Current Pool Industry Shortages Causing Construction Delays View Details
Across the globe, pool builders have experienced a myriad of challenges, as detailed by Pool Magazine. As demands for new pools have skyrocketed, a growing shortage of necessary building materials and workers has grown as well. Because of each of these issues, pool prices are continuing to increase, also recently detailed in a different Pool Magazine article.
We’ve felt the growth at Nautilus Pools like never before, working hard to create new processes and procedures to accommodate the increase of interest but also knowing, realistically, we can only build so many pools, annually, without affecting the quality that is expected of a Nautilus Pools.
In parts of the country, construction timelines have gone up to 3 months or more, compared to previous time frames of 6 to 8 weeks. Many pool building companies have extensive backlogs of customers just waiting to get on a list for construction. The pool industry has grown by 24% since last year, according to the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance.
Being even more transparent about our pool timelines has been the number one priority for us to communicate to our current and potential customers. We always hope to build faster but there are many factors that add to a pool timeline that are unfortunately out of our control.
As COVID-19 has caused a serious strain on the manufacturing industry, Industrial Specialties Mfg. (ISM) predicts these problems are far from over, with a severe plastics shortage continuing to grow. The demand for plastic is booming, especially for products such as food packaging, personal protective equipment (PPE) and automobile components.
This disruption in consumer buying behavior is trickling down and affecting pool builders by impacting their supply inventory. Some pool builders have seen the cost of necessary parts and components double or even triple in cost.
Additionally, when winter storm Uri hit parts of the United States in February, chemical and plastic processing plants were forced to close, crippling production of many necessary pool building components. Specifically in Texas, the storm caused a halt in the production of 75% of polyethylene, 62% of polypropylene, and 57% of PVC in the United States, according to the Wall Street Journal. Polyethylene is the most commonly used plastic in the world, and 85% of the United States’s supply is produced in Texas. Due to these challenges, most pool markets throughout the country are predicting a 15 to 25% increase in new in-ground swimming pool costs compared to last year.
All this is combined with the challenges of a shortage of qualified skilled tradesmen. We pride ourselves on the craftsmanship of our pools and are working to grow our team while still maintaining a high quality of expertise.
Unfortunately, each of these situations has caused many Florida families a great deal of frustration. At Nautilus Pools, we never want our customers to feel this way, and are working diligently every day to provide new pools for families to love for years to come. We’ll continue to work to provide new pools to as many Florida families as we can, navigating these unusual times. We also hope that all our customers will continue to be kind and patient, as we’ve appreciated so much in the last year. We know having to wait an even longer period of time to dive in and create backyard memories with your families was not something you signed up for. We didn’t think we’d have to make you wait longer, either. But, we promise, it will be worth it. As we continue to navigate through these challenging times, we appreciate your patience and understanding.
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We had our large residential pool installed during late 2021. It looks great — they helped develop and were able...read moreWe had our large residential pool installed during late 2021. It looks great — they helped develop and were able to implement with our unusual design —and Nautilus has been very responsive since the install troubleshooting issues and helping us operate it. Even after the final payment they have been very responsive to anything that has come up. And they are very professional.read less
On the rare occassions that we've had a problem Bill H has come out and resolved it and gives you...read moreOn the rare occassions that we've had a problem Bill H has come out and resolved it and gives you a complete explanation.read less
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We used Nautilus Pools for our new pool. Anytime we have had a issue, Bill comes out and always...read moreWe used Nautilus Pools for our new pool. Anytime we have had a issue, Bill comes out and always takes care of the problem and explains to us what’s wrong. He is always polite and well knowledge.read less
Building anything in 2021/2022 was difficult, and pools are no exception. That being said, the team at Nautilus did...read moreBuilding anything in 2021/2022 was difficult, and pools are no exception. That being said, the team at Nautilus did everything they could to make the process as quick and easy as possible. Miss Lynn was extremely helpful with the design process, and Dustin & Wread did a great job of managing the build. We now have a beautiful pool, and I have no doubt that the Nautilus team will stand behind their product if anything goes wrong.read less
We had a great experience with the Nautilus team- highly recommend!! Start to finish was awesome - great communication and...read moreWe had a great experience with the Nautilus team- highly recommend!! Start to finish was awesome - great communication and attention to detail! The equipment set team/back end rocked to close out the pool! Wife is happy, so can’t go wrong.read less
We now have a beautiful custom in ground pool and hot tub thanks to Nautilus pools! Nautilus handled changes, supply...read moreWe now have a beautiful custom in ground pool and hot tub thanks to Nautilus pools! Nautilus handled changes, supply issues, and communication wonderfully. We could not have asked for a better team of people to do this! It was refreshing to have a crew, who is on the front lines be able to manage our requests/concerns with us and the team in the office. Nick (on the end crew) knows how to explain in detail, built a solid rapport with us as the customers, and came out and got the job done. They don’t mess around! Huge thank you for our gorgeous new pool, absolutely worth every penny and the time!read less
Stacy Lee (Fitness and Beauty)8/09/2022
Nautilus Pools did an excellent job on our pool from start to finish. The customer service experience and attention to...read moreNautilus Pools did an excellent job on our pool from start to finish. The customer service experience and attention to detail from the back-end crew, namely Nick G, was above and beyond. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and his communication throughout the completion of our pool. Highly recommend Team Nautilus!read less
Nautilus keeps our pool crystal clear! Breanna is professional, knowledgeable, and very responsive. She is certainly an asset to the company.
Nautilus pools is one of the most professional and responsive companies I have dealt with. Whether it is before...read moreNautilus pools is one of the most professional and responsive companies I have dealt with. Whether it is before or after hours, there is someone to assist you with your pool servicing requirements. Within 24 hours I am provided exceptional service on-site as well as telephonic assistance. They are the very best and I highly recommend them. Greggread less
We originally contracted in February 2021. Nautilus crews began taking off the grass in July and in August they started...read moreWe originally contracted in February 2021. Nautilus crews began taking off the grass in July and in August they started the digging process. Even though there were minor delays due to the supply chain, Dustin and all his crews worked diligently to complete our pool.They were all wonderful! We were happy to be here for every step, so we could ask questions and also make sure all our communications were met with a response, which they were. Our pool was completed in a timely manner especially considering weather, supply chain, and Covid. We couldn’t t be happier with our decision to go with Nautilus. Dustin is such a nice person and goes above and beyond to make sure his customers are happy. He truly cares!read less
Nautilus installed our pool and spa with our new home build. Our builder recommended them and WOW! Incredible team experience...read moreNautilus installed our pool and spa with our new home build. Our builder recommended them and WOW! Incredible team experience with Bre, Eryn, Alex, John and Dustin. They all we’re incredibly customer service oriented with Eryn standing out as exceptional and Alex was extremely responsive during the entire process. They stood behind a few minor picky request we had and their quality was exceptional. I’d highly recommend them.read less
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