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December 17, 2021

If you are thinking about putting a swimming pool in your backyard, you probably have a lot of questions. One of which might be “how much does it cost to build a pool?” Not only are pools great additions to a home but, depending on what type they are, they can also last for years. This means that the upfront costs you put towards installing a pool will pay future dividends.

When it comes to the cost of building a pool, a lot of factors come into play. In this article, we will go over the ones that answer the above-mentioned question.

Different types of pools

First and foremost, you need to decide on what kind of material you want to build your pool with. There are three popular types to choose from: concrete, vinyl, and fibreglass. It’s also possible to find pools with steel or aluminum walls.

Concrete pools are custom-built, being capable of refitting to almost any shape, size, and/or depth. These pools often go by “Gunite pools” or “Shotcrete pools” due to concrete being shot from a gun onto steel walls. Generally speaking, it takes longer to install a concrete pool than any other pool type, often between three and 12 weeks. However, it is the strongest of the bunch and is the most durable.

Vinyl pools consist of a preformed flexible liner that fits in the excavated hole. It is secured to a strong steel, aluminum, or non-corrosive polymer frame. Most vinyl pools are rectangular, but some manufacturers provide freeform liners and pools in the space of an L. The average construction time for building a vinyl pool is one to three weeks.

Fibreglass pools are factory-moulded into a giant bowl, which a crane puts into the excavated hole. Therefore, the installation of these pool types can be a lot faster than other pools. Sometimes, it can take only three days. They have a smooth, durable gel coat finish that is also stain resistant. Fibreglass is nonporous, unlike concrete pools, so there are fewer pool chemicals and a lot less algae.

To learn about modular building materials, check out our article Types of Modular Building Products.

The cost to build a pool

For a project of this size, budgetary matters are crucial. Answering “how much does it cost to build a pool?” requires serious calculations and considering several factors. Prices can differ depending on the pool size, shape, type, pool location, labour and permit costs, materials, excavation costs, landscaping, and filtration.

Size, shape, type, and location

The average cost per square foot for in-ground pools ranges from $50 to $125. The most critical factor regarding the cost is the size of the pool. The bigger the pool, the higher the project will cost. A large pool will, of course, require more equipment, materials, and labour.

Pools come in an array of shapes, and the material often establishes what the shape of the pool can be. As previously touched upon, concrete and vinyl are generally malleable. Fibreglass pools are limited to shapes that the manufacturer designs. The most popular pool shapes include rectangle, round, oval, kidney, lagoon, and full-L, among several others. Other pool types include above-ground, cocktail, lap, infinity, and plunge.

The location has an impact on the cost to build a pool. Building a pool in an urban area is typically a more expensive process than building a pool in rural areas. This is largely due to a higher living cost boosting prices for labour.

Permits and labour

Labour costs tend to fluctuate depending on the type of pool. The labour costs of in-ground pools are more expensive than those of above-ground pools. If extensive excavation is necessary or if deck installation occurs simultaneously, the costs of labour will increase. On average, the labour prices to build a pool are between $5,000 and $30,000. It ultimately will depend on the pool’s size, design, and shape.

Pool-building permits usually range from $200 to $300, but these prices can vary depending on the pool type. Your geographic location is also a factor in determining the price. Before work to build the pool starts, you or your contractor have to submit paperwork requesting a permit. Remember that your pool needs to undergo inspection prior to finally using it.

Final thoughts on the cost to build a pool

There’s a lot to consider when installing a swimming pool, especially when it comes to costs. Make sure you understand what factors go into that total amount when planning out your pool. To get a quote for your pool installation, contact our Calgary construction location. Moreover, if you want to learn about general construction costs, read Breaking Down the Cost of Construction Per Square Foot.