How Much Does A Fibreglass Pool Cost

For a lot of people installing a pool is a big deal and one of the first things you might want to know is how much it will cost. When deciding on a pool type it is important to not only consider how much the pool will be initially but how much it will cost to run and maintain on an annual basis. Here is everything you need to know when it comes to the cost of a fibreglass pool and the ongoing expenses involved with pool ownership.

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How much does an inground pool cost?

There are few different types of inground swimming pools available on the market. The most popular ones include vinyl liner pools, concrete and fibreglass. It is very difficult to give a price on a swimming pool in general as the different types differ so much with pricing.

How much does a fibreglass pool cost?

For an average sized professionally installed fibreglass pool you can expect to pay around $25,000 to $40,000. The overall price of your pool can vary depending on numerous factors such as the size, the type of pool you choose, where the pool will be located and whether your property has adequate access for machinery and equipment or not.

Additional factors that can alter the overall cost of your pool

How much your pool costs all up comes down to what you need for your pool and the things you are willingly to forgo. Here are some additional things that can affect the price of your pool:

• The condition of the site the pool is to be installed on. Yards with a lot of rock usually require heavy machinery and for longer periods of time to remove it which can add to the cost.

• The duration it takes to install.

• Added features such as heating, lighting, jets, or water features.

• If you are installing a self-cleaning pool or cleaning accessories.

• The quality of the fibreglass pool.

When putting a pool in at your place, it is important to make sure that pool builder you hire has extensive experience and the pool shell comes with an extended warranty. This will ensure that your pool is built to meet national construction and safety standards and it is covered if any unforeseeable issues arise in the future. Many reputable fibreglass pool companies offer osmosis, internal, structural, and paving guarantees. When looking for a pool company be sure to look for these things.

Some may be tempted by the idea of a DIY pool however, if you have no prior pool building experience, it is a disaster waiting to happen. Pool installation is quite complex and if it is not done correctly it can be a major safety risk. It can also jeopardise and insurance policies you have in place.
When investing a decent amount of money into something as substantial as a pool it’s a good idea to buy the highest quality pool that you can, not only to ensure that it lasts a long time but also to reduce the amount of money and effort associated with running and keeping it clean.

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How much does a vinyl-liner pool cost?

Vinyl liner pools are not as common as concrete or fibreglass pools, the reason for this is the expensive ongoing maintenance they need. The liner is not as durable and strong, and it needs to be replaced every 5 to 10 years. This does not come cheap either, costing around $4,000. The cost to put in a vinyl liner pool is much the same a fibreglass pool and because they require more costly upkeep they do not appeal to many buyers.

How much does a concrete pool cost?

Concrete pools are the most expensive swimming pool to install and this is simply due to the fact that they are built entirely on site which takes a considerable amount of time and work. For a long time concrete pool used to dominate the pool industry however, fibreglass has taken the lead for the most popular pool type. This is because of their superior quality and the pool care that is required is minimal in comparison to concrete. The interior of a concrete pool needs to be resurfaced every 10 to 15 years which costs around $10,000. Understandably, this is an expense that some are not willingly to continuously outlay for a pool.

How long the pool takes to install

How long your pool takes to install can have a big impact on the overall cost. Put simply, the longer it takes to build the more expensive it will be. As fibreglass pools are premade they are usually very quick to install and can take less than a few weeks. Concrete pools on the other hand are built from scratch onsite and can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to install.

What are the ongoing expenses involved with pool ownership?

The amount your pool will cost to run the time you will need to spend cleaning it depends on which pool type you choose. Concrete pools typically cost the most to run and maintain as the interior surface is highly porous which makes them prone to algae and bacteria outbreaks. This results in the pool owner having to spend more money and time on the pool in an effort to keep it clean. The seams and lining of vinyl liner pools are also known to house bacteria and algae.

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What are some of the ongoing costs of a fibreglass pool?

Fibreglass pools are by far the easiest and most cost-effective swimming pool on the market. The interior surface is nonporous which makes it extremely hard for algae and bacteria to harbour and multiply. Once they have been installed they require very little care to keep them clean.

Here are some ways you can reduce your ongoing pool expenses:

• If you choose to have heating for your pool, solar is the most economical option. It harnesses energy from the sun rather than running up your energy bill.

• Ensure that you balance your pool’s water levels correctly. By doing this you can reduce the amount of chemicals needed to clean the pool or accidentally overdosing the pool with chemicals.

• Maintain your pool’s equipment on a regular basis.

• Clean your pool weekly.

• Buy a pool cover. They reduce the rate of evaporation, chemical and heat loss by up to 70%. This can save you a significant amount of money.

• Saltwater systems are typically more expensive initially to install however, the salt is far cheaper to purchase than chlorine.

• Install a solar pump.

Some final factors to take into consideration

Deciding which pool type is best is up to the individual and their preferences although, most of us do not want to spend a lot of money or time to keep our pool clean. Fibreglass pools really are the easiest and least expensive pools to maintain. Here at Barrier Reef Pools Queensland we specialise in luxury fibreglass pools that are affordable to run and a breeze to look after. If you would like to know how much your dream pool will be, give our experienced team a call today to organise your free onsite quote.