If you are considering adding an inground swimming pool to your yard, one of the most important questions you will probably have is: how much will it cost? The truth is that there is no clear answer—the cost of a pool can vary greatly based on several different factors, including the size, the material used, site conditions, and any added features.
According to HomeGuide.com, the average cost of an inground pool in 2020 ranged from approximately $28,000 to $55,000. On the lower end of this price range are liner pools, which are basically above-ground pools that are placed into an underground cement base with reinforced walls. While many liner pools are cost-effective options, their sizes and shapes are limited to what the pool manufacturer offers. And with the addition of custom features, some liner pools can negate their main advantage of affordability, with costs potentially skyrocketing upwards of $100,000.
Another option is fiberglass pools, which range from approximately $30,000 to $65,000. Fiberglass pools are manufactured at an off-site facility and shipped intact to the destination. Like liner pools, they are limited in size, shape, and optional features.
At Aqua Pool and Patio, we have more than 50 years of experience with building a third option: high-quality, long-lasting gunite pools. Gunite pools are composed of raw materials, like cement, sand, steel, and masonry products, and typically cost between $50,000 and $70,000. However, basic gunite pools with a freeform kidney or similar shape may start in the low $40,000 range, while more elaborate structures can exceed $100,000. Gunite pools offer a variety of benefits, such as:
- Custom shapes and sizes. Because gunite pools are hand-built to suit your property and your vision, there are essentially no limitations when it comes to their shape or size. Gunite pools can be constructed to fit very small backyards or those with irregular boundaries—but they can also be large and opulent, or anywhere in between. Gunite pools can be built to accommodate your existing landscape, rather than having to alter your property to make room for a pool.
- Unlimited options for add-ons. Since gunite pools are so customizable, it is easy to add any features you may desire—such as attached spas, waterfalls, sun-shelves or a baja shelf, in-floor cleaning systems, in-pool seating areas, and much more. Gunite serves as the perfect blank slate for creating the pool of your dreams.
- Long-lasting durability. One of the strongest advantages of gunite pools is that they recoup their costs over time. They have the longest lifespans of any pools on the market, require lower maintenance costs, and are uniquely suited and engineered to withstanding harsh New England winters. While inground gunite pools may not necessarily be the least expensive option for building a pool as far as upfront costs, they tend to save money in the long run.
If you’d like to add a pool to your backyard, the professionals at Aqua Pool will work with you to create the best design for your budget, needs, and goals. To learn more about our pool building process, visit https://www.aquapool.com/new-gunite-swimming-pool-construction/ or call us today at (860) 623-9886!