Thursday Pools fiberglass pools are an affordable, durable, and elegant choice for any backyard in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Columbia, or surrounding communities in South Carolina. The glorious weather in South Carolina invites you to spend as much time as possible outdoors. That’s why a fiberglass inground pool is a fantastic investment for you that will keep on paying dividends, year in and year out. Before we get to fiberglass pools costs, let’s first consider why you should even choose a fiberglass pool.
Why choose a fiberglass pool?
- Fiberglass pools are easier and less expensive to maintain than vinyl or gunite (concrete). The smooth, gel coat surface holds bacteria and algae at bay, which means less time spent on maintenance 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 are available with an array of innovative, built-in features. Wide-open steps make getting in and out of the pool easy. Many have built-in tanning ledges, which are heaven for sun worshipping and relaxing. Some designs have deep-end swim-outs, courtesy ledges, and wrap-around benches for soaking and socializing.
- 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.
What’s the average fiberglass pools cost?
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 Alabama, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Florida, or North Carolina or South Carolina. You’ll need to contact a Thursday Pools dealer near you to get a quote for your fiberglass cost. However, 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 by 16 feet wide. Applying our formula of an average cost of $1500 per linear foot, a basic installation would be $60,072.
Fiberglass pools costs included in 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, or even an automatic pool cover. 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. Factors such as site preparation, site access, permit requirements and costs, fencing and safety regulations, site restoration, electrical needs, and the ease and cost of dirt hauling will all factor in and are specific to your pool installation.
Thursday Pools has a fiberglass pool design for every family and every budget, so read on for more factors to consider in your fiberglass pools costs estimate.
Fiberglass pools costs that you may not have considered.
- 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 an unexpected layer of rock, could add to your total project cost. 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.” That cost will be passed 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 to install an inground swimming pool. Some builders take on that task for you and include it in the contract, but be aware that some don’t. So during the project estimate, 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 might be required by law are not usually part of your pool contract. Currently, South Carolina does not have a law requiring fencing around pools, but some counties, such as Richland County, do. If you live in Richland County, 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 some states, an automatic pool cover will meet the barrier-to-entry requirements. Your pool builder will 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. 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.
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 to get a better idea of how much your total fiberglass pools costs might be.
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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.