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How much does swimming pool installation cost?

The short answer is: It depends. Costs for building an in ground pool will vary quite a bit depending on the size and location. It will also change based on your design and aesthetic preferences. As a rule,in-ground swimming pools generally start at around $60,000 for Vinyl Liner and $80,000 for fiberglass. The process at Riverstone Pools starts with a detailed sketch and estimate in the 1st consultation. This detail continues during the computer design process with exact quantity take off listed on your drawing. Finally we measure all items at the end of the project. You can rest assure that you pay for what you asked for.

How long does it take to construct a swimming pool?

Construction time will vary depending on the size of the pool and its location. Some backyards are easier to dig than others. You may also have other considerations as part of the project, such as moving sewer lines or water lines and addressing nearby trees. Some homeowners' associations and county requirements may slow down the project as well. On average, most projects will take between a few weeks and a couple of months.

Do I need a fence around my swimming pool?

The requirements in British Columbia, and most of Canada is to have a non climbable fence enclosure with self closing and lockable gates. Often the swimming pool is enclosed on at least three sides, but the home or another structure can make up the fourth side. You may also be required to install alarms on doors that go into the pool area as well. Keep in mind that even if you have an automatic cover on the swimming pool, you will most still need to meet fencing requirements. Riverstone Pools will assist with the Swimming Pool Enclosure Permit in your Municipality. We will provide all of the drawings and fill out the forms we require the home owner to post payment and bonds as these are released back to the property owner and vary in each municipality.

Can I build a pool at any time of the year?

Unfortunately, no. The building season in the lower mainland area is short. It runs from about March to October. Winter months are often used for planning, however. That means it is best to start the process in November or December, so everything is ready to go when building season rolls around again.

What type of pool is best?

Several types of pool options are available, including vinyl, plaster, and fiberglass. Each type is not necessarily better than the other, but they each have certain advantages and disadvantages. Vinyl pools are often the easiest to take care of and refurbish. They are also extremely customizable and cost-effective. They are also more resistant to staining than other types of materials. Plaster is far more expensive but is extremely eye-catching. Fiberglass is quick to install and has many of the same benefits as vinyl, but is often more costly.

How do I winterize my pool?

Thankfully, the lower mainland area does not experience the sometimes debilitating cold that other parts of the Canada must endure. Nonetheless, it is still a good idea to winterize your pool to avoid issues related to freezing temperatures. You can read more about the process of winterization in the Pool Operation manual that you will receive from Riverstone Pools.