12 Factors that Determine Swimming Pool Cost and Pricing
Oct 19, 2021
What factors determine the cost of a swimming pool?
Having a swimming pool installed is a popular home improvement project. The question is – how much will a swimming pool cost to build? To give you an idea of what goes into calculating the final cost of a swimming pool installation, we’ve compiled 12 factors to consider.
Swimming Pool Size
For starters, a big part of your pool cost will be determined by its size. Pool sizes don’t have a limit, per se, but unless you’re living in a mansion, you don’t want it to be too big. If you’re planning to have large pool parties or would like to swim laps, you’ll want to build a bigger pool.
Swimming Pool Style
The cost of an inground swimming pool as it relates to style begins with whether it’s constructed of concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl, all of which have different price ranges. As indicated above, a lap pool will be more costly because of its size. The same goes with gunite pools because of their durability. The most expensive style is an infinity pool due to its unique and attractive “infinity edge.”
Many pool owners want to keep their carbon footprint as low as possible, so they opt to install an energy-efficient swimming pool. If you choose to go this route, you’ll pay an extra cost for things like oversized filters, multi-speed pumps, and a custom-engineered piping system. Between the benefits such as reduced energy bills, easier maintenance, and a longer equipment lifespan, you’ll come out ahead.
Location of Your Home
You know the old saying – location, location, location! Although this isn’t a huge factor in many areas, the installation of a pool in northern states is approximately 15 to 25% more than the southern states such as Florida (which is good news for most people reading this). Keep in mind that installation in an urban area will be more costly than a rural one due to higher labor costs.
When a professional swimming pool installer visits your home before beginning the project, one of the things that they will inspect is the condition of the backyard. If there are any trees or big rocks that would impede the installation of the pool, they must be removed. You can also expect higher prices when dealing with steep slopes and other troublesome ground conditions. Project Labor Costs Labor is a big part of a swimming pool’s price calculation. Depending on the specific details of the project, labor will account for 25 to 50% of the total cost of installing or renovating the pool. Also, keep in mind that in-ground pools always have higher labor costs than above-ground pools. The same goes with concrete and fiberglass pools in comparison to vinyl.
Pool Heating Options
Since our great state of Florida is quite warm, most homeowners don’t worry too much about heating their pools. Some residents want nothing more than to have the option of heating so that they can always take a dip without feeling cold. Solar-powered heaters will cost the most, but your energy costs will be much lower than using gas or electricity. A Fence or Enclosure It’s important you consider safety and security of household members and guests when installing a pool in your backyard. You should consider adding a high-quality fence with a lockable gate to keep kids and pets from entering the pool. You can also add a more lavish enclosure such as a stone wall that will give swimmers added privacy and still allow for safety.
A Fence or Enclosure
You must consider the safety and security of household members and guests when installing a pool in your backyard. You should consider adding a high-quality fence with a lockable gate to keep kids and pets from entering the pool. You can also add a more lavish enclosure such as a stone wall that will give swimmers added privacy and still allow for safety.
When adding a pool to their backyard, many homeowners decide to redo the landscape at the same time. While this doesn’t add to the swimming pool costs themselves, it’s something you’ll need to add to your budget. The pool installer may be able to help you out with certain details, but you’ll want to get in touch with a landscape designer for a more specific price point.
Poolside Hot Tub
You might be surprised at how many homeowners choose to put in a hot tub or spa at the same time as their swimming pool. While this is a separate project with its own specific details, the installation will be handled by the same crew that installs the pool. The price of the hot tub or spa will depend on its size, materials, number of jets, and unique features.
Speaking of unique features, there are many different landscape additions that compliment a swimming pool installation or renovation. Water features such as waterfalls and fountains are popular choices.
Contact Larsen’s Pool & Spa for New Pool Construction and Remodeling
As you can see, your swimming pool cost will vary depending on a variety of factors. As Florida’s leading pool contractor, Larsen’s Pool & Spa can give you an idea of how much you can expect to pay depending on your project’s parameters. If you have any questions or would like a free, no-obligation quote, give us a call at (727) 786-POOL (7665) today to speak to our custom pool builders.