A review of the latest permit data from the HBW database for new swimming pool construction in Texas through Q3-2019
Since the start of this year, new swimming pool construction has been on the rise in the Lone Star State. From the combined metro areas of Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin there have been more than 6,770 swimming pool starts through the third quarter of this year, reflecting a 3 percent year-over-year increase in total permits. While Texas has demonstrated a rise in new swimming pool construction overall, some metro areas are seeing gains, while other are slightly behind last year’s totals.
For example, while Dallas holds the highest concentration of new swimming pool permits so far this year (3,291 permits), the area is exhibiting a 3 percent dip in new pool construction in comparison to the same time last year. On the other hand, metro areas like Austin which have less total pool construction permits on record for the nine-month period (841 permits) have been experiencing annual gains for the last few years, and this year Austin is already exhibiting a 17 percent spike in new pool construction.
Here is a closer look at each of the four major metro areas and the latest swimming pool construction data available from January through September of this year:
As previously mentioned, Dallas ranks #1 for total swimming pool starts so far this year, having 3,291 new permits on record with HBW. Approximately half of all new permits originated from the counties of Tarrant (804 permits) and Collin (759 permits), and although the Dallas area as a whole is reflecting a 3 percent year-over-year decrease in new pool construction, it continues to demonstrate strength and growth in a few counties (Denton, Rockwall, Ellis) with annual increases ranging from 8%-11%.
Houston and it surrounding counties have experienced a ten percent year-over-year increase in new pool construction so far this year, resulting in more than 2,100 new pool permits on file with HBW. More than half of all new permits originated from Harris County (1,293 permits), where there has been a 14 percent year-over-year increase in new pool construction. When looking at annual growth in the market, Montgomery County (324 permits) has seen great gains so far this year, exhibiting a 60 percent year-over-year increase in total permits.
Another Texas metro area that is demonstrating growth in swimming pool starts is Austin. Through Q3-2019, there have been more than 840 pool starts, reflecting a 17 percent year-over-year increase. Every county in the area is ahead of last year’s figures with gains ranging from 11 percent (Williamson County) to 75 percent (Hays County), and the bulk of all new construction has taken place in Travis County (646 permits) where construction is already ahead of last year by nearly 18 percent.
New pool construction in the San Antonio area has been holding somewhat steady with last year. Through Q3-2019, there have been approximately 535 pool starts, reflecting a minute 1 percent year-over-year decrease in new pool construction. Nearly all construction has taken place in Bexar County (421 permits) which is ahead of last year’s figures by four percent so far this year.
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