What You Need to Know About the Cost of Fiberglass Pools in 2024: The Essentials and Extras

Curious about the financial commitment required for a fiberglass pool? You are not alone. Cost is one of the most common questions among prospective pool owners. Understanding what goes into fiberglass pool cost not only determines the pool design you can afford but also influences the additional features and accessories you might choose to enhance your pool experience. Based on our industry experience, a full fiberglass pool package in 2024—including pool installation, a patio, and a handful of essential accessories—can cost between $70,000 and $135,000.

Essential Fiberglass Pool Costs

Initial Costs

  • Professional Installation: In our experience, professional installation packages typically range from $35,000 to $60,000. Including the pool shell, excavation, backfilling, and setting up the pool, the installation process is relatively quick compared to other types of pools, often completed within a couple weeks.
  • Permits and Site Preparation: Permit costs range from $50 to $200. Site preparation, including excavation, can range from $3,200 to $20,000, depending on the complexity of the site. The terrain and accessibility of your backyard can significantly affect these costs. For instance, rocky or uneven terrain may require additional excavation work, increasing the overall expense.

Maintenance

  • Annual Maintenance: Fiberglass pools have lower maintenance costs than other pool types, averaging $600 to $1200 per year. Whether you perform the maintenance or hire a pool professional, you should consider maintenance costs for cleaning, balancing the water, opening, and closing the pool.

Insurance and Taxes

  • Homeowner’s Insurance: Installing a pool increases your home’s value, potentially raising your property taxes and homeowner’s insurance premiums. Expect an increase of $17 to $25 monthly in insurance costs. It’s advisable to consult with your insurance provider to understand how a pool will affect your premiums.
  • Property Taxes: A new pool can increase property value by five to seven percent, which may result in higher property taxes. The exact increase will depend on local tax regulations and the assessed value of your property.

Extra Pool Costs

Optional Features and Enhancements

  • Automatic Covers: Prices begin at about $8,000. Automatic covers enhance safety and reduce maintenance by keeping debris out of the pool.
  • Lighting: Installing lights in the pool ranges from $500 to $2,000. LED and fiber optic lighting systems can enhance the pool’s aesthetics and safety for night-time swimming.
  • Water Features: Costs between $5,000 and $15,000. Waterfalls, fountains, and other features can add a touch of luxury and tranquility to your pool area.
  • Deck Jets and Bubblers: Pool deck jets cost range from $500 to $1,200 each and can create elegant water arcs into the pool. Bubblers, small fountains installed on tanning ledges or beach entries, cost about $1,000 each and add a playful element to the pool.

Additional Infrastructure

  • Fencing: Required by many jurisdictions for safety. Average costs range from $2,000 to $13,500 for a 200 to 300 linear-foot fence but varies depending on the material and length needed. Options include chain-link, mesh, wrought iron, aluminum, vinyl, and wood. Each type has different cost implications and aesthetic effects.
  • Electrical Work: Essential for operating filtration systems, lighting, and other features, electrical costs average $2,250. Pool electrical work typically includes pumps, heaters, and wiring for lighting systems.
  • Pool Covers: Safety covers range from $1,000 to $20,000, depending on the type. Winter, manual, and automatic covers vary significantly in price and convenience. Winter covers are the least expensive but also the least convenient, while automatic covers are the most costly but offer the best convenience and safety.
  • Heating Systems: Installing a pool heater can extend your swimming season. Gas heaters cost between $1,500 and $6,000, while solar heaters range from $1,5000 to $7,000. Heat pumps, which are energy-efficient, cost between $2,000 and $6500.

Get an Estimate on Your Fiberglass Pool

Investing in a fiberglass pool is a significant decision. By understanding the costs involved and exploring your options, you can make an informed choice that enhances your lifestyle and adds value to your property. Contact an independent dealer today to get an estimate, or try our Pool Cost Calculator for a ballpark estimate.