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Timeline for Building a Polymer Pool

  Apr 17, 2015 / by Will Cappiello

Builder reviewing timeline for building a polymer pool

Like many middle-aged couples, Matt and Heather Bennett want to have a pool that their family can use for fun on the weekends and hot summer days. They want their new pool in place when their 8-year-old son Logan begins his summer vacation. Their daughter Mia is only 3, and they want both of their kids to learn how to swim. As the spring thaw takes effect, their planning process begins.

Design and Permitting Process

As with any other construction project, the Bennetts will need to ensure they have all the necessary permits before breaking ground. That means having design and engineering plans that their local unit of government can review and approve. A qualified pool dealer will be able to help navigate this process but as a pool owner, it's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with your local government’s requirements for building your in-ground pool to avoid fines, work stoppage and additional costs. 

Layout and Excavation


The Bennetts prefer kidney-shaped polymer pools, but you have many options for pool shapes and designs.  The first step of installing polymer pools is laying it out, excavating and installing wall panels, braces, and rough plumbing (watch the video here). Inspections must be done to ensure everything is placed properly, but the Bennetts can already see how the pool will look, just as you will be able to see how yours will look. Electrical equipment to enable lighting and power the filtration system will also be installed.

Installing the Pool Floor and Concrete Supports

With the pool rapidly taking shape, the Bennett family eagerly watches as the work crew pours a concrete bonding beam around the external bracing and outer parts of the wall to provide rigid support and ensure everything stays in place. Because they opted for a polymer pool, they save time and money by not needing to pour concrete to create the inside of the pool. Once the concrete bonding is cured, workers will back fill and compact the soil around the pool and create a base for the pool deck. 

Liner and Pool Deck Installation

The Bennetts are almost ready to enjoy their pool. Like them, you will watch as the crew installs a seamless liner that hides any unsightly lines and is stronger and more tear-proof.  Ultra-Seam Seamless liners are available in dozens of unique designs to give you and the Bennett family a cool, more custom look when the pool is complete. A vacuum will ensure there are no air pockets between the liner and polymer pool base. Once the liner is in, the concrete decking will go in around the pool.

Utilities and Landscaping

The final step is to install any lighting and any gas services used to heat and illuminate the pool. The deck work and patio will also be completed. Any landscaping will be done to make the new pool an essential part of the Bennett’s and your home. Once completed, your family can enjoy a lifetime of backyard recreational fun while creating lasting memories.


Topics: Backyard Renovation, Polymer Pools, In-Ground Pools

Will Cappiello

Written by Will Cappiello

Will Cappiello is the Product Director at Latham Pool Products. He loves working for Latham, the Largest Swimming Pool Manufacturer in North America.

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