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By the time most homeowners have decided to commit to buying a pool, the weather has already started warming up. You start thinking about coming home from work and hanging out in the pool or grilling out on the weekend. Reality is that by late spring or early summer when the weather is starting to warm up, most pool builders are already booked out one to two-months on new installs. Don’t compromise or sacrifice the dream you have of the pool in your backyard, but rather talk with your builder and find out their timeframe of when they think that your pool would be completed (with good weather and no major hold ups on permits). The earlier you plan and talk with your builder and lock in a contract, the more swimming season you will have to be able to enjoy that new backyard.
One of the first questions we often receive from perspective customers, is “how much will my new in-ground fiberglass pool cost?” This is a complicated question that cannot be answered without knowing the customers’ expectations and vision for their pool. If you just look at the National average as a starting point for getting a fiberglass pool installed it would be around $46,000 turnkey (ready to swim). Now begins the tricky part, every pool will have different starting costs or permit fees, and some clients might select higher end options such as upgraded LED lighting, automated controllers, and so on. No backyard is the same as the next, some areas might need more excavation work done than others. One site may need a retaining wall built due to ground slope and one person may have more expensive permit costs, depending on the county in which they reside. Not only will this factor into the cost of what the pool will be, but the features that are chosen will cause variances within costs as well. Some people may want the basic 10x20 foot pool with a 4-foot perimeter concrete deck. While others may decide to have a larger 16x32 foot pool with a raised spa and spillover, surrounded by a natural stone deck. All these variables come into play when deciding on your vision of backyard paradise.
There is good news about deciding to choose a fiberglass pool to put into your backyard paradise. Whether it includes keeping it simple or going all out and making it uniquely yours. When looking at cost alone, fiberglass is not the cheapest upfront, but compared to owning an inground vinyl liner, or a Shot-Crete or Gunite pool it is the cheaper option in the long run. Vinyl liners will need to be replaced on average every 10 years, while Shot-Crete or Gunite pools will need to be resurfaced and retiled approximately every 12-15 years. The cost of having a new liner put in, is around $3500-$5000 depending on the size and shape of your vinyl liner. While a Shot-Crete or Gunite pool will cost around $18,000-$25,000 to have resurfaced and new water line tile put on. So, although a fiberglass pool is not as cheap in the beginning as a vinyl liner or as expensive as a Shot-Crete or Gunite pool it does have long term benefits when compared to other in-ground pool options.
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The cost of running your newly installed pool greatly depends on how you choose to upfit your pool starting from day one. Depending on if you choose to own a concrete pool, vinyl liner, or fiberglass will be just the beginning of your daily running cost.
Lets look at a Shot-Crete or Gunite Pool first. The surface of a concrete pool is very porous and therefore requires more maintenance to keep your pool from having algae and bacteria flareups. In order to prevent these unwanted organisms in your swimming pool, more chemicals will be needed in order to keep that water sparkling clear, which therefore requires more money to be spent on chemicals. If you live in a warmer environment concrete pools seem to be more susceptible to black algae which is very expensive and difficult to remove. The black algae has roots and with a concrete pool being porous, those roots imbed themselves into the plaster and are very difficult to get rid of.
Vinyl liner pools are cheaper to maintain then a concrete pool, but still more expensive then a fiberglass pool. If a lot of chemicals are used on a vinyl liner, for example to open a pool for the season, large doses of shock or liquid chlorine over time can cause a liner to become brittle and take years off the life of your liner. Vinyl Liners are also susceptible to rips and tears if a tree branch or pool furniture falls in your pool during a bad storm and do I even need to mention the dangers of glassware or beverage containers in or around your pool?
Finally we have fiberglass pools, which tend to have the lowest upkeep costs of either a concrete or a vinyl liner pool. Once your fiberglass pool is installed there is very little maintenance to be done on it. You may want to wax the gelcoat above the water line to insure you get the most life out of it since it is not under the water and susceptable to UV damage. Because gelcoats on fiberglass pools are not porous like a concrete pool it can be cheaper and easier on the homeowner to control problems that they might have with algae. And if you plan to have a pool think about not just the cost in the beginning, but what it will cost monthly in order to maintain that backyard paradise.