Fiberglass pools are swimming pools but they are not very customizable. This pool is 10 x 20 for $31,000.00 not including electricity. It comes with 3 feet of concrete edging around the pool. More patio space is more money. This can only be installed on level ground for this price. Adding dirt to re- level the yard is extra. This pool is only 4 feet deep and that is only for the deep edge wall. It quickly gets more shallow the second you walk away from the deep edge. Most of these do have to be cleaned manually.
Fiberglass pools are very bland with no real special characteristics. This pools is around $40,000.00 and that is a good amount of money. This can be installed in just a few days which gives you that special feeling of I get to swim by the end of the week. I know the more you look at these type of pools the more you won’t use them. Typically someone who buys a pool uses it the first 3 months regularly. Then it starts to slow down. Since these are so shallow they get hot quicker. You won’t use it in the winter and will have to wait until May to use it again. Soon enough you won’t use it any more. 75% of pool owners use their pool no more than 25 times a year.
These pools look more like traditional concrete pools. They are customizable pools with the national average cost around $37,000.00 for a 12 x 24 pool. That is 288 square feet of water surface. Vinyl pools are sturdy enough for daily use. Maintenance is a little more than fiberglass pools. Vinyl pools are built with metal or fiberglass walls and are troweled with a thin layer of concrete underneath the vinyl. This vinyl is thin and roots can easily grow through these pools.
Vinyl pools are a pretty fast install. They can be installed in just a few weeks or sooner. Vinyl and fiberglass pools both look bland and very little to no excitement. Customers tend to forget about these pools and it just becomes another monthly cleaning expense with no use in the winter. I have not been to anyone’s house and seen them outside in December say WOW look at my pool it is so cool. Don’t forget about the spring start up. Throw in the pool shock and add those chemicals a lot of them.
Concrete pools are fully customizable but all that custom comes with a price. With the national average for a 12 x 24 pool costing around $60,000.00 , that is still only 288 square feet of water surface. Adding anything extra will quickly increase your bill by 1000’s. Typically with a 2 to 5 month installation time you will be lucky to enjoy your pool the first year. Most pool companies only design the pools, then they sub contract out all the work to other companies to do the pool installation. The pool in this picture is a lot more than $100,000.00 and the resale on the house will not reflect the pool. Did you notice anything about the pool picture, look again. Nothing, nothing but water with nobody in it. You can just stare at this pool all day and wonder what is it missing. The answer is life. Before 50 years ago if someone wanted to swim they went to a lake or river and opened their eyes underwater. Those days are over for pool owners. They spent money they most likely didn’t have and now can’t stand their investment.
Concrete pools can be exciting. But you have to buy the grotto, the slide and all the accessories. Most pools look just like the pool in this photo. A big rectangle with waterfalls. Did I just say waterfalls I meant some type of stacked rock that somewhat kinda resembles a waterfall. Pool builders have no idea what is like to build something real, something that resembles nature. Waterfalls are meant to bring life to bodies of water. They are meant to supply oxygen to nature’s animals and plants. Waterfalls need a purpose and since pool companies don’t know what the purpose is. They fail and win at the same time. You paid them and they won. You don’t use your pool because it’s not inviting you lost. You can only throw the rings in and let them sink to the bottom so many times before it is so boring. It is time to go back to nature.
This is what God intended for you to swim in. He didn’t make mistakes when he created lakes, and rivers. These were made for your enjoyment. Why dive in your pool and hunt for plastic rings when you can swim with nature and see real fish. You can name them as pets play with them, feed them. The smell of chlorine is now a thing of the past. For many people that suffer from the burn of chlorine can now swim in what Mother Nature made. You can now have nature in your back yard.
This looks way more natural than a pool. Yes some swim ponds can be more expensive than pools. But what you get for the extra price will be something amazing. Even when it’s winter and you no longer want to swim you can still go out to the fire pit and roast marshmallows and still look at something beautiful full of life.
Yes this is a real swim pond, full of life. My customer uses this everyday. They love it so much they bought wetsuits to use it in the winter. There is always something to do in a NSP. Swim ponds are not maintenance free but the maintenance is not adding chemicals it is pulling off dead Lilly leafs or a few leaves that didn’t make it in the skimmer. The filter on this pond is a nature filter we call the wetland filter which only needs to be cleaned yearly. It is 15 times larger than a traditional pool filter. The price for this one is $58,000.00 with everything you see in the picture.
Your pool will never ever look like this. If this was a concrete pool this would have cost close to $170,000.00 if not more. On land the possibility is endless on what we can create. This pond is still just a basic swim pond it is just large. The customer was dreaming of this for 15 years and all she could tell me as she teared up a little was this was much more than she expected. With a traditional pool you will know exactly what you get ahead of time. Spray on concrete will always be spray on concrete but a natural swimming pond will be a one of a kind design. No two rocks will ever be the same.
I installed a water feature for this customer. If she knew there was someone that built natural swimming ponds she would have went for that. This is a very small concrete pool around 22 feet long and 4 feet deep at the deepest. This is maybe 13 feet wide and the cost was just shy of $60,000.00. The sad part is it took almost 4 months to complete. They could have had what is in the other picture for the same price. 250 square feet of water or 1600 square feet of water. Why buy a concrete pool if you can’t even jump or dive into it.