Adding a pool to your northern New Jersey property can increase its overall value, its curb appeal and, most importantly, your enjoyment of your home.
But how much are you looking at for swimming pool installation prices? Let our guide help you make important choices regarding your new pool.
Swimming Pool Size
Pool size will play a major role in determining overall swimming pool installation prices at your Bergen County, NJ home. Keep in mind however, adding to the size of your pool may not cost as much as you expect. Be sure to ask for comparative quotes if you are interested in a larger pool.
Swimming Pool Depth
Deeper pools require more labor, digging, and materials, adding to swimming pool installation prices. Carefully consider how you will use your pool as well as features you plan on adding that will effect necessary pool depth, such as a diving board.
Swimming Pool Shape
Depending on the material your pool is constructed of, shape options and swimming pool installation prices will vary. Common shapes include rectangle, Grecian, oval and L-shaped. Kidney, lazy-L, Roman and natural shapes are also available, but may raise swimming pool installation prices.
Swimming Pool Materials
Concrete is a popular option due to its strength and durability, however it is also pricier than alternatives. It is poured into steel-enforced walls and can be formed into any shape or size for a truly custom pool. Concrete can be plastered smooth, painted, finished with texture or tiled. Unlike other pool materials, it can also be rebuilt, refinished, enlarged or updated. Drawbacks: it has one of the longest installation times, ranging from three to 12 weeks and needs to be resurfaced every 10-20 years.
Growing in popularity, vinyl pools are made of a one-piece flexible liner which is fitted into an excavated, reinforced hole. There are a limited number of shapes and sizes for vinyl pools, which are typically rectangular or L-shaped, however they are available in many patterns and colors. Installation time for a vinyl pool is one to three weeks. Drawbacks: pointy pool toys, sharp objects and animals can rip or puncture vinyl liners, which typically last 7-15 years. Though they can be repaired, opt for liners 20-30 mm thick when calculating swimming pool installation prices to prevent this from occurring.
Factory molded into giant, bowl-shaped forms and set into excavated holes by a crane, fiberglass pools also offer limited shapes and sizes. They are, however, the most affordable type of in-ground pool and offer the shortest installation time – as little as three days. Fiberglass has a durable, smooth, non-porous finish requiring fewer chemicals and harboring less algae than other materials. Because of their size, it may be difficult to get these pools delivered via truck, and clearance from overhead wires or power lines must be verified due to the use of a crane in installation.
Hard, rocky soils with limited accessibility for construction equipment will add to swimming pool installation prices as excavation is more difficult than sandier, easier-to-dig sites. Whether or not the site is level, available space and proximity to electric lines, sewer and septic also play a role in swimming pool installation prices.
Area in Which You Live
Zoning requirements vary from town to town and may affect swimming pool installation prices in order for you to meet the necessary parameters (fencing, proximity to property, electric and sewer lines and more). Permits may also be necessary. Generally speaking, the higher the cost of living in your area, the higher swimming pool installation prices will be.
Swimming Pool Features
Check with Bergen County zoning regulations and consider liability and safety concerns when selecting fencing for your pool.
Diving boards add slightly to your pool investment, but also require a deeper pool, which costs more.
Slides, like diving boards, add a non-trivial amount to swimming pool installation prices.
If you are planning to use your pool in the evenings, lights are a must-have and should be factored into swimming pool installation prices. Above-ground lighting such as floating pool lights, magnetic lights and lights which attach to the fitting of the swimming pool are a bit more cost-effective, but won’t light you pool quite as well as in-ground lighting. Slightly pricier, in-ground pool lighting such as fiber optic and LED are popular and illuminate your pool evenly throughout.
Swimming Pool Heaters
Regardless of the type of heater you choose, a pool heater will significantly increase swimming pool installation prices in your Bergen County home.
- Solar – Solar heaters slowly transfer heat from the sun to your pool. Though they are an expensive initial purchase, they have no additional monthly operating costs. Drawbacks: they do not run at night and operate less efficiently in cloudy weather.
- Heat Pump – Heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat to your pool, heating water slowly. They are less expensive than solar heaters and have inexpensive monthly operating expenses.
Electric resistance heaters use current to create heat. They are inexpensive to purchase but have higher monthly operating costs due to their lack of efficiency.
- Gas – Gas heaters utilize natural gas to create heat. Though they are inexpensive to purchase and heat water quickly, they have a high monthly operating cost and are not very energy efficient.
- Spas – Spas add significant cost to swimming pool installation prices. If they are a must-have, however, factor in those costs from the start.
Custom features such as kiddie play areas, waterfalls, alcoves, safety alarms, power safety covers and more can significantly add to swimming pool installation prices in your Bergen County home.
Circulation and Filtration
- Sand Filter – Sand filters require little maintenance and are an economical alternative to cartridge and DE filters, though they don’t work quite as well. They require a quick maintenance cleaning every week or two, called backwashing, and sand in the filter tank should be replaced with fresh sand every two to three years.
- Cartridge Filters – Cartridge filters are comprised of a large tank with a paper or polyester element filling up its volume from bottom to top. The filter may last from one to several years depending on how it is used and how carefully it is cleaned. They require periodic cleaning, from once a month to once a week depending on use, to remove loose debris. They should also be soaked once or twice per swimming season in a filter cleaning solution to removed stubborn debris and oils.
- Diatomaceous earth (DE) – Diatomaceous earth is the powder that coats the inside of a DE filter tank for filtering out pool debris. The DE coating itself is what collects debris as water passes through. A pressure gauge is used to indicate a dirty DE filter that needs to be cleaned by regeneration, which is similar to the backwashingof a sand filter, reversing water flow. The process shakes or scrapes all the powder and debris off the filter element, however due to the reversed water flow some DE powder is inevitably lost in the process, requiring replacement. Once the DE filter is topped off and turned back on, the element is re-coated and will once again filter your pool water.
- Chlorine – Popular and inexpensive, chlorine is a highly effective pool sanitizer. It serves as a sanitizer and a shock, ridding pool water of sweat, sunscreen and cosmetics.
- Bromine – Bromine is gentle on the skin and eyes, but burns off easily in the sunlight. It is also inexpensive. Bromine holds up well in high temperatures and in commonly used in hot tubs.
- Biguanide – More expensive the chlorine or bromine, biguanide does not have a strong smell or irritate the eyes. It gives water a silky, smooth feel and causes little or no swimsuit fading. It is stable in the sunlight and at high temperatures. Biguanide cannot be combined with chlorine, bromine or other mineral sanitizers.
- Saltwater – Saltwater pools have a chlorine generator. Chlorine is produced from salt without the strong smell of a typical chlorine pool and water has a smooth feel.
- Ozone – Ozone is a highly unstable molecule that excels at destroying bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew. Pools with ozonatorsconvert oxygen into ozone using electricity, reducing the need for chemicals. Compatible with chlorine, bromine and biguanide, ozonators help you spend less in chemicals over time.
- Mineral cartridges and ionizers – Mineral cartridges and ionizers fit into your filter, slowly releasing silver, copper, and zinc ions that naturally kill bacteria and algae, reducing your need for chemicals.
Don’t forget features that enhance ambiance like landscaping, seating, shade, storage, privacy screens, sound systems, outdoor lighting and more when considering swimming pool installation prices. After all, you want your pool to be a haven that adds value to your home rather than simply a swimming hole.
Professional Swimming Pool Installation
The single most important factor in a successful swimming pool installation is finding a contractor you can trust. Opt for a bonded, insured, professional contractor with experience in swimming pool design. Hiring a professional for your pool installation ensures:
- The safe excavation for the structure of your pool.
- A careful assembly that ensures your pools proper function.
- Properly installed, perfectly matched, efficiently operating pool equipment.
Ready to plan your dream pool? Contact a swimming pool contractor today!