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It’s time to Spring Forward with Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, which means the days will soon be lighter longer. It’s a signal to all of us to come out of hibernation and start spending more time outdoors after work and on the weekends. Or for the team at Woodfield, to start cranking up those pool installation consultations and starting the permitting process.
If 2022 is the year you get an inground pool, it’s time to spring into action. That’s because for pool builders like us, the pool installation calendar starts to fill up quickly come springtime. While we can’t start digging into the ground until things dry out a bit, we are getting into the design phase for several clients.
If you’re like most of our clients, you’ve been thinking about getting a pool for a while now. Below, we go over some of the basics of the pool installation process.
Choosing the Type of Inground Pool You Want
Choosing the type of inground pool you want, whether fiberglass or custom concrete pool, is a personal decision. No two families have the same reason for choosing one over the other. We suggest you do some research to determine what type of pool would best suit your space, your aesthetics, and your budget.
Here are a few articles to get you started.
Choosing a Pool Builder
Once you’ve decided on the type, shape, and size of the inground pool you want, it’s time to find the right pool builder. If you’re looking for a high-end result, go with an outdoor living contractor like Woodfield who can add all of the finishing touches you might want. We also offer superior quality and service.
Get recommendations from friends and family, and also ask if there is anyone you should avoid. Some companies install a fiberglass pool, and then forget about you, leaving you high and dry if there’s a problem. These “production builders” churn out pool installation projects at a high rate of speed, which can mean they cut corners or have a sloppy installation.
A custom pool builder like Woodfield, on the other hand, is experienced in all aspects of design and develops a custom experience for you. That includes pool finishes, pool decking, and pool landscaping.
Bottom Line: Thoroughly research companies and schedule several consultations before you choose who will complete your inground pool installation.
Getting the Permits for an Inground Pool Installation
Once you have a signed contract, your pool builder will initiate the permitting process with your county. The earlier you start the permitting process, the better. That’s because the later into spring we get, the more people will be submitting their permit applications.
In general, in Maryland, you’ll need to submit documentation and application fees for:
- A building permit
- An electrical permit
- A pool affidavit
- A pool owner affidavit
Allow 2-3 weeks for the permitting process.
Inground Pool Installation Timeline
A fiberglass pool installation will take less time than a custom concrete pool installation. That’s because the fiberglass pool is manufactured and arrives in your backyard via a truck. Contrast that with a concrete/gunite pool, which we design and build on-site.
In general, fiberglass pools can be installed in 2 weeks or less, unless we run into supply chain problems or weather issues. Concrete or gunite pool installation will generally take 4-6 weeks.
Make It Exceptional. Make It Woodfield.
Whether you opt for a fiberglass pool or a custom concrete pool, you’ve made a good choice. An inground pool enhances your outdoor living experience more than any other feature. If you’re looking for an exceptional inground pool installation experience, contact the team here at Woodfield. Either fill out the contact form or call 443-299-6500 to get started.
Our pool installation schedule is filling up fast, so we encourage you to book your consultation soon, so you can make the most of your summer poolside. We provide inground pool installation to homeowners throughout the Baltimore area, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, and Howard counties.