Everything You Need To Know About Installing a Swimming Pool in Melbourne

So, you’ve decided you’d like a pool in your backyard – fantastic! Years of fun-in-the-sun memories await you and your loved ones, that much is for sure – but now that you’ve made the decision, where do you begin? Particularly living in a city like Melbourne with moody weather tendencies, you might be wondering how to make a step in the right direction. We’re here to break it all down for you and guide you through the process.

What are the best types of pools for Melbourne?

It’s no secret that weather changes dramatically in Melbourne, with temperature drops being a normal part of our daily forecasts – but the good news is, there’s a particular type of pool that accommodates Melbourne weather pretty well. Enter fibreglass – unlike vinyl pools or concrete pools, fibreglass pools have the inherent ability to retain heat, thanks to their material being able to act as an insulator. That means your pool water will stay warmer for longer, even after the sun has set (or has taken a break behind some clouds!). Even better news? That means less money spent on energy bills to keep your pool heated.

Best times to use your pool in Melbourne weather?

Known as the city with ‘4 seasons in a day’, Melbournians know to dress for every weather type before leaving the house. That means we’re familiar with phenomena such as summer rain and cool changes, as well as the odd sunny day around the middle of the year. While the obvious answer here is summer, we recommend taking up the opportunity to go for a dip during warmer Spring days to get the most out of your pool – this works particularly well if you have school-aged children and are looking for ways to keep them entertained during their Term 3 to Term 4 holidays. And who knows – mum and dad might enjoy a sneaky night time swim on a cool winter’s night to change things up!

What are Melbourne swimming pool fencing regulations?

Swimming pool regulations in Melbourne are in place to protect the safety of ourselves and young children, and must be adhered to. Any pool more than 30cm in water depth requires a compliant safety barrier with self-latching and self-closing pool gates and must be built by a builder registered in an appropriate category or class. Thankfully, the process is relatively straightforward – it involves registering your pool with your local council and organising an inspection to ensure everything is up to scratch. This will give you a chance to resolve any issues that come up and eventually you can submit a certificate of compliance to your local council to obtain a permit. 

How much do pools cost in Melbourne?

While prices do of course vary, fibreglass pools can come in as low as $39,990 including installation. While their concrete counterparts generally start at a much higher cost, fibreglass pools will also allow you to save money on costly cleaning and maintenance, as they require less upkeep – saving you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.Electric heating can fall anywhere between $300 and $750 annually, and gas heating anywhere between $500 and $2,500 depending on the type of gas (natural or LPG). But what about solar heating? For the more eco-conscious, solar heating could bring this down to $200 per year depending on usage. Our very own ZEP system allows pool owners to heat their pool water up to 27° C for up to seven months of the year, as well as filter and clean pool water for the remaining months, without incurring additional energy costs at all!

Ready to dive into your new dream pool? Browse the full Summertime Pools range online now or speak to one of our friendly representatives.