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How Much Does It Cost To Install An Inground Pool?

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$49,862
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$35,436 - $65,336
Low End
$23,000
High End
$100,000

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The average cost of installing an inground pool is between $35,436 and $65,336 or an average of $49,862. Your price will depend on the type of pool - concrete, vinyl or fiberglass - as well as the size and location. Custom features like waterfalls and hot tubs will add anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000 to your project total.
As the warm months come upon us, you might be considering an in-ground pool. They can be a great property asset and add to the value of your home. They also make for an attractive water feature - a focal point for your yard that you can relax by or entertain around. Unlike above-ground styles, there is a feeling of luxury and permanence with in-ground pools. They also blend into your landscape easier.
The first thing people want to know is how much they cost. This can vary depending on size, features, and what type of in-ground pool you want.

How Does the Type of Pool Affect Cost?

In-ground pools are available in three types: concrete, vinyl and fiberglass. They have similar initial costs for turn-key installation, but there are great differences in the lifetime cost.

Concrete

The initial cost of installing a concrete pool is between $30,000 and $50,000. Because they are usually larger than other types of pools, they require more electricity and more chemicals to keep them clean and swimmable. Including the acid wash and re-plastering, over a 10-year period, you can expect to pay an average of $27,000 to $40,000.
Concrete is sometimes called gunite. Gunite, however, is actually the method used to apply concrete to form a pool shell. Concrete is very durable, but it can also be a haven for mold and algae if not properly maintained. Every three to five years the pool needs an acid wash to keep algae from forming and sticking. Because this will strip a small layer away, the shell will have to be re-plastered at some point.

Vinyl

Installing a vinyl pool has an initial cost of $20,000 to $40,000 . With patience, talent and the right tools, a dedicated DIYer could possibly handle the job themselves. Over a 10-year period, maintenance costs around $11,000 to $17,000.
Vinyl pools are popular because of their versatility and ease of maintenance. They come in a variety of shapes including custom designs, and the soft touch of vinyl means a non-abrasive surface. They're very easy to clean and many owners handle the cleaning themselves. Because algae doesn't grow easily on vinyl surfaces, the cost of chemicals is usually lower than that of concrete.

Fiberglass

The initial cost of a fiberglass pool is from $20,000 to $36,500 . This includes delivery and installation up to a basic deck. The maintenance cost is the lowest of the three types with an average of $4,000 to $6,000.
A fiberglass pool is a preformed shell that gets put into a levelled hole pre-dug to the shape of the pool. It lends itself well to the experienced DIYer, but most people prefer the peace of mind of letting a professional handle the work. The shells usually measure no more than 16 feet across in order to avoid breakage during shipping and installation. They are possibly the easiest of the pool types to clean and maintain, and there are no special requirements for the shell. The size limitations are an acceptable trade-off for many people, considering that no acid wash or liner replacement are required.
As you can see, there isn't much difference among the initial installation costs. The real difference lies with the maintenance costs. A concrete or vinyl pool can come in many forms, but the maintenance costs are considerably higher. You should weigh how you'll want to use the pool against the extent and cost of pool maintenance.
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Size and Location

The size and location of your pool will also have a big impact on your cost. As a rule of thumb, figure $50 to $90 per square foot of pool. The depth will also affect the cost to varying degrees.
A small pool generally measures about 10x20 feet and is about 5 ½ feet deep. They are used mostly for cooling off on hot days, but you can also fit them with swim jets for exercise. Using the above rule of thumb, the base cost for a small pool is around $10,000.An average size swimming pool is around 14x28 feet with a typical depth of around 6 ½ feet, but if you intend to do any head-first diving, the Red Cross recommends a depth of at least 9 feet. Pools of this size start around the $20,000 range.Large pools start at around $35,000. They are around 18x36 feet and many have deep ends of 9 to 12 feet. These are often too large for suburban homes.
Location can affect the cost depending on factors such as:
  • What's beneath the ground (a layer of rock will have to be blasted through).
  • How far the crew has to travel to get to your house.
  • The cost of living in your area.
If you decide on a fiberglass pool but don't have access to your backyard, a crane may be necessary to lift it over your house.
Landscaping may dictate where your pool can go. However, if you have a sloping yard, you might consider a semi-inground pool. They can be built directly into slopes and a 12x24 foot model costs from $8,000 to $10,000 - less than an inground. Surrounded by a deck and decorative plants, they are an attractive compromise.

Cost of Inground Saltwater Pools

An inground pool with a saltwater system will cost $1,000 to $2,500 above the average, which would bring your total inground pool installation to $34,500 to $67,000. However, other considerations could make this a more or less costly choice as a water sanitation system. For example, it costs less to maintain a saltwater system versus using chlorine.
Inground salt water pools:
  • Will cost around $100 in annual maintenance.
  • Require generators ranging from about $400 to $2,000.
  • Adds up to $500 to your overall price of labor vs freshwater pools.
  • Will require corrosion-resistant features.
To learn more about how these two options compare, check out our saltwater versus chlorine guide.

Custom Pools and Features

When it comes to accessorizing your pool, the sky's the limit. Many features are available to give even the most common pool a customized look and feel.
  • Shape -- The most common pool shapes are rectangular or kidney bean. Custom shapes are limited only by your imagination, but the cost of having one is limited by your budget. In general, figure a base cost of $50 per square foot for your design.
  • Spas -- A basic spa can add $5,000 to $8,000 to your base price. A hot tub is a popular feature for pools. If you need excavation services and customization, installing a built-in hot tub costs $15,000 to $20,000.
  • Slides -- Slides cost $1,000 to $14,000 depending on design and manufacture as well as features, such as water jets. Pools built with kids in mind will often have slides.
  • Rocks -- The natural look of stone around your pool makes for a relaxing escape. Available in natural stone and artificial stone, the cost depends heavily on the type of stone and the configuration you want.
  • Lighting -- Pool lights average $100 to $300 each for 50-watt built-in lights, but higher wattage lights are available. Lighting can set the mood and provide some safety for your pool if you use it after dark. Traditional incandescent light and energy-efficient LED lights are available for a wide variety of prices depending on features such as light color, floating or fixed, and output.
  • Waterfalls -- At the least, you can expect to add around $1,000 to your cost for a simple waterfall. Waterfalls are attractive features on any pool, but the cost can be hard to calculate until you talk to an installer.
  • Diving Boards -- If your pool is large enough and deep enough, a diving board will cost from $300 to $600 for a fiberglass model to around $1,000 for a high end aluminum one. The cost of installation depends on local codes and requirements, so discuss this with an installer before you buy a board.
  • Decks -- The deck around your pool might be figured in as part of your quote. It will probably be a basic concrete deck with only a basic design. Your cost will increase by varying degrees if you choose a more elaborate design or more expensive material.
  • Plants -- Like decking, the cost of plants around your pool will be determined by your own tastes and choices. Keep in mind that leafy plants will drop their leaves, which could blow into your pool. If you have landscaping that needs to be changed, such as trees, boulders or sloping, that will certainly add to the cost by varying amounts.
  • Heater -- Pool heater installation costs $1,500 to $4,000. The operating cost will range from $100 to $600. A heater can extend your enjoyment of your pool into cooler months.

A Note on Fences

The average cost for a swimming pool fence is from $15 to $20 per linear foot. Some installers might offer a discount if the pool is an unusually large size. Gates are a must and cost about $200 to $350 each. This brings the typical cost of a swimming pool fence with one self-closing gate to around $1,000 to $2,500.
Fences are not an accessory; they are a necessity. They help keep children and animals from falling into the pool and possibly drowning. Some fences are permanent while others can be removed when the pool is not in use, although in this case a sturdy cover will be required. Basic covers are $100 to $250, where automatic and security options are $1,000 to $15,000.
Removable fences are sold by the panel, each of which normally measures 4 inchs to 5 inches in height and 10 inches in length. They cost $100 to $500 per panel. Their installation is more involved because locks, or anchoring holes, need to be drilled. This requires a good, strong drill and specific masonry bits, and you will also have to buy caps to cover the holes when the fence is not in use.
Finally, any determined child will find a way past a locked gate. So, it is best to install a childproof lock or childproof latches. The gate supplier will have information about your childproofing options.
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Other Considerations

Of course, there's more to a pool than putting it in and filling it. Before committing, consider the following:
  • Permits -- An in-ground pool is considered permanent addition to your home and will require permits. You will also have to make sure that there aren't any power or sewage lines beneath the spot you want to dig. Find out if your installers will assume this responsibility or if you will be responsible for it.
  • Resale Value -- In warmer climes, a pool is considered a plus to your property and can increase the resale value. In colder climes, they might not be as attractive. In general, most people consider a pool a plus, especially if it has been well maintained.
  • Packages -- When getting a quote, find out what the package includes. A typical turn-key package includes the electrical systems, pumps, plumbing, a basic deck area, and often a basic safety fence. Some packages include the shell and delivery only. Get a description of what's included in writing and be sure you understand every aspect of the job.
  • Property Taxes -- An inground pool can increase your property taxes. This increase depends on your state and municipal codes, but usually isn't a large amount.
  • Maintenance Responsibility -- Maintaining a pool can be a little time consuming, so many people hire a service to do the dirty work. However, a pool service can cost around $100 to $400 per season, while doing it yourself usually costs around that much per year. Also, a service usually includes the work necessary to close your pool for the winter to open it for the swimming season.

In Conclusion

An inground pool is a great addition to your home. It can also cause additions elsewhere, such as in taxes and maintenance costs. If you decide to get one, careful planning can help you avoid unforeseen costs.
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Lisa Fuetsch More than 1 year ago
Good information. I made me glad to see my choice, fiberglass shell, was the wisest!
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carroll Richardson More than 1 year ago
This was extremely helpful, now i feel more confident that i can get the best deal when building my pool.

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