The initial set up cost is not the only thing homeowners should consider, but also keeping in mind of the ongoing costs involved to maintain their pool and which option is going to be the most cost-effective long term
When it comes to purchasing an inground pool, there are a few options available on the market. There are concrete, fibreglass and also vinyl-liner swimming pools. Understandably, there are many variables when it comes to the total cost of your new pool such as the shape, design and layout that you choose, as well as any extra add on’s like spas or water features.
What Are The Ongoing Costs Of Having A Swimming Pool?
The amount of money and time you spend on the upkeep of your pool depends heavily on the type of pool you install. One of the main things you will need to consider is the system you choose to clean your pool. Whether it is manually yourself, or with a self cleaning system. You also can choose to have chlorine or saltwater for your pool water- which will come with the ongoing costs to top up the salt/chemical to keep your pool clean and clear (approximately between $100-$800 per year). Another maintenance factor is with the cleaning and which pump and filter you choose, alongside other added features like heating systems and water features (if you choose them). A long term cost is how you can maintain the interior surface of the pool for aesthetic purposes. Concrete and tiling may have repairs required as well as resurfacing or acid washing.
Costs of a Concrete Pool:
On average, people typically spend $25,000 to $35,000 on installing a concrete swimming pool. Although it’s hard to give a specific price guide when concrete pools are not limited to shape or size. However, they are generally priced at the higher end. For decades concrete pools were the most common and sought-after pool, nowadays, fibreglass are a more popular choice, that is believed to be because of the quality and high standard that fibreglass pools are made to. The warranties on fibreglass pools generally surpass those of concrete pools, such as Barrier Reef Pools lifetime structural warranty.
A concrete pool is far more porous than a fibreglass pool and tends to be more prone to algae and bacteria. This usually results in the owner spending more money on chemicals and maintenance to keep their pool clean. Another costly thing to consider when purchasing a concrete pool, is that some surfaces need resurfacing after approximately 15 years. This is a significant cost to the owner over the lifetime of the pool.
Costs of a Fibreglass Pool:
Fibreglass pools are usually priced similar to concrete pools, however, the price can vary and may be substantially less or greater than this depending on the size, shape and the site that the pool needs to be installed in. If you’re looking for a swimming pool that is easy to maintain and costs the least to run, a fibreglass pool is the front runner. Once installed, it requires little effort to keep it looking fabulous all year round. One of the many positives to installing a fibreglass pool, is how quick they are to install! Another thing to consider when building a pool, is how long it is going to take to install. Put simply, the longer it takes to install, the more it is going to cost. The great thing about fibreglass pools is how quick they are to put in. A fibreglass pool can take as little as a week to install, whereas concrete pools can take upwards of 6 months.
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Costs of a Vinyl-Liner Pool:
Vinyl-liner pools aren’t as popular in Australia as fibreglass and concrete pools, and this is because of the high upkeep that they require. They can be put in both above and in-ground, with an above ground vinyl-liner pool setting you back approximately $10,000. The cost of an in-ground vinyl-liner pool is similar to that of a fibreglass pool. Vinyl-liner pools require higher maintenance than other varieties of pools, making them less appealing. They require much higher maintenance than a fibreglass pool. The vinyl lining in the pool usually only lasts for 10 years, which means spending money relining it. Pools that are vinyl-lined are more likely to be damaged from sharp objects which can equal costly repair bills. A new vinyl-liner costs approximately $4000 to replace.
Factors Which Contribute To The Cost Of Your Pool:
Ultimately, it comes down to your personal preference and where the pool is to be situated at your home. Here are some variables that may alter the cost of your pool:
- The shape, size and design you have chosen for your home
Whether your yard is sloping and the condition of the ground and soil
If you have chosen a self-cleaning pool
Any extras you may choose, such as lighting or water features
Easy access to your backyard
The quality of your fibreglass pool
When installing a fibreglass pool at your home, it is important to use a licensed pool builder to supply and install your pool. This ensures the pool is covered by warranty. Here at Barrier Reef Pools Perth we offer a lifetime structural warranty on our fibreglass pools, opposed to a concrete pool which will generally give you a 7-year structural warranty at best. Barrier Reef Pools are the only pool company in Australia with the 5 Tick Certified Product Standard. It may be tempting to undertake a DIY fibreglass pool kit that some companies offer, however you should be aware of the risks and undisclosed costs that may be involved. It is sensible to choose a pool that’s not only going to be cost effective and easy for you to maintain, but also to appeal to prospective buyers if you do decide to sell your home in the future.
It goes without saying, if you’re going to make an investment in your home like a pool, it pays to purchase the best quality pool you can afford, not only to ensure longevity, but also to decrease the maintenance and costs that are involved with running it. It is also a smart idea to get any warranties that come with your pool, put in writing, that way you are covered if anything unforeseeable happens to your pool.