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How Much Does It Cost To Install A Fiberglass Pool?

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$27,113
Typical Range
$20,266 - $36,450
Low End
$5,000
High End
$42,900

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On This Page:

  1. Average Pool Prices
  2. Installation Costs
  3. Main Cost Factors
  4. Add-ons
  5. Common Mistakes to Avoid
  6. Fiberglass Pool Maintenance
  7. Conclusion

A fiberglass pool is similar to a traditional built-in pool made of concrete. However, fiberglass pools come pre-formed to go into the ground. They sit on a two-inch bed of clean gravel and look as nice as all but the most expensive concrete pools.

When shopping for a fiberglass pool, remember that it is much like buying a car. You will get a base price that will look very attractive, often around $25,000.00 to $45,000.00 installed. However, this is only the base price. Much like a car where you might want added features like power seats, GPS, or upgraded suspension, a pool also has options. Heat pumps, security covers, fencing, and decking will add considerably to the base cost. Before jumping at a pool for its low cost, find out what options are included at that price.

Also ask yourself the following questions right at the start:

  • Why do you want a pool?
  • What will you use the pool for?
  • Who will do the maintenance?

Being able to answer these questions will help you get the pool you want. Remember while buying a pool is like buying a car in that you have options to choose, it’s unlike buying a car in one big respect; if you are unhappy with it, you can’t just trade it in.

Average Pool Prices

The part of the pool you swim in is called the shell. Shells alone are relatively cheap, making up only about half the cost of a basic installation. The price will depend on configuration (shape, depth, etc.), but here is an idea of what they generally cost:

  • Small (up to 26’) - $10,000.00 to $19,000.00
  • Medium (27’ to 34’) - $13,000.00 to $20,000.00
  • Large (35’+) - $15,000.00 to $27,000.00

These costs are for the shell alone, which is usually 16’ wide. They do not include pumps, backfill, or any other aspect of a pool. Some people do prefer to build their pools themselves, but it’s very labor intensive and requires a good deal of knowledge to do correctly.

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Installation Costs

A basic installation includes the following:

  • Shell
  • Shipping
  • Excavation
  • Filter pump
  • Backfill
  • Filling the pool

This doesn’t include decking, electrical, fencing, or any other options. A basic installation adds about another $15,000.00, bringing your cost to around $25,000.00 to $45,000.00. Some factors that might influence the price include how far the shell must be shipped and what must be dug through for the excavation.

Labor costs for installation are usually based on a 5-man crew at 160 man-hours. They are often calculated by the size of the pool and typically cost around $5.50 per square foot. Overall, labor should be included in your quote at around $1,500.00. Be sure to ask the installer about the labor costs to make sure they’re included.

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Main Cost Factors

A good salesperson will listen to you when you describe what you want in a pool, but before you start talking, think about these factors that will directly influence the cost of your pool:

Size

It’s obvious that a larger pool will cost more. The actual price will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, as will the quality of the materials, but size is the number one factor. A rule of thumb is that the shells cost around $800.00 per foot. This doesn’t include installation, decking, and other features, which can bring the cost to $1,200.00 and higher per foot.

Decking

A deck around your pool is usually made of concrete. A rough Broom Finish provides the best grip for wet feet and costs around $4.00 to $8.00 per square foot. Textured concrete costs about $6.00 to $11.00 per square foot. Stamped concrete or pavers can also be used, but the slip resistance will vary. These options can cost between $11.00 to $20.00 per square foot.

Heat Pumps

Maintaining the temperature of your pool goes a long way to providing comfort. It can help keep your pool open longer (year round in some climes), and may even be necessary if you use your pool for therapeutic reasons. Heat pumps will vary in price depending on power and manufacturer. They generally cost $1,500.00 to $3,500.00 installed. If you need a cooling pump along with it to maintain a specific temperature range, extra wiring can add another $600.00 to $1,000.00 to the price.

Fencing

Most communities require a safety fence around your pool. This is to protect pets and small children. Many people use attractive wood fencing at around $15.00 to $30.00 per linear foot. A PVC privacy fence costs around $20.00 to $35.00 per linear foot. The most common fence seen around pools is powder-coated aluminum. This runs from $25.00 to $40.00 per linear foot. Depending on style and features (self-latching, child-proofing, etc.), gates can cost from $350.00 to $500.00 each.

Permits

While the contractor will usually be the one to get the permits, the fact is that permits are needed. Before the shovel hits the dirt, you need to know if there is anything underground that will complicate installation. Power lines, water lines, gas lines, as they say, “Call before you dig”. These permits will also involve inspections which will help ensure that your pool is installed properly and safely. Contact your local authorities for costs and requirements.

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Add-Ons

Add-ons help make your pool an oasis. As mentioned earlier, the options are as numerous as those for a car. They can include:

  • Slides
  • Diving boards
  • Handrails and ladders
  • Mosaic tile
  • Security covers
  • Automatic covers
  • Surface colors
  • Lighting
  • Fountains
  • Waterfalls
  • Hot tubs
  • Jets
  • Automatic vacuum systems
  • Retaining walls
  • Salt chlorine generators

The cost of these extras will depend on many factors such as size, style, and manufacturer. You don’t have to get them from the same place you got your pool, so feel free to shop around for your best deals, and remember to ask if the price includes installation.

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Common Mistakes

Remember that you can’t just return a pool if you’re unhappy with it. To help make sure that you are happy with it, here are some common mistakes to avoid:

  • Why do you want a pool? If you just want one because the neighbors have one, you might never be happy with your pool once you realize the responsibility. Be sure that your pool is for you, not the neighbors.
  • What do you want it for? To get the pool you want, get one that will suit your purpose. A pool for therapeutic use will probably need a larger shallow end and doesn’t need to be too big. A pool for entertaining should be larger and have a good deep end for diving.
  • Who gets to maintain it? Pool maintenance is easy but time-consuming. Hiring a professional isn’t as time consuming but it will cost you about $100.00 a month. Decide who will do the maintenance and budget accordingly.
  • Bigger isn’t better. Many people buy a large pool with a big deep end, but spend most of their time in the shallow end. This wastes about 65% of the pool.
  • Cheaper isn’t the always the best deal. Avoid fly-by-night installers who work out of their garages. Use an installer with an established business and be sure to check out their work.
  • Understand your warranty. Know in detail what is warrantied and by whom.
  • Consider cost of ownership as well as up-front costs. The cost of routine maintenance and repair should always be considered part of a pool’s cost.
  • Buyer beware. Buying a pool is like buying a car, and the salesmen can be just as slimy. Don’t let yourself get upsold on a more expensive model or rushed into a contract.
  • Think long term. A pool will last a long time, about 25 to 30 years. Think about use and maintenance over that time period, not just for this summer.

Only get a few quotes. As soon as you announce you want a pool, everybody will be handing you a business card. Don’t get overwhelmed. Select three or four and start your selection there.

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Fiberglass Pool Maintenance

Pool maintenance is pretty universal. Fiberglass pools, however, are low-cost when it comes to maintenance. Some installers offer maintenance programs for as little as $15.00 per month. This usually includes maintaining the gel coat above the waterline. If you do it yourself, you might spend the same amount or even less. One thing about fiberglass pools is that the liner is less chemically reactive and more algae-resistant than concrete or gunite.

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In Conclusion

Fiberglass pools are faster to install than traditional built-ins, and are swim ready within a day or two. If you want a built-in without the complicated set-up, a fiberglass pool is an affordable, low-maintenance option.

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HENRY PATTON More than 1 year ago
The professional maintenance labor costs are incredibly low based on my experience as a pool professional. No company in the USA is gonna pull their truck up to your house for $15. Most service charges are more than that just for travel. The quoted rate will only lead to customer remorse. The professional monthly rate is vague at $100; is it weekly, semi-monthly or once a month?
carolyn klotzman 10 months ago
We are being given an estimate of $ 30,000 for a 10x20 in ground fiberglass pool , we think that is a little high . are we right?

Harry Goodman More than 1 year ago
Good Information... I want a fiberglass pool and stamped deck. A 250,000 BTU heater and still torn between a sand filter or cartridges. I want the pool installed and operating at least two weeks before the concrete deck is poured to allow the back fill to settle. I've see prices between $9.00 - $12.00 per sq. ft. on the decking.
pam miller More than 1 year ago
its not as easy as I thought to find a pool company to purchase a pool . any help would be appreciated .we've only had 1 company contact us in the last  2 months of searching on the net.
laura balverde More than 1 year ago
 I had been given an estimate in 2015 of 38k and now it may be 40-50k. 35 ft by 15 at 4.6 ft. no deep end and no ladders. with a small spa attached and a down slope instead of stairs.

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