Finding the Right Pool Contractor

Finding a pool contractor can be difficult when you have a vision and a tight budget. A swimming pool is a major backyard renovation that will typically cost $25,000 or more. Selecting a builder that can work on your tight budget will involve some homework.

Many builders specialize in a specific type of pool. Certain contractors exclusively build fiberglass pools, while others only build vinyl or gunite. It’s very rare to find a pool builder that builds multiple types of pools. Depending on the type of swimming pool you want, you may be able to get a lot of pool for your money.

Vinyl Inground Pools


Vinyl inground pools are notoriously less expensive than Fiberglass or Gunite. They offer the flexibility and permanence of a Gunite or shotcrete pool but without the exorbitant costs. Of course, one major drawback to a vinyl liner pool is that typically every 7 years or so you’ll be replacing the vinyl liner interior of the pool. They tend to start to show their wear and tear after about 6 or 7 years of use. The average cost of a Vinyl Inground Pool was $22,000 in 2020.

Fiberglass Inground Pools

Fiberglass pools are typically more expensive than a Vinyl liner pool. They are precast in a factory mold, and then finished with a super sleek gel coating. Out of all of the pools mentioned in this article, the interior finish is the most pleasing to the hands and feet. They are also the fastest to install. One major drawback is that they come in a limited variety of shapes and sizes, and are very expensive to transport. Excavation costs will typically cost the same.

Gunite / Shotcrete Inground Pools

Gunite or Shotcrete pools will typically cost the most out of all three types of inground pools mentioned here. For openers, you’re looking at $30,000 for a basic inground pool. However, they last the longest out of all the pools discussed and have the most pleasing aesthetic. Gunite pools are typically found in high end backyards across America.

3 Helpful Hints on How to Select the Right Pool Contractor


In selecting your Hiring A Pool Contractor, here’s a few things to look for. Obviously find one that specializes in the pool you want to build first. Secondly, look for reviews and references of past customers. Research their BBB rating on Better Business, and inquire whether all of their insurance and licenses are up to date. Ask for a pool tour of past projects the builder has completed. Finally, make sure you get everything in writing! If it’s not on a written contract, it’s not binding. Anything extra your pool builder says they’ll “throw in” make sure you get down on paper.

In Conclusion

Hopefully these helpful hints give you some insight on how to select a pool builder. We hope that your project provides you and your family with years of fun and enjoyment in the backyard.

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