Inground and Above-Ground Swimming Pool Costs

If you’re considering investing in a swimming pool, the costs might be overwhelming to sort through. Whether you’re opting for an inground or above-ground pool, you might be asking yourself, “How much does this really cost?”

The following average cost breakdown will help you weigh your options and see if the investment is affordable for your family.

Inground Pool Costs

Your inground pool costs can vary widely depending on many different factors coming into play. Before providing an estimate, pool providers will assess the following elements:

  • Pool shape, size, and depth
  • Installation site
  • Type of materials
  • Extra features
  • Plumbing requirements

These can significantly influence the final inground pool costs and should be taken into consideration. The following is an average cost breakdown for a mid-sized vinyl pool:

Excavation: Assuming you don’t already have an excavated area to install a pool, excavation costs can start at around $1000 depending on your local rates and backyard ground composition. Excavation includes the initial dig as well as backfill around the pool after it is built.

Dirt Hauling: Often time, you will end up with excess dirt after excavation. If you are unable to haul this dirt away yourself, this can add an additional expense starting at $300.

Electrical Work & Labor Costs: Often times the bulk of swimming pool expenses, having experienced professionals assist in plumbing, electrical and general installation work is important. Expect this to range from $500-$2000 depending on your desired features.

Concrete: The “concrete collar” of a swimming pool refers to the surrounding edge that frames and supports the pool walls. Concrete costs generally average around $100 per yard including delivery, so expect a 18’ x 36’ pool to need at least $800 in concrete.

Floor Material: Finished material on the bottom of your pool is important to prepare the site for your liner. Different materials include vermiculite, cement, sand, crushed stone dust or masonry sand. Depending the material you pick, expect the cost to range from $500-$1000

Pool Liner and/or Pool Kit: Your pool liner or kit is will determine the shape, style, and size of your pool. Expect this to cost between $2000-$7000 for an inground swimming pool.

Total Cost:  $5,000-$15,000

Above Ground Pool Costs

Above-ground pools can be a more affordable option for homeowners looking to enjoy a backyard swimming pool. Usually, the cost breakdown is split between two main components: the above ground pool kit and the installation costs:

Above Ground Pool Kits: An above-ground pool kit usually consists of an above-ground pool liner, walls, ledges, steel uprights, and any additional accessories or equipment. You can often buy these elements separately or as a package. Prices range widely but usually fall between $1400-$5000.

Above Ground Pool Installation: For a standard round pool, professional installation costs generally range from $1000 to $2000. While it is possible to install on your own, working with a professional can help prevent any costly mistakes.

Total Cost: $2,500-$8,000

LinerWorld offers a wide variety of above-ground pool liners, accessories, covers, and filter/pump equipment. Contact an experienced representative today to learn more about how LinerWorld can help with your swimming pool needs.

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