How Much does a fiberglass pool cost? What Does a Fiberglass Pool Cost?
When I am discussing a new fiberglass pool with a prospective homeowner, I always like to get one thing out of the way immediately – the price. Our prices are printed on a laminated sheet of paper, they haven’t changed in years and they are there for anyone to see. It is almost impossible to speak with someone about how a circulation system is going to work, when all they are thinking about is, “How much will a new fiberglass pool cost”? Price is not everything, but it is certainly important and let’s get the information out front for everyone to see.
Straight Lined Pool vs Curved Line Pool
One thing pool shoppers pick up on very quickly, is the price differences between a curved wall pool and a straight wall pool. Curves on a pool are beautiful, and are often used to accentuate a landscape feature, but they do reduce the “swimmable” area somewhat. Curved pools will also be more costly when compared to a similar sized straight walled pool. More curves, means more/thicker fiberglass, and that increases costs. Straight walled pools are great for lap swimming, pool sports, and they will also look great in your yard; curves cost.
Be Certain about what is, and is NOT included, to get accurate pricing
When we are pricing our pools the price is unchanged for a standard pool – everything included to be swim ready. Here is what is included in the swim ready price:
* standard color pool shell
* normal excavation
* excess soil removal*
* standard electrical hookup at the equipment location*
* 4′ of concrete decking around the pool perimeter*
* Cantilevered Concrete coping*
* stainless steel handrail (and ladder for pools over 6′ of depth)
* dual returns
* dual main drains
* pump and filter sized to the pool
* choice of cartridge, DE or sand filter
* equipment pad
* manual cleaning equipment
* timer and freeze protection system
* salt water chlorination system*
* color changing LED light (two for pools over 35′ in length)
This collection of standard items on your pool will leave you with a pool, ready to use, and you should never have to add anything ever – unless you want optional items. The items with the red asterisk, are often NOT included in any price you might get, and you should ask.
Things That Will Raise the Price
Of course optional items will raise the price. You should expect to pay extra for the following :
* Heater or heat pump – $4500 – $7000
* Stone coping – $50 a linear foot
* Waterline tile – $27 – $50 a linear foot
* slide – $3500 and up for good slides
* advanced electronic controls – $4000 and up
* water features – $350 each for deck jets up to tens of thousands
* additional concrete, patio lighting, accent lighting – and many more extras
If you decide on your budget, and the style of fiberglass pool you would like, and they are close to each other, you can usually get what you want. A good builder should be aware of price concerns, but if you make pricing your only concern, you will almost certainly disappointed. Knowing what realistic pool pricing should be will let you relax as you interview builders, and prevent surprises when the price is too high – or even worse, too low.