Inground Pool Prices vs. Above Ground Pool Prices, & Pros and Cons

On February 2nd, 2011 by Robert Miller | No Comments | Posted in pool-prices


No doubt about it – inground pools are expensive.  Inground pool prices can range from $25k to $60k+ for the initial installation, plus the cost of maintaining the pool over its lifetime. For comprehensive information on how to buy an inground pool, I recommend the site below:

How to Buy a Swimming Pool the Right Way

Alternatively, you can buy an inground swimming pool kit for much cheaper.  Tip: You can find great-quality but inexpensive inground pool kits at the website below:

Inground Pool Kits – from Specialty Pool Products

A typical inground pool kit costs around $8k-$12k+ for the pool only, plus an additional $2k or more for accessories such as pump and filter, chlorinator, pool cleaner, lights etc.

Also, if you don’t really need a pool that’s deep enough to dive into, and you can do without putting in a slide for the kids, a much more economical option would be to get an above-ground pool instead.  You can get a decent above ground pool for around $600-$1000+, with pricing varying widely from option to option.  Again, you can refer to the same site I mentioned above for a good selection of above ground pools:

Above Ground Pools – from Specialty Pool Products

For your information, below are summaries of the pros and cons of both the inground pool and the above ground pool.

Inground Pool – Pros:

  • Increases the value of your home if you ever want to sell it.
  • Looks much better (more extravagant) than the above ground pool.
  • More durable and therefore lasts longer than the above ground pool.
  • Typically bigger and deeper than above ground pools, and has both a shallow and a deep end instead of uniform depth throughout.
  • More flexibility in design and customization.

Inground Pool – Cons:

  • Fairly expensive – even if you go with an inground swimming pool kit
  • Longer installation time and higher labor costs
  • Not portable – can’t take it with you when you move
  • Costs more to maintain – both in dollars and in terms of time

Above Ground Pool – Pros:

  • Typically a lot cheaper than the in-ground pool
  • Easy to install (you can assemble it on your own, or hire someone to do it for much less compared to an inground pool)
  • Costs less money and work to maintain than for the inground pool
  • Portable – you can take it with you when you move (or sell it)
  • Lots of sizes, shapes and colors to choose from

Above Ground Pool – Cons:

  • Can’t accommodate slides
  • Not deep enough to dive into (usually only 48″ or 52″ high)
  • Depth is uniform throughout the pool
  • Usually not as durable as the inground pool, and doesn’t last nearly as long
  • Doesn’t look as grand as the inground pool

If, having consider inground pool kits and above ground pools, you still have your heart set on a custom inground pool, please see my other post for more information.

The high cost of installing and maintaining a pool is the unpleasant part.  However, don’t forget the reasons why you wanted to get a pool in the first place.  Having your own pool can be a lot of fun not only for your kids, but for you and your spouse as well, and even for your aging parents.  Also, swimming is a great way to stay in shape and is one of the most gentle forms of exercise there is, for kids and seniors alike.  Moreover, if you should ever decide to sell your house, having an inground pool in the backyard means you can sell for a higher price.  In a way, by getting an inground pool you’re investing in the value of your home.

Inground Pool Prices – Costs to Consider

On April 7th, 2009 by Robert Miller | 1 Comment | Posted in pool-prices

A custom inground pool can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $60,000+ to install. For comprehensive information on how to buy an inground pool, I recommend the site below:

How to Buy a Swimming Pool the Right Way

Depending on factors such as the size and shape of the pool, and the accessories and functions you want to get, the final total cost can vary widely.  Some of these factors are listed below for your reference.

  • The size and shape of your pool (rectangle, kidney, oval, etc., or custom – generally the more complicated the shape and the bigger the pool, the more expensive the pool)
  • How labor-intensive the installation is (this varies from pool to pool, depending on design and materials)
  • Pool interior material (e.g. fiberglass, vinyl, concrete, pebble)
  • Pool liner material (e.g. concrete, brick, stone)
  • Type of pool deck (e.g. concrete, brick, wood, stone)
  • Type of stairs (different designs and materials)
  • Type / brand of pool pump and filter

Also, there are certain accessories you can choose to get, that would be nice additions to your pool but will of course elevate the cost.  Some of them are:

  • Diving board, slide, and/or poolside spa (for fun)
  • Control system to remotely control temperature, water level, lighting, filtering, etc. (for convenience)
  • Automatic pool cleaner and chlorinator (to save a lot of time on your part)
  • Pool heater (for comfort)
  • Underwater lighting (for visibility and aesthetics)
  • Fence around the pool (for privacy)
  • Pool cover (for cleanliness and safety) and whether or not it is automatic (for convenience)

As you can see, the final cost of installing an inground pool isn’t easy to determine.  The easiest approach would be to first decide which of the above-listed options are “important to have”, and which ones are just “nice to have”.  Then you can submit that list to a swimming pool builder and ask for a quote.

To get an idea on how much pool accessories cost, please refer to the site below:

Specialty Pool Products – Inground Pool Kits, Above Ground Pools, and Pool Accessories

Inground Pool Prices

On April 15th, 2009 by Robert Miller | 2 Comments | Posted in pool-prices

After deciding what you want your inground pool to include (see post above), you are ready to ask for quotes from swimming pool builders in your area.  For comprehensive information on how to buy a swimming pool, I strongly suggest that you check out this site:

How to Buy a Swimming Pool the Right Way

While you’re negotiating with your swimming pool builder, here are some points to keep in mind:

  • Ask for a complete invoice with all the costs before paying your deposit.  This will minimize the likelihood of surprise expenses later.
  • Ask for warranties on every single component and accessory (pump, heater, etc.) whenever available – these will come in handy a few years down the road.
  • To guard against delays in installation, don’t pay in full before the job is finished, if possible.
  • If you live in Canada, here’s some good news for you: Swimming pools falls under the new Canadian home renovation plan, which offers rebates of up to $1,350 for home renovations.  For more information please click here.