Cost Considerations for Your Fiberglass Pool Experience
Few things are more exciting than getting a new pool. Maybe you’re envisioning the sun glinting off of pristine blue water as you sit poolside on your own patio. Or perhaps you’re already feeling cool water and the crisp, clean aroma of chlorine on a hot summer day.
In order to make the dream of a gorgeous new pool a reality, it pays to explore your options. Some considerations when budgeting for a fiberglass pool include:
- The size and shape of the pool
- Fiberglass pool add-ons, such as coping, railing, retaining walls, steps and water features
- Landscaping work to prepare your backyard for fiberglass pool installation
- Installation time, which can be influenced by things like geographic location and the layout of your landscape
Fiberglass Inground Pool Prices
Building a pool is an exciting venture for you and your family. When it comes to fiberglass pools, the price can vary based on certain criteria and options you choose to include to create your ultimate backyard oasis.
We can start with an average range and help you understand the factors that can influence the price of your pool. Once you understand that, you’ll be one step closer to building your dream pool.
Backyard with fiberglass inground pool: $50,000 – $150,000
Note: This range is a basic estimate, exact pricing will vary.
Learn More About Installation Cost Factors
If a builder hits rock while digging for a pool, this can increase the cost, or in some cases, you may need to change the location of your pool. Is your backyard sloped or mostly flat? If your property is on a hill, you may need to have a landscaper reshape the area or build a retaining wall to prevent your pool from sliding in the ground. The wall will also help to keep dirt and debris from sliding into the pool. Discussing these with a dealer or contractor during your initial pool planning can save you time in the long run and mitigate hidden costs.
Did you know that there needs to be a certain amount of space between your pool and your property? Most cities, towns and townships also require pool owners to add additional safety features, such as a fence to prevent people from using your pool without supervision, as well as an alarm system. To understand the specifics of fence height and other safety features, your best bet is to check with your Home Owner’s Authority before you start the pool planning process. Also, make sure to determine the type of material you’re permitted to use in your area so you can make these decisions before deciding on any coping, railing or decking material.
Custom Fiberglass Pool Water Features: Beyond the basics like steps and railings that allow for easy entry into your pool, do you want to add water features like a fountain or bubbler? If so, you may need to run an additional water line in your backyard.
LED Lighting: If you plan to use your pool at night or want to turn your backyard into the ultimate nighttime hotspot, you may want to include some pool LED lights. If you plan to install lights, you may need an additional power source or you’ll have to determine with an electrician how this will work with your current setup.
Custom Coping and Decking: The standard options may add an additional cost to your starting price, but there are also some other options you may want to consider like cantilevered coping that extends around the perimeter of your pool. You want to make sure your pool and decking design fits into the overall aesthetic you want to create in your backyard, but make sure you understand how this can affect the price of your fiberglass pool.
These types of options can influence the initial set price of your pool. Make sure to talk to a pool dealer about the upgrades you want to include.
Generally, most pool owners are required to install a fence around the pool. An alarm system may also be required or at least recommended, so you will receive an alert when someone is close to the pool. Learn more about pool safety so you know what to consider as you’re planning your pool.
If you have any questions or doubts about your backyard, make sure to check with a landscaper who can assess the area and address any concerns before you begin planning your pool.
Pools require electricity for the following functions:
- A pool pump and filter
- Pool heater (if you want to heat your pool without solar panels)
- Hot tub or spillover spa
- Salt water chlorinator (optional)
- Automatic safety cover (optional)
Before you get too deep in the pool-planning process, contact an electrician to help you determine if your current electrical service is adequate to support these new systems. Some pool builders run the plumbing over to the house, while some builders use the existing electrical system.
The location of your electrical panel is also a consideration. Some builders like to have it close by so it’s accessible for the pool. This may mean you need to install a subpanel near the pool. A licensed electrician can help you determine the safest, most cost-effective solution to power your pool and all its systems.
Check Your Pool Warranty
Another factor to consider when you weigh the cost of a fiberglass pool is whether a warranty is included and what it covers. Some pool manufacturers will require you to pay extra for a warranty and this can increase the initial cost of your pool. At Latham, we understand a pool is a significant investment. Our pools are backed by our legendary limited lifetime warranty, which is the longest in the industry and allows pool buyers to have confidence in our products.
Our limited lifetime warranty combined with the minimal upkeep requirements of a fiberglass pool means you can feel good about your investment knowing that it doesn’t come with hidden costs down the line.
Fiberglass Pools are Long Lasting and Durable
If you’re looking for a worry-free pool you can enjoy for years to come, a fiberglass pool is an excellent investment. Compared to concrete pools, fiberglass pools are easier to maintain, stronger and more durable.
The upfront costs may seem higher than other pool types, but this eliminates the need for costly repairs and maintenance. All things considered, a fiberglass pool may actually cost less in the long run because you won’t need to pay for replacement parts or repairs.
Building a pool is just like building a house. If you invest in high-quality materials and features like new window treatments, you save yourself time and money in the long run. You can save a few bucks now by using subpar materials, but you will have to replace things faster and this will end up costing you more. Why not invest in high-quality materials from the start?
Pool Cost Estimator
Use our pricing estimator to get a better idea of what a fiberglass pool might cost. Customize your design to see how different pool sizes, shapes, materials and features will affect the price.
Interested in financing the pool of your dreams? Check out our financing page to learn how you can turn your dream into a reality.
Get a Fiberglass Pool Quote From a Latham Independent Builder
Now that you understand the average cost of a fiberglass pool, we want to help you get a custom quote so you can start planning the pool of your dreams. Take the next step in your pool-planning journey and Contact a Builder to get a more detailed price quote.
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