In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 for your in ground swimming pool before adding features and extras. Here are some averages of the 4 different pool types;
- Gunite Pools - $20,000
- Fiberglass Pool - $18,000
- Vinyl Siding Pool - $15,500
- Above Ground Pool - $5,000
- The average cost to hire a local professional can vary widely depending on the work that needs to be performed, they region in which you are located and how fast you need the project completed. So choosing the right professional the first time is of the essence.
- Recognize that there are several variables in developing the price. These include:
- Time that it takes to complete the project.
- How many technicians are working on your project.
- Was it an after hours emergency
- With many more aspects that may add to the cost
Remember, the company quoting a low rate may not necessarily be the right company for you. Some companies may offer low hourly rates, but then charge additional "fees" to complete the job.
You may also need to consider that most companies charge a higher rate for overtime, weekends, holidays and emergency calls.
The best rule of hand is to get an itemized estimate so you know exactly what is expected from the local company.
What Kind Of Pool Is Best For Me?
When you go to shop for a pool for the first time, come with some measurements of your yard where the pool will be going. You need to consider that you not only need space for the pool itself, but also for stuff around the pool. A swimming pool is intended to be the focal point of any yard from an entertainment perspective but it has to be complemented by some other stuff along the way.
How Much Yard Will You Need?
The pool should be placed at the back farthest point in a yard. It should be placed at least 12 - 15 feet from the backdoor before reaching the pool. However, there are some very interesting designs that provide for a pool right at the door and even pools that are partially indoors. There is really no rule of thumb.
How Long Will My Pool Last?
This is going to depend on the type of pool that you go with, whether it be above-ground, in-ground, and so on. They may also be able to offer you some type of guarantee for the pool and its main components.
Does The Installation Company Offer Pool Repairs?
You want to buy a pool from someone who is going to stand by their product.
Consider The Budget.
There is obviously a big price difference between an in-ground swimming pool and an above-ground one. It is important to factor in costs outside of the pool’s price as well such as the cost of installation.
Caring For A New Pool.
Pool Service is also of the utmost importance. Talk to your pool retailer about maintenance requirements so that you can leave educated and ready to care for your pool year-round. Swimming pools do require a level of care and knowing what to do with chemical treatments and cleaning is highly important to its operating efficiency and effectiveness.
Pools Maintenance Costs
Typically, monthly Pool Service is around $100 but is based on the pool size and ease of service. Solar pool heating is an option and quite popular. Always maintain the water chemistry, keep the pool clean, remove calcium buildup on the tile, and make sure the filters are clean, etc.
Common Mistakes When Buying A Pool
Shopping like you are buying a car.
Swimming pools are custom building projects, and are built by pool building contractors with different standards. Unlike cars, which is manufactured in a factory under controlled conditions, all swimming pools are not built the same. Much of what you do not see will impact the cost and quality of your pool.
Buying based on price alone.
A cheaper installation cost can actually result in a pool that requires significantly greater long-term pool service costs.
Shopping over the phone
Take the time to meet with a swimming pool retailer and have them provide you with an estimate. Go to the store and make sure it is inviting and welcoming.
Ask for references.
If a pool retailer does not give you references, then you should be highly concerned. Frankly, you should not even have to ask your pool builder for said references; they should be offered during the free consultation.
Safety and security.
Unexpected additional costs may be incurred if proper safety features are not considered within the budget and in the work contract
Warranties and guarantees
The excitement to have a pool installed may be diminished by a failure to read the contract’s fine print on the warranties and guarantees.
Different Types Of Pools
Concrete And Gunite Pools
Concrete and gunite (reinforced concrete) are the most common in-ground pool types because they have been on the market longer than the new, more efficient types of pools.
Concrete and gunite are sprayed over a framework of steel rods and wire mesh, then coated with plaster to give the pool a smooth finished surface. Today, concrete and gunite pools are most commonly used for commercial and public swimming pools.
The nice thing about concrete and gunite pools is that you can virtually build them in any shape or form that you wish. Unfortunately, it is the most expensive of pool types and it takes a long time to build.
Furthermore, concrete and gunite is porous, therefore providing small areas for algae and bacteria to grow. In addition, it can easily crack and chip with the change of the temperature and weather conditions, providing even more areas for algae and bacteria to grow. This is why concrete and gunite pools require the most maintenance of the pool types.
Concrete and gunite pools require periodic annual pool draining for cleaning. When the pool is drained, the cracks in the concrete and gunite need to be repaired and the pool siding acid-washed and perhaps plastered, if necessary. Acid washing is necessary every one to three years, depending on water condition. Acid washing does remove a layer of plaster; so after the second acid wash you can expect to replace the plaster on the pool.
Fiberglass pools are made out of a seamless one-piece, pre-formed fiberglass container that is set in the ground and can be installed in less than five days. The fiberglass itself has a smooth, non-porous gelcoat surface.
Although fiberglass pools have a wide range of sizes and shapes, and can be moved if you choose, you are restricted to those sizes and shapes that are offered, unlike a concrete or gunite pool. You'll rarely find a fiberglass pool over sixteen feet in width because the come from the factory ready to install in one piece.
Fiberglass pools are appealing because they require much less maintenance than either of the other pool types. Fiberglass will not rip, tear, crack, chip or leak, providing a longer-lasting surface. The durability of fiberglass is especially important if you live in a cold weather climate in which surface materials contract and expand.
Because a fiberglass is non-porous, algae and bacteria cannot stick to the surface. This reduces the amount of chlorine necessary to keep the pool clean to about one-fourth of the amount that other pools use, which can add up to large cost savings over time.
Fiberglass pools never require draining for cleaning, which is a huge chore. In addition, to clean the fiberglass surface, all you need to do is vacuum the bottom of the pool, which takes only 10-15 minutes a week.
Vinyl Liner Pools
Vinyl liner pools use a high-density vinyl lining, offering a cosmetic textured pool surface. The lining is seamed together throughout the sides of the pool. Polymer or steel walls are bolted and fastened together on concrete flooring. The vinyl liner is spread over the floor and paneled walls and connected to the top of the walls by a vinyl rib at the outside edge of the liner.
The up front cost of vinyl lined pools can be inexpensive when compared with concrete and gunite pools and take much less time to install. However, the maintenance on vinyl lined pools is high because the liner can be easily scratched or torn, especially if there will be toys or hard objects in the pool; pets can even put a small tear in the lining. You can not repair a vinyl lined pool, you'll need to replace the entire lining, which can cost from $1,500 to $2,500 or more.
Also, algae and bacteria tend to nest in the porous texture of the fabric and seams of the vinyl, requiring high amounts of chlorine to keep the pool clean. It is kind of like a shower curtain that is exposed to moisture and heat on a consistent basis.
Above Ground Pools
These are the most inexpensive construction option, easiest to install and the most affordable to maintain. Most above-ground pools are made from prefabricated kits, which even an amateur can put together although most go with professional pool installers.
Tips & Advice
Ask For The License - Ask for all local and state business licenses.
Proof Of Insurance- For your own protection, check proof of both workman's compensation and liability Insurance.
Business Stability- Find out how long the company has been in business.
Check Online Reviews - You're probably not the first person in town looking for their services. Rely on the internet to get reviews written by people in your community.
References - Expect any top-notch company to be able to provide you with references upon request. Once you have these names, contact the clients to get information about the quality service. When you call, ask questions about the work, timeliness, cost and whether the clients would use the company again for future work.
24-hour Emergency Service - Make sure your local company offers emergency 24 hour service. If something goes wrong, it's good to know that you will not have to wait days for them to come out and fix it.
Over The Phone Pricing - Honest estimates simply cannot be given over the phone - especially if you aren't talking with an actual technician when you call.
Free Estimates - Most companies offer free estimates. This is important because they can provide you with the costs upfront, so that you are not shocked with a bill after the services are completed.
Safety Record - Safety can be a significant factor, so ask the company about their safety records to ensure that any service professional you hire has a satisfactory safety record. You want a company that doesn’t have a high incidence of on-the-job mishaps or injuries.
Satisfaction Guarantee - Choosing a company that offers a satisfaction guarantee will ensure that they will get the job done right the first time and will save you money and frustration in the long run.
Cleanup - The mess left behind after a project can be major. Ask what cleanup work the company includes with it's services.