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Installation and Maintenance: How Much Does a Swimming Pool Cost?

Did you know that a swimming pool can add value to your home? This goes without saying that a swimming pool is an investment. There are many costs to consider and to take into consideration. The installation will only happen at the beginning, but afterwards – you’ll need to open and close it at the beginning and the end of every summer.

In fact, it is not a one-time payment kind of investment. You need to insure it is well maintain and consider you might invest in repair costs. In order to avoid bad surprise, we answered the question you might be asking yourself: How Much Does a Swimming Pool Cost?

You still don’t know what type of swimming pool is best for you, find out before going into the cost of buying one.

Cost of Swimming Pools

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How Much Does a Pool Cost?

Swimming pools come in various designs, shapes, and sizes. The cost of building a pool depends on many external factors, including whether it is an inground, above ground, infinity, or a semi-inground pool. 

Apart from the type, here are few other factors that affect the cost of a pool.

Factors Affecting the Cost Of a Pool

  • Size of pool
  • Type of material
  • Type of water 
  • Time of year 
  • Ground conditions
  • The location 

*You should also consider the fact that your home insurance will cost an average of 20% more than it used to just for having a pool. It is a must to have a reliable home insurer to guarantee protection in case your pool causes any water damage to your property.

How Much Does It Cost to Sanitize your Pool Water?

  • Saltwater Chlorine Generator Cost: $800-$1,500 
  • Annual Saltwater Pool Maintenance: $50 to $100
  • Annual Chlorine Pool Maintenance Cost: $120

How Much Does a Above Ground Pool Cost?

Size 

Type of material 

Type of water 

Average Cost 

18 ft. Round

Steel

Mineral/Saltwater

$2,300

18 ft. Round

Aluminium / Resin

Mineral/Saltwater

$3,600

27 ft. Round

Resin

Mineral/Saltwater

$4,800

Sources: Pool Supplies Canada, HomeGuide, NBC

How Much Does a Inground Pool Cost?

Size 

Type of material 

Type of water 

Average Cost 

10 ft. x 20 ft. 

Vinyl

Saltwater/Mineral

$20,000

10 ft. x 20 ft. 

Concrete 

Saltwater/Mineral

$30,000

10 ft. x 20 ft. 

Fiberglass

Saltwater/Mineral

$45,000

Sources: AlpineCredits, ElitePools, NBC

How Much Does a Semi-Inground Pool Cost?

Size 

Type of material 

Type of water 

Average Cost 

12 ft. X 18 ft. 

Oval

Galvanized steel

Saltwater/Mineral

$7,000

27 ft. 

Round

Galvanized steel

Saltwater/Mineral

$9,500

18 ft. X 33 ft. 

Oval

Galvanized steel

Saltwater/Mineral

$10,400

Sources: Pool Supplies Canada, Sima Canada

How Much Does a Infinity Pool Cost?

Size 

Type of material 

Type of water 

Average Cost 

12 ft. x 24 ft.

Vinyl

Saltwater/Mineral

$75,000-$100,000

12 ft. x 24 ft.

Fiberglass

Saltwater/Mineral

$120,000

12 ft. x 24 ft.

Concrete (Gunite)

Saltwater/Mineral

$140,000 – $160,000

*Infinity pool costs $31,000 to $44,000 more than a regular inground pool.

Sources: Home in Canada, HomeAdvisor, Fixr, Premier Pools and Spas

How Much Does an Exercise Pool Cost?

Size 

Type of material 

Type of water 

Average Cost 

700 square feet

(Lap Pool)

Vinyl

Saltwater/Mineral

$18,500

700 square feet

(Lap Pool)

Fiberglass

Saltwater/Mineral

$35,500

700 square feet

(Lap Pool)

Concrete (Gunite)

Saltwater/Mineral

$44,500

*The average cost of Hydropool swim spas is around $20,000-$35,000.

Sources: HomeAdvisor, HydroPool

Factors Affecting the Installation Cost of a Pool

  • Type of pool
  • Size of pool
  • Time of year 
  • Ground conditions
  • The location
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How Much Does It Cost to Install a Pool?

Type of pool

Average cost of installation 

Above ground pool 

Round 18 ft.

$1200 

Inground pool 

10 ft. x 20 ft.

$30,000

Semi-inground swimming pool 

(Round 27 ft.)

$1000-$3000

Infinity pool 

(12 ft. x 24 ft.)

$100,000

Exercise pool 

(Hydropool)

$3,000-$5,000 

Sources: HomeGuide, HomeAdvisor, HydroPool

How Long Does It Take to Install a Pool?

Type of pool

Average installation time

Above ground pool 

Round 18 ft.

1-3 days

Inground pool 

10 ft. x 20 ft.

8-12 Weeks

Semi-inground swimming pool 

Round 27 ft.

3-5 days

Infinity pool 

12 ft. x 24 ft.

12 weeks

Exercise pool 

(Hydropool-Above Ground)

1 day

Exercise Pool with external Swim Current Generator

8-12 Weeks

Sources: HomeGuide, SwimmingPool.com, Country Leisure, Fixr

How Much Does It Cost to Maintain a Pool?

The cost to maintain a pool depends on the sanitizing agent being used, type of interior, water heater equipment, water filters, and size of your pool—the amount averages at around $300 to $500 per summer.

Opening an Closing Costs of Pools

Type of pool

Average opening cost

Average closing cost

Above ground pool 

Round 18 ft.

$250

$150

Inground pool 

10 ft. x 20 ft.

$400

$300

Semi-inground swimming pool 

Round 27 ft.

$190-$300

$150-$240

Infinity pool 

12 ft. x 24 ft.

$400

$300

Exercise pool 

Hydropool

$400

$300

Sources: HomeGuide, Upgraded Home, Fixr

Electricity Consumption Cost of Pools

Type of pool

Average unheated electricity consumption cost per summer (4 months)

Above ground pool 

Round 18 ft.

$300

Inground pool 

10 ft. x 20 ft.

$500

Semi-inground swimming pool Round 27 ft.

$400

Infinity pool 

12 ft. x 24 ft.

$500

Exercise pool 

Swim spa/Hydropool

$300 -$600 

(Depending on current generator)

Sources: Home Advisor, The Spa Shoppe, River Pool and Spas

Repair Costs of Pools

Type of pool

Average repair costs in the summer (4 months)

Above ground pool 

Round 18 ft.

$190 for leak repairs

Inground pool 

10 ft. x 20 ft.

$315-$1000

Semi-inground swimming pool 

Round 27 ft.

$580

Infinity pool 

12 ft. x 24 ft.

$3600

Exercise pool

Swim spa/Hydropool

$500 

per year

Sources: Home Advisor, AlpineCredits, HomeGuide, The Spa Shoppe 

Cleaning and Water Chemistry Costs of Pools

Type of pool

Average cleaning and water chemistry costs per summer (4 months)

Above ground pool 

Round 18 ft.

$400

Inground pool 

10 ft. x 20 ft.

$400

Semi-inground swimming pool 

Round 27 ft.

$580

Infinity pool 

12 ft. x 24 ft.

$4000

Exercise pool 

(Hydropool/Swim Spa with hot tub)

$400-$500

*Annual Saltwater Pool Maintenance: $50 to $100

*Annual Chlorine Pool Maintenance Cost: $120

*Chlorine Pool Maintenance: $75 to $160

Sources: Home Advisor, Fixr, HomeGuide, The Spa Shoppe 

What Is the Cost of Hiring a Professional Swimming Pool Maintenance Service?

The average cost of hiring a professional swimming pool maintenance is between $1,000 and $1,200 per summer, with a weekly and bi-weekly cleaning service fee ranging from $100-$150.

Although you can cut costs by maintaining the pool yourself, the quality of work will not be the same as that of a professional.

By hiring a professional, you can get the following services:

  • Salt cell inspection and cleaning
  • Pool cleaning
  • Test and balance water chemistry
  • Vacuuming the surfaces of the pool
  • Shocking the pool
  • Scrubbing surfaces, including the walls and steps

And much more!

Conclusion

Installing and maintaining in a pool can seem expensive, but consider it as an investment. Not only it will bring you joy in the warmer months, it can add value to your home. 

If you are still wondering what type of pool is the best for you, consider your budget, space available and energy you want to put in maintenance while choosing the right pool for you.

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