In-Ground Pool Prices: The Different Types and Costs of In-ground Swimming Pools  

by Pool Builders on 01-31-2011 in Articles

In-ground swimming pools are more expensive than above-ground swimming pools however they are a permanent home improvement that can increase a yard's aesthetic value. In case you ever sell your property, these kind of pool are more appealing to potential buyers. In-ground pool prices range from $7,000 to $80,000 USD. There is such a large range of prices for in-ground swimming pools because a lot of factors can get involved in the construction of this type of pool. These factors include:

- The size, depth and the location of the swimming pool.
- The materials used for the pool like vinyl, fiberglass or concrete.
- Decking
- Gates and security fences
- Landscaping cost i.e. removal of trees
- Choice of coping and tile.
- Installed filtration system.
- Choice of swimming pool contractor.
- Installation of a heating system.
- Special pool features like slides, diving boards, waterfalls, mosaic tiles, landscaping, etc.

The average estimated costs for installing in-ground pools are:

- $7,000 to $16,000 USD (vinyl)
- $15,000 to $25,000 USD (fiberglass)
- $17,000 to $45,000 USD (concrete or gunite)

The above costs can increase depending on extra features that may be added.

In-ground pool prices and types:

Vinyl liner in-ground swimming pools - installation costs for these are generally much less than for other types and the time it takes to set them up are also faster; about 1 to 3 weeks. The vinyl liner must be replaced every 7 years at an average of $3,000 to $6,000 USD including labor. Chemical maintenance expenses will be lesser compared to other types of pools.

Fiberglass in-ground pools - the options for sizes and design are limited to the manufacturer's shapes. These come in pre-fabricated fiberglass shells similar to bathtubs and are installed as one piece. Installation timeframe is about 2 weeks. Depending on the added features, the cost of installing a fiberglass pool can be the same as a concrete in ground pool. As with vinyl however, the cost of maintenance is lesser than a concrete pool.

Concrete or gunite in-ground swimming pools - these are the most common types of in ground pools and are mostly custom designed by the owner. Construction time can take 3 to 12 weeks. These have the widest range of in-ground pool prices with costs averaging between $15,000 and $25,000 USD. The annual chemical maintenance cost of this type of pool is around $200 to $400 USD.

When comparing the prices of these, it is essential to decide how the pool will be used: for entertaining guests, for family fun, for fitness, etc. Also, take your time in shopping around for a reliable pool builder that can give you a realistic estimate of all costs.

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