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How much does it cost to install a gunite pool?

The cost of installing a concrete (or gunite) pool can vary greatly. Before hiring a contractor, take some time to think about what you want and how much you would like to spend. This list is intended to help you get a better idea of how much your project will cost.

Where do you live? Your geographic location will impact the cost of installing the pool. You should expect to pay more if you live in a major metropolitan area (such as New York or D.C.) where the cost of living is higher.

Permitting. You will need a permit to build a swimming pool in most places. The cost of securing a permit should be included in the contractor’s quote.

Size of the pool. It’s really common sense, but larger pools will be more expensive. It may also take longer to excavate the area for the pool, especially when working with rock and clay-filled soils. However, with concrete, you can completely customize the size, depth, and shape of your pool. You may even decide to build an adjoining spa or hot tub.

Saltwater vs. chlorine. Chlorinated pools are typically a little less expensive to install than saltwater pools. A saltwater pool must be installed with a chlorine generator, increasing the cost of the project.

Infinity edge pools. Building a zero-edge pool (or vanishing edge pool) will be much more expensive than installing a standard in-ground pool. Hiring a structural engineer to help design the pool will seriously increase the cost of installation.

Pool heater. With a pool heater, you can keep your pool open much longer. However, adding a gas pool heater or a heat pump will add to the cost of the pool. To get a free quote for installing a pool heater, click here.

Plumbing. PVC pipes are typically used for the pool’s plumbing and drainage systems. The cost of labor and materials should be included in the cost estimate.

Electrical work. In order to supply power to the pool equipment, you’ll need access to an electrical outlet. If the proper connections are not already in place, your pool contractor may need to enlist the services of a licensed electrician. This will increase the cost of installation.

Pool materials. Concrete is not the only material you’ll need to build the pool. Steel reinforcing bars (or rebar) are used to create the shape of the pool before pouring concrete. The gunite (or concrete) is then sprayed in place. Once the concrete has cured, a layer of plaster is applied to pool’s surface to finish it. Painting or tiling the surface will come at an additional cost.

Coping and tile installation. Coping is installed between the edge of the pool wall and the start of the pool decking. It is typically made of concrete or stone. Pre-cast concrete is the standard option. Brick or flagstone are available, but they are a little more expensive. Also, installing decorative tile along the waterline of the pool will come at an additional cost.

Pool deck. Pool decks can be built of several different materials, including concrete, natural stone, pavers, or bricks. Traditional concrete pool decking is typically the most affordable option. Stamped concrete, brick, or stone pavers will have a much higher cost per square foot.

Pool accessories. Do you need to add a pool ladder? Should handrails be installed along the stairs of the pool? Make sure that all of the accessories you want or need are included in the contractor’s quote. Installing a diving board or slide will cost extra as well.

Automatic pool cleaner. Although an automatic pool cleaner does not eliminate the need for regular maintenance, it can help reduce the number of cleanings required. The automatic pool cleaner is an upgrade, and it will increase the cost of pool installation.

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Lighting installation. Basic underwater lights may be included in the cost estimate. However, LED lights or any custom lighting will be more expensive.

Pool fencing and pool enclosure. Local building codes may require you to install some sort of pool safety fence. This will increase the cost of building a pool. Most fence contractors will give you a quote based on the linear footage of fencing required. Building a pool enclosure will cost more than installing a fence, but it may allow you to use your pool all-year.

Get the pool up and running. Your contractor should fill the pool with water and test all of the pool’s equipment before completing the project. They should take the time to explain the systems to you and give you basic guidelines for maintaining the pool.

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