DIY Fiberglass Pools
Do it yourself fiberglass swimming pools are not as complicated as some may think. It is simply a matter of finding qualified tradesman to do each part, and possibly doing a little work yourself. If you enjoy being in control of the process and talking to the specialists, then you’ll probably save yourself a good bit of money and get the swimming pool built just the way you want it.
The Traditional Way of Contracting a Swimming Pool
You shop around and find the pool contractor that you are comfortable with. Discuss size, style, filter, and decking, then the work begins. The pool builder and his employees may excavate the hole, install the pool and filter, and then pour the concrete decking. However, on most pool builds many of the steps will be subcontracted out to other specialized tradesman. The pool contractor will pay an excavator to dig and prepare the hole. Then he will install the pool and filter. Finally another company is sub-contracted to pour the pool decking. The good part is that you deal with one person, the negative is that he/she will pay the others and mark up a little for themselves. This is typically the easiest and carefree way to buy a new pool, but also more expensive.
The DIY Fiberglass Pool
First you will contact a pool builder who works with do it yourself owners. Most don’t mind at all, and many will even recommend it. They will help you find the pool model that works for you and install it the excavated hole. Many pool dealers also do quality digging, so you may choose them to do this as well. If not, the dealer will at least provide you with the plans to provide to the excavator. On more complicated decking designs involving heavy rock work and decorative concrete it will do you well to shop around for an experienced concrete subcontractor. Any work that you are capable of doing can save you money.
Follow your gut. If you’re uncomfortable talking to subcontractors, just let the pool contractor handle it all. You may pay more, but you’ll also work less. If you enjoy the work and feel comfortable overseeing the pool construction, you should be able to save yourself a good bit of money.
Dont Forget to Add Landscaping
Not every pool needs landscaping. But if yours does, be sure to have some sort of plan ahead of time. Retaining walls, cement walkways, maybe a lawn. With a little work you can make your new pool stand out and have a beautiful backyard to go with it.
Either way a good place to get started is with a DigTime certified contractor, send us a note, we’ll get you a quote.