A swimming pool can be a luxurious addition to any home. If you're considering having a swimming pool installed you should consider all the expenses that can happen with this process before making an investment in a pool project. In this article we have taken a cost averaging methodology to give you an idea of the costs that can occur with a pool project. The total cost of a swimming pool can vary from market to market and each pool company will have different installation costs. This post is to be used as a generic guide for understanding the expenses involved with a pool install. 

Let’s have a look the costs of installation types of in-ground swimming pools such as fiberglass, vinyl liner, and concrete or shortcrete pools. This will give you a better idea of what’s a good fit for your budget and space availability.

Labor Expenses for Installing a Pool 

It’s important to tell you; some home owners prefer the “self-installation” package where the pool is handed to them for project install. If that’s the way you wish to take your pool plan, please ignore this section as it doesn’t pertain to you or your total pool project expenses.

For those who need professional help (recommended), it’s smarter to start with the standard labor fees before diving into specific pool types.

In most circumstances, the labor costs are going to settle in the $35-50 per hour. Please think about, that these fees are going to be different based on the pool company, and the more high end builders that work with the best name brands can be as high as $70 per project hour before materials are accounted for.

Always inquire about these rates before starting a project with a contractor. It can help expedite the project and your knowledge of what’s being charged to you versus what you're expecting.

Getting a Pool Quote 

To have a better understanding of how much each pool install costs, you want to get a good understanding of the general requirements of each project part of the total pool project.

Remember, no two swimming pool projects will be exact, and most have to take into account the space to work with and the total requirements of the project. So, what are some of the variables that need to be known for a in-ground pool project?

Variables May Include:

1) Backyard dimensions and layout.

2) In-ground pool dimensions.

3) All materials needed for the project.

4) Safety precautions – hand railings, proper markings, pool covers, etc.

5) Free-form, rectangle, custom shapes, etc.

6) Depth of swimming pool – shallow, deep and mid pool height levels.

7) Diving boards, jumping rocks, swim jets and other pool features.

8) Fencing for safety to help protect your investment and meet safety standards.

9) Lighting for safety, security and mood. 

10) Contractors – how many will be in my yard and will their labor affect the cost.

these variables, and based on what a property owner requires from the swimming pool installation process, will ultimately determine the total expense. The pool owner should always count on spending more than expected to be on the safe side. Always sit down and talk with a pool guy to determine how much it’s going to run and try to determine any unforeseen issues.

If not, the quote could end up being much greater than anticipated due to the additional needs related to the project. These expenses are always going to play a greater role on cost once the swimming pool has been completed. 

Fiberglass Swimming Pools

Now, that we have discussed the variables that should be considered, let’s talk about the specific types of pools available for sale.

With fiberglass swimming pools, you should consider  a cost of roughly $15,000-$35,000 (based on size).

Vinyl Liner In-ground Pools

The next type of in-ground swimming pool would be the vinyl liner pool. These are beautiful pools that can provide many years of enjoyment when designed the right way by swimming pool professionals. 

The costs associated with a vinyl liner pool are going to settle in the range of $10,000-$30,000.Vinyl liner pools can be a great choice for people wanting something robust and unique.

Concrete Pools

The third option one will have is a concrete swimming pool, and this is the most expensive type of pool. This is going to end up costing in the range $15,000-$40,000 or more... 

With concrete pools it’s important to remember they can be customized to your heart’s content as the installer can build them from the ground up. You will have total control over what can be done with your custom pool.

To reflect, there are three types of in-ground swimming pools and the fees for those pool types can differ in many ways. If you're still undecided about which pool type to choose one of our pool guys can explain the difference and why. All three pool types have their strengths and weaknesses, so it's best to look at these advantages along with your budget to determine what is best for you.