Summer months bring heat. Heat brings sweat. To beat that sweat and heat, most people dive into a pool. You might be wondering how much it would cost to build a pool in your backyard this 2017 summer. Whether it is an above-ground or in-ground, be prepared to spend several thousands of dollars, especially if you want more than just a pool.

In-Ground Pools

Average costs for an in-ground swimming pool nationally is $22,000. This is for a 32′ x 16′ in-ground pool. Because in-ground pools require site preparation, they cost quite a bit more than an above-ground pool, which only averages at around 7,000 to install.

When pools are built in-ground, the costs will automatically increase because the site preparation is expansive and the kinds of materials that are bought are important as well. Most pools begin with a liner. They can be made from fiberglass, vinyl or concrete/gunite. Vinyl linings are the least expensive at the cost of $25,700, while concrete/gunite pools require anywhere from $29,600 to $50,000 to install.

The fiberglass bump up the costs to $31,400 on a national average. Keep in mind that most in-ground pools will also require some kind of fencing (as required by law in many states) to go around the pool, as well as a surrounding patio.

Above-Ground Pools

These are usually sold as kits or by professional pool companies and will require some site preparation that could include the need to level the area and provide access to electrical service. All swimming pools need at least one pump, to ensure the water is circulated and cleaned, and these are usually powered by electricity. The costs of above ground pools have already been addressed. Most will come with their own pumps, filter systems, and ladders.

Additional Costs

In addition to regular equipment such as pumps, ladders, and filters, both kinds of pools need cleaning tools, vacuum assemblies, covers, chemicals and brushes for regular maintenance. Some may even need handrails, thermometers and even heaters. These costs begin roughly at $500, but can easily reach into the thousands.


Chlorine, pH testing strips, and other materials are needed for the pool as well which can set the owner back another 80-95 per month, depending on what kind of pool you choose to build.

There is no one size fits all price when it comes to building a swimming pool because of the many different factors influencing the price of the pool. There are five major areas that will affect the price.

  1. The size of the pool if the biggest factor in determining costs. According to research, for every square foot, expect to pay around $50.
  2. Depth is also part of the pool’s size, but it needs to be addressed separately because the deeper the pool, the more expensive it is to build.
  3. Materials used to line the pool are the last major factor in cost. Gunite/concrete and fiberglass are considered premium materials, while vinyl is the least priced option.
  4. You area that you live in also plays a factor. Generally, the higher the cost of living in the area where you live, the higher the cost to build the pool will become.
  5. Custom shape is the last thing to consider. If you want a regular shaped pool, then the standard 20,000+ price can stand. But if you want a custom shaped pool, you will have to pay extra. With custom shape also comes custom patio surrounding it among other landscaping considerations. 

Whether you decide to build an above-ground or an in-ground pool, make sure you know exactly what you want before you meet with the contractor. That way you will have a much clearer perception of what the cost to install a pool into your backyard will be.

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