We have compiled some of the most common questions we get from our customers and shared the answers here.
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Q: What are the factors that determine the cost of a pool, spa or outdoor living area?
A: There are 4 main factors that determine the cost of a pool and or spa:
1) Site preparation and site access. The more the teams have to work, the higher the cost. Limited access to the space, having to level a steep slope and removing or working around large trees are some of the common factors that can increase the cost.
2) What you are wanting in your outdoor space. A pool is less expensive than a pool with a spa. Each item you add (water features, etc.) increases the price.
3) The size of what you are wanting. A pool that is 10 feet by 20 feet will be less expensive than a pool that is double that size.
4) Materials that you choose. Some materials like the rock / tile that goes around the pool can be 4 times more expensive than other tiles. The materials can have a great impact on the overall cost.
Q: How much does a pool cost?
A: This is a tricky question and one that most pool builders will stay away from answering. Above, you will see there are 4 main factors that go into the cost of a pool. In general, the lowest cost concrete pool that measures 12 feet wide by 25 feet long will cost around $55,000 to install from beginning to end. When you start adding in extra items like a patio, a spa, an outdoor kitchen, increasing the size or selecting materials that cost more, this cost could easily go to $75,000 or higher. The best way to determine the cost of a pool is to have a Project Concierge come out and do a free consultation, design and quick quote to give you an idea of what your dream outdoor space could cost.
Q: What is the difference between a fiberglass pool and a concrete pool?
A: There is a lot of information on the internet about the advantages of a fiberglass pool like limited time to install, much lower cost to purchase and maintain and the numerous sizes and shapes available. Be careful because a lot of that information was also written by the fiberglass pool companies themselves. We recommend talking with a Project Concierge to help you make the right decision for your outdoor space.
Limited to the shapes and sizes the fiberglass pool company manufactures.
15 foot maximum pool width since the pool has to be transported on the road in one piece
Installation can take 2 to 4 weeks from the time they start excavation to filling with water.
3 feet of concrete all the way around the pool to add structural support and usually only has rebar in the top portion of the pool limiting the tensile strength, or ability to withstand lateral movement.
Usually a lower startup cost for the pool compared to concrete.
Just like concrete pools, the quality of the pool is limited to the quality of the teams installing it.
If you can imagine it, we can build it. Since we follow the contour of the hole that we excavate and the rebar that is installed, we can make any shape and size of pool you want.
Pool width and size are not limited since we create it onsite.
Installation is longer than a fiberglass pool, but can take anywhere from 5 weeks to 12 weeks, depending on what you are looking to have done.
We use a combination of concrete (shotcrete or gunite) as well as a web of rebar steel to create a strong pool shell. This allows us to have a shell thickness of at least 6 inches compared to 3 feet for a fiberglass pool.
Concrete pools are slightly more expensive than fiberglass pools. A comparable pool would be $45,000 for fiberglass and around $50,000 for a concrete pool.
Q: How much does a pool increase my electric bill?
A: We install variable speed pool pumps for all of our new pool constructions. This type of pump is very quiet and will cost between $35 and $50 a month to run for your pool. This is all dependent on how often you run the pump to cycle the pool water. This will be true for any type of pool you install.
Q: How much does a heated spa increase my electric bill?
A: This is very dependent on how often you heat your spa, and the variance in outdoor temperature to the spa water temperature that you want. In general, during colder months when you are using the spa often, you can expect an increase of $50 to $200, but this really depends on usage.
Q: What is the difference between a spa and a hot tub?
A: A spa is generally defined as a permanently installed concrete structure, and a lot of times attached to or part of your pool. A hot tub is a separate manufactured fiberglass tub that is plugged in and can be moved to a different location or taken out completely.
Q: How long does construction take?
A: From the time we start excavation, for a normal project, it takes about three months to complete the project. The more complex the project, the longer it can take.