While there is no doubt that a swimming pool represents a substantial investment as far as the vast majority of Toronto homeowners are concerned, it is possible to keep costs to a reasonable level if you do your research beforehand. If you would like to have a new pool built this year but you are keen to keep installation costs to a minimum, take a look at our short guide below. In it, you will find useful tips on how to keep initial costs low and spread the total cost of ownership over a longer period of time.
Your Path to a Cheaper Pool Installation
The trick to keeping costs down when having a new pool installed is to hold back on items that you may not need at first. Doing this not only reduces the initial cost, it also allows you to make more informed choices because by the time you install the features in question, you will have a much better idea of what you really want from your swimming pool. You should also make sure that whatever you do include in the original scope of work is what you really need and not just what sounds good.
- Don’t Install a Heater Straight Away – While you may well need a heater in the colder months of the year, it is a good idea to wait and see just how much you use your new pool before buying one. By doing so, you will also be able to gauge what the summer water temperatures are like and whether it might be worth investing in a combined heating and chilling unit for the next year. Given the fact that heaters cost thousands rather than hundreds of dollars, you can shave a significant sum from your initial pool installation costs by waiting for a few months.
- Think Carefully about Size – One mistake that many homeowners make is to over specify when it comes to the dimensions of their new pool. Bigger is not always better as far as swimming pools are concerned. If you swim dozens of lengths every morning as part of your regular exercise regime, an Olympic pool just might be a good investment but if you are installing a pool mainly for your children to use in warmer weather, something a little less ambitious will almost certainly be a better option.
- Increase the Size of Decking or Patio at a Later Date – Whether you choose decking or patio as a surround for your new pool installation, it will be much cheaper if you start off small and add to it later. Once you have been using your pool for a few months it will be much easier to estimate the size of surround that you really need so starting off small and adding to it later makes good financial sense.
- Consider Fibreglass Instead of Concrete – Although a solid concrete pool installation will last longer than any of the alternatives, it is also the most expensive option on the market. If you would like to limit the overall cost, consider installing a fibreglass pool instead. All good contractors in Toronto and the surrounding area should be able to provide you with competitive quotes for both types of pool so you can easily see the difference in cost for yourself.
For more details on pool installation costs and the different options available, get in touch with us today and we will be delighted to provide you with all the information that you need. We design and build a wide range of inground pools in the area.