How long does it take to build a pool?

The three basic types of inground pools are Vinyl liner, fiberglass, and gunite, which is a mixture of cement, sand, and water.

All three vary in construction.

Let’s take a look at each type of in-ground pool and what you might expect time-wise depending on the type of pool you decide to build.

Vinyl Liner

There are three types of vinyl liner you can select from: steel wall, cement wall, or polymer wall vinyl liner.

Regardless of the type of vinyl liner pool, it will usually take between 25 to 45 days.

Time will vary depending on the complexity of the project and the number of inspections required by your township.


While most of the time, from a construction standpoint a fiberglass pool is in the ground and filled with water in one day, the total completion process can take anywhere from 14 to 30 days.

Once again, the time will depend on the complexity of the project, the intricacy of the finishing work, and how many inspections the municipality requires.

Concrete (Gunite)

Gunite, or concrete, inground pools take the longest to build.

They will take from 45 to 75 days to be constructed.

Gunite pools take substantially longer than other types of pools because they need between 28 and 30 days to set.

It is also the most durable type of pool.

The labor and finishing work is more involved in building a gunite pool.

Seasonal conditions may also affect these types of pools and how long they take to cure.

And, just like the other types of construction, the time will vary depending on several factors such as the project’s complexity and the number of inspections required.

More factors to consider

Once you’ve selected the type of pool you desire, you need to determine the cost, how you will finance the pool, and how having a pool may affect your insurance premiums.


The price of a pool can vary greatly depending on where you live and how many special features you want to have in your pool, such as expensive tiles, a hot tub, slide, or diving board.

However, it can easily become one of the worst decisions if you don’t have the right financing in place.

Make sure you get the best quotes and stick within your budget. 

Get a gate

Gates are often required by law if you build a swimming pool and it’s recommended that gates are self-closing and self-latching with a childproof latch.

Are you ready to get started with your pool installation? 

As you can see, there is a lot to consider before building an inground pool.

Many people who have done it will tell you it was one of the best decisions they’ve made.

You’ll then be one step closer to finally having the pool you’ve always dreamed of, by simply contacting (07) 5438 8046 to get the best expert advice to make your dream come true.

For more information on pool design, view our previous blog post here.