass pools on at least a weekly basis.

You will also need to clean your filter as per the manufacturers recommendations. The cleaning method varies depending on your filtration system.

 

How often should your pool be vacuumed?

It is advisable to vacuum your pool once every week. There are also times when you may need to do it twice a week, depending on where your pool is located. Vacuuming helps you to get rid of debris and foliage that compromise the PH balance of the water.

Whenever possible, establish a cleaning regimen. It will help with management during the swimming season to keep the pool pumps working and your pool looking its best. Vacuuming helps to prevent the formation of algae and to keep the filtration systems optimal. If you notice an accumulation of algae, it is best to vacuum even if it is not on your planned cleaning day. Note that these are recommendations at best. You may choose to clean your pool more frequently, depending on the needs of your pool. There is never anything like ‘too clean’ when it comes to pools.

 

Do I need council approval to have a pool installed?

The short answer is yes. There are rules when it comes to pool installation. These rules dictate the boundaries of the pool, how far away it should be from structures like houses and things like the footings. You will often not need to know these guidelines, only to find a professional who does. They will make sure that you meet the compliance requirements to get a development certificate from the council.

You want to go with an installation company that follows the Building Code guidelines so that they can organize whatever approvals you need and make the process streamlined.

Often, how long the engineering certificate may take depends on your contractors. The professionals will look at the design of the pool, the engineering designs and certification and council approvals. The type of approval (CDC or DA) and the state you live in will determine how long the approval may take. Ask your local pool builder and they will be able to give you a guide on how long before the install process can begin.

 

What designs or styles does Narellan Pools offer?

Narellan Pools offers an assortment of pool designs meant to fit any situation. Whether you are working with a small backyard or a huge space, there are designs to fit your needs. Some of the inground swimming pool designs you will find include: contemporary pools, family pools, lap pools, geometric pools, plunge pools and spas. You can even get free standing above ground pools in all our designs (9m and below) for those who have a sloping/difficult block. We can also custom make infinity pools and combinations such as a pool connecting to a spa or a wading pool. To learn more about our range of pools click here!

 

Are fibreglass pools compatible with Salt Water?

Yes, fibreglass pools are compatible with salt water. However, note that the type of salt that is used in the pool matters. You need good quality salt that is refined from impurities. Poor quality salt can cause scaling or staining to the pool. It can also affect the equipment in the same way and shorten their lifespan. As a rule, go for salts with anti-stain and anti-scaling agents.

Some of the benefits of having salt water are that the pool water feels softer and saltwater pools rarely ‘smell’ like those with processed chlorine. Besides, if one happens to ingest the water, it is not poisonous. Saltwater pools require little maintenance too.

 

What are the benefits of having a swimming pool?

The main benefit of having a swimming pool is having the ability to cool off during the hot summer weather in the privacy of your own home.

Whether it is for your children or grandchildren, a swimming pool can help you to teach them about safety. You can instruct them on how to swim and how to care for themselves around water. Besides, the children are able to develop stronger swimming skills.

Secondly, a swimming pool is great for exercise for the whole family. Swimming improves the fitness of your heart and works out your full body. While at it, the pool gives your children a good outdoor activity, away from screens to enjoy the fresh air.

Thirdly, you can spend quality time with your family in the pool. In today’s world, schedules and lifestyles can easily overtake so that you don’t spend enough time with family. A swimming pool in your backyard can help you to enjoy family time.

Meanwhile, your home becomes a popular stop for your child’s friends. When you no longer feel like organising a full-out birthday party for your kids because of the hassle of finding a venue, a swimming pool solves this issue for you.

You can save money in the long run from travelling – staycation. If you don’t live near a beach you can avoid having to worry about traffic and finding parking at the public pool or beach. You can enjoy your swim from the comfort of your own home.

 

Will a fibreglass pool crack easily?

Fibreglass is typically constructed as one piece. That is to say that the full pool shell is able to flex without cracking and therefore can withstand a normal amount of earth movement. Contrary to popular belief, fibreglass will prove difficult to crack.

However, there are some issues that may affect your fiberglass pool. Ensure that you read and understand the requirements for maintaining your pool which are in your Pool Owner’s manual to ensure that your pool lasts for a long time. The most important consideration to ensure your pool does not crack is the installation process used and you should ensure that an experienced pool installer is used to do the pool installation for you. Narellan’s local pool builders are trained regularly to ensure the best installation techniques are being used and every pool is installed to the highest standards.

 

I have a sloped backyard; can I still build a pool?

The short answer is yes. At Narellan, our free standing / above ground pool is suitable for sloping backyards. Our pool designs (9m and below) are available in free standing option. Our team are experienced in dealing with sloping backyards and will be able to find a solution for you to ensure that you end up with a swimming pool that you love.

 

When can I swim in my new pool?

You will not be able to swim in your new pool until handover is completed by your local pool builder and you have obtained an inspection occupation certificate or a certificate of compliance from a council inspection. The inspection will sign off on your fencing and landscaping around the pool area. You will not be able to swim in your new pool with a temporary fence. The best way to get swimming in your new pool is to think about building your pool in winter. That way you have time to work through the fencing and landscaping and aren’t tempted to have a dip! By the time Summer rolls around (even Spring in some areas) your pool is ready, and you can jump in knowing your family and friends are safe.

 

What’s a mineral pool or MagnaPool?

A mineral pool is based on the idea of a swimming pool that is in harmony with nature. The pool is typically better for the environment than the standard pool and gentler on the skin of the swimmer. Mineral pools use a ‘no salt’ policy with the aim of making swimming more beneficial for the wellbeing of the swimmer. MagnaPool is one of the commonly used brands in mineral sanitisation. The Magnapool typically features a combination of pool water minerals as alternatives to traditional chlorine or salt water pools. Speak to your local pool builder for more information.

 

How do I get started?

Getting started is the hardest part. Not knowing what pool suits your needs can be a daunting starting point. The team at Narellan Pools have all the knowledge you need to ensure you end up with a premium product that you will love and use all summer long.

From swimming pools to plunge pools and spas – we have something for everyone. Get in touch with our friendly staff now and be on your way to swimming in your very own Narellan Pool!

 

Do you just install pools in homes, can you install commercial pools?

We also install commercial pools. In the past, we’ve installed pools for hotels, guest houses, display homes, caravan parks, schools, wildlife retreats, universities, apartment blocks and resorts! Get in touch with our local pool builders for more information on what we can do for you or contact us directly here.

 

How do I know what colour my pool will be once it’s installed?

Choosing the colour of your pool can be an exciting process and we know how important it is to get it right! We understand that the colour of a pool changes once water is in the pool and the colour can vary from having full sunlight hitting the water to the shadow casting over it from the afternoon shade. It is, for this reason, we have our online gallery with various images of pool colours at different times for you to see what colour you think would best suit your home. Check out the gallery on our site.

 

I have run out of pages in my log book what do I do?

If you have run out of pages in your logbook, you can download additional pages here.

 


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