So you’re thinking of getting an in-ground pool.
Which type of pool is the least expensive to run over the long term?
This is a very important question and one that you really need to ask yourself before you make a purchasing decision.
Are you after the cheapest price now, only to cost you many more dollars down the track in maintenance and running costs? Or do you prefer to pay the right price now for a worry free future?
Let’s look at your three options:
Firstly, let’s have a look at concrete pools. My favorite point of discussion!
There is no disputing the fact that concrete pools are the most expensive type of in ground pool to own.
As some one that spent nearly 15 years renovating old concrete pools I have an in depth, first hand knowledge second to none.
Let’s look at chemical usage; this is a big factor. As concrete is an alkaline structure you are getting alkalinity leached into your water. You do use a lot of acid to keep your pH at the right levels.
The surface of a concrete pool is very porous, which is an ideal environment to harbor algae growth.
This leads to a couple of expensive solutions. You have to run your pump for longer, using more electricity and causing wear-and-tear on your equipment, and you will need to drain and acid wash your pool every 5-7 years.
Then there is the renovation factor. You will generally only get 10-12 years out of a surface coating of a concrete pool. Resurfacing costs between $5,000-$20,000 depending on what you choose to use.
I won’t even bother explaining how salt and other chemicals will rust out steel reo bars in the concrete very quickly and how common Concrete Cancer is in concrete pools. I’m sure you’ve seen it before.
Then you have vinyl liner pools. These are a cheaper option to build in the first place but do have ongoing expenses.
They are not as expensive to run on chemical usage as a concrete pool and don’t need to be emptied and cleaned either due to a smooth, non-porous surface.
The liner will need replacing every 5 – 10 years at a cost of around $6,000.00 for an average pool. Care must be taken with the liner, as they are easy to damage.
One pinhole and it’s all over!
But, it isn’t much of an issue here in Australia as this type of pool isn’t very popular now.
Now, let’s look at composite fibreglass pools.
These are by far the cheapest pool to own on running costs. They generally use around 75% less chemicals than a concrete pool; take less time to filter meaning less electricity usage costs; they have a non-porous surface greatly reducing algae growth, and the new Aqua-Guard with ECO Plus gelcoats completely inhibit algae growth. This means no emptying of the pool to scrub the surface.
With a quality pool shell there will be no need for maintenance for 25-35 years.
The only costs are the annual pump running and chemical costs.
So, the undisputed winner for long-term savings, easiest to own and cheapest to run in-ground pool type is Fibreglass.