At this point the swimming pool bug has got you. Now its time to do some research; How Much Do Fiberglass Pools Cost?
In this article we will focus on fiberglass pools and what to expect a complete pool project will run. Fiberglass pools land in the middle of the swimming pool price scale, up from vinyl liner and less then gunite. The pool itself is not the only thing you are going to purchase. Base package for our pools include the following items;
- Fiberglass Pool Shell
- Pool Freight
- Equipment- Pump, Cartridge Filter, Heater, Automation
- Light (one or two depending on size)
- Equipment pad
- Electrical to pool from pad
- Gas line to heater
- Vacuum Head
- Wall Brush
- Pool Hose 45′
- Chemical test kit
- Permit Fees Up To $250
- Concrete (Broom Finish) 4’ Surround
- Trucking (material Haul away)
Each companies base package varies so be prepared to ask the right questions. Some will only include the most basic items to make the pool function to have a lower base price. We structure our base price on what is installed at 99% of homes today. We feel that items like a pool heater in the midwest is something that is “Standard” and not an “option”. Cost influencing additions include automatic cover systems, slides, water features, spas, and games to name a few.
Fiberglass pools can range from $30,000 to $60,000 installed. Medium pools are typically mid $40,000 and large pools are $50,000 and up. The price starts to significantly increase when the pool finishes are upgraded. Upgrading the concrete to stamped can double the cost, pavers can be 3x the cost of the basic deck price. When looking at a swimming pool project it normally breaks down into three categories, fiberglass pool size, landscaping, and fencing. In most cases to turn your backyard into an “Oasis” the landscaping/hardscaping can match or double the cost of the pool itself. Once again what makes for a stunning oasis is the whole project not just the pool. The best course of action is to have a budget for both the pool and for the landscaping and have it done at the same time, there is no point to have the yard torn up twice.
There are some things you can do to save money. Variable speed pumps are energy efficient and can pay for themselves in as little as two years. Automatic cover systems are a great security feature but it will also save you up near 90% in heating costs. The biggest cost savings are fiberglass pools themselves, they have the lowest cost of ownership out of all the swimming pools on the market!