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t's a sunny day and you think, "I wish we had a swimming pool." A backyard pool is part of the Australian dream, but the cost of installing a swimming pool puts many people off. A fibreglass pool can be a cost-effective alternative to an inground concrete pool, but how much is it going to cost?

Fibreglass Pool Cost Considerations

If spending $100,000 or more on an inground pool is not an issue with you, you have nothing to worry about. If $50,000 is outside your range, you can still have a backyard swimming pool, but you'll have to consider your options more carefully. In terms of cost:

Above ground swimming pools are usually less expensive than inground pools Fibreglass pools can be less expensive than concrete pools The size of your pool will make a difference to its price Access issues may make a pool more expensive

Why do you want a swimming pool? Is it for relaxation, exercise or both. If it's for exercise, you don't need to buy an Olympic sized swimming pool. Fibreglass lap pools are available or you can choose an even smaller exercise pool with resistance jets for ""swimming in place."" If you want a pool for relaxation, how large does it have to be? Does it need to be an inground pool or can you build a nice deck around an above ground fibreglass pool?

Fibrreglass pool builders today offer far more styles and sizes than they did in the past. With so many options, it's possible to match your pool with your budget. However, the cost of the pool alone is just one cost consideration. When you get quotes for fibreglass swimming pools, also think about:

The cost of pool fencing (required by law in most parts of Australia) Pool decking or paving Pumps, heaters, lighting and other accessories Landscaping Council approval

A good pool builder will be able to give you a complete quote that will include the cost of a building permit. They will also help you through the approval process and oversee the project from start to finish.

How Much Does a Fibreglass Pool Cost?

So how much is your fibreglass pool going to cost you? At the low end of the scale, it's possible to purchase a small above ground pool and have it installed for under $20,000. Increase the size and add fencing and the cost will be closer to $30,000. If your budget allows, you can have an inground fibreglass pool installed for around $40,000 to $50,000 including fencing, a pool surround and some landscaping. This would be for a fair sized swimming pool up to 8 metres long by 4 metres wide.

If you're able to lash out and get the pool of your dreams, fibreglass might be a better choice than concrete. Fibreglass pools can last just as long as concrete and many homeowners choose fibreglass because maintenance is easier. A 12.5m by 2.5m fibreglass lap pool with paving and glass fencing might set you back $90,000, but if that's what you want and you can afford it, you'll have a wonderful pool that will add to the value of your home.

Asking, "How much does a fibreglass pool cost?" is a little bit like asking how much a new car costs. It depends on the quality of the pool and the extras you need. An inexpensive car can get you to work and back as easily as an expensive car. You can enjoy a less expensive swimming pool as much as you can enjoy a top-of-the-range pool. Get quotes from pool builders , do a little "tyre kicking" and you can have your backyard pool dream come true.

Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 14 July 2015 to reflect current market pricing.


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