What It Takes To Have An Inground Pool Installed


There are a number of factors that go into swimming pool installation, not the least of which is finding a reliable contractor to do it at a reasonable price.

Swimming pool installation is expensive, sure, but if there are problems preparation, excavation or with the finished project, it can cost you additional time and money.


The average cost of an inground pool is between $37,000-$67,000 dollars. This cost varies quite a bit by region, design and materials chosen, time of year, and whether or not custom features are purchased.

For example, adding a hot tub can tack on another $2,000, and your average waterfall feature is anywhere from $1,000 to more than $5,000 depending on the style and size.

Another factor in determining the cost of your pool is the base material. Swimming pools today are made with concrete, vinyl lining or fiberglass. The most expensive to build with, and maintain, is concrete. But it also last the longest. Up to 100 years if properly maintained.

Fiberglass can be significantly less both to install and maintain, but only lasts a fraction of the time. Less depending on whether or not the owner uses a pool cover, or if they live in an extra hot climate. However, fiberglass is the easiest material to clean.

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A vinyl underground liner will need to be replaced about once every ten years. While not cheap, they are generally the cheapest option of all three. Also, they still require annual upkeep.

The nice thing about vinyl is that it’s a versatile material. For a relatively low price you can have a variety of custom shapes and designs. It’s also a natural algaecide, which helps bring maintenance costs down.


Fiberglass pools are created with pre-made shells that have holes dug to fit their shape. If you prefer to do your own swimming pool installation, this is a good option. The only disadvantage is that they run small, about sixteen feet long, so you are limited in your pool size.


There are two types of concrete used for inground pools. One is Gunite and the other is called Shotcrete. Both are designed to utilize less water than typical form-set concrete and can be applied using a power sprayer.

Because it’s so durable, and can be applied to any shape or design, concrete is usually the first choice for custom design homes. If it is acid-washed every few years, you can prevent mold and algae growth.

Final Notes

Be sure you have a reliable contractor that understands all the building codes for installing an inground pool in your area. If you are including any unusual special features, find out if they will include those in the cost, and if the inspector will need to sign off on those items before construction can proceed.

Swimming pool installation will leave your backyard virtually unusable for weeks. It requires large machinery, a big crew and a big mess. When it’s finished, though, you will have a playground paradise only steps away.