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Garden Swimming Pool Installation Costs

Material Costs, Labour Fees and Time Frame Estimates for a Garden Swimming Pool Installation

Swimming pools aren’t typically associated with UK gardens. This is generally due to the poor British weather and the hefty costs associated with installing a swimming pool. However, getting an outdoor pool installed doesn’t actually cost that much, especially when compared to the overall costs involved with an indoor one. The cost of an outdoor pool is also something that most UK residents can well afford too. With costs only amounting to £20000 or less, getting an outdoor swimming pool installed even costs less than most conservatory projects. Of course, one will also have to take into consideration that conservatories effectively add value to your home. The same may not always be said about pools. Still, if you have the funds and space to spare, a pool may be one project that you can consider pursuing.

Budget-friendly Options

When working on a rather limited budget, the best choice to go for would be a pool above-ground. It’s also very easy to remove in the event that you’d want to get the property sold. It’s possible to purchase a kit for above-ground pools of 12-foot by 24-foot dimensions for £300 or less. It’s also something that most DIY-ers can take on as well. However, when it comes to swimming pools, a lot of people will usually have the image of a tiled pool that is set on the ground, not one above ground paddling pool. Notwithstanding aesthetics, however, a pool above ground could offer you the most fun for the amount involved.

Traditional swimming pools are those you often see in almost every luxury villa across the world in-ground and is designed to allow you to just plunge straight into its inviting waters. These days, there are a number of modern and innovative designs for beautiful pools in equally varying sizes. You can even have a hard cover specific if you wish to get the space where the pool is maximized when the pol isn’t in use.

Swimming pools that are set in-ground are going to be more expensive. There are excavation costs that you’ll need to cover, after all. This isn’t also something that an avid DIY-er should attempt to do. The scale and scope of the project are just beyond his capabilities. Also, whilst it’s possible to secure kits for these types of pools at below £10000, the overall installation costs are still expected to be quite high.

Not a DIY Task

The least you could spend on getting a pool installed by the professionals will be about £15000. However, this is a small-sized in-ground pool. Note that instead of the beautiful tiles, this pool would have a liner so it may not have a lot going on aesthetically. If you want to go for the more attractive route, a concrete pool with mosaic tiles will generally cost you around £25000. Still, when it comes to averages, a pool could cost you around £40000. On top of the costs of getting the pool installed, you’ll have to consider the costs involved in running it as well. Getting a pool of medium size treated and heated in the summer will likely incur a £5 daily cost.

You’d probably think that going the straightforward route of digging a big hole, adding a plastic liner in and then filling it with water will be enough to get the job done. However, there have been many horror stories in a number of DIY forums online from people who attempted the same thing without the experience and the skills. Trying to build a pool without any skills, experience and knowledge will eventually cost you more. This is why despite the fact that labour costs can eat up a huge chunk of the budget, a professional contractor is and should only be your choice for a project of this type. Also, you should only tap the services of those professionals who are part of the trade association of swimming pool experts in the UK so you are extended a warranty, along with the financial protection on the event that a contractor will choose not to complete the project for any reason.

Building the Pool

Building the pool can be done in four ways. The first and perhaps most popular method is a technique involving the use of a traditional block and a liner. This method utilizes a vinyl liner that is waterproof and masonry blocks. A gunite shell with a frame made up of steel mesh can also be used. Gunite or shotcrete is then sprayed onto the shell. You can also use a fibreglass or polymer shell that has already been pre-formed or you can go for panels of polyurethane as well. The liner and block technique is often the cheapest method however, it’s important to note that it does have the highest probability of failing especially if the liner cracks and fails. Pools with polyurethane panels are generally more expensive but they do make a considerable difference in terms of the running costs. So, whilst they may cost more initially, they are generally more affordable in terms of running costs.

Garden Swimming Pool installation Cost

The materials costs for getting a garden pool installed will be largely dependent on the specific pool type that you’d prefer to build. Cheapest of these are the above-ground ones where standard kits could cost no more than £3000. Materials for below-ground pools are going to cost more but the overall figures will largely depend on the tile type and piping system you will choose. Generally, the material costs could start at £10000. If you want to go for polyurethane panels, they’re more expensive and will likely bring the costs up to £30000— note that this still doesn’t include the installation costs.

Most pool specialists will subject you to a daily rate of £200. For the actual pool construction, about 4 tradesmen will likely be necessary. A standard-sized swimming pool installed above ground could take about a week to complete. Pools below ground could take up to 5 weeks although the length of completion will largely depend on the pool size and how complex the preparation work involved is.

Cost Breakdown

When building an underground pool of mid-range size, expect that total costs to be about £25000. Of that, £10000 covers the materials, £13750 covers for the tradesmen labour fees, and the remaining £1250 will cover the waste removal costs.