you considering taking the plunge to add a pool or
update an existing one?
your homework before you dive in to making a hot summerís
daydream come true. Our team recently interviewed
top-rated pool pros and gathered the following trends
and tips to help your project go swimmingly:
The average starting price for installing a pool made of
concrete or similar materials, such as shotcrete or
gunite, is $50,000. The cost of additional pool
components can range from $20,000 to more than $100,000.
A poolís interior finish material will make the
biggest design statement. Popular choices include basic
white plaster or quartz. Other options include pebbles
and crushed abalone shells. The pool finish alone can
cost $8,000 to $10,000.
Options include sun decks, tanning ledges, waterfalls,
bubblers, fountains, water arcs and zero-entry. When it
comes to the pump, which can cost $1,000 or more,
consider a variable-speed type that you can program.
At a 5 to 10 percent increase in cost, a pool can be
custom-shaped to reflect your property and lifestyle.
Systems are available that automatically provide
water-chemistry readouts and control temperature,
lights, music, the pool cover and more. Automation
features cost from $500 to several thousand dollars.
LED lights in white or other colors are popular. They
cost more initially than other bulb types, but can last
at least six times longer.
The material surrounding the pool can be as simple as
brushed concrete, at an average cost of $5.50 per square
foot installed, to something more upscale, such as
flagstone, which averages $26 a square foot.
tiles, at $8 to $11 a square foot, resist mold and heat
and are slip-resistant. But because theyíre soft, they
need to be sealed annually if you have a saltwater pool.
Saltwater pools are popular because they offer high
water quality and are relatively gentle on eyes, skin
and hair. But be aware that saltwater can damage softer
decking materials. If you want a sandstone pool
surround, for instance, it will need to be sealed.
cost to convert an existing system to saltwater ranges
from $1,500 to $2,000, about the same price as including
a saltwater system with a new pool. Be aware that the
quality of a saltwater systemís cell, which converts
salt to chlorine, can vary. The metallic coating on some
cells may erode, requiring replacement that can cost