What Does A Swimming Pool Cost | Fibreglass Pool vs Concrete Pool

So, what does a swimming pool cost?

The number one question we get asked is “How much is a swimming pool going to cost?”. It’s a very hard question for us to answer as there are a lot of different factors to take into consideration when pricing a pool project.

Firstly, it depends on the type of pool you want to install. In New Zealand there are three common types of inground pool – concrete, fibreglass and vinyl-liners. These three pool types significantly differ from one another and so do their price tags.

Let’s look at concrete pools. Choosing to build a concrete pool means you can choose whatever shape and size pool you want to suit your home and lifestyle. It’s very hard to give you an idea of the cost of a concrete pool as they are mostly bespoke designs. Generally, prices are similar to those of a fibreglass pools but the upper limit can be much, much higher.

Most people think that a concrete pool will be stronger and more durable than a fibreglass pool, however there have been some huge advances with fibreglass technology and now most fibreglass pools come with warranties that match or surpass that of a concrete pool. Our Compass Pools range of Bi-luminite Fibreglass Ceramic pools come with a lifetime warranty. So, if you are the original owner that warranty will last the entire lifetime you are at that property, and if you move it can be transferred to a new owner in the first 25 years.

Vinyl-liner pools can be installed both above and below the ground. These pools are less popular in New Zealand than a fibreglass or concrete pool. An above ground vinyl-liner pool can seem attractive because of the lower initial install costs, and in-ground vinyl-liner pools can be installed professionally for around the same cost as a fibreglass pool.

There are options available for DIY in-ground vinyl-liner pool kits, which cost around $10,000, however it’s important to note that this does not include any extra installation costs. In-ground vinyl-liner pools require a concrete floor to be poured first, meaning extra contractors are needed for the excavation and concrete work. If this is your preferred option of pool, we advise you to do your research first to find out all the additional construction requirements needed.

When it comes to fibreglass pools there are a few different options to choose from. Some fibreglass pool companies offer DIY pool kits which you can buy and install yourself to save some money. While your DIY pool kit might only cost you around $15,000, it’s important to understand the additional installation costs you’ll face on top of that, not to mention the associated risks and other hidden costs of installing your own pool. Most people find having a professional pool builder supply and install their pool is more cost-effective, less hassle and gives them peace of mind that their pool is safe and secure.

The price range for getting a new fibreglass pool installed by a licensed pool builder starts at around $30,0000 – $35,0000 for an entry level pool and can cost up to anywhere from $70,000 plus. The factors that influence the cost of your pool mostly come down to personal preferences, the conditions of your pool site, and the technology of the pool shell, which depends on the manufacturer.

Overall, it’s important to understand that there are a few factors that will affect the cost of your in-ground pool:

  • Access to your pool site: Can we easily get a digger in and remove the soil? Is there access to the site to lift the pool in? Will we need a crane, a hiab, or a helicopter?
  • Condition of the soil: What is the ground like where you want to put the pool? Are you removing dirt, rocks, volcanic rocks? The different types of spoil are charged at different rates by the council for removal, which ultimately affects the cost to you.
  • The size of the pool you choose: Are you looking for a small pool to simply cool off in during summer, a family pool for the kids to play in, or are you wanting to swim laps?
  • Choosing a pool to suit your lifestyle: Do you have a few hours a week to spare cleaning and maintaining the pool? Or would you prefer something time-saving with lower maintenance?
  • Pool features: What pool features do you want? Do you want heating? Lighting? A cover?
  • Quality: The quality of product you opt for, including the pool shell manufacturing method. Not all pools are built equal, so it pays to do your research.

Not only is it important to weigh up the initial cost of installing your new in-ground pool, but what will the ongoing maintenance costs be?

Again, with all three pool types these differ greatly. In comparison to fibreglass pools, both vinyl-liner and concrete pools require more ongoing maintenance and attention. Vinyl-liner pools are more susceptible to punctures from sharp objects and generally have a life expectancy of five to ten years, with the vinyl-liner needing to be replaced at least once in that period. For an average sized vinyl-liner pool you’re looking at $4,000 for a good quality liner.

Concrete pools also need more ongoing attention than fibreglass pools. Due to their porous nature, concrete provides the ideal breeding environment for algae and bacteria, which means you’ll spend more time cleaning your pool and spend more money on chemicals to make sure your water stays safe and healthy for swimming. The rough surface of concrete is also more prone to attracting black algae which can be expensive and difficult to remove.

It is also important to note that concrete pools require regular aesthetic maintenance. Every three to five years a concrete pool normally needs to be acid-washed, and every ten to fifteen years it’s quite standard to re-plaster or resurface the pool, adding a substantial amount to the ongoing running costs of your pool.

A fibreglass pool doesn’t require you to spend a lot of time, effort or money with ongoing maintenance costs. In fact, once it’s in the ground there isn’t much you have to do at all. Providing you follow the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines and maintain stable water conditions and the right levels of chlorine all year round, you shouldn’t need to re-coat or resurface your fibreglass pool.

The gelcoat surface of our Compass Pools is smooth, which makes it difficult for bacteria and algae to grow. So as a result you don’t need to use as many chemicals and you might even be able to cut down on the amount of time you run your filtration system, which means you’ll spend less on power.

The Compass Vantage self-cleaning and circulation system is a great system to add to your Compass fibreglass ceramic pool. It works by improving the circulation of your pool water making it hard for bacteria and algae to grow and spread. Although a bigger investment upfront, the system will save you a considerable amount of money on chemicals, cleaning equipment and power. And you won’t need to buy a manual or robotic cleaner, which have a limited lifespan. Plus, you’ll save time maintaining your pool, so you can spend more time enjoying it.

One last piece of advice to consider when comparing pool prices. It’s important to consider the future when you invest in a pool. When you come to sell your home, will you be able to get that initial investment back or even build on it? You want the pool you add to your property to add value and be an attractive feature for prospective buyers, not a cause for concern or apprehension.
Buyers in the real estate market can be summed up in two categories, they either like the idea of owning a pool, or they are wary about it. Most people who are wary of having a pool are worried about the ongoing maintenance costs and time. Having a fibreglass pool means the effort and cost of owning and maintaining the pool are minimal. And a fibreglass ceramic pool from Compass with Vantage makes life even easier, it practically takes care of itself.

From 1st January 2017, all Compass Pools sold in New Zealand will be sold with a pink exterior to celebrate our recent partnership with the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

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