Pool Construction Details for Homeowners to Know: 4 Tips From EP Henry

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Summer fun in the sun seems out of reach when the winter doldrums hit, but the fall and winter months are the best for beginning any pool project.

“Usually by Christmas, we are sold out until mid-June or later,” Mr. Hynson said.

Pool construction details for homeowners to know: 4 Tips from EP Henry

Summer fun in the sun seems out of reach when the winter doldrums hit, but the fall and winter months are the best for beginning any pool project. From design to installation, pool construction can take 7 to 9 months. Pool deck and hardscaping manufacturer EP Henry asked an expert pool installer for tips.

The best time to plan for a pool is before the house is built

“[Home] builders aren’t necessarily thinking about the outside,” said Jarod Hynson, President of the Denver, PA landscape and hardscape company Earth, Turf & Wood, Inc. “Rarely do the homeowners have these conversations when they decide to build a house.” For example, the septic tank may be placed in the spot a pool would be installed. Repositioning an entire sewage system can be cost-prohibitive. New home construction designs should take time to include a long-term plan for the outdoor spaces.

Good pool plans are part of an overall design for the backyard

A long-term approach to construction, even in already-established landscapes, is a good idea. “3-to-5-year master plans are necessary,” Mr. Hynson said. “Sit down and discuss [with an outdoor space designer] what your end goal is. Ask, ‘What do we really want in that backyard? What is going to make us want to walk out there everyday?’” Budgets, potential usage rates by family and friends, typical weather patterns of the area, and lifestyle concerns all should be included in a good pool plan.

The summer is the best time to start planning a pool for the coming year

“Usually by Christmas, we are sold out until mid-June or later,” Mr. Hynson said. Good pool and landscape designers get booked almost a year in advance. If construction can begin before the ground freezes in the winter, the installation can go more quickly in the spring, allowing homeowners to enjoy a pool by the very hot summer months. “Serious clients are planning ahead.”

Many tasks must be completed well in advance of construction

Municipalities have regulations on where a pool can be placed on a property. Insurance companies also require fencing and other safety precautions. Stone and tile manufacturers may need time to complete and ship an order of patio pavers, pool decking, coping, and tile. Installers must schedule their crews around weather and material suppliers’ delays. “A pool isn’t an impulse buy,” Mr. Hynson said. “Everything has to tie together just right.” A good overall hardscape plan will help ensure the best results.

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EP Henry®, the oldest American family-owned and operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in North America, provides the highest quality and broadest product offerings in Hardscaping(™). Based in Woodbury, New Jersey, EP Henry manufactures a wide range of paving stone and retaining wall products, including permeable pavers which are a best management practice (BMP) for stormwater management. EP Henry also offers beautiful patio pavers, outdoor kitchen kits, garden wall solutions and more. For more information on EP Henry Hardscaping products, visit EPHenry.com or call 800-44-HENRY (800-444-3679).

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