Installing a swimming pool in your backyard can add to the comfort and value of your home. It is not one of those choices you make on the go, and needs a considerable amount of thought and planning. If done incorrectly it can reduce your property value and can be a safety hazard.
Installation costs for any pool will be determined by the type of pool; materials used finished surface area, grade and material volume, custom needs and labor. When getting a pool estimate, all these things will be considered to get an accurate pool quote. It is important to have some of the options and extra features done during construction to save on costs. However, some of the additional features can be done after project completion.
An average pool costs approximately $22,000, and the average homeowner will spend between $10,000 and $35,000. This pool estimate is for both above and inground pools, but inground pools obviously fall on the higher end of the estimate.
What determines the pool estimate?
Above or in-ground
Above ground pools generally, cost less. Inground pools require excavation, and this aspect of the construction takes a large percentage of the costs. Materials required to install an inground pool are also expensive. Inground pool adds more value to your home because they add to the aesthetics. However, above ground pools can be designed with patios and decks to blend into the yard and not look out of place. Above ground are available in DIY packages, and you can save on some of the costs by installing the pool yourself.
Size is the largest cost factor in any pool installation. The larger your go regarding size, the more expensive it will be. Operational costs also go up for larger pools. Your pool size is also determined by the size of your yard.
Will you use cement, tiles or vinyl for your pool? What you choose will determine the cost because the prices vary on different materials. Concrete costs more than vinyl and will last longer. Although you might love tiles, you might not want to incur the cost if you can get the same look with vinyl pool liners that look like tiles. Talk to your pool installer before making a decision.
Heating and filtration
What you use to heat, filter and clean your pool will be a cost that you need to consider. Low priced heating and filtration systems are available, but you should remember that the systems will probably be running full time. You may go the short way and end up incurring extra costs for repairs and maintenance in the long term.
Extras are usually features that you can do without and still enjoy your swimming pool. They will add to the costs, but the good thing is that most of them can be added after the pool has been installed. Diving boards, forced current systems, covered decks, and whirlpools are some of the features you could want to add to your pool.