The days are getting longer, the nights shorter and the weather is turning warmer. You know what that means – summer is getting close!
Some of my favorite summer memories involved swimming in a pool on a hot day. However, pools can add more than just fond childhood memories. Depending on the type, pools can actually add value to your home.
If you’re a homeowner and have thought about buying a pool but are wondering how to pick the right one for your home, we’ve got you covered.
Pools come in various shapes, sizes and style – from affordable to extravagant – and we’ve broken down the cost of each option.
How much does it cost to put in a pool?
HomeAdvisor is a home improvement website that also matches users with contractors. According to information found on the site, the average reported cost of a swimming pool installation is $19,797, with the lowest cost at $200 and the highest at $78,000. The lowest reflects the average cost of aboveground pools, while the highest reflects most in-ground pools.
Homeowners typically spend anywhere between $8,589 – $31,432, based on the size of the pool. The larger the pool, the higher the cost, HomeAdvisor asserts. This is based on installation and operational costs.
It all depends how much pool your yard will allow and how much you’re willing to pay.
What is a swimming pool made of?
Similar to size, swimming pool material is another contributor to its cost. The price point can vary, depending on what type of material you choose.
Here are a few different types of pool materials:
For reference, a concrete pool is going to be more expensive, but it will last longer than a vinyl-lined pool, which is more economical.
Tiles can create a piece of artwork in your pool, but opting for a similar-looking liner will give the same effect, without breaking the bank.
The most important key is to work with an installation professional, suggests HomeAdvisor. This individual can work with you on pricing and create a design using less expensive materials, while keeping your desired aesthetic.
How to pick the right swimming pool for your property
While there are many different types of pools you can have installed on your property, the two most popular options for home swimming pools are:
The most important factor to consider before choosing a swimming pool for your home is space. Make sure that your backyard is able to accommodate the type of swimming pool you want to buy.
Should you choose to install an in-ground pool, make sure the hole you dig during installation doesn’t interfere with the groundwater source in your backyard.
Additionally, if you decide to go with an aboveground pool and want to add a deck around it, you should check with your local government to get specifics on the laws in your area pertaining to deck installation.
No matter what you decide, make sure you meet with an installation professional to discuss your options based on space, city regulations and price points.
Above Ground Pool
An aboveground pool is the least expensive home swimming pool option, coming in between $200 – $6,000 maximum.
The main savings you’ll receive with an aboveground pool is the eliminated excavation cost, which is a big percentage of the overall in-ground pool installation, according to home improvement website, ImproveNet.
Additionally, pool materials in aboveground pools are far cheaper than in-ground and have a wider variety.
While the wall height for an aboveground pool is typically 52 – 54 inches, the wall is usually made from steel or aluminum paneling and comes with a 20-year, 40-year or lifetime warranty.
On the opposite spectrum is an in-ground pool that can cost anywhere from $14,961 – $21,649, according to ImproveNet. This estimate is based on the amount of planning, machinery, materials and workers necessary to install the pool.
Consider the process of installation: digging a hole for the pool, putting up wall panels, assembling a pool kit, installing plumbing and skimmers, cement, sanding pool liners water and accessories. Not to mention, adding dirt around the pool to secure it in place.
A telling sign you have high well water levels is swampy ponds in your backyard after rainfall. In some cases, you could spend as much as $10,000 to remove a $40,000 pool due to polluted well water seeping into your pool, causing contamination.
Pool Accessary Options
Of course, what is a pool without a few accessories?
ImproveNet lists a few popular pool extras that will amplify your swimming experience:
- Diving board: prices start around $350
- Slides: prices cost around $1,700
- Lights: can choose between halogen, fiber optic or LED; prices vary
- Fencing: prices can range from $5,000 – $15,000 depending on fence materials
- Covers: price can range from $139 – $1,305
While these accessories aren’t mandatory for a pool, they each add a certain design or entertainment level that could be worthwhile in the end.
Types of Pool Water Sanitation
There are a variety of pool water treatment options beyond the traditional chlorine, although it remains the most popular option.
Chlorine is added to a pool to combat algae or other bacteria that can gather in the water. Chlorinated water relies on a proper pH balance to prevent an overly chemical-smelling pool.
However, if you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly alternative, saline or mineral water works just as great and uses fewer chemicals than chlorine.
While saline pools, also known as saltwater pools, are not chlorine-free, they consist of a salt-chlorine generator that produces lower levels of chlorine.
Mineral water pools are chlorine-free and use disinfecting minerals to prevent bacteria and algae.
No matter which type of sanitation method you use, you’ll get the same great result of safe and sanitary swimming pool water.
Most pool owners forget that the price of the pool doesn’t stop after installation.
A pool, just like a home, needs constant maintenance and upkeep for a clean and safe swimming experience. According to ImproveNet, most homeowners spend roughly $250 on pool maintenance. This can be an ongoing expense.
Most pools need to be cleaned, have their heating systems repaired and debris also should be removed.
In addition, pool maintenance projects can include:
- Cleaning filters
- Pool heater maintenance
- Monitoring water levels
- Leak detection
Knowing and anticipating the cost of pool maintenance is critical when considering one for your property. Note that if you get your pool installed correctly by a professional, maintenance and upkeep will be much more manageable.
While you can’t anticipate any repairs you might need down the line, it’s important to consider the costs of repairing or purchasing a pool accessory.
ImproveNet mentions main objects that might need repair or replacement down the line:
- Pool liner (in-ground pool): can cost $1,306 to repair and $1,500 to replace
- Pool liner (aboveground pool): can cost $300 to replace
- Pool heater: can cost $370 to repair and $1,400 to replace
Make sure to set aside a budget for any possible repairs you might need in the future.
Just Keep Swimming
If you’ve decided that you want to purchase a pool for your property, be sure to contact an installation professional to walk you through your pricing options. ImproveNet and HomeAdvisor can provide you with recommendations to pool contractors near you.
While installing a swimming pool is a financial investment that can add value to your home, don’t forget that at its core it’s a fun way to cool off on a hot day or entertain friends and family during the summer holidays.
If you want to start your summer in full swing, check out our 10 pool party ideas to have an awesome backyard pool party.
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