Packing up the wagon for a day at the beach is a quintessentially American tradition. For most Floridians, it’s not an everyday occurrence, even though it’s always there! Sometimes the beach is just too far or too much of a hassle. But what if swimming, sitting at the water’s edge, or splashing around with family was as easy as walking out the back door? For Florida homeowners, a pool has many benefits on top of being convenient. You can control the water temperature, the water clarity, the look and feel, and who gets to enjoy it with you. Fiberglass inground pools are becoming the preference for more and more pool dealers and homeowners across the United States, which may lead you to ask “how much does a fiberglass pool cost in Florida?”
Before considering costs, let’s look at the big picture and determine if fiberglass should be in the mix for you. Fiberglass pools rank high for their looks, ease of maintenance, resistance to pool pollutants like algae, lifetime maintenance costs, and an ever-expanding list of optional features.
The cost will vary by geography, local requirements, the amount of site prep required, the environmental and landscaping work, and the rehabilitation or clean-up after installation. You’ll want to scope it out with your dealer, but as a rule of thumb, you can use a figure of $1,500 per linear foot in length. For example, to get a 20×40 fiberglass pool cost, you would multiply the 40 linear feet by $1500 per foot to arrive at $60,000. Let’s check out some ballpark costs for popular Thursday Pools pool designs.
Va va voom! The freeform design of the Sun Day is perfect for soaking up the Florida sun. It’s elegant. It’s organic. And it feels like it was built for relaxing in long stretches. The largest option for the Sun Day is 16’ x 39’ 6’. At $1,500 per linear foot, this installation is estimated to be around $59,400.
The Sun Day lights up any backyard. See how!
If you want the best of both worlds—both wide-open swim space and lots of built-in spots for relaxing—the 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 five 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 is estimated to be around $60,072.
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Even if your Florida home isn’t on the beach, you can turn your home into an 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: The Sandal is a curvy, flirty freeform design, and the Grace is a classic, elegant rectangular design. Due to their complexity, beach entry designs average $1,800 per linear foot. The Grace beach entry 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 is estimated to be around $72,000.
Grace embodies classic good looks.
The definition of a basic installation can vary from one dealer to the next, so it’s a good idea to talk with yours in advance of breaking ground for your pool. The list of standards is usually driven by what the market demands but can be driven by dealer capabilities or preferences.
Some items dealers may include as standard include: lighting, heaters, standard pool decking, and a pool cover. Of course, for most of these options, there is an opportunity to dial-up or dial down the complexity or features within. For example, you may choose a simple tie-down pool cover or upgrade to an automatic pool cover. Florida is a state with a fence requirement for residential pools, so your dealer will likely have some standard option or accommodation for handling this part of the installation.
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. 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 may not be 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 may 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” may not be, and a finish grade is what you need to seed or sod your lawn. You might also need to add topsoil. 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 them 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 dumpsite 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.
Swimming pools are popular in Florida, and according to Bankrate, they do add value. Thursday Pools has a fiberglass pool design for every family. Think about how you’ll use your pool, and choose a pool that fits your family’s personality. The Pool Selector Tool can help you narrow down a design, while our handy inground fiberglass Pool Cost Calculator can give you a better idea of how much your total pool project might be. For the most accurate estimate, contact a Thursday Pools dealer in your area.
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.