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Frequently asked questions

We often get asked questions about pools, such as ‘How much does a swimming pool cost?’ In response we’ve answered your questions on the design, construction and maintenance of swimming pools.

What different type of pools do you offer?

We offer traditional on-site pools and pre-made pools. These include tiled pools, Monoblock one-piece pools and liner pools. Find out more about our pools here.

How much does a swimming pool cost?

This depends on a number of factors, such as the size, type of pool and features you choose, as well as the hardscaping around your pool. You should expect from £45,000 for a small single depth liner pool.

What are swimming pool running costs?

Heating your pool is one of the biggest running costs to be aware of. It is highest when heating a completely cold pool, usually in spring. Once heated you should expect £50-£200 per month on heating – this is dependent on the volume of your pool, your heat source (air, gas, oil etc) and how well your pool retains heat. Other costs to factor in include the use of chemicals at £20-£100 per month and maintenance visits.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes. We will invoice you fortnightly or monthly whilst the work is being carried out. We do not offer an extended payment plan beyond the duration of the build.

Do I need planning permission?

An outdoor pool is referred to as a ‘garden project’ by planning authorities and therefore planning permission is not required. The only restriction to this is if your property is in a national park, on green belt land, in a conservation area or on designated land. Check with your local authority if you are unsure.

Do I need planning permission for a pool house?

Pool houses are classed as outbuildings and may need planning permission. This will depend on the size and location. The maximum height shouldn’t exceed 2.5 metres. Check with your local authority to make sure your pool house design falls within the Government’s permitted development rules.

Do you provide a design of the pool, or can I give you my own design?

Yes and yes. Following a consultation with you we can put together a design or can work from a design provided by you.

How long does it take to build a pool?

The time it takes will vary depending on the size of the project, ground conditions, access and weather, however you should expect between 8-12 weeks.

Will I be able to use my garden when the work is taking place?

The construction area is treated as a building site, so you won’t be able to enter this space without permission or assistance. However, we try to limit our activities to what is absolutely necessary and where possible install barriers around the area, so that you can continue to use the rest of the garden and watch the build from a safe distance.

What access is required for construction?

We use heavy plant to construct a swimming pool, so good access is important. Ideally, we prefer to use side access that is around 1.5m wide, although we have been able to get access with our excavators with a width of just 0.9m.

When is the best time of year to have my pool installed?

Whilst we work throughout the year, we prefer to carry out construction during the dry months as most of the build consists of groundwork which ideally need to keep dry. In the wetter months we use different measures to keep excavations dry.

Will the work be noisy?

Most of the noise comes from the diggers and dumpers at the beginning stage of the build, usually the first two weeks. The noise is more of a humming sound like street traffic than loud breakers and drills.

The only time it can get noisy is if we have to break an existing structure that is in our way, however we try to limit the noise by using appropriate equipment and doing it as quickly as possible.

Which days and times do you carry out the work?

We work Monday to Friday from 8am – 4pm.

In the summer months, especially when temperatures creep up too high, (with your permission and that of your neighbours’) we can start at 7am and finish at 3pm.

Do you provide pool covers?

Yes, we offer different types of pool covers to protect your pool from unwanted debris and water loss while helping to retain heat. Visit our pool features page to find out more.

Do your pools/work come with a guarantee?

We guarantee our workmanship. Your pool structure is guaranteed for 10 years with all other work having a standard 1-year warranty. The products we install will have their own warranty periods. For example, pool liners have a life-long warranty against manufacturing faults and a 10-year warranty for water tightness.

How do I maintain my swimming pool?

There are lots of things you can do but testing and cleaning your pool is essential to keep the water healthy. It is important to clear debris from the bottom of your pool and skimmers, backwashing your pools filter weekly and ensuring you have a balanced pH between 7.4-7.6 and chlorine between 1-3ppm. It is good to keep a record of what’s happening with your water so you can keep on top of maintaining it and take the necessary actions if things get out of your control.

Click here to find out about our maintenance services.

How often should I clean my pool?

In the summer when your pool is in use most days your cleaning regime should be more frequent and rigorous. This is because your pool water can be negatively impacted by sunscreen, as well as other dirt and debris that finds its way in. Your liner should be cleaned every day and water tested daily. If you don’t clean your liner, dirt can accumulate and affect its colour which could invalidate your warranty. You can also add shock doses of chlorine if needed to eliminate bacteria.

In less busy periods, where you have a dip once or twice a week, and providing you have a good pool cover, you can check the water and clean the liner once a week.

Can I add chlorine tablets to the skimmer?

We do not recommend this. A dissolving tablet increases the acidity of the water and can affect plant room equipment. All dosing should be done manually, dissolved and poured into the water directly, or by using automatic chlorinators at the end of the line in the plant room, just before the water is pushed back into the pool.

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