In ground pools come in three main types, in regard to their surface material. Fiberglass pools may cost around $30,000 to $90,000 to install, depending on how much of the work is done by the homeowner and how much by the contractor. You can expect to save $5,000 to $10,000 by opting for self-installation. You might save $2,000 or $3,000 by doing only part of the work yourself. Concrete normally has no DIY option, unless you have some rare skills, and costs around $50,000 to $100,000 to install. Vinyl liner pools are the cheapest route, costing around $20,000 to $50,000 to install.
Orange County, California, has one of the highest home pools per household rates in the whole U.S., and orders for new pool installations are not slowing down. Most Orange County homeowners who’ve decided to put in a new outdoor or indoor pool have spent a good deal of time on planning. They will have chosen a desired pool shape and depth and decided on their pool surrounds “ambiance.” Yet, many times, homeowners don’t stop to consider the overall costs of both installation and maintenance. Those who do, however, often opt for an in ground fiberglass-pool.
In Ground Pools; Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl
The real advantage of fiberglass in ground pools, however, is the maintenance cost savings. Fiberglass-pools now use a specialized protective gelcoat layer that lasts for decades and never needs refinishing. Over a 10-year span, expect under $4,000 in maintenance costs. With vinyl lined pools, expect to spend $10,000 to $12,000 on maintenance over 10 years. And you have to replace the liner every 5 to 10 years. For concrete, expect to pay out over $25,000 in maintenance in a decade. This includes an acid wash every five years and a replastering job every ten. Fiberglass’ savings derive from its durability and from its non-porous surface, which minimizes algae cling and uses less expensive chemicals. And the gelcoat also allows you to “get away with” using less electricity on running your pump and filter.
It is clear that in ground pools vary greatly in initial and ongoing costs and that fiberglass-pools have the edge. This is especially the case on maintenance expenses. Also note that the gelcoat of fiberglass-pools makes them easier to clean as well. If you are interested in learning more about installing and maintaining in ground pools in Orange County, feel free to contact Orange County Pools and Spas today by calling 714-280-3118 or by filling out our online contact form.