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What influences the cost of a swimming pool?

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Thinking of installing a swimming pool in your backyard? No doubt, the first question you’ll be asking is “how much will a pool cost?”. This can be a difficult question to answer as there are a number of things that will influence the cost of a swimming pool.

The cost of an average size rectangular pool is one thing. But then there are the optional extras such as lights, robotic cleaning system, heating and pool covers. This article will help you gain a better understanding of the overall cost of a swimming pool.

What influences the cost of a swimming pool?

When budgeting for a swimming pool, you’ll need to consider the influencing factors as well as the optional extras. This will give you a more realistic number to see whether a pool is attainable and worth the investment.

Factors that will influence the cost of a swimming pool:

1. The site

A flat, open site is the most cost-effective place you can install an in-ground swimming pool. Landscape work required will be minimal and you may not need additional engineering to create your ideal pool. If you do have a sloping site, an above ground pool may be a way to keep costs to a minimum.

2. The access

The majority of pools are located in the rear of the yard which can cause a headache when it comes to accessing the site. While most professional pool teams are well accustomed to navigating tight and difficult areas, limited access for machinery and soil removal can make the job more challenging. Difficult sites may require a crane or specialist equipment which will increase the total cost of a swimming pool.

3. The ground conditions

The soil of most yards will be suitable for a straightforward pool installation, however, this is not always the case. Where there is a floodplain, soft soil, rock or extensive root systems additional ground preparation will be required.

4. The pool size

An obvious contributing factor to the cost of a swimming pool is the size. Not only will you require extra materials to construct the pool shell, you’ll also have more groundwork to undertake. The site to excavate will be larger and the soil removal greater. You’ll also need to factor in the additional expense to finish a larger pool as well as the ongoing running costs such as heating.

5. The pool type

The type of pool you choose to install will determine its price tag. Typically speaking, an off the shelf above ground pool will be your most inexpensive option. A concrete pool will be at the top of the range.

6. The finishes

How you choose to finish your pool will influence the overall cost of your pool project. The most inexpensive finish is concrete leading up to a fully tiled pool. The finish you choose will not only impact the aesthetics of your pool, but also its resale value and durability. For an explanation about pool finishes, click here.

7. The pool system

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Outdoor area and pool by Entrenched Landscapes featuring Arbon limestone

Not all pool pumps and filtration systems are equal with some more powerful and energy efficient over others. You’ll want to choose the most suitable system for the size of your pool and its location. When deciding between pool filters, the right system will depend greatly on how much maintenance you’re willing to do.

8. The cleaning system

The type of cleaning system you choose will determine how much money you spend on the pool and how much time you will spend maintaining it. You’ve got the option to spend very little and choose a telescope pole and brush or splash out on a fully automated system.

9. The optional extras

There is a diverse range of optional extras on the market to choose from when designing a pool. These can be the popular must-have’s of lighting, pool covers and heating to the more extravagant features of programmable LED light systems and water features. If you’re on a tight budget, make a list of the key features you need and steer clear of the upsell!

10. The running costs

Finally, something many homeowners forget to consider is the annual running costs of owning a pool. One of the biggest bills you’ll receive after you’ve built a swimming pool is the electricity. Some pools will use more energy than your dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer combined! The energy costs will depend on the pump and heating system you’ve chosen to install. You’ll also need to add the cost of water on your list, particularly if you don’t have your pool covered.

The rest of the standout running costs of a pool relates to maintenance. You’ll need to factor in the cost of a pool cleaning team as well as the additional chemicals needed to keep your pool clean and healthy. Like all appliances and services of the home, pool equipment will also require maintenance from time to time to keep it running smoothly. Unfortunately, installing a swimming pool isn’t just a one-off cost.

For more pool tips and advice, visit the pool section of our Learning Library.

Feature image: Pool designed by Naked Architecture finished with Bluestone flagstone. 

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