How Much Does a 16 x 32 Inground Pool Cost?

How much does a 16′ x 32′ inground pool cost? Demand for pools is high, and 16′ x 32′ is among the most in-demand sizes of inground pools, so the question is particularly relevant. There are a variety of factors in the cost of a pool. Beyond installation, there are maintenance and lifetime costs. There are choices to make in pool shape, design features, add-ons, and some factors that will be unique to your geography and site.

16′ x 32′: it’s not the smallest size. And it’s not the biggest. For many pool buyers, it’s just right. You may be surprised by the versatility, features, and attractive designs available in this size. You might also be surprised at the affordability and speed of installation. There are so many inground fiberglass pool designs and sizes available it might seem too complex to figure out what the right choice is and how much it costs. So how do you go about figuring out the basics of how much a 16′ x 32′ inground pool costs? Let’s discuss.

 

HOW TO ESTIMATE INGROUND POOL COSTS

There are a couple of ways to get a ballpark figure for your small inground pool cost as you shop. While the range is $1300 to $1800 per linear foot, we generally advise fiberglass pool buyers to estimate the cost of purchase and installation at $1,500 per linear foot. So, a 32 foot-long inground fiberglass pool’s cost estimate is: 32′ x $1,500 = $48,000. If you are considering an inground saltwater pool, you should add about $2,000, and if you want to include hot tubs, decking, or lighting features, add another $2,000 – $10,000 to your estimate. 

Of course, these numbers can’t account for every inground pool cost scenario. For example, the pool cost of an installation in the Great Smoky Mountains will not be the same as a pool installed in the flat prairie of central Illinois. A checklist of items you may consider in developing a complete picture of your inground pool cost could include: 

  • Driveway repair
  • Association fees or Permits
  • Crane rental
  • Landscaping
  • Retaining walls
  • Pool heater
  • Automatic vacuum systems
  • Dirt hauling
  • Slides or waterfalls
  • Saltwater option
  • Generator
  • Specialty tile
  • LED lights
  • Bubblers or Deck Jets
  • Spas 
  • And more. 

It’s a great idea to talk to a respected dealer in your area. Their knowledge of your geography, topography, local ordinances, and other pertinent questions to ask will be invaluable as you put together a budget for your pool. 

COMPARING VINYL LINER VS CONCRETE VS FIBERGLASS POOL COSTS

Knowing pool costs vary widely based on style, size, and features you choose, let’s also look at the possible range for each pool type. A vinyl inground pool generally ranges from about $35,000 to $65,000 for installation and decking. Fiberglass inground pools range from $45,000-$85,000, and gunite, which can vary drastically based on geography and customizations, could run anywhere from $35,000 to $100,000+. 

You might wonder why fiberglass has a ceiling that’s lower than gunite. Gunite pools are built from the ground up, so they are highly customizable. With customization comes higher costs. On the other hand, fiberglass pools are built off-site in a controlled manufacturing setting. Pool manufacturers make fiberglass pools with molds that limit their length to be transported safely and securely from the manufacturer to your home. This also means a fiberglass pool can’t be customized, and your design choices are more limited. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t go big with fiberglass if you want to. There’s also many features available in fiberglass pool designs, so “more limited” doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t find what you’re looking for.

You can get a 16’ x 32’ (or similar size) inground pool in all three types of pools, and as our comparison chart (below) shows, each has its advantages. It’s a question of what’s most important to you. Two of the biggest surprises for some buyers are fiberglass’s high marks in “durability” and “surface comfort and safety.” Multilayered fiberglass is incredibly durable, and the attractive gelcoat provides a comfortable, non-snag/non-skid surface! 

THURSDAY POOLS DESIGNS AROUND 16’ X 32’ 

Goliath is clean, modern, and minimalist in its design, yet maximalist in its size and capability for fun and versatility. With 6’ and greater depths, the Goliath is just right for a slide. And with wide-open swim spaces, dual corner benches, and deep-end swim-outs, it welcomes all the swimmers and water games you can bring. It’s perfect for doing laps and being active in the pool. The Goliath comes in three lengths ranging from 33’ to 41’.

 

Grace Beach Entry will surprise and delight. It’s the simple elegance of a rectangular pool with the gently sloping entry that gives you the feel of the beach. The gently-sloped, zero-entry area will comfortably accommodate two ledge loungers. There’s a wide-open area for swimming or playing with two deep-end swim-outs and a courtesy ledge. The Grace is auto-cover ready and comes in three sizes, ranging from 36’ to 40’ in length. 

 

Cathedral LX delivers the wide-open space of a rectangular pool with curved design accents courtesy of Greco-Roman arches at each end. The arches create the perfect setting for a nine-foot diameter tanning ledge and deep-end bench. And a courtesy ledge supports the wide-open swim area for swimmers who need a break. The auto-cover-ready and endlessly versatile Cathedral LX comes in 16’ x 36’ and 16’ x 40’ sizes. 

 

Wellspring brings all kinds of personality and fun to your backyard. Do you want a slide? Wellspring is perfect! This freeform design has a maximum depth of 5’ 10” and delivers for splashers and sunseekers. The Wellspring has an 8-foot diameter tanning ledge and wrap-around bench for relaxation. It also has a deep-end bench and expanded entry steps. The Wellspring comes in two sizes, with the smallest being 16’ x 36’. 

 

Sandal Beach Entry puts the beach right outside your back door. It’s a beautifully-designed zero-entry, freeform pool. Look, ma, the beach with no sand in our swimsuits! The Sandal has a wide wading area for gentle entry or acclimating your toddler to the water. It has a wide-open space for play or swimming, a sun-shelf and swim-out, and a courtesy ledge. A day at the beach has never been so close or looked so good! The Sandal Beach Entry design comes sized 16’ x 34.5’ or 16’ x 39’.

 

 

Sun Day has a curvy freeform design and wide-open swim area, but the features do not stop there. Sun Day’s design includes a large landing pad and side-entry stairs for easy-in, easy-out. It has wrap-around benches and a deep-end courtesy ledge. And it has a swim-out and sun shelf perfect for soaking up the sun while cooling off a bit in the water. The Sun Day is ideal for play with plenty of design elegance and style. It comes in three sizes, ranging from 30’ to 39’ in length.  

 

Aspen delivers classic good looks with a modern sensibility tuned to what people want and need. It has a vast 12″ deep tanning ledge that easily accommodates two lounges while allowing other swimmers to enter and exit the pool quickly. Aspen features full-length steps and an extended bench. Aspen also boasts a wide-open swim area and courtesy ledge throughout the pool’s deep end. The Aspen pampers you and makes a staycation, or even the end of a workday, feel luxurious. It comes in five sizes, including 12’ x 25’, 14’ x 30’, 14’ x 35’,16’ x 35’, and 16’ x 40’, with a maximum depth of 5’10”.

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