A built-in swimming pool offers a lot more than an above-ground pool. It looks so much nicer, and offers a calming effect that cannot be realized with any other kind of pool. However, it is important to know the average cost of installing an in-ground pool before getting started to ensure the highest quality is reached for the best price.
Most built-in pools have many of the same features. These include the hole that the pool base is laid or poured in; the pool base itself; the pumps and filtration systems; lighting, heating or water effects; ladders and diving boards; an outlying flooring system surrounding the pool; a pool cover; and in most cases, a surrounding fence. All of these parts are just as important as any other, and should be considered in the final cost estimation.
There are three main types of built-in pool linings, and each has a different cost attached. Vinyl is the cheapest form of in-ground lining. Usually a steel or aluminum frame is placed around the vinyl lining to provide extra support. The lining is laid directly into the pool hole. Fiberglass pools are pre-formed, and are directly lowered into a hole that has been designed to fit the pool. Because they come pre-formed they can be hard to transport to the site. The last kind of built-in pool, and usually the most popular, is a concrete pool. It offers the most customization because it can be poured into any size or shape of hole.
Vinyl pools typically take one to three weeks to install. Fiberglass pools can take up to three days to install. Concrete pools are the hardest form of pool to install, and can take upward of 12 weeks. The amount of labor used for each kind of pool will reflect the final cost. While some pool companies may offer a special discount on labor costs, it is important to work the cost into your budget before deciding on which kind of pool to install.
Built-in vinyl pools can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $16,000 per unit with labor sometimes extra. Fiberglass pools average around $15,000 to $25,000 per unit. The most expensive form of swimming pool is the concrete pool, which can cost between $17,000 and $45,000. Any customization or changes to a basic design will make the cost of a pool much higher. In addition to these initial costs there is also the cost of the water to fill the pool, the upkeep and any repair costs that may be necessary.
One of the easiest ways to determine which kind of pool to install is to look at the pros and cons of each. Vinyl pools can puncture easily, and sometimes crack. However, they are much less expensive. Fiberglass pools are sturdy and resistant to algae and bacteria, but there are usually few size and shape choices. Concrete pools can last for decades, but are very expensive and attract algae because of their porous nature.