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, 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 manoeuvered 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 Certificate. If your application proceeds under a Complying
Development Certificate, allow around three weeks. If you submit a Development Application with your local council, approval can take much longer. Your Narellan Pools pool builder will advise the best option for your situation.
Once approval is received and your Construction Certificate 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 and ensure your pool 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 installation is as streamlined as possible.
- What do you need to protect? Is Aunt Betty’s prized Camellia 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.
One of the most important decisions you’ll need to make when designing your dream backyard is: do I want a saltwater pool or a mineral pool system?
Both saltwater and mineral pool systems avoid storing and using many harsh chemicals compared to chlorine pools. The systems self-produce their sanitisers, ensuring your pool will be free of bacteria and algae year-round.
Here are the pros and cons of chlorine, saltwater pools and mineral pool systems.
– 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
Mineral Pool System
– Creates a luxurious and soothing bathing experience – it’s like having a mineral spring in your backyard!
– High concentrations of magnesium make skin feel soft and silky. Minerals detoxify the skin, alleviate acute skin symptoms, and relax the nervous system
– Perfect for swimmers with sensitive skin
– Water won’t damage your swimwear!
– Magnesium actively reduces bacteria and parasites
– Initial investment is up to $1,000, in addition to your standard filtration equipment
– Mineral cartridges require replacement every six months, costing up to $150
– Typically, seven bags of MagnaPool® minerals is equivalent to five bags of salt
– A 10kg bag of MagnaPool® minerals costs around $30 compared to $10-$15 for a 20kg bag of salt.
– Mineral pools require chlorine to sanitise the water, whereas saltwater chlorinators produce chlorine themselves
Your local pool builder has extensive experience installing saltwater and mineral pool systems and can help you make the right choice for your family.
Whist every local council has different rules regarding setbacks and distance off, swimming pools generally need to be at least 1m from a boundary fence for practical purposes. If you want tiles around your pool and a hedge alongside the fence, you’ll need at least 1.5m.
The size of your land will determine the setbacks required. When building a pool close to your boundary fence, you must be aware of Swimming Pool Compliance legislation, specifically fencing rules.
Rules – change all to metres
– If a boundary fence is part of the pool fence, the barrier must be 1.8m high
– Not leave a gap at the bottom bigger than 10cm from the finished ground level
Boundary Fences (paling) can be used as safety barriers where the height of the fence is at least 1.8m high with a Non-Climbable Zone (clear space) of 0.9m at the top of the fence on the pool side.
For fences at least 1.8m high, the 0.9m non-climbable zone may be on the inside of the fence and must be measured from the top of the inside. This could be useful for a boundary fence, for example, where it is difficult to make the non-climbable zone outside the fence . Make sure that there is nothing underneath this zone that a child could jump on to, which would reduce the effective height of the fence from the minimum 1.8m
Any boundary fences used as part of the child-safety barrier are at least 1.8m high on the side that faces the pool, with a 0.9m non-climbable zone at the top inside of the fence, a boundary barrier may be climbable on the neighbour’s side.
AS 1926.1-2012 requires that where boundary fences are used to form part of the barrier, the effective height of 1.8m should be maintained on the inside of the barrier. NCZ 5 is to be provided on the pool side of the barrier. The outside of the boundary barrier may be less than 1.8m in height and may be climbable.
Generally, a safety fences and gates must be at least 1.2m high with non-climbable vertical supports and no gaps exceeding 0.1m. Land boundary fences that are part of the barrier must be at least 1.8m high.
All new domestic pool and spa safety barriers must comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Volume 2 ‘Swimming Pool Access’. The BCA is part of the National Construction Code (NCC).
The above information is accurate as of 2 August 2021. Following a site inspection, your local Narellan Pools pool builder will provide the latest compliance advice.