Do you Want to Build Your In Ground Pools? There Are 6 Things That You Must Consider Before You Start

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When summer comes, one thing that most comfortable is to throw yourself to the swimming pools. Throwing yourself into the pool will undoubtedly refresh the body and calm the mind.

Most of you may think that the design of the pool is not something to pay attention with. However, it could be another matter for you who are more caring and sensitive to the form of a swimming pool with a variety of uniqueness, and one of those is inground pools.

In this article, we will help you to make your private in ground pools. We will help you the understand better the type, step to build and of course the good builder. Our great hope as usual is after reading this article you are being more enlightened about the in ground pools…

Without any further delay, Let’s check it out!!

1. Introduction

1.a. What is Inground pools?

A swimming pool is a large hole in the ground that has been made and filled with water so that people can swim in it.

1.b. How an Inground Pool Works

All swimming pools work in the same method, no matter the shape, size or whether it’s a backyard pool or a inground pools. They all use a combination of filtration and chemical treatment to constantly clean a large volume of water.
To maintain clear water, an inground pool needs the following components:

  • A motorized pump
  • A chemical degrree
  • A water filter
  • Drains
  • Returns
  • PVC plastic plumbing connecting all of these elements
  • A basin

the flow of pool work process

Water pumps in a continual cycle, from the pool through the filtering and chemical treatment systems and back to the pool again. The pumping system keeps the water in the pool free of dirt, debris and bacteria. Heaters are sometimes used to keep the water stay warm.

2. Steps to create a Pool

The very first step in building a swimming pool is making a plan. You must choose your site conscientiously, while remembering your budget limitation too. These decisions need to be well thought out before your pool becomes a reality, because it will become your important features in or around your home.

beautiful inground pools facing the ocean

To be more precise, let’s divide it into steps:

2. A. Step I: Decide What Is the Purpose of Your Pool

What is the purpose of your swimming pool? Do you want to relax, doing healthy exercise, or entertain friends and family? Defining the purposes now will help you choose the best location for your pool and decide on the style that meets your needs.

2. B. Step II: Think About Financial Aspects of Pool Ownership

You must think about the financial aspects of owning a inground pools If the pool is attractive, it will be considered an asset.

Before you start your work, it is advisable that you check with your insurance agent to make sure that you have sufficient protection. Despite of the contractor and his subcontractors should carry responsibility and property damage insurance, a manual check is strongly recommended.

Maintenance factor is also a part of financial aspects. Routine pool maintenance will include keeping the water chemically balanced and sanitary, maintaining the support equipment, and cleaning the pool surfaces. You have 2 choices, first is by using a pool service professional and the other one is doing some or all of them by yourself.

2. C. Step III: Determine Your Yard Size and Conditions

In addition to your yard’s dimensions, think about your yard’s slope, soil type and accessibility for construction equipment. When a yard is level, inground pools are easier to build.

Critical conditions such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil and limited access require special construction and installation considerations and typically add to the overall cost and duration of the project.

Consulting a pool professional is recommended as they will try to comprehend your needs and look for any advice that would suit it best.

exotic inground pools with straw umbrella

2. D. Step IV: Design Your Pool

Once you have determined the yard size and conditions (Step III) as well as what is the purpose of your pool (Step I), you can begin to design your pool. When you choose to design an inground pool, always remember to design the entire poolscape including decks, patio area and water features.


2. E. Step V: Consult a Pool Professional

Consulting a pool professional is a fine idea to help you decide which size and shape would be a best fit for your particular yard as well as calculating maintenance costs.

Make sure to have the newest zoning for swimming pools. Zoning typically covers such issues as fencing and barriers, pool depth requirements for diving boards, set-backs and proximity to utility lines.

2. F. Step VI: Choose a Professional Builder

It is very essential when choosing a professional pool builder. You should talk to at least three builders to get the best comparison. When interviewing possible builders, ask for their period business, ensure that they are bonded and insured, visit their work firsthand or ask for examples of their work, and determine if they subcontract the work or use their own staff.

2. G. Step VII: Choose Your Equipment

By choosing the correct pool supplies for your needs, maintaining a superb pool all year round will be an absolute breeze. In addition to choosing maintenance equipment for your pool, you also want to consider safety equipment such as water alarms, high-tech laser technologies, safety covers and personal safety accessories like life jackets and pool floats.

3. Pool Construction Process

Before you can enjoy your gorgeous new pool, you might have to go through a few weeks of inconvenience in your backyard. However, when the stage of excavation is clear and you enter the next stage which is the stage of designing you will rejoice because this is when the real fun begins.

To summarize, there are three key stages of pool construction:

3. a. Excavation

Before you begin excavation, you must make an access way to your site. To protect any trees or areas from being affected by the pool you can mark the pool lay out.

All of the necessary permits must be gathered by your professional builder, and after that you are allowed to bring the heavy equipment. You need to check the underground utilities before the digging process begins.

3. b. Framing

Your builder will set and secure the substructure of your pool to keep it in place, then the bottom of the pool will be shaped and smoothed. You must set the plumbing system in correct position, install any necessary wiring and then frame the surrounding deck and walkway areas.

3. c. Finishing

Your builder will install the interior finish. Gunite pools are finished with pneumatically applied concrete. Vinyl pools will have a liner installed and fiberglass pools will have a one-piece shell installed.
Once the interior installation is done, the pool will be filled with water and the builder will finish it off with coping, decking and anything else you’ve planned for your pool.

4. Cost and Investment

One of the most popular questions in the swimming pool industry is “How much does it cost to build an inground pool?” The answer is vary based on your location, type of pool, size of pool, added features, etc. However, the most accurate way to get an answer to that question is to get directly from a pool professional.

Generally, you must ready your budget in range of $25,000 to $50,000 for your swimming pool before adding features and extras. But that estimates only an medium pool size, in a city with the average cost of living.

For your information, here are a few factors that will raise or lower the price of your inground swimming pool:

4. a. Size

The size of your swimming pool is the biggest factor in determining the price. For every square foot, ready your budget approximately $50.

4. b. Depth

The deeper the pool, the more labor and materials will be required and with that said goes for the cost too.

4. c. Material

The materials that you use will certainly have an effect on the cost of the swimming pool. If you choose a gunite swimming pool, this it is considered a premium material and will cost more than a vinyl swimming pool. A fiberglass pool will range in the middle as far as cost between a vinyl and gunite pool.

4. d. Location

How much you will pay for the materials is determined by the cost of living in your area. You will also need to pay for permits, which vary from one location to another.

4. e. Shape

If you are looking for a custom or unusual shape, you can expect to pay more for your swimming pool.

4. f. Extra features

Once your pool is constructed, the extras that you add to your pool really customize it. In some occasion the “extras” can cost more than the pool itself. You can add features such as a hot tub, waterfalls, recreational add-ons such as a waterslide or diving boards, accents such as pool lighting, and many more.

5. Inground Pool Types and its Cost (Initial and Maintenance)

Before you build your own inground pool, we recommend you to know better about the type of inground pool based on their material. In general, there are 3 types:

5. a. Gunite

A gunite swimming pool is highly durable and it can be created in any shape. Gunite pools use a rebar framework that is sprayed over with a concrete and sand mixture. It is a preferable method over a traditional poured concrete pool that requires a wooden framework to hold the shape of the basin.

Gunite is extremely durable, so swimming pools made of this substance are built to be timeless. Its versatility means more than the ability to create an unlimited array of shapes. Gunite pools is a popular choice today, due to its durability, versatility and beauty.

Gunite pools’ owner can also choose from a variety of finishes to coordinate with the rest of their outdoor living area. Plaster finishes come in an array of shades to coordinate with the pool decking you choose. Other finishes can be created from glass for a truly luxurious look in your swimming pool.

Homeowners can also select for a variety of features to be attached to gunite pools including custom steps and waterfalls. The flexibility of the material means you can customize a swimming pool to your specific taste and budget.

If you already make a decision to build gunite inground swimming pool, it is advisable to contact a swimming pool contractor that will give you precise building terms and a construction timetable to ensure your project is completed on time and properly and on time.

5. a. 1. Initial cost

Gunite is simply a way of applying the concrete that makes up the pool shell. But when it comes to the initial price of a concrete pool, the primary difference is that there is no Do-It-Yourself option for concrete pools.
When comparing the initial cost of turn-key concrete pools to fiberglass, the pool difference of prices aren’t significant. Most turn-key gunite pool projects typically cost between $50,000 and $100,000. The disparity in price between concrete and fiberglass is in the cost of owning the pool over time. We will tell you later.

5. b. Fiberglass

Fiberglass pools come in most any size and shape thinkable. They are molded pools that are installed in your yard in one piece. Fiberglass pools can be heated to extend the swimming season and can be equipped with fiber optic lights for night swimming.

Fiberglass is a strong, lightweight material that is constructed by weaving small glass threads into fabric and hardening the fabric with a special polyester resin. The weather-resistant gel is added to the pool to make a sleek finish.

5.b. 1. Inititial Cost

Based on River Pools, there are four distinct types of fiberglass pool packages: self-installation, assisted installation, basic installation, and turn-key installation. Let’s take a look at it.

    Fiberglass Pool Self-Installations

A self-installation package would include the pool shell and delivery of the pool to the home. Then, the client takes it from there.

The obvious advantage of installing your own fiberglass pool is what you’d save from reducing the swimming pool installation cost. On average, most people will save between $6,000 and $10,000.

The price of the pool shell is determined by two major factors: the size of the pool and the cost of delivering your pool. If you are considering a self-installation, be sure to ask if the price you are quoted includes delivery. If it does not, be sure to get a delivery quote in writing.

Regarding the shell price, fiberglass pools are basically classified into three size groups: small, medium, and large. Small being roughly 27′ long and under, medium being 28′-34′, and large being 35′ and up. In most cases, you can expect a small fiberglass pool shell without delivery to cost $9k-$13k, medium $12k-$16k, and large $16k-$24k. Delivery fees could range from $600 to $2,500.

    Assisted Installation

An assisted installation differs from a self-installation in that it includes the pump and filter system, plumbing, and labor to set and level the pool shell, do all the plumbing, and partially backfill the pool. These are the most critical (and unfamiliar) phases of the installation. All other labor, materials, and equipment is provided by the customer.

This is a great option for those who have means to excavate their own hole and handle the patio work, but would rather not deal with the headache of leveling the pool, setting the pump and filter, and doing all the plumbing.
Assisted installations typically cost around $4k-$8k more than a self-installation.

    Standard Fiberglass Pool Packages

A standard fiberglass pool package will typically include the following:
The pool shell, delivery of the pool shell to the site, the pump and filter system Installation, gravel for installation, water to fill the pool, maintenance and cleaning equipment, building permit, and some concrete around the pool.

As a general rule, to find the average price of a fiberglass pool package of this type, take the length of the pool and add two to six thousand dollars. For example, a 30′ fiberglass pool package might cost $34,000. Most people will spend another $5k-$15k in pool accessories, electrical work, patio, and fencing.

    Turn-Key Fiberglass Pool Packages

The overwhelming advantage of a turn-key installation is convenience. There is no need for the customer to oversee or manage any aspect of the project. Many clients find it worth the investment to let someone else handle hiring contractors, getting bids, and scheduling and overseeing their work.

On average, most turn-key fiberglass pool projects cost $45,000-$85,000, but projects that require extensive retaining walls, water features, or other elaborate elements can cost much more.

5. c. Vinyl

A custom-made sheet of vinyl between the water and the pool structure is installed in vinyl liner pool. Vinyl liners typically lock their top edge, called a bead, into a track located on the bottom of the coping, which is at deck level.

Underneath the liner is a sand or cement-like floor, specified in dimension to the “cut” of the liner that is to be used. The floors come up to meet the walls, which are commonly 3 ft by 8 ft panels made of galvanized steel or thermoplastic.

These walls are supported from behind so that it won’t give up against the weight of the water. All of the wall panels are secured together to make up the perimeter shape of the swimming pool.

There are many advantages to installing a vinyl liner pool. Vinyl pools are very flexible and cannot crack like a concrete pool, and because of the flexibility with the steel walls, a vinyl pool offers unlimited design options, sizes and shapes for your backyard.

The other advantages is you need not to repaint or re-plaster a vinyl pool, because a vinyl liner makes all surfaces of your pool smooth. A vinyl pool is also less expensive than a fiberglass pool or concrete pool.
Vinyl liners are not limited in colors and patterns as they used to be.

Over time, changing the liner will greatly improve the visual effect of your pool. The cost of the liner will depend on its shape, size, thickness, and pattern choice.

5.c. 1. Initial Cost

Vinyl liner pools are still the “best seller” in certain regions of The United States. This is undoubtedly due to their low initial cost, which is by far their most appealing attribute.

If you want to follow the DIY pool, vinyl liner kits are available for purchase online. Someone building their own vinyl liner pool can probably do so for under $20,000. Base vinyl liner packages from most pool builders typically cost $25,000-$35,000, while turn-key vinyl liner packages will typically cost $35,000-$55,000.

We have already explained the initial cost of each type. Now, let’s take a look at how much it costs to own each type of pool over time.

Here is the chart that show The Comparison of 10 Year Swimming Pool Cost of Fiberglass, Vinyl, and Concrete Pools (Based on

As you can see, there is a huge disparity between the maintenance cost with these three types of swimming pools. Not to discredit the other type, but the cost to own a fiberglass pool is so much less, compared to the other ones. Well, there are two reasons. First, they are incredibly durable. Second, they are very efficient. Let’s take a closer look.

Why Are Fiberglass Pools So Durable?

Modern fiberglass pools are so durable because of the scientific developments in the pool’s gelcoat layer that have occurred over the past decade. The gelcoat layer is the part of the pool we see, touch, and feel.
Modern gelcoats used on many fiberglass pools today will last decades, or possibly even a lifetime, thus eliminating the need for costly refinishing. On the contrary, concrete pools will require expensive resurfacing every 10 to 15 years and replacing the liner in a vinyl pool every 5 to 9 years at a very high cost.

Fiberglass pools are marvelously efficient because the gelcoat layer of the pool is non-porous, thus preventing troublesome algae from embedding into the surface. This equates to less chemical usage, less time maintaining the pool, and the ability to run the pump and filter in shorter cycles or at lower speeds depending on the system.
To sum it up, you will have significantly less maintenance and repair expense with a fiberglass pool. For that reason, it is safe to say that fiberglass pool is the most affordable pool to own.

Why Are Fiberglass Pools So Efficient?

Fiberglass pools are marvelously efficient because the gelcoat layer of the pool is non-porous, thus preventing troublesome algae from embedding into the surface. This equates to less chemical usage, less time maintaining the pool, and the ability to run the pump and filter in shorter cycles or at lower speeds depending on the system.

To sum it up, you will have significantly less maintenance and repair expense with a fiberglass pool. Couple that with the lower cost of chemicals and energy usage, and it is safe to say that fiberglass pool is the most affordable pool to own.

6. How To Choose A Professional Swimming Pool Builder and Contractor

Last but not least, we arrive at the guide to choose professional swimming pool companies. Hiring incompetent and unprofessional contractors can cost you more than the price of a pool construction.

The cost here may be in the form of:

  • Delays in the construction process
  • Use of substandard materials
  • Obvious lies

But, you can easily avoid these unnecessary costs and inconveniences if you hire professional swimming pool builder and contractor. We specifically developed this simple guide to help you in this process.

By the end of this guide, you should be able to hire a good pool contractor and will certainly save some money. Then, what are the key factors you should think about?

6. a. A Correct Budget Reduces Project Failure by Over 50%

It doesn’t matter whether you hire the best swimming pool builder and contractor in town. For the project to be done, you must have a swimming pool budget.

Even before you begin searching for a contractor, you need to have a realistic budget. Your budget should capture the following:

  • Installation cost/labor costs
  • Logistics/transportation costs

6. b.Learn How to Search for a Pool Contractor and Builder in Less Than 10 Minutes

Interestingly, quite a number of companies in the pool and spa enclosure industry rarely do adverts of the services they offer. This becomes the reason why I recommend the following mechanisms to get the best pool contractors:

Search for local contractors – search engines such as Google and Bing have local business listings. You can get possible options within your area. Remember, hiring a pool enclosure contractor within your locality is cheap

Visit the company’s website – you can get information you need from their website. Be careful not to get lured by the hype.

Referrals – Did you know a friend who has installed an inground swimming pool? Talking to these people face-to-face is advisable and a simple way to get a good contractor.

Business directories – you can get a list of companies from the existing business directories.

6. c. Schedule a Meeting with Your Contractor

Now, let’s move to meet these contractors. You need to schedule a meeting with the contractor to have an personal discussion about your project.

It is at this point that you should strive to know whether the contractor can handle the project or not. Mostly, during the discussion, the contractor is likely to compare their services to competitors and stress on how they offer better services than their competitors.

Take this opportunity to learn more about other companies in the industry. During the discussion, any claim must be supported by a verifiable document. At this point, you need to ask all possible questions about their services.

6. d. Make Sure Your Contractor has a Proof of Professional Experience And Expertise

Still related with point before, can the contractor produce an evidence of their technical expertise and experience? Do they have any professional training on swimming pool installation?

Inground pool installation require technical expertise and professional training like any other construction projects. The reason is crystal clear: not anybody can handle mechanical, plumbing or electrical work such as riveting, forming polycarbonate, installing electrical systems, etc.

Only trained swimming pool installation technicians will be able to interpret pool technical manual. They can handle all technical aspects of swimming pool installation process.

You shouldn’t believe the random company’s project portfolio easily. There are a number of companies having a false product portfolio to lure unsuspecting individuals. Just to be safe, let the company provide you with the physical address or phone number of their previous clients.

6. e. Request for License And Insurance Documents

Never hire a swimming pool contractor from companies whose legal existence is questionable. Such contractors are impostor who rarely fulfill their promises and have a bad intent.

You need to check the validity of the license to ensure the contractor is still authorized to conduct businesses with a given geographical area.

You should verify the contractor license to confirm whether they are active. At times, authorities may deregister a company for breaking construction codes. Remember, it is very difficult to file complaints against unregistered companies or claim for compensation.

6. f. Registration with Professional Bodies is a Compulsory

Licenses and insurance policies is not enough, you should look for professional bodies that oversee the installation/construction of pool and spa.

The professional bodies have some statutory functions such as:

  • Promote and maintain construction standards
  • Assist in prosecution
  • Assist in certification and accreditation of companies
  • Investigate complaints
  • Review accreditation

To make it simple, avoid companies that are not registered with the professional or accreditation bodies. Such companies are simply trying to avoid accountability.

Most of these professional bodies have online portals where you can confirm whether a contractor is actually registered with them.

More importantly, you should confirm that the company doesn’t have any complaints or cases about lack of skill and substandard services.

6. g. Evaluate the Terms and Conditions for The Entire Project

Over than 85% of homeowners do not read carefully the details of contracts when they sign contract with the swimming pool construction companies. It is ridiculous to find that other homeowners only have a verbal agreement.

This is the inconvenience , unless you have all the offers in writing, none is legally binding. Without a legally binding document your pool contractor may ignore some aspects of your verbal agreement.
The fact that you’re dealing with a fully registered and reputable contractor doesn’t imply that you should ignore a written contract.

Here are 7 essential components of a construction contract:

  • A clear duration/time frame – when the contractor expects to start and complete the project
  • Payment schedule – how should you make payments and also under which conditions
  • Which aspects can make the contract invalid?
  • What are the other services included in the contract apart from the swimming pool and spa construction?


After finished reading our article, hopefully you will know that making a good timeless swimming pool is not as difficult as most people understand it to be. All you need to do now is follow what you have read.

You already know the advantages and disadvantages of those three types. Now is up to you whether you build a kind of swimming pools.

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