Part One: What are the upfront costs of a new pool?
What will the installation cost be for my fibreglass pool?
Of course, all pools are not equal and have varying price points in the market. There are fibreglass pool DIY kits on the market for around $15,000, however unless you are a DIY dynamo and are fully aware of the installation costs, associated risks and hidden costs of doing it yourself, it’s a whole lot easier, safer and more cost-effective to have your pool supplied and installed by a licensed pool supplier.
The cost for a professionally installed fibreglass pool starts from an entry level point of $25,000 to $35,000 and can range up to $70,000 and more. Your personal choices, site conditions and the manufacturer’s pool shell technology will all influence the overall cost, plus factors such as:
- Ease of access to your site
- The soil conditions on your property
- The size of pool selected
- Factors such as superior circulation and automated cleaning systems
- Additional features such as water features and lighting
- The quality of product, including the manufacturing method of the pool shell
When comparing quotes it pays dividends to be clued up. For example, you will need to know the differences between a traditional fibreglass pool and a fibreglass ceramic pool. Carefully consider the key benefits of each product you are considering. Ask yourself:
- Does it have unique features?
- What operating system is being offered (eg filtration only, enhanced circulation, superior in-floor cleaning systems etc)?
- What on-going protection including written guarantees are provided in the manufacturer’s defect warranty document?
- How long will it take to build my new pool?
One of the big benefits of choosing a fibreglass pool is the dramatically reduced installation time. A fibreglass pool can be installed within days, while a concrete pool can take months.
How much does a vinyl-liner pool cost?
If the kids are pestering you for a pool, but you don’t want to invest in an in-ground pool, a prefabricated above-ground vinyl-liner pool is a cost-effective option. You can also have an in-ground vinyl-liner pool professionally installed for around the same price as a fibreglass pool. While DIY in-ground kits are available from around $10,000, excluding installation costs which include pouring a concrete floor, once again you need to know what you are doing and take into account the costs for excavation and concrete works.
Additionally, vinyl-liner pools require a higher level of regular maintenance than fibreglass or concrete pools, a factor covered in Part Two of this article.
How much does a concrete pool cost?
A concrete pool allows you almost limitless options as to size and shape, dependent on your budget and site, and enables more organic designs for a natural look in the landscape. In general, concrete pools start at a similar price-point to fibreglass pools but can have a much higher upper end point.
Many people choose concrete for its strength and durability, however fibreglass technology has come ahead in leaps and bounds and these days a quality fibreglass product can have the same or superior warranty than that offered by concrete pool manufacturers.
For example, with the Bi-luminite Fibreglass Ceramic pool range, Compass Pools offer a lifetime structural warranty. This lasts for the original owner’s entire time at the property and can be transferred to new owners within a 25-year limit.