One of the first questions a pool shopper asks themselves when they begin the process of buying a swimming pool is: How much does it cost to build a pool, and what are the expected prices for the different types of swimming pools? There are many factors involved regarding swimming pool prices, such as pool size, shape, and features. Unfortunately, many people run into a roadblock when they research online as to how much an inground or above ground swimming pool really is going to cost. This article will attempt to answer this important question, but keep in mind that pool prices can vary drastically from region to region.
What it is: Above-ground pools are typically cheaper than in-ground pools, but there are fewer choices for the pool’s depth, shape, and size. If you want a 4-foot pool so your kids can beat the heat, it might be a good choice. Higher quality above-ground pools will be more expensive but last longer.
Cost: You could snag a “set and fill” pool for $100 and not need professional help, but it may last just a few summers. You can also get an above-ground pool with a wraparound deck for $10,000 or more.
Poured Concrete Pool
What it is: Poured concrete pools are constructed on the site. They are built-up from an excavated hole using the concrete reinforcing bar, mesh, and form-work. Gunite is a certain type of concrete typically used in swimming pool construction. Gunite-concrete is typically blown into place under pressure to create the pool structure. Standard finish is smoothed and painted.
Cost: The cost of an average in-ground poured concrete swimming pool varies by location, shape, size, and decorative quality of the finish and surroundings. The typical 12′ x 24′ rectangular (288 sq.ft. of water surface area) concrete pool will cost around $72 per square foot. Typical extras raise that cost to about $103 per square foot.
What it is: A fiberglass pool is similar to a traditional built-in pool made of concrete. However, fiberglass pools come pre-formed to go into the ground. They sit on a two-inch bed of clean gravel and look as nice as all but the most expensive concrete pools.
When shopping for a fiberglass pool, remember that it is much like buying a car. You will get a base price that will look very attractive, often around $25,000.00 to $45,000.00 installed. However, this is only the base price.
Cost: The cost of installing a fiberglass pool depends on the extras you get but ranges from $10,000 for someone doing a full self-installation to $60,000 and above for a professionally installed pool. The average initial cost is $20,000 to $30,000.
Vinyl Liner Pool
What it is: A vinyl liner pool has a custom made a sheet of vinyl between the water and the pool structure. Vinyl liners typically lock their top edge, called a bead. Underneath the liner is a sand or cement-like floor, specified in dimension to the “cut” of the liner that is to be used. The floors come up to meet the walls, which are commonly 3 ft by 8 ft panels made of galvanized steel or thermoplastic. These walls are supported from behind so that they won’t bow out against the weight of the water. All of the wall panels are secured together to make up the perimeter shape of the swimming pool. Cost: From roughly $10,000 to $25,000.