The True Costs of Building and
a New In-ground Swimming Pool
Have you ever wondered what
the actual costs are of owning a pool??
will discuss, and show, the true costs associated with building and
maintaining an in-ground swimming pool. Due to the many details being
discussed, the article is divided up into 4 parts. Part 1 is below. The
other 3 parts can be found on the 'neighboring' pages.
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like to know what would be your cost, per month, to own and maintain a
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General Pool Costs
The cost of installing a new
in-ground swimming pool is going to vary widely. You could have a
decent size pool installed for as little as $10-12,000, or one that
could reach towards 6 figures and upwards, depending on whether you
want a gold-plated pool or not. Actually, I don't think gold-plated
pools exist but you get the idea about the expense. We obviously we
will focus on the lower end.
Types of Pools
Now on to the details, the first factor that will determine pool cost
is the type of pool. Your choice will probably fall into one of the
three following types:
steel-walled, vinyl lined pool
2.) fiberglass pool
3.) cement (or unite) pool.
Other Pool Factors to Consider
The second factor is the size and shape. It should be obvious that the
larger pools are going to cost more, but fancy shapes will also be
expensive. You could potentially get an 18 ft x 36 ft rectangle for a
cost similar to that of a 16 ft x 32 ft kidney shaped pool. You get the
From here on,
we'll deal exclusively with the cost of a vinyl lined pool, but please
keep in mind, that fiberglass and gunite pools should be competitively
priced depending on where you live. In fact, in some markets, there are
so many pool builders that the gunite pools are cheaper than the vinyl
ones. Furthermore, some environments require a gunite pool. If all this
is true, then why are we talking about a vinyl pool? Well, simply
because the company I worked for only installed vinyl pools, and the
pool that was installed at my home is a vinyl pool. I think we'll all
be better off if I go with what I know best.
The Major Cost of Pool Installation
The first thing to remember is that one of the major costs of building
a pool is labor. In fact, I heard once that materials for gunite pools
are actually cheaper than vinyl-lined pools because the only material
is basically cement mixture, rebar and piping. But this type of pool is
quite labor intensive. On the other hand, the kit for a vinyl pool
includes things that cost a bit more, like the steel walls, framing,
steps and the vinyl liner, but many pool builders prefer to install
these vinyl pools because they are much quicker and easier to install.
Part II will
continue the discussion of a pool installation contract, pool prices
and then lead into costs of pool options. Click Pool
Costs - Part II to continue.