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Swimming Pool & Spa Costs
Adding in a swimming pool to your home can greatly increase its resale value, and it can do a lot to improve the curb appeal. Of course, those homeowners with families who simply want to take advantage of a warm climate will also get plenty of personal use from an outdoor pool or perhaps even a spa. Since this can be a big-ticket item, adding or upgrading your existing pool or spa is generally a big decision that needs to be carefully budgeted. Let this guide help you better understand some of the various costs associated with building a new pool, heating a pool, adding a spa or repairing an existing pool.
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Costs of Installing an Outdoor Swimming Pool or Spa
There is no question that installing an outdoor swimming pool is a serious upgrade for the home, but it is also one that comes with a significant price tag. Trying to determine the specific price of your project will depend on a number of factors, but size will certainly be a big one. As you might expect, a small pool will be a lot more affordable than a large one, and any extras like a diving board, a small slide or the addition of a patio surrounding the pool will all drive up the cost. Materials used in the project, including vinyl, cement and tile, also play a role in the final cost. However, homeowners should expect to pay anywhere from $14,961 to $21,649, which is the median range for this type of project. Spas, since they are substantially smaller in size, will cost less. Prices for spas typically range between $3,210 and $5,613 for outdoor installation.
Costs of Heating A Swimming Pool
If you plan to have a heated pool, you will need to install some kind of heating system. While this makes the pool a better option for year-round recreation, it also does increase the price. The three options for a swimming pool heating system include the more common gas heaters, the quite affordable heat pumps and the eco-friendly solar heat systems, which are ideal in climates that receive a lot of sun. Expect to pay roughly $2,700 to add a heating system to your swimming pool.
Above-Ground vs. In-Ground: Comparing Costs
In terms of overall value for the home, in-ground pools are the best bet. However, they will cost more overall. Pools installed in-ground call for professional excavation, which will require additional heavy machinery, labor and supplies. The cost of an above-ground pool can often be half that, or even less, than an in-ground pool, but it may not be as aesthetically pleasing. Ultimately, each homeowner has to decide which option is best for their property.
Costs of Pool & Spa Maintenance
Even after you have your swimming pool or spa installed, there will be some regular maintenance required. Much of the maintenance can be done by you, if you have the time, but many homeowners opt for professional assistance. Maintenance might include removing debris from the water, chemical testing to ensure that you have the correct pH balance, or checking the pool liner for any cracks or holes. The average cost for swimming pool or spa maintenance is $178.
Costs of Pool & Spa Repair
Some of the most common repairs needed for outdoor swimming pools and spas include replacing the liner, replacing the pool filter or refinishing the surface. The costs of each of these projects can vary widely, but expect to pay an average of $786 for professional pool repair.
Last updated on Jan 26, 2016