Will your dream pool fit your real-life pocketbook?
Here`s how to make sure-before you take the plunge.
Adding a swimming pool is a major home improvement, comparable in cost to adding an addition, updating a kitchen or upgrading your home’s exterior. But like all such improvements, a pool project can be tailored to fit a broad range of budgets since pools come in several different price categories, each offering a wide array of design options.
Aboveground Vinyl liner pools have maintained a well-deserved reputation for being budget friendly. Even though prices in all categories have crept steadily upward over the past few decades, abovegrounds still offer a lot of pool for the money. Prices start at about $6,000 for a basic round pool measuring 24 feet in diameter and 4 feet deep. Should an oval shape pool fit your fancy then anticipate paying just a bit more. Popular sizes such as a 15` x 30` oval will start around $8,500.00. One of the great benefits to having an aboveground pool installed is the fact that you do not need to invest in a pool code fence, if the wall height to grade exceeds 48” tall. This alone will save you thousands of dollars towards your budget. The other thing to consider is that abovegrounds are exempt from real estate tax since they are not considered permanent structures.
Although Inground Vinyl liner pools tend to be more expensive than abovegrounds they are the least expensive Inground option available with fiberglass pools a close second, particularly if you`re comparing Ingrounds of similar shape and size. Lessor quality constructed Vinyl liner pools that utilize manufactured Steel or Plastic wall panels will start around $ 22,000 for a standard shape measuring 16` x 32`. Inground vinyl liner pools that utilize rebar reinforced concrete walls and steps will run a bit more since this construction process is a bit more laborious and requires skilled labor to construct. The important thing to understand is that concrete walls and steps will not rust like steel or crack like plastic therefore this construction process is considered superior to all other forms of vinyl liner pool construction. You can anticipate investing $26,000 for the same size and shape as previously mentioned.
Fiberglass pools do tend to run a bit more than vinyl liner pools due to the manufacturing costs and installation requirements as well as the problems often associated with delivering the pool shell to the site. One can expect to pay as much as $26,000 for a basic 14` x 28` rectangle. One disadvantage to consider is that fiberglass pools are not “footed” in the ground and do have a tendency to heave up out of the ground if there is a high water table onsite or if the sight does not allow surface water to drain well enough. Special sight considerations may have to be addressed prior to installation.
Concrete pools or “shotcrete” pools as they are called in our industry due to the process for which the cement is applied, is often the choice for those that are seeking limitless freedom of design. This form of construction enables you to incorporate special features such as lounging ledges, raised spas, swim up bars or negative edge water features. And if you prefer the upgraded look of a ceramic tile water line combined with natural stone coping then this is the pool for you. Understand this though! Standard size shotcrete pools with minimal upgrades will run approximately 40% more than Vinyl liner pools of comparison size and shape. This is primarily due to the fact that these pools are more laborious and utilize materials of a greater expense.