Pool Construction Perth | Resurfacing and Maintenance

Over 70 years of combined staff experience

Frequently Asked Questions

Here we answer some of the questions you may have when it comes to pool maintenance, repair or building.
  • Do I need my neighbours permission?

    With a CDC (Complying Development Certificate) approval we do not need to notify your neighbors. The owner must comply with CDC conditions. Should your project require a DA (Development Application) through your council, neighbours will be notified by the council. We always follow the BCA (Building Code of Australia) and build within these codes ensuring approval is achieved without delay.

  • What are waterline tiles?

    Waterline tiles are set directly under the coping and help with the appearance of your pool as well as the colour of the reflection on the water. The main reason tiles are great for your new pool is they are easier to clean and avoid the bath-ring effect should you ever let the water quality degrade dramatically. We recommend up to a 300mm waterline tile band to give the appearance the tiles are well under the water line.

  • What design and construction issues might homeowners face if they choose the wrong builder?

    With an inexperienced builder the list could possibly be endless. Financial problems, completion delays, arguments over additional payments, damage to sewer or water mains, warranty claim issues. We’ve even heard many stories of pools popping out of the ground like a boat because the hydrostatic valve was incorrectly installed and failed (you get the picture). When shopping around ask the potential builder… Do you look after council approvals and water board? Do you offer a completion guarantee? How many pools have you built? What are your inclusions? Are your components (pipes, steel etc) imported or Australian made? Are you a Master Builder? Do you charge extra for temporary fencing? Can I inspect a pool you’ve built in a suburb nearby to me? If so, look for cracking, large radius corners (pool is shaped like a bowl), poor craftsmanship such as loose or uneven tiling, signs of messy mortar and concrete, even staining!

  • What are popular pool sizes and where might it go on my block?

    The average pool size has reduced over the past 10 years along with the size of the average backyard. Consideration of uses for the total outdoor space, as well as budget, will determine how much of your yard can be occupied by the pool. Other factors that may influence your sizing choice may be; position of water or sewer mains, shading from major trees or the dwelling, access to other parts of the block (e.g garage at back), topography of the land. Average plunge pools are typically 5×3 metres, 6×4 metres to 7×3 metres Average family pool sizes are 7×3 metres, 8×4 metres or 9×4 metres Typical lap pools sizes can be 9×2.5 metres, 10×3 metres to 15×3 metres

  • What if we hit rock in the excavation process?

    With so much experience in all areas of Perth, we have a good understanding of which suburbs are more likely to contain rock. Also we have found that most clients already know if there may be rock their area. Prior to excavation, we try to estimate the amount of possible rock so there is less likelihood of unwelcome surprises.

  • How much does an average concrete pool cost?

    In fairly answering the hot question ‘how much does a pool cost?’, we first have to say that a pool will vary in price greatly depending on the size, complexity of construction and amount of features and finishes selected.

  • What is coping?

    Coping is the flat walking surface surrounding your pool. Natural stone is an excellent product choice as they have a better life span and are not as susceptible to movement as man-made products can be. Sandstone and Travertine are very popular and come in a huge range of colours and styles. Sandstone used around a salt water pool should be treated with a sealer to prevent the salt from damaging the surface.

  • Is salt water better than chlorine?

    Chlorine has been around for many years and is still the best way to achieve the cleanest and safest water to swim in. Salt water chlorinators also produce chlorine in smaller doses to keep your pool clean and safe to swim in. We have used other products on customers’ request over the years and have always reverted back to chlorine and salt chlorinators as they are proven performers.

  • I don’t have much space. Can I still get a pool?

    A good concrete pool builder will help you by designing to suit the space you have and will advise the cost ramifications of varying sizes within that space. Also taking into account your existing and planned landscaping.

  • Why choose a concrete pool?

    Whilst initially concrete swimming pools are slightly more expensive than fiberglass or vinyl liners, there are far more advantages for choosing a concrete swimming pool: FLEXIBLE: Concrete pools offer more flexibility when choosing a swimming pool as they are built to suit your unique location. Any shape, size or depth and can be designed to meet your specific requirements. Contrary to common belief, concrete swimming pools can be built both in-ground and out-of-ground. INDIVIDUALITY: Because they are so flexible, concrete swimming pools allow you to choose to add special features such as islands, steps & ledges, wet edges, beaches, bays and more. FINISHING: When it comes to choosing interior finishes, concrete swimming pools are far more versatile, offering a wide range of finishings such as as tiles, pebbles, quartz, coloured render and more.

  • How long does a pool take to build?

    You should allow 3 to 6 months for the entire consultation, design, construction and finishing process. This will vary moderately depending on your approval type, weather, complexity of construction, as well as the landscaping and the finishes you select.

  • What stages of construction are there?

    There are three main stages you will go through before your pool is ready for swimming: 1. Pre-construction (site & needs assessment, design, proposal, engineering) 2. Council approval 3. Pool construction and finishing (incl. fencing and landscaping)

Innovation Pools WA is family run and was founded in 2005.