Any swimming pool type is going to vary in pricing depending on the elected manufacturer. Plus, there are plenty of add-on purchases that can influence pricing depending on the buyer. With that said, the goal here is to give you an idea as to the cost of a one-piece fiberglass pool. We’ll also compare fiberglass to the two other common pool types—concrete and vinyl.
Cost of a fiberglass pool
If you are interested in the pool shell only (the pool container, essentially), then the prices will range as follows:
- Small Shell (26’ or less): $10,000 to $19,000
- Medium Shell (between 27’ and 34’): $13.000 to $20,000
- Large Shell (35’ feet and over): $15,000 to $27,000
*Price ranges per homeadvisor.comFiberglass pools come pre-shaped to fit into the ground, making for a simpler and quicker installation process. This type of pool looks very nice, though, its primary selling points are durability and easy maintenance.
Understand, however, that the pool shell alone will not get you very far. Most swimming pool installation companies offer packages which include the shell, shipping, excavation, pump and filtration, backfill and filling the pool.
As in most cases, purchasing the installation package is going to be more cost-beneficial than purchasing each item by itself. Beyond the pool shell, pricing is generally rather standard. All in-ground pools are going to require similar installation aspects, regardless of the shell material.
Labor costs will depend on the size of the swimming pool and excavation (pipes/plumbing). For a typical 26’ pool, you can expect labor to cost between $1,000 and $1,500. Labor plus all of the necessary materials will likely cost $10,000-$15,000. Thus, once the cost of your fiberglass shell is accounted for, your overall price to this point would be around $35,000.
Again, there is a lot that goes into having a swimming pool established and ready to dive into. Personal preferences will have a major influence on the overall cost as well. For this reason, it is best to sit down with the manufacturer and the installer to truly pin down the pricing specific to your needs, preferences, and expectations.
Compared to vinyl and concrete
Due to their durability, fiberglass pools are commonly the most expensive pool types. But that should not scare you away. Rather, it should convince you further that a fiberglass pool is an excellent option. We’re not saying fiberglass is twice the cost of vinyl or concrete. It might be $10,000 more than vinyl and a few thousand more than concrete.
Vinyl’s lifetime is 4-5 years before it will have to be replaced. Therefore, the replacement costs will eventually add up and cost more than what your fiberglass pool did when you had it purchased and installed 25 years ago. Concrete, on the other hand, almost matches fiberglass’ durability; however, concrete will have to be replastered every 10 years or so, costing between $6,000 and $10,000. Point being, fiberglass ends up being the surefire, less-stress option. One you have it, you have it. You won’t have to worry about a replaster or a complete replacement.
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