5 Factors That Can Impact Your Pool Installation Cost

by | Nov 22, 2022

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A swimming pool installation is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after home luxuries for property owners across Michigan and beyond. Who doesn’t dream of swimming with family and friends in the summer after a long day of work?

But you should know that it’s important to book your pool installation early enough and familiarize yourself with the anticipated installation costs of fiberglass pools. This quick guide will help you understand the key factors that can influence future decisions for your pool project! 


What Factors Can Affect the Cost of a Pool? 


When analyzing your potential installation costs, choosing the right contractor will instantly maximize your hopes of gaining value for money. However, there are several contributing factors that will influence the project’s expenses. Here are five of the most instrumental aspects to consider when examining your installation cost:


1. Ground Conditions


Building a backyard swimming pool will require excavation work. As such, the ground conditions will impact your costs before the design aspects have even started. Soil types can help determine the best construction method for your pool while issues like high subsurface groundwater could pose additional challenges. These complexities can increase the maintenance costs as well as the project preparations.

The State of Michigan has a clear emphasis on sandy soils, but a full assessment will confirm the situation in your specific home. It is also an opportunity to determine the positioning of pipework and other items that can have an impact on your project. You cannot accurately predict the true costs until this has been completed.


2. Pool Size and Design


The pool size and design will naturally have a huge influence on the installation costs. Larger, more elaborate pools will naturally cost more due to the increased need for materials and resources. Furthermore, the installation times will be longer, which will be reflected by your increased labor costs. If the ground conditions are difficult, opting for a larger pool size can bump up the expense even more.

Opting for fancy designs and shapes can also increase costs, especially when opting for free form or custom pools. While lots of straight edges can be costly, a simple rectangle will provide a budget-friendly option. Circular, Grecian, and Roman pool designs can offer great value too.


3. Type of Pool


There is a multitude of pool types in the US, and the pool materials needed for each type will dramatically influence the cost of your installation. Three of the main options are vinyl, fiberglass, and concrete. Fiberglass pools offer a happy medium because they are significantly cheaper than concrete while providing the luxury vibes that vinyl can’t match. They additionally offer a great level of design flexibility and are suited to Michigan’s climate.

Aside from keeping the initial costs at a manageable level, fiberglass pools require minimal annual maintenance. In fact, this can save around $1,000 or $2,000 compared to vinyl or concrete respectively annually. Ultimately, selecting the right type of pool will aid your budget and personal preferences.


4. Type of Cleaning System


Pool maintenance is an essential consideration as well. While manual cleaning is the least expensive solution, most pool owners will opt to incorporate some cleaning facilities. Suction-side vacuums, robotic cleaners, and in-floor vacuum systems are three popular choices. While the latter is more expensive, it can make life a lot easier.


5. Extra Features


Finally, a pool’s extra features can significantly increase the costs. As such, it is vital that you weigh up the pros and cons of each proposed add-on to determine whether it is the right choice for your project. Some of the most common items include:

  • Incorporating a hot tub or jacuzzi
  • Recessed lighting
  • Seating areas in the shallow end
  • Waterfall features
  • Underwater staircases

Understanding the costs before confirming your plans is crucial. Some pool features will add a few hundred dollars to the project costs while others could increase the costs by upwards of $10,000. Be sure to take your time and carefully consider your options before making a big decision.


Swimming pools aren’t cheap, but they can truly help your home make a splash. When combined with careful considerations to keep the costs down, you will enjoy even better value for money.

If you’re ready to start your dream pool project and plan your installation, Procare Landscape is the company that will do it best! To find out more about fiberglass pools in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, contact us to arrange a free consultation now.