‘How much does a pool cost’ is a question pool builders are hesitant to answer – not because they have something to hide, but because pools can vary drastically in price.
While you may not get an exact answer until you source quotes from pool suppliers and installers, you can get a general idea of the average costs of pools.
In-ground Swimming Pools
In-ground swimming pools are the most expensive pools to install, largely because of excavation costs.
The two most common types of in-ground swimming pools are concrete and fibreglass.
According to installers of these types of pools, cost guides are as follows:
- Concrete pools cost anywhere from $35,000 to $100,000+ to install, with the average being around $50,000.
- Fibreglass pool shells cost between $6,500 and $25,000.
- To have a fibreglass pool installed in-ground costs from $25,000 to $75,000+.
The difference in price between a fibreglass pool shell and having the pool installed can be accounted for by the excavation work and the cost of a pump, heater and other necessary accessories.
Above Ground Swimming Pools
Above ground swimming pools are less expensive than in-ground swimming pools, but you need to factor in all the costs associated with them.
DIY kits made from resin shells with vinyl liners start at around $3,500 and can go up to $6,500+.
Timber decking will increase the price a further $1,500 to $2,000, and if excavation is required, it can cost another $2,500 depending on the amount of excavation needed. If you’re installing a larger above ground pool, you may also need to have a concrete slab poured.
When comparing prices of in-ground fibreglass pools or above ground pool kits, make sure everything is included in the kit price. For example, a fibreglass pool shell alone may cost around $7,000, but a complete kit that includes a pool pump, filter, and other accessories might cost $9,000. You may also need to buy a pool heater, which will also add to the cost.
You will need council approval and pool fencing if you want to install a swimming pool in most parts of Australia. If you install an in-ground swimming pool, you will need paving around the pool. With above ground pools, you will probably want to install a deck around the pool. Together, these costs can add thousands of dollars to the total cost.
In most cases, it’s better to get quotes from pool suppliers for complete pool packages. That way you know upfront what all your costs are going to be.
Compare all your quotes carefully. If they are complete quotes and come with long-term warranties, the cheapest quote may be the best buy but don’t settle for an inferior quality pool. A swimming pool is a significant investment and a pool that lasts is a better investment than a pool that will need replacing within a few years.