Tauranga Swimming Pool Contractors

Your Swimming Pool Builders in Tauranga

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Whether it’s an attraction for the kids, a means to keep fit or relax, or even primarily a visual delight – having a backyard pool can add a bit of sparkle to your garden. The expert swimming pool designers, builders, and installers at Zones Tauranga can design the right pool and landscape for you and your lifestyle, so you don’t get thrown in the deep end.

Checkout swimming pool design ideas in Tauranga! 

What services do Zones' Tauranga swimming pool contractors provide?

  • Bespoke swimming pool designs & installations
  • Concrete swimming pools
  • Fibreglass swimming pools
  • Vinyl swimming pools
  • In-ground swimming pools
  • Above-ground swimming pools
  • Swimming pool lighting
  • Swimming pool fencing + gates
  • Hardscaping + paving
  • Swimming pool landscaping
  • Outdoor rooms
  • Pergolas
  • Louvre roofs
  • Planting
  • BBQ areas
  • Built-in furniture
  • Swimming pool maintenance

See our main service page showcasing our services for swimming pools.

How much does a swimming pool cost in Tauranga?

Pool costs can vary dramatically, depending on the materials and mode of installation. Liner pools, also called vinyl pools, are the most affordable option for in-ground pools; however, these require ongoing maintenance and liner replacement every 5 to 10 years. As a step up, fiberglass pools come in certain off the shelf shapes and offer a long-term low maintenance solution. Concrete swimming pools are at the upper end of installation and ongoing maintenance costs. All in-ground pools require excavation work, which can add up in terms of building costs. Site access, soil type and the size of the pool can all have an impact on the project budget.

Above-ground pools can be a good, low-cost alternative. These pools do not require extensive ground preparation or excavation but will still need to comply with local bylaws and fencing regulations.

Read more about swimming pool installation costs here.

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What are the different types of swimming pools?

Fibreglass swimming pools

Fibreglass pools are the most common type of swimming pool in Tauranga, the Mount and the wider Bay of Plenty. There are a number of companies with a large range of shapes and sizes on offer. Fibreglass pools are cost-effective, low maintenance and relatively fast to install, however, they do not give you the option of customising. See this recently installed fibreglass pool.

Concrete Swimming Pools

If you are after a customised design then this is best achieved with a concrete pool, where the design is limited only by your imagination. Concrete is long-lasting and hard-wearing but it does need to be designed and installed by a specialist. It also requires a greater level of on-going maintenance including potential resurfacing during its lifespan. The best type of pool for your property can depend on the type of soil in your backyard – some ground types are more suitable for concrete, others for fibreglass.

Spas and Hot Tubs

It’s worth considering some other types of pools as well before you make your final decision on pool type. Spa pools and swim spas, for example, are hugely popular. Due to their smaller size and warmer water temperature, they can fit even into small backyards and can be used all year round, making them a truly versatile option. Natural pools or swimming ponds, where plants are used to filter the water, can work well.

Above-Ground Pools

Above-ground pools are affordable and relatively easy to install. They consist of a freestanding structure with a vinyl or metal wall and a removable or inflatable liner. These pools are a popular choice for homeowners looking for a budget-friendly option but are generally smaller and less durable than in-ground pools. See this above-ground pool installation by our Landscaping Consultants.

Small Pools / Plunge Pools

A plunge pool is exactly that: a pool that’s big enough to plunge your glistening body into to cool off when the heat of summer becomes unbearable. Read our dedicated article on them here.

Small plunge pool when restricted for size in the backyard

In order to maintain water quality pools require a filtration and sanitization system. There are a number of ways to achieve this depending on your pool size, expected usage, and any specific health requirements you may have. Systems include standard chlorination, silver/copper and salt. All pools will require a level of ongoing cleaning and maintenance. When you are considering the different types of swimming pools, talk to our Zones swimming pool designers about the ongoing maintenance and cleaning that will be required and plan ahead for this. 

How long does it take to install a swimming pool?

The process differs from site to site, so it’s hard to forecast exactly how long it takes to install a swimming pool before the team has seen your property and discussed your choice of the pool. At Zones, we offer a free one-hour consultation on site and following that we will be able to show you a design concept and give you a budget range indication with an idea of timelines as well. To give you a broad idea, the installation time for a fiberglass pool can take up to a week whereas a concrete pool can take up to six weeks to be completed.

Installing the pool shell itself is only one part of the project. There is engineering and foundation work to be considered, as well as retaining and fencing and necessary consents. The pool itself needs to be able to be emptied, so adequate drainage should be designed into the pool system. If the pool is going to be installed in close proximity to the house or the soil type of the site is unstable this requires some extra thought in terms of the engineering design. Checkout different types of pools in Tauranga! 

When you are working with a Zones landscaping designer, they can help you integrate your pool seamlessly into your overall landscape design. It’s about selecting the right shapes and materials that are appropriate for your home, and that will help you make the most of your pool. The pool design should reflect the function and purpose you are intending it for. Is it a pool for kids to jump into? Is it a lap pool to stay fit? You could integrate your pool into your deck or paved entertainment area. Also consider lighting and other pool-related furniture such as lounge chairs, shade sails or even a pool house.

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See this case study on a pool installation for a family, perfect for entertaining in Tauranga

Benefits of Salt Water over Chlorine

Benefits of Salt Water Pools:

  1. Gentler on Skin and Eyes: Saltwater pools are often perceived as gentler on the skin and eyes due to the milder chlorination process.
  2. Reduced Chemical Use: They require fewer added chemicals, leading to potential cost savings and reduced handling of pool chemicals.
  3. Low Maintenance: Automated chlorination makes saltwater pools easier to maintain, with less manual chlorine addition.

Benefits of Chlorine Pools:

  1. Lower Initial Cost: Traditional chlorine pools generally have a lower upfront installation cost than saltwater pools.
  2. Proven Technology: Chlorine pools have been the standard for many years and are well-understood by pool professionals.
  3. Immediate Chlorine Control: Chlorine levels can be adjusted quickly and precisely with traditional methods.

In summary, whether saltwater or traditional chlorine is "better" depends on your preferences, priorities, and the swimming experience you desire.

What does the process look like to install a pool?

Design and Planning: Begin by consulting with pool designers and experts in Tauranga to discuss your pool requirements and preferences. They will help you select the right type of pool, design, and size, considering factors such as available space, budget, and desired features.

Permitting: Before any construction begins, it's essential to obtain the necessary permits and approvals from local authorities. Your pool builders in Tauranga will guide you through this process to ensure compliance with local regulations.

Excavation: The installation starts with excavation, where the designated area for your pool is dug out to the required depth and shape. Inground pool builders near you will handle this step meticulously to ensure proper dimensions.

Pool Shell Installation: Depending on your choice of pool (fiberglass, concrete, or other), the pool shell is installed. Fiberglass pools are often delivered as pre-fabricated shells and placed into the excavated area, while concrete pools involve constructing the framework and applying the pool's shell material.

Plumbing and Electrical: Swimming pool builders in Tauranga will then install the necessary plumbing and electrical systems, including filtration, circulation, heating, and lighting, ensuring the pool functions smoothly.

Decking and Surroundings: Pool landscaping and decking are crucial for aesthetics and functionality. Builders will create the pool deck, walkways, and any additional features like waterfalls or fountains to complement your pool's design.

Filling and Testing: After construction, the pool is filled with water, and its systems are tested to ensure proper functionality and safety. Builders swimming pool experts will make any necessary adjustments.

Finishing Touches: The final step involves adding finishing touches like pool fencing, safety features, and pool accessories to enhance both the appearance and safety of your pool area.

Now you know what the process looks like to install a pool, you can read about the process of working with Zones here.

Tiled fiberglass pool surrounded by glass paneling for a Swimming pool contractor.

Do I Need Building Consent from Tauranga City Council to Build a Pool?

Generally speaking, every pool requires a building consent from the council – unless it is a spa pool or a swim spa (under 5 square meters) with a lockable cover. There are also some exceptions for above-ground pools that are self-fencing and higher than 1.2 meters above ground. All building work needs to comply with the building act and include pool safety fencing. The Zones team can assist you with the compliance process.

Ready to take the plunge?

Contact your Zones Tauranga pool builders and contractors.

If you would like to discuss options and ideas for your outdoor renovation project, please use the enquiry form on this page to provide us with your contact details. We will get in touch with you at a time that suits you to discuss your landscaping design and build. If you would like to provide us with more information about your project, we have a more comprehensive enquiry form on our "book your free consultation" page too.

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