Cost Of Inground Pools

Cost Of Inground Pools

How Much Does it Cost to Install an Inground Pool?

From Home Advisor

Now that Summer is here, many people’s minds turn to installing an inground swimming pool.  If you have waited until Memorial Day to think about a custom inground swimming pool, you are probably looking at swimming next year.  This post from Home Advisor explains the factors that drive costs when installing an inground swimming pool. These factors include construction type, size, features, location, etc.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

 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 a turn-key installation, but there are great differences in the lifetime cost.

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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 become a haven for mold and algae if not properly maintained. Every 3 to 5 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.

The initial cost of installing a concrete pool is between $50,000.00 and $100,000.00. 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 $27,400.00.

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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 the vinyl surface tends not to allow algae to form easily, the cost of chemicals is usually lower than that of concrete.

Installing a vinyl pool has an initial cost of $35,000.00 to $50,000.00. With patience, talent, and the right tools, a dedicated DIYer could possibly handle the job themselves. Over a 10-year period, maintenance costs around $11,500.00.


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. No acid wash and no liner replacement makes the size limitations an acceptable trade-off for many people.

The initial cost of a fiberglass pool is from $45,000.00 to $85,000.00. This includes delivery and installation up to a basic deck. The maintenance cost of is the lowest of the three types with an average of $3,750.00.

As you can see, there isn’t much difference among the initial installation costs, all things considered. The real difference lies with the maintenance costs. A concrete or vinyl pool can be of many configurations, but the maintenance costs are considerably higher. You should weigh your desired purpose of the pool against what sort of maintenance you want to deal with.

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Size and Location

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