How much does a pool cost? What are the pool prices in my location? These are some of the most common questions people ask when they’re thinking about installing a pool in their backyard. There is no hard-and-fast answer to this question because the pool price will depend on a variety of factors.
We’re going to break down what goes into determining a concrete pool cost and a fibreglass pool cost, as well as what it costs to maintain the pool once you get it. This will give you an estimate of how much you have to have on hand to complete the project.
Decoding Fibreglass Pool Prices
First up is understanding your fibreglass pool cost. At the entry-level end of the spectrum for having a professionally-installed fibreglass pool, you’ll spend between $25,000 and $35,000. Higher quality fibreglass pools with advanced features will cost anywhere between $45,000-55,000+. This is a significant range, but there are factors that influence your total costs. Personal choices, site conditions and the manufacturer’s pool shell technology all play a role in the total cost, but you can’t forget:
- The product’s quality, including the manufacturing technology for the pool shell
- How easy it is to access the installation site to deliver and install the pool
- Any additional features you wish to add like lighting or water features to enhance the look of your new pool
- Soil conditions, ground conditions and how your yard slopes
- The way you choose to set up your pool, including the type of cleaning system you want
- The shape and size of the pool you pick out
You can get DIY fibreglass pool kits from some companies for a slightly lower cost at $15,000 to $20,000. However, if you choose to go this route, you have to understand the potential cost that comes with the installation process, associated risks and any hidden costs that come with trying the DIY route. It’s usually much safer, easier and cost-effective to let a specialist like the ones at Capital Country Pools supply and install your new fibreglass pool.
It’s also important to note that not all fibreglass pools are made to the same standard. When you compare pool quotes, make sure you understand exactly what the company offers at the price they quote you. For example, there are several key differences between fibreglass composite pools and traditional fibreglass pools. Ask yourself if the pool has features you can’t get anywhere else and what the product’s key benefits are. Does the pool come with any warranty or ongoing protection? What type of cleaning systems do they have available? Answers to these questions can significantly affect pool prices.
Also, consider how long it’ll take to build and install your new pool. One of the biggest benefits to picking out a fibreglass pool over any other type is that it can drastically cut down on the installation time. Generally speaking, a company can install a fibreglass pool in a matter of a few days to help save on overall pool price. Concrete pools can take weeks or months, and the time could be a deciding factor when it comes time to compare various pool quotes.
Decoding Concrete Pool Prices
Concrete pools aren’t as popular as fibreglass pools, but they do offer something that fibreglass pools don’t have. When you pick a concrete pool, you get virtually limitless options when it comes to your pool’s size and shape. This is why it’s almost impossible to give a detailed pricing breakdown like you can with fibreglass or vinyl-lined pools. To get a feel for how much a concrete pool costs, you can start around the same level as you would for a fibreglass pool of $25,000 and $35,000. The difference is that they have a much higher top end point for the price ceiling.
A lot of people pick concrete because they mistakenly believe that it’s the most durable and strongest option to use for a pool shell. However, fibreglass has come a very long way, and it continues to evolve. Today, it’s relatively easy to find fibreglass pool companies that offer durable and well-engineered pools that have warranties that match or surpass the warranties on concrete pools. Some companies offer a conditional lifetime structural warranty on their fibreglass pools. The warranty will last the original owner’s lifetime, and you can transfer it to new owners while keeping the warranty for an additional 25 years.
How Much Does a Pool Cost – Maintenance Considerations
The upfront costs associated with buying and installing a fibreglass and concrete pool are just the beginning. You also have to factor in the maintenance costs over the life of the pool. These costs will heavily depend on how you set it up from the start. And, every pool needs routine maintenance and attention to ensure they stay clean and healthy while surviving Australia’s harsh weather. The five main components that influence the maintenance costs of your pool include:
- How you use your pool such as water features, blankets, pool covers or heat pumps
- How you filter your water, including the costs of servicing and running your filters and pumps
- How you clean your pool, including robots, self-cleaning systems, manually or suction cleaners
- How you sanitise your water, including chlorinators, salt water pools and the cost of chemicals
- Working to keep the pool’s interior looking like new
Fibreglass Pool Maintenance Costs
Fibreglass pools are generally low-maintenance and low-cost options in the pool world. There is very little you have to do to it once you have it in the ground. Manufacturers do recommend that you make a point to polish the gel-coating that is above the water level periodically. But you shouldn’t have to repaint, resurface or reline the pool. It’s also easier to control bacteria and algae growth because the gel-coat is smooth. In turn, you’ll use fewer chemicals and less filtration to keep it looking nice.
You can also opt in to have a self-cleaning system installed. These systems will improve your pool water’s circulation to make it harder for algae and bacteria to take hold. Check out the video below to see how a self-cleaning pool can make your life easier. They also remove the need to invest in robotic or suction cleaners.
Concrete Pool Maintenance Costs
Concrete pool surfaces are the opposite of the smooth gel-coating you have with fibreglass pools. Instead, they’re very porous, and this means you’ll spend more time working to prevent algae and bacteria growth. You may also find yourself spending more on chemicals to keep them safe and healthy to swim in than you would a fibreglass pool. Some surface finishes on concrete pools are more susceptible to black algae growth, and this can be very difficult and expensive to remove when it takes hold.
A second maintenance cost associated with concrete pools is the long-term maintenance required. Depending on the type of surface finish the manufacturer uses when they install your pool, you may need to resurface it in 15 years. When you factor this cost in, it drives the price of maintaining this pool up a significant amount.
Discuss Different Pool Prices with Capital Country Pools
The specialists at Capital Country Pools can help you break down fibreglass pool costs or concrete pool costs. We can give you a more realistic idea of the upfront and ongoing costs of maintaining these pools in Canberra and the surrounding suburbs. We also can help you find the perfect pool for your budget. Contact us today to start the process!