Pool Excavation Cost

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How much does an average pool cost?

I'm doing a landscape assignment that includes a pool and i need to know a cheap price for a pool, preferabley under ground and around the size of 4x8m? And also the site where you got the info from, thankyou!

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You've got a number of variables to contend with here.
1/ Is this a vinyl liner pool? A gunite pool? Or a Fiberglass pool? All have differing costs for the same size pool.
2/ Cost of labor and materials in the area the project is to be done. This differs.
3/ Ease of access into the backyard for excavation equipment etc. If you have to rent a crane to lift an excavator over a house because there's no other way in for example…that adds a lot to the base price.
4/ That dirt from the excavation has to go somewhere. Often it costs to dump it even in clean fill areas. If that dirt contains anything else like construction debris in a sub division that was backfilled in ( common practice) it'll cost more to dispose of. You'd be surprised what's under people's back yards in subdivisions.
This is why pool builders come out to do a site survey first before they give an estimate. Every backyard is different.
I can only give you two guesstimates. One based on a vinyl inground and one based on a gunite in the Toronto area.The backyard being easily accessible.
Vinyl: 20-27 grand. The price will vary with installed equipment. Things like a salt generator will add 1200 bucks to the base price. A DE filter costs more than a sand filter etc….
Gunite: Starts at around 30 grand.

What I suggest you do is to look at websites for pool companies local to you that give base prices for their kit packages for vinyl or fiberglass pools. You won't find anything like this for gunite pools because they are all hand crafted from the bottom up and no two are identical.
With the vinyl or fiberglass pools you can work out typical labor costs since most companies will advertise how quickly they can install them and a pool crew usually averages 4-6 guys.
Failing that…give a pool company a call and ask for their best guess over the phone, letting them know the particulars of this imaginary back yard. Ease of access etc.

Wanting a swimming pool?

But my parents don't want it. :( So, I have told them I am going to take care of it myself. We have 2 acres of land so we definitely have room for a nice underground pool. What would be the costs of this roughly? Also, how much work goes into taking care of a swimming pool by yourself?
If my parents pay for it, I'll chip in some of my little money… I know its very expensive. I'm more concerned with the maintenance aspect of it.

Posted by ErvE
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Proper manitenance of any pool will require about a half hour a day. Not really a lot if you get to use it for an hour or more.

Cost is totally another factor. Ingournd pools can run well over $20,000. With the excavation, cement, and systems.

Why not check out an above bround. They are way less costly and wil hold up well with proper set up fore winter and all. The one I've been looking at is almost a complete package for about 3,000 to 5,000. Depending on the quality of the side walls and liner.

Are in-ground pools with vinyl liners any good opposed to concrete pools.?

I know that vinyl is cheaper than concrete, but I am wondering if I should just spend the extra and get concrete.

Posted by luv2travel
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We had a gunite in-ground pool installed and despite the cost, it was worth it. You have many more custom options with gunite than with vinyl liners. The high price of gunite is mostly in the installation but it holds up better and it's easier to replaster than it is to replace a vinyl liner. If you take good care of the plaster, it can last 15 years or more before needing to be replastered. I found some articles you might want to check out.

"Unlike Gunite Swimming Pools Vinyl lined pools are not well suited for northern climates as they do not stand up well to the ground movement and expansion that occurs in the winter. Therefore, if you live in an area where the winters are cold, you need to pay particular attention when picking the shell for your vinyl pool. It should be strong enough to withstand the pressure that will be exerted on it when the soil surrounding the pool freezes and expands. Winter soil expansion and shifting can create air pockets around or under the floor of the pool which may cause your vinyl pool to collapse, particularly if a large amount of rainwater has accumulated. This shifting of soil will also affect your pool's surroundings, so be sure to wait for a full year before installing a deck or patio to give the soil time to settle." Http://www.skilledcontractors.com/resour…

"Installing a vinyl-lined in-ground swimming pool is a cost-efficient alternative to more expensive in-ground pool options such as fiberglass and concrete. The cost for excavation of the pool site will be equivalent to the excavation costs for concrete and fiberglass in-ground pools, but once that is done, vinyl is a significantly cheaper material.

However, vinyl is a less durable material than fiberglass and concrete, and therefore is less durable and requires more maintenance work: As the vinyl wears out over time, you will need to replace the vinyl liner. This will need to be done every 10 years or so, and will require a commitment of both time and money." Http://www.skilledcontractors.com/resour…

"The primary negative of gunite pools is the cost. Their high quality usually makes them more expensive than other types of pools. On average installing a gunite pool will cost at least $5,000 more than installing a vinyl or fiberglass pool. Colder climates, where the ground freezes and thaws in the winter, add stress to the structure of gunite pools, and therefore require additional steel and concrete, which can boost the cost of installation. Further money is required every 5-10 years or so to resurface the pool and correct staining, chipping and other wear and tear. However, these costs are balanced by the fact that gunite is more durable than vinyl pools or fiberglass pools. Therefore, the long term cost is about equal." Http://www.skilledcontractors.com/resour…

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