Despite the Canadian pool industry’s solid year in 2016, the number of building permits issued in 2017 declined slightly. However, this was not immediately apparent thanks, in part, to the pent up demand for pools that occurred during the previous summer.
Unlike the hot summer experienced during the 2016 pool installation season, the weather in 2017 was drastically different, resulting in a 7.5 per cent year-over-year decrease in Canadian pool permit registrations.
Despite a slow start to the 2016 pool installation season the industry can thank Mother Nature for one of the warmest and most relentless summers on record, resulting in the third most pool permit registrations in the last five decades.
Similar to the weather experienced in 2014, the conditions last year—especially early on—were not favourable for pool builders either; however, the industry persevered to avoid a second consecutive season with fewer residential inground pool building permits.
After the total number of pool building permit registrations fell in 2013—despite three consecutive years of growth—the Canadian pool industry remained optimistic about the 2014 season. However, there is only a short window of opportunity to improve on years past, so an early start is key…