How Much Does a Fiberglass Pool Cost in Tennessee?
Thursday Pools fiberglass pools are an affordable, durable and elegant choice for any backyard in Memphis, Knoxville or surrounding communities in Tennessee.
If you live in Tennessee, you have loads of awesome places to explore and play. (And some of the best places to eat Memphis-style barbeque and hot chicken!) Between the Grand Ole Opry, the Smoky Mountains, Ruby Falls, spelunking adventures, Titans games, Dollywood and Beale Street, you’re never at a loss for something to do.
But there are so many times when you’d really rather just stay home, relax and enjoy the scenery in your own backyard, right? And wouldn’t it be nice if you could look out your window at the sparkling water in your own beautiful fiberglass inground pool? You can turn your Tennessee home into instant waterfront property by choosing a Thursday Pools fiberglass pool for your family. You’ll get a lifetime of low pool maintenance enjoyment and quality family time.
Why choose a fiberglass pool?
- Fiberglass pools are ideal for clay-heavy soil environments. The soil in Tennessee is clay-heavy and tends to shrink and swell. 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 easier and less expensive to maintain than vinyl or gunite. The crevices in vinyl pool liners and the rough surfaces of gunite pools are havens for algae, which means more time spent on maintenance and more money spent on chemicals. However, the smooth, gel coat surface holds bacteria and algae at bay, which means more time swimming, less time maintaining and lower chemical use over the life of your pool.
- Fiberglass pools are more durable than vinyl or gunite. There are no liners to replace, and they never need resurfacing. They’re quick to install, and the smooth, non-skid finish is safe and easy on swimsuits and tender feet. The gel coat finish means they’re also way more pet friendly than either vinyl or gunite pools.
- Fiberglass pools have amazing built-in features. Built-in, wide-open steps make getting in and out of a fiberglass pool much easier than a vinyl one. And while gunite pools can be customized with special features like tanning ledges (which are heaven for sun worshipping and relaxing,) many top-quality fiberglass pools have tanning ledges already built into the design, making those features more affordable.
Some fiberglass pool designs also have deep-end swim-outs, courtesy ledges and wrap-around benches, which create amazing spots in the pool for soaking and socializing. More recently, fiberglass pools are available with features that were previously only available in high-end, custom gunite installations, like beach entry fiberglass pools and sunken living area fiberglass pools.
- You’ll get the best of both worlds. In addition to all those built-in features that make it so easy to visit and relax, most fiberglass pool designs have wonderful, wide-open swim lanes. So, if you’re looking to include swimming exercise in your workout routine, a fiberglass pool with open swim lanes can help you accomplish that goal. Once you’ve experienced the fiberglass pool lifestyle and all the health benefits of swimming, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one.
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 Tennessee, Alabama, Utah, Texas, Florida, North Carolina or South Carolina. You’ll need to contact a Thursday Pools dealer near you to get a quote on your fiberglass pool project. But if you’re just getting started on your research and want a ballpark price for your own fiberglass pool, 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.
If you’re after the graceful curves of a freeform pool, our Sun Day design might be the perfect complement to your backyard. It’s available in three sizes with a maximum length of 39’. The smallest size is 30 feet long by 15 feet wide. At an average cost of $1500 per linear foot, a basic installation might run around $45,060.
If your family is very active and loves to play, our Lil Bob fiberglass pool design might be perfect for you. The Lil Bob is 27.5 feet long by 13.5 feet wide. At an average cost of $1500 per linear foot, a basic installation would be $41,250.
If you have a large yard and truly want the best of both worlds—both wide-open swim space and lots of built-in spots for relaxing—Aspen is the pool for you. With a built-in, 12”-deep tanning ledge, you’ll have the perfect perch to watch over the kiddos while they swim. The Aspen is available in three sizes. Let’s check out the largest, which is 40 feet long and 16 feet wide. Applying our formula of an average cost of $1500 per linear foot, a basic installation would be $60,072.
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 ensure you’re comparing apples to apples.
For example, some pool builders include as standard: lighting, heaters, a set amount of pool decking, and 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.
Potentially 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. And 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 well 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 needs 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 in the bid what accessibility issues might need to be addressed on your project.
- Permits. As with any other building project, permits are required prior to 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.
- 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. 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. 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.
- 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 up to you to remove.
In Tennessee, you’ll also need to factor in fencing and alarm costs.
In some states, an automatic pool cover will meet the barrier-to-entry requirements. Some states, like Alabama, leave these laws up to individual counties. However, Tennessee state law requires a fence surrounding all residential pools that’s at least four feet tall.
Here are the other requirements in the state of Tennessee:
- The fence may not have any footholds or handholds that a child could use to climb over it.
- Pedestrian access gates must be self-closing, have a self-latching device at least 54 inches above the ground and open outwards from the pool.
- Gates other than pedestrian access gates must have a self-latching device at least 54 inches above the ground.
- Any drive-through gates must be secured with padlocks.
- Additionally, private swimming pools and spas that are more than 36” deep are required to have an alarm affixed to the pool that detects an object weighing more than 30 pounds entering the water, and the alarm must be at least 50 decibels (or loud enough that it can be heard inside the home.)
Fencing, alarms and other barriers-to-entry are not usually part of your pool contract, so 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.) Your pool builder will be able to advise you on these matters.
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
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