Your Guide to Selecting Affordable Fiberglass Pools

by Pool Builders on 01-06-2010 in Articles

The decision to purchase and install a swimming pool is akin to other major life investments. While not quite the same as buying a home, building a pool is very similar to buying a high end vehicle or a recreational camping vehicle. Just as with vehicles, there are numerous choices, types and price points associated with swimming pools. In-ground fiberglass pools are a wise choice for the discerning homeowner.

When making such a serious investment, it is wise to look at all of the in-ground pool options. There are three basic types, concrete, fiberglass and pools with vinyl liners. Concrete pools are the Cadillac or BMW of the in-ground pool arena and their cost is far beyond the more reasonable prices of liner or fiberglass pools. An initial cost assessment will nearly always show that a vinyl pool is less costly than a fiberglass model, to the tune of five to 10 thousand dollars.

While this is certainly appealing, the problem with this assessment is that it relies solely on the initial investment costs and does not take into account the lifetime expenses involved in owning and maintaining a swimming pool. The savvy soon-to-be pool owner recognizes that liners will eventually need to be replaced and concrete pools require re-plastering.

Neither one of these of these necessary maintenance activities will be needed in the short-term, however the whole idea of investing in an in-ground swimming facility is the fact that it will be around for the lifetime of the family owning the home, 20 to 30 years. Liners need to be replaced in about eight to ten years and most concrete pools will need tile work or re-plastering in about the same timeframe.

Fiberglass pools that are well-maintained require no extensive overhauls and this can mean a long-term savings in the neighborhood of three to five thousand dollars. Companies that install concrete or liner pools rarely offer the opportunity for homeowners to opt to do some or most of the preparation work themselves. Several reputable fiberglass pool companies offer a variety of options and price points based on the homeowner's desires and handy-man skills.

The least expensive option overall that is only for the most skilled of homeowner's is a self-installation package. Under this scenario, the homeowner receives the fiberglass pool shell and equipment but takes responsibility for all of the nitty-gritty labor; excavating, leveling, backfilling, and concrete work. For those with the skills, the costs average between $15,000 and $30,000 dependent upon pool size and options. At the other end of the spectrum are the homeowners who opt to leave the entire process to the professionals, from installation to concrete to electrical work. Some even opt to build the safety fencing required into the package. The average costs for a full install for fiberglass swimming pools is between $45 and $60 thousand.

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