Are you trying to find out how much a fiberglass pool costs in Canada?
Naturally, everyone wants to know what they are getting into when they are buying a pool. Price is a major consideration, however now is not the time to scrimp. You will be looking at your pool every day for many years to come. Focusing on a low initial price may not take quality, maintenance, warranty, and aesthetics into account and these are important considerations in your pool decision.
How much does a fiberglass pool cost? Well, like buying anything else, that depends. Are you buying the pool as a package or buying the parts individually? Are you buying a high quality fiberglass shell, or the least expensive one on the market? Lastly, are you doing the installation yourself, or do you just want to walk out your back door and sit by the pool?
If you are a do-it-yourself type of person, naturally costs will be lower but you will need to invest a lot of time and energy in sourcing materials and learning how to actually do the work. Most homeowners opt for installed packages as the components are matched and installation can be included in the cost if you want. Costs do vary widely, however for the sake of this article we will give you ballpark figures on individual components, excluding taxes or shipping, when applicable. Let’s start with the shell:
- Fiberglass Pool Shell (under 26 feet) Low end $10,000 High End $20,000
- Fiberglass Pool Shell (27 feet to 34 feet) Low End $13,000 High End $20,000
- Fiberglass Pool Shell (35 feet or longer) Low End $15,000 High End $30,000
On top of the cost of the pool itself, you will also need to consider the installation. If you decide to do-it-yourself, you should be highly skilled in construction and excavation. While the package includes most of what you need for the pool itself, you must prepare the site, set the pool and finish off the area. Doing-it-yourself also includes obtaining permits, concrete work, electrical, and fencing. An average self-install will cost between $12,000 and $30,000.
Many homeowners choose a package that includes the pool installation, without concrete decking. This is because most pool companies can complete the project in just a few days and you are not being charged for work on a concrete patio, fencing, or grading after the installation. These packages range from $20,000-$45,000, depending on the size and options. If you decide on a package like this, you will need to hire a company to do your concrete work. Make sure they know how to pour a cantilevered concrete deck around a fiberglass pool, because many do not have the experience.
The most popular purchase option is often a package that includes installation and concrete work. These packages also include cleaning out the pool and doing the final grading. Prices range between $30,000 and $60,000 for this type of work. This type of installation still requires that you do some work, but it leaves the major construction work to the contractor.The last installation includes pretty much everything including fencing and electrical. Most customers pay between $45,000 and $60,000 to have someone else do all the work so they can just enjoy.
Other Costs to Consider
No matter what type of installation you decide on, you may still have costs for a variety of other items associated with the project. Here are the rough costs for some of these:
- Automatic Pool Cover – $5000 – $13,000
- Heat Pump – $3,500 – $6,000, not including hookup
- Lights – $700 – $2,000
- Retaining Wall – $5,000 – $15,000
- Salt Chlorine Generator – $1,000 – $2,500
- Security Cover – $1,300 – $3,000
- Waterline/Perimeter Tile – $1,500 – $3,000
Other extras that are often overlooked include custom work such as pavers or sprayed finishes on your deck and accessories such as ladders, diving boards, pool vacuums and tools.
As mentioned earlier, now is not the time to go cheap, a fiberglass pool is significantly more expensive than an above ground pool. You want a quality pool with a good warranty and you want it installed properly. Sometimes it is worthwhile to pay a little more to get the job done right, but ultimately it’s up to you to decide how much time and energy you want to dedicate to the project. Contact Elitepools.ca for an estimate.