How Much Does a Fiberglass Pool Cost in Florida?

Thursday Pools fiberglass pools are an affordable alternative to gunite or vinyl in Pensacola, and throughout the Florida Panhandle. 

If you live in or near Pensacola, Florida, the water is never far away. But sometimes the beach can be a hassle, especially when it’s high tourism season. Many Floridians enjoy a private, backyard swimming pool oasis all their own. They can take a dip whenever they want, and they have an elegant backdrop for entertaining friends poolside, any night of the week. 

So, if you’re ready to take the plunge into pool ownership, a fiberglass inground pool is a great choice for you. Choose a Thursday Pools fiberglass pool for your family and you’ll have a lifetime of low pool maintenance enjoyment and quality family time.  

Why choose a fiberglass pool?  

  • In Pensacola, and throughout Escambia County, the soil is a mix of sand and clay, which has a high capacity to retain moisture. As a result, it can shrink and swell with varying weather conditions. The best quality fiberglass pools are better equipped to deal with the shrink-swell pressure than either vinyl or gunite pools are, particularly with innovations like the Geo-Anchoring Pool system. 
  • Fiberglass pools are less expensive to maintain than vinyl or gunite. They’re pet friendly, they’re quick to install and they have a wonderful, smooth, non-skid finish that’s safe and easy on swimsuits and tender feet! 
  • Owners love the fact that their pools give them a place where their kids can bring their friends, and everyone can relax, unplug and get reconnected.
  • Once you’ve experienced the fiberglass pool lifestyle and all the health benefits of swimming, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one. 
  • And, while you’re considering the cost of a fiberglass pool, think of all the money you can save on vacations when every sunny day can be a staycation in your own backyard!

What’s the average price of a fiberglass pool, installed? 

Fiberglass pool owners in Midwestern states such as Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Wisconsin may pay very different prices than fiberglass pool owners in southern or western states like Florida, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Florida, North Carolina or South Carolina. Again, you’ll need to contact a Thursday Pools dealer near you to get a quote on your fiberglass pool project. 

However, if you’re just getting started on your research and simply want a ballpark idea for what your own fiberglass pool might cost, you can approximate $1500 per linear foot. 

Let’s take a look at how that ballpark formula might apply to a few Thursday Pools designs.

Aspen 

Aspen is our most popular design! It incorporates the luxury of a large tanning ledge along with a wide-open swim area and plenty of built-in seating. It’s available in three sizes. For smaller yards, the 14’ x 35’ is a great option. At an average cost of $1,500 per linear foot, a basic installation might run around $52,500.

 

Grace Beach Entry 

Even if your Pensacola home isn’t on the beach, you can turn your home into instant beachfront property with one of Thursday Pools’ fiberglass beach entry pool designs. They’re the only truly zero entry fiberglass pools on the market. There are two to choose from. Sandal is a curvy, flirty freeform design, and Grace is a classic, elegant rectangular design. Beach entry designs will average $1,800 per linear foot. Grace is available in three sizes. The largest is 40 feet long by 16 feet wide. Applying our formula of an average cost of $1,800 per linear foot, a basic installation would be $72,000.

Lil Bob

If your family is very active and loves to play, our Lil Bob fiberglass pool design might be perfect for you. Lil Bob is 27.5 feet long by 13.5 feet wide. At an average cost of $1,500 per linear foot, a basic installation would be $41,250.

What does a basic fiberglass pool installation include? 

The definition of a basic installation varies from one pool builder to the next, so it’s crucial to inquire about what’s included (and more importantly, what’s not) as you’re collecting bids on your new fiberglass pool. This will help you ensure you’re comparing apples to apples.

For example, some pool builders include as standard: lighting, heaters, a set amount of pool decking, and sometimes even an automatic pool cover in all their quotes. Others will price these items ala carte. Additionally, there are costs involved in pool installation that may or may not apply to your project, depending on where you live and how accessible your backyard is. You’ll want to inquire about these costs as you’re interviewing prospective builders.

The potential hidden costs of installing an inground fiberglass pool:

Site Preparation. Site preparation refers to anything that would get in the way of setting the pool in the ground. For example, the removal and/or relocation of under and above-ground utility lines or cables such as gas, phone, sewer, and septic would fall under site preparation, as would moving irrigation systems and downspouts. Also, once your pool builder starts to dig, any underground “surprises,” such as a layer of rock no one expected to find, could add to your bottom line pricing. If additional equipment needs to be rented, or the excavation ends up taking several days longer than expected, that expense may be listed by your pool builder as “additional site preparation,” a cost they will pass onto you. You should ask your pool builder to clarify what factors involved in your pool installation project could potentially cause site preparation issues.

Access. Your new inground fiberglass pool will be delivered in one piece, which means your pool builder will need clear access to your yard for the pool and necessary construction equipment. Access issues could include trees, brush, or fencing that might need to be moved or removed prior to installation. Your pool builder might also need to build a “temporary driveway” with gravel or protection mats to gain needed access. These costs could also end up on your total bill, so be sure to ask each pool builder to include accessibility issues that might need to be addressed on your project.

Permits. As with any other building project, permits are required before installing an inground swimming pool. Some builders take on that task for you and include the cost in the contract, but some don’t. So during the project’s estimation phase, be sure to ask if they’re taking care of procuring and paying for the permits or if that’s on you. If you’re responsible for obtaining the pool permit, call your local municipality for pool permit prices. There may also be other costs involved, depending on your local ordinances. For example, you may also be required to put up a temporary fence during construction or implement erosion control measures.

Fencing. Fencing or other barriers-to-entry that are required by law are not usually part of your pool contract. Florida state law requires a barrier fence around any pool that’s over 24” deep, whether it’s above-ground or inground. It’s a good idea to get fencing estimates ahead of your pool estimates, or check to see if your existing fence meets the requirements. In other states, an automatic pool cover will meet the barrier-to-entry requirements. Your pool builder should be able to advise you on these matters. 

Restoration. Heavy construction equipment can cause sidewalks and driveways to crack. Unless otherwise stated in the pool contract, the repairs of your existing driveway and/or the removal of any temporary driveway installed for accessibility to the site will be your responsibility. You’ll also want to think about new and existing landscaping after the project is complete. A “rough grade” is typically part of your pool contract but a “finish grade” is not, and a finish grade is what you need to seed or sod your lawn. You might also need to add top soil. Large landscaping and hardscaping designs can often cost as much as the pool, so it’s important to have a complete plan and estimated costs ahead of time. Remember, not everything has to be done at once. You can start enjoying your pool right away, and add on to your landscaping over the years.

Electrical. An electrician will have to run the wiring for the pool equipment and lights. And, your current electrical system may or may not have enough power or space in the breaker box to meet the needs of the pool equipment, so you may need to add a sub-panel or upgrade your electrical system.

Few pool builders include electrical in their quotes because they don’t typically have an electrician on their team. If you already know an electrician you trust, you might prefer him or her to do the work to the pool builder’s specs. 

Dirt Hauling. When you dig that big hole, you have to put all that dirt somewhere. If you don’t have a spot for it (or don’t know someone who wants it), then you’ll have to pay someone to haul it away. The cost of this will be determined by how many truckloads of dirt there are and how far away the dump site is. Your pool contract might specify that only a certain amount of dirt will be hauled away, or it may say that dirt hauling is your responsibility. Unless you have a plan for the dirt, be sure to read your contract closely and ask your pool builder how much dirt will result from the excavation as well as how much of it is your responsibility to remove.

Thursday Pools has a fiberglass pool design for every family and every budget.

Thursday Pools fiberglass pool designs come in a great variety of shapes and sizes. You’ll want to consider how much pool your yard will fit (and how much pool you really need and want). You should also think about how you’ll use your pool, and choose a pool that fits your family’s personality. As you get further along in your research, check out our handy Pool Cost Calculator and Pool Selector Tool to get a better idea of how much your total pool project might be. (But the only way to know for sure is to get an estimate!

Ready to take the plunge? 

Are you ready to take the plunge and get a FREE estimate on your very own fiberglass pool? There’s only one way to find out the true cost of your dream pool … Contact a Thursday Pools dealer today!

About Thursday Pools

Thursday Pools designs and manufactures the world’s most durable and elegantly crafted fiberglass pools. We are ISO 9001 certified, which means that fiberglass pool shells are made with the highest standards and from the best quality material available. We are also ISO 14001 certified, which means we are committed to environmental stewardship. Our one-piece, inground fiberglass swimming pool manufacturing facility is located in Fortville, Indiana. At Thursday Pools, we aspire to be the world’s most respected fiberglass pool manufacturer and to help our customers create a lifetime of memories with their family and friends.

The world’s first true beach entry (zero entry) fiberglass pools 

Thursday Pools is the creator of the world’s first beach entry (or zero entry) fiberglass pool designs. Grace Beach Entry and Sandal Beach Entry are currently available to order, so you can turn your home into instant waterfront property with your new fiberglass pool! 

The world’s first sunken living area fiberglass pools 

Thursday Pools has also recently unveiled the world’s first sunken living area fiberglass pool. These exclusive designs will be available to order in 2020.