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Deciding to install a pool is an investment that will enhance your property's aesthetic, increase your home's value and transform your outdoor living space into a private retreat. In Ontario, the cost of building a pool varies widely, influenced by factors such as the type of pool, site conditions, size, depth, and additional luxury features. This blog will guide you through these key factors, helping you to understand the potential upfront and ongoing costs involved. By exploring these expenses, we hope to help you make an informed decision that aligns with your lifestyle and budget aspirations. Dive into the details with us as we explore what it takes to bring your dream pool to life!

What Does the Price Depend on?

The price depends on various factors. Below, we go into the most critical ones, such as the pool type, size and shape, soil conditions and excavation needs, and additional features. Understanding these factors will provide clearer insights into the financial aspects of building a pool in Ontario.

In-Ground Pool Type

Fiberglass Pool

The average cost in Ontario of installing a fiberglass pool is between $70,000 - $120,000. The size of the pool is the largest factor in the price difference. A smaller 12' x 24' pool will cost around $70,000 - $80,000, while a larger 16' x 40' pool will cost around $100,000 - $120,000.

To learn more about Fibreglass Pools visit our dedicated page.

Vinyl Pool

The average cost in Ontario of installing a vinyl pool is between $60,000 - $100,000. The upfront cost of a vinyl pool is less than a similar fiberglass pool, however, homeowners need to replace vinyl liners every 7-12 years. That can become costly in the long run.

Concrete Pool

The average cost in Ontario of installing a concrete pool starts at $100,000 - $250,000 and can increase from here. While a concrete pool is the most expensive option, it is also the most durable and long-lasting.

Fiberglass Steel Vinyl Liner Concrete
Inground Pool Cost $60,000 - $110,000 $55,000 - $100,000 $100,000 - $250,000
example concrete pool

Size and Shape

The size and shape of the inground pool play a significant role in the overall cost. Naturally, larger sizes cost more than smaller sizes, as they require more materials, labour, water and maintenance. Premanufactured shapes cost less than custom shapes due to the additional design and construction costs.

Fiberglass pools and steel vinyl liner pools come in various premanufactured shapes and sizes. Only steel vinyl liner pools and concrete pools can be customized. For the ultimate customization options, the optimal choice is a concrete pool.

Soil Conditions and Excavation Requirements

The cost of pool installation can significantly increase based on soil conditions and any unexpected obstacles encountered during excavation. Challenges such as rocky soil may require specialized equipment, while sandy or unstable soils may require additional stabilization work, both leading to higher costs. Discovering utility lines or other obstructions during the excavation process can also extend the project timeline, requiring more labour and possibly engineering solutions that could lead to further increased costs.

Additional Features

The additional features highlighted below are some of the most sought-after by our clients in Ontario. Each one is designed to enhance the beauty, functionality, or durability of your pool. While they significantly enrich your pool experience, the impact on your budget will vary based on the specific features you choose to incorporate.

Automatic Pool Covers

A pool cover protects your pool from debris and reduces water evaporation while helping maintain water temperature and enhance safety for your family and pets. Automatic pool covers offer ease of use and greater convenience, though they do come at a higher cost. For a more budget-friendly option, consider a mesh pool safety cover, which still offers exceptional protection and safety without automation.

Tanning Ledge

Picture yourself lounging in the sun, partially submerged in water, on your very own tanning ledge. This shallow, submerged platform is perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. You can outfit it with lounge chairs or use it as a relaxing spot for swimmers. This luxurious feature will add to the cost due to the additional materials and construction required, but it will greatly enhance the enjoyment of your experience.

Soft Entrance

Ease into your pool experience with a soft entrance, where the water depth gradually increases like a natural beach. This feature combines safety with luxury, topped with comfortable, slip-resistant materials. The gentle slope of a soft entrance requires precise grading and additional materials, which can increase the installation costs but provide an aesthetically pleasing and practical entry point to your pool.

Robotic Cleaners

Keep your pool clean with robotic cleaners. They scrub the pool's floor and walls, removing dirt and debris and saving you time and energy. Investing in a robotic cleaner increases initial costs however offers significant savings in maintenance time and effort. They will also increase the longevity of your pool while allowing you to enjoy a pristine pool with minimal hassle.

Pool Lighting Features

Imagine diving into your beautifully lit pool on a warm summer evening. Lighting enhances both the safety and beauty of your poolscape, transforming it into a stunning nighttime oasis. Installing lighting features like LED pool lights, fiber optics, or floating lights involves additional costs for both fixtures and installation, but the dramatic effect they create is well worth the investment.

To learn more about Lighting features visit our dedicated page.

Water Features

Nothing says luxury like the serene sound of water cascading into your pool. Waterfalls, fountains, and jets require additional plumbing and pump systems, increasing your initial investment. However, these features dramatically enhance the ambiance and appeal of your pool area.

To learn more about Water Features visit our dedicated page.

Fire Features

Add a touch of warmth to your poolside evenings with fire features such as fire pits and fire bowls integrated within or around your pool. These features entail higher costs due to safety and fuel considerations as well as installation complexity. The cost might be higher, but the enchanting warm atmosphere they create is priceless.

To learn more about Fire Features visit our dedicated page.

Pool Smart Automation

Pool smart automation allows you to control your pool's features from your fingertips. Adjusting lighting, water temperature, or managing pumps can all be done conveniently from your phone or tablet, adding a layer of cost for the automation technology but providing unmatched convenience and control over your pool settings.

smart pool example

What Does the Pool Installation Cost Include?

Understanding what influences the price of a pool helps in planning your budget, but what exactly does your investment cover? Below is a list of the components of pool installation costs to give you a clearer picture of what you're paying for:

  1. Excavation and Site Preparation
  2. Pool Shell Installation
  3. Plumbing and Electrical Work
  4. Filtration and Sanitation Systems
  5. Pool Accessories and Features

Other Costs to Consider When Installing a Pool?

Understanding the upfront costs of pool installation is crucial, it's also important to consider the ongoing expenses that come with pool ownership. These costs can impact your budget over the lifetime of the pool. Below we explore some of the key ongoing costs you should be mindful of:

  1. Home Insurance: Adding a pool to your property can lead to an increase in home insurance premiums due to the heightened risk of accidents and liability concerns. It's important to discuss these changes with your insurance provider to ensure that you have adequate coverage for any potential claims.
  2. Utility Bills: Running a pool can impact your utility bills, primarily through increased water and electricity usage. Systems like heating, filtration, and pumps all contribute to this. Opting for energy-efficient systems will increase the initial cost but lower the cost in the long run.
  3. Pool Maintenance: Regular maintenance is essential to keep your pool clean, safe, and operational, involving tasks such as chemical balancing, cleaning, and equipment checks. Neglecting this can lead to more expensive repairs down the line.
  4. Opening and Closing Costs: In Canada where pools are not used year-round, you'll incur costs for opening and closing the pool each season. These services typically include cleaning, chemical adjustments, and winterizing or activating equipment, which are crucial for extending the life and quality of your pool.

For more information on pool care and maintenance, check out our Pool Care Guide.

The Value of Adding a Pool in Ontario

It is important to recognize that while many homeowners focus on interior renovations to increase property value, outdoor improvements can yield even higher returns. Studies have shown that well-executed landscaping, including pool installation, offers the highest return on investment compared to other home improvements. By enhancing the appeal and functionality of your outdoor space, you not only enjoy immediate benefits but also increase the long-term value of your home.

pool value in backyard

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Deciding to build a pool is an exciting venture that can significantly enhance the value of your home and the enjoyment of your outdoor living space. As we've explored, the costs associated with pool installation in Ontario vary widely based on several factors including the type of pool, size, shape, soil conditions, and additional luxury features. Beyond the initial installation, there are also ongoing expenses like increased utility bills, maintenance, and insurance to consider. By understanding both the upfront and recurring costs, you are better equipped to make informed decisions that align with your lifestyle and budget.

Remember, the perfect pool isn't just about making a splash - it's about creating lasting memories in a space that's uniquely yours.

Contact Precision Landscaping to let our pool specialists start designing your dream pool today!

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