Who doesn’t love having their own swimming pool in their backyard? As soon as the summer months start approaching, people begin looking at ways to cool off during the warmest time of the year. Pools have enjoyed much popularity among people, but with an aim to avoid the crowds, people have increasingly opted to have pools built in their own homes. Pools are not only an important value addition to properties but are also a source of leisure and enjoyment for the whole family as well as friends. Additionally, pools also add of touch of luxury to any landscape and can boost the aesthetic appeal of any property. Although above-ground pools are considerably cheaper and easier to build than their in-ground equivalent, in-ground pools blend exceptionally well with the landscape and maintain a sense of uniformity with the landscape lacking in above-ground pools.
Naturally, those with the resources and the space to have a backyard pool frequently ask the question: how much does an inground pool cost? To easily answer the question would be next to impossible as a lot of factors affect the total cost of an in-ground pool like the shape of the pool, size, materials used to build the pool, labor charges, licensing fees depending on your locality, etc. So your best hope for getting an accurate estimate is to contact at least 2-3 contractors and obtain their prices. Generally, the average prices of building an in-ground pool fall in between $16,500 to $31,500 depending on the choice of materials used for building the pool. DIY options also exist for people looking to save a couple thousand dollar and with an aptitude for building things by themselves. But, building a pool is a sizeable investment and there are chances of many things going wrong while doing it yourself, so it’s highly recommended to leave the building and installation of pools to professionals.
One of the most major aspect affecting the cost of building pools is the material from which the pool is made. Generally, in-ground pools are constructed using the following materials:
The cheapest option among the above three is vinyl followed by concrete and then fiberglass. Each of these materials come with their own pros and cons and varying maintenance requirements which are important to consider while deciding on a pool material as you will have to periodically keep spending money to keep the pool clean and functioning smoothly.
Vinyl: The average cost of a vinyl liner pool comes around $25,500, but the low upfront cost is more than compensated by the high maintenance costs for this type of pools. Also, they have a considerably shorter lifetime than concrete or fiberglass pools.
Concrete: Costing around $29,500 concrete pools require higher installation and building time than fiberglass or vinyl pools. They also require resurfacing every 10-12 years and hence their lifetime running costs are quite high. They are also more prone to algae development due to their rough and abrasive surface.
Fiberglass: They come at a high upfront cost but they more than make it up for it by requiring minimum maintenance. They also have high durability and can easily last a couple of decades. Their smooth surfaces also inhibit algae formation and hence, has a minimum requirement of chemicals. One of their biggest advantages is the short installation time as they are shipped directly as a complete structure and only requires installation.
All other costs like filters, heaters, accessories, landscaping mostly remain same for all types of pools and depends on your locality. So, a contractor is your best bet to get an accurate estimate of how much it would cost you to build a pool according to your specific requirements.
Landcon is one of the leading pool and spa contractors in Toronto with a long list of satisfied and happy customers. They provide end to end pool building solutions from transferring your vision of a pool into a design to setting it up so that you can dive straight into your new pool. Engineered with precision and years of expertise, their pools are designed to guarantee years of worry-free enjoyment.