Swimming pools are an important value-addition to any property. Plus, the fun of having your own private pool when you desperately need some respite from the scorching heat of the summer is the dream of many people. Swimming pools add a focal point in your backyard around which you can entertain as well as enjoy.
Are you thinking of having a pool in your backyard and wondering how much does it cost to build a pool? Read on to find out.
Building and installing a pool doesn’t come cheaply and it would be a significant investment for most homeowners, so it is necessary that you are well aware of the various costs of building and installing a pool along with the periodic maintenance charges that you will end up paying. Pools come in various shapes, sizes, and types and hence, the cost of building a pool depends on what kind of pool you want to have.
There are two main types of pools:
- Above-Ground Pools
- In-Ground Pools
There is a big difference in the costs of building these two different types of pools with above-ground pools costing significantly lesser than their in-ground equivalent. According to the closest estimates, the average cost of building an above-ground pool (19 ft diameter) is around $6000 while an in-ground pool (32ft x 16ft) will end up costing you around $22000. Since in-ground pools require quite a lot of excavation and finishing after installation, their cost is significantly higher than above-ground pools which don’t require much construction or excavation work.
Types of In-ground pools
In-ground pools come with a variety of options in terms of the material from which they are made. Most popular in-ground pool materials are concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass. The building and installation cost, as well as the maintenance cost for each of these materials, differ. The most inexpensive option among these three are the vinyl pools which on average cost around $25,700. If you opt for fiberglass pool, the average cost goes up to $31,500. Then there are concrete pools which take more time to install and build than the other two options and costs around $29000 to $50000. Gunite, a method used to apply concrete for building a pool is also an option but the cost will be at the higher end of building concrete pools.
For those looking to save a few thousand dollars, DIY pool installation is a viable option but at the cost of added efforts and a chance of messing up the installation. Some swimming pool building companies offer DIY kits which are claimed to be easy to install and set up, but considering the amount of investment it is advisable to leave the installation and setting up of the pool to professional pool builders. We at Landcon Landscape design and building have 15 years of experience and expertise in building and installing pools according to the requirements and budgets of our clients. Our company completes every construction on time while also ensuring that the client is satisfied and happy with the end result. Equipped with the right construction machinery, manpower, and experience, we accomplish success on every pool construction and installation project.
Additional Costs of building a pool
The most obvious additional costs of building a pool are the surrounding patio construction around in-ground pools and some sort of fencing (depending on the regulations in your area). Cleaning and maintenance costs along with the costs of additional equipment like ladders, pumps, handrails, filters, etc should also be considered as both types of pools: in-ground and above ground will require periodic maintenance and cleaning and will also require filters and pumps to circulate and filter the water continuously.
If you want a heating solution for your pool, then you will also have to consider the cost of a pool heater and its subsequent electricity consumption or you can opt for the initially expensive solar heater and forget about electricity costs.
There are numerous options when it comes to the accessories and landscaping for your pool depending on your budget and your requirements. All of these costs will quietly add to the total installation costs of the pool and hence, must be considered and calculated beforehand so that you don’t receive an ugly shock when the total bill comes and blows your budget out of the water.