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How Much Does it Cost to Build a Swimming Pool?

Build a Swimming Pool Costs
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based on 1,037 cost profiles
Most homeowners
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$7,571 - $30,302
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A swimming pool is a major addition to a home and can add countless years of enjoyment to your property. When considering a swimming pool installation, it is important account for all of the factors that affect the cost. While installing some options at the time of construction could make the project more affordable, there are other items that can be added later on without incurring too much extra expense.
Based on 950 HomeAdvisor customer responses, the average pool install costed $18,825. This includes both above and in-ground pools. Obviously in-ground will be on the higher end of the range of what most homeowners spend - between $7,571 and $30,302.

Pool Size

As you can imagine, the single largest cost factor in any pool installation is its size. The larger the pool, the higher the costs. Not only is the cost of installation more, so are the operational costs. In the end, it's the size of your pool comes down to how much pool your yard will allow and how much pool you think is enough (or want to pay for).

Above or In-Ground?

You can save considerably on the cost of a pool if you install an above ground pool rather than an in-ground pool. The excavation aspect of pool installation is a large percentage of the cost and the types of materials needed to build an in-ground pool are more expensive too. However, an above ground pool certainly does not add the same value to your home as an in-ground variety as many people consider above-ground pools aesthetically unappealing.

Pool Materials

Do you want a cement pool, tiled pool, or vinyl-lined pool? Different materials have different costs. Solid concrete pool is more expensive, it will last longer than a vinyl-lined pool. And while you might love the look of porcelain tiles, you may not want to incur the expense - especially when a liner that is formed to look like tile will give you the same aesthetic. There are as many price points as there are types of pool materials, so it is important to talk to your installation professional about which is best for you. But keep in mind that if there is a look that you love that you think you cannot afford, you may be able to recreate that look with a less expensive materials

Heating and Filtration.

How you heat, clean, filter and maintain your pool is an additional cost to consider. Although you can find low-priced heating and filtration systems, remember that your pool's heating and filtration systems will be working around the clock. This may not be an area in which you want to skimp! If you cut corners here it may lead to costly repairs or more maintenance down the line.

Pool Extras

Do you want a diving board? A kiddie pool? How about a whirlpool attached to the main pool? A forced current system is great if you're looking for an intense swimming workout. Do you feel you need cement benches surrounding your pool, or a covered deck adjacent to it.? All these extras can add a lot of cost to your pool installation. The good thing is that most of them can be added after the pool is installed. Just be sure to tell your pool pro what extras you're considering so they can let you know what makes sense to install now and what makes sense to install later.


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Sylvia Abate More than 1 year ago
I have used home adviser before, when I lived in CT and found it to be very helpful.. I am hoping to have the same positive results with my searches in SC.
walentin dimitrow 25 days ago
Information for swimming pool:Low cost $200/ High cost$50000/--------very helpful!!!!!!
carol moore 26 days ago
im really looking forward to the guys coming out and sizing up my yard and giving me the exact estimate. I dont think it will bee too big but atleast I wont have a pop up.I figure if i bought this home I should just try to do this right the first time.
rob hager 3 months ago
I was hoping to have some websites listed after I went through this exercise, but only a few names and email addresses. I need to visually see their work and know more about them before I email anyone. not interested in this service, but thanks.
Thanh Dinh 5 months ago
I just wonder how much is cost to built a 20' X 40' in ground rectangle  pool?  Texas 76134 zip area. Thanks
Kathy Post 6 months ago
Cost of above ground pool around deck oval shape 15x26 approx.
Kathy Post 6 months ago
Above ground pool around deck off by sliding doors oval 15x25 something like that Ihave a small yard
Dana Hunter 6 months ago
Looking to get a low-cost concrete or fiberglass pool more on the small side 3 to 5 feet with stairs, a bench, heater, filtration and a paver patio. Eventually would want to screen the pool in.
Alex Vara 7 months ago
We just want a small pool 10 x14
Juan A. Abellon 7 months ago
I am looking for a reputable company to build an In-ground concrete pool, approximately ~ 14-15 x 28-30 feet, not exactly rectangular but with some shape to it, with an "attached" spa with a cascade, would prefer a heating system.
Pam Leonard 8 months ago
We have stone on our property. So even with the above ground pool it was very costly to level off and remove 6-10 inches. We have 3 piles of huge rocks. I mean 20ft high X 15-20ft wide. We had electric brought underground from the house to the pool. It never ends. It was 18 X 44, and was destroyed by a neighbor with two shots from his riffle. We now need a quote to replace:-(
Kim Weinstock 10 months ago
I am curious on cost of inground gunite pool with diving board, lights in pool, with steps built inside pool, and filtration system. 
Ciro Bozzo 10 months ago
I'm looking to get a lap pool 5 feet deep  approx 10x23 feet wit heat pump and cleaning accesories !! 
mary jean wood More than 1 year ago
i am looking for a price for a semi or recessed pool  could someone help me
mary jean wood More than 1 year ago
i would like a price on a semi or recessed pool  could someone help me
cathy jefferson More than 1 year ago
I have an inground pool that is now a hole in the ground I'm thinking of getting a semi inground howev er I would lIke a huge semi inground. I think the replacement for an inground is just to exspensive.
Judy Kereszturi More than 1 year ago
First time pool builder, want something small and cost effective, using as refreshed and relaxing. Want flat surface around pool for chairs to lounge. Will want screening now or later to keep pool clean.
Kathy Stiles More than 1 year ago
Very good, I will defiantly use it again
Natalia Azolina More than 1 year ago
Great This web give more information about price
bob the builder More than 1 year ago
I wanna bild a pool! :)
Amy Cluley More than 1 year ago
Looking to find out how much it would cost to have someone install a small pool kit I am considering purchasing. 

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