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Swimming Pool Costs

Shannon Lee | Improvement Center Columnist | December 14, 2011

The price of a new swimming pool depends upon many factors. The size of your pool, its location, the cost of preparing the area, the type of pool you choose, and the many options you might want can add up rather quickly. Before you take the plunge, consider what your swimming pool will really cost.

Swimming pool costs

Since costs can vary widely, the following are ballpark estimates; your cost could be lower or higher, depending upon the amenities and options you choose.

  • An above-ground pool--one that is installed above the ground, usually surrounded by a deck or other structure--can cost between $1,500 and $5,000.
  • The cost of an in-ground pool--one that sits level with the ground--can cost between $7,000 and $16,000 for a model with a vinyl lining, $15,000 to $25,000 for fiberglass, and $17,000 to $45,000 for concrete or gunite.

These costs are based on basic designs; a custom design could cost more. Above-ground pools can sometimes be installed on your own by following the manufacturer's instructions. In-ground pools require excavating an area of land, and often require additional plumbing and electrical work as well, making them much more expensive endeavors.

Other considerations for your new swimming pool

Once your swimming pool is installed and filled, that might not be the bottom line. Depending upon where you live, a child-proof fence around your pool could be a requirement. You might prefer a privacy fence, which could cost a bit more. Consider other options as well, such as a poolside pavilion and advanced cleaning systems that can limit the hands-on time you spend tending to maintenance. Add the cost of chemicals to keep your pool clean and fresh.

One of the most popular additional options for a swimming pool is the pool cover. Standard winter pool covers can cost between $15 and $350. Mesh covers can cost between $50 and $500. Solar covers can cost between $20 and $500 each, but professional installation can run $2,000 or more. Security covers, or those that can hold the weight of a child or small animal, can cost between $1,000 and $4,000 for manual versions and up to $8,000 or more for an automatic version.

Keep in mind that all of these costs may vary if you choose a custom design or amenities that need extra attention, such as a pool fountain. An expert can give you a more detailed estimate. If you're ready to move ahead, get that estimate from a local pool company by filling out the form on this page.

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