Swimming pools are an awesome thing to have in your backyard. One thing about swimming pools is the variety you have in materials and construction. Pools come in different shapes, sizes, and materials, making them a truly customizable backyard feature. Before you install your pool, be aware of your options.
There are four basic types of swimming pool materials: Concrete, Vinyl, Fiberglass, and Above-Ground. In this article, we’ll go over each of these materials to help you choose a backyard swimming pool.
Concrete is the most permanent and stable type of pool. But this stability comes with a cost. The average concrete pool installation can cost anywhere between $15,000 and $40,000 depending on the shape and style you’re going for.
This style is best installed by a professional contractor with experience in concrete pool installation.
The installation process usually takes 8 to 12 weeks from start to finish, so be ready for your yard to be a complete mess until it is fully installed.
Fiberglass pools are a less expensive option to concrete pools. This type of pool is also easier to install because it’s a one piece insert that is dropped into the ground.
Because the fiberglass insert is so large, your property will need to have enough room for a flatbed truck and a crane to operate and drop the insert in place.
Fiberglass pools typically cost between $9,000 and $15,000, again depending on dimensions. In addition, the fiberglass surface doesn’t need liner replacement or resurfacing.
Vinyl pools use a vinyl liner installed over manufactured support walls that are stabilized with a bracing system. These pools are very popular with many home owners because of their ease of installation and customizable size and style options.
Vinyl pools are cheaper than concrete or fiberglass, but they do come with the extra maintenance cost of relining the pool every few years.
Above ground pools are by far the cheapest and most common pool type available. Above ground pools are a great option for those that don’t have enough room to install an in ground pool.
While the previously mentioned types are best installed by contractors, an above-ground pool can be easily installed by a do-it-yourself-minded individual. Above-ground pools are much less costly, with smaller units costing only a couple hundred dollars.
Most above-ground pools are not as stable as other types of pools due to how they’re constructed, but their affordability is a great draw for many who can’t afford pools costing thousands of dollars.
These pools are also safer for young children, as it’s easier to keep them from falling in by simply removing the ladder.