The idea of owning an in-ground pool is very appealing to most homeowners. The common line of thinking is that an inground pool will not only provide fun for the family, but it will add to the property value of the home. This may or may not be true, but one must also consider the cost of installation and maintenance of this pool when determining value.
Inground pools can range from several thousand dollars to over a hundred thousand dollars, depending on the type of pool, the additional features, and the cost of labor. Below is a summary of pool installation costs.
Vinyl Liners $10,000 – $25,000
The least expensive option for an inground pool is the vinyl liner. This type of pool allows the homeowner to gain an in-ground pool without the permanence of a concrete or fiberglass molded pool. Vinyl liner pool installation general takes just a few steps: excavation of the pool site, leveling and filling the site, laying the vinyl liner, and filling the pool. This type of pool is the least expensive, but will also require replacement every few years. There are also additional chemical and maintenance costs with this type of pool.
Molded Fiberglass Pool $20,000-$30,000
While the initial cost for a molded fiberglass pool is higher, it is actually the most cost-efficient of the pool types. Installation is a three-step process: excavation, dropping in the fiberglass pool and then applying decking or concrete. Some companies offer DIY project kits for fiberglass pool installation, but do yourself a favor and hire a pro. Long term, you will save money because fiberglass pools require less chemical treatment and maintenance than vinyl or concrete pools.
Poured Concrete Pool $25,000-$35,000
Comparable in price to the fiberglass pool, the concrete pool is the most customizable. The area is excavated, concrete forms are constructed, and concrete is poured to the shape and size desired. The concrete is then surface treated to make it smoother and more comfortable for use. Upkeep requires refinishing the surface every 8 to 10 years, acid washing, scrubbing and painting as needed. Over time this pool will be more expensive to maintain, but it might also last longer than the other types.
When considering a pool for your family, ask yourself a few questions. How often will you really use it? How much time and money do you want to put into maintenance and upkeep? Do most of the other homes in your neighborhood have pools?
If you determine that an in-ground pool is the best option for your family, make sure you contact a reputable, licensed installer. If you have additional questions, please contact us at Alan Jackson Pools. Our team of experts will be happy to guide you through making the best decision for your household.