In this guide we will discuss everything you need to know about concrete pools. We will cover advantages to concrete over fibreglass, cost, maintenance and flexibility.
How much does a concrete pool cost?
Concrete pools are generally in-ground pools, but can also be above ground or raised, meaning concrete is a very flexible building tool when installing a swimming pool.
In-ground concrete swimming pools can cost anywhere between $40,000 for a basic 7 metre x 3 metre pool, all the way up to well over $100,000-$150,000 for one with all the bells and whistles attached. For more detailed information, check out our guide on concrete pool pricing. Or for an accurate price estimate of the pool you’re planning, try our pool price calculator.
Also, keep in mind that the prices stated above also include the costs of designing the pool, as well as a 3D render of what your final pool will look like so that you can experience what is to come.
There are of course many variables to consider when designing your new concrete pool, and so these estimates can vary depending on your specific design.
What are the “variables” in a concrete pool?
When designing your new concrete pool, there are certain decisions you need to make.
What will I use this pool for? Parties? Family entertainment? Laps?
The answers to these questions will greatly affect your concrete pool’s design. For example if you want a pool primarily for exercise and laps, then some features such as bench seats or spas won’t matter, and you can save a few dollars there. Here are a few things to consider:
- If you want a basic pool for exercise, save some money and limit yourself on the features.
- A family concrete pool can benefit from full length concrete steps that double up as bench seats, making entering and leaving the pool safe for the kids while providing a sitting area between play sessions.
- For entertaining and throwing parties, you might want to consider throwing in a spa and an excess of bench seating, perhaps some cool underwater lights. Whatever you can think of, it can probably be done.
If you are not sure on what features you want or what is available, we are more than happy to help you figure it out, just contact us and ask us a question!
Flexibility with concrete pools
Due to the nature of concrete, there are infinite (almost) possibilities when designing a concrete pool. Since concrete can be poured into a mold, a variety of great designs can be made with stepped level spa attachments, unique shapes and more.
Some great features of concrete pools include:
- Customisation: Concrete pools can be completely customised to suit the shape of your backyard. Whether you go for a simple rectangular pool or decide to shape it like a sock, it can be done. Momentum Pools can create whatever shape enters your mind.
- Finishes: You can get whatever look you like in your new concrete pool with a variety of beautiful finishes. From tiles to rendering or polished concrete. You can get the perfect look to suit your home and garden.
- Can be built on a slope: If your block is on a hill, don’t fret! You can still get the concrete pool of your dreams. We will excavate and build up wherever necessary to get your pool up and running. Concrete is sturdy and offers a structurally sound material for these tricky scenarios.
- Structural Additions: If you are limited on space, concrete pools allow a heap of flexibility. They can be build along property boundaries, as well as be tied into an existing building. More often than not, if you think you don’t have room for a pool, you probably do!
- Add it later: Once your new concrete pool is built, we can come back and add on other features that you might not have thought about previously. Since concrete is so flexible, it makes it very easy to add features over time.
Benefits of a concrete pool vs fibreglass
There are numerous benefits that can be gained from owning a concrete pool versus fibreglass. Due to longevity and ability to be fully customised, concrete is considered a premium construction material.
We have covered the flexibility of concrete pools above, but how do they compare to fibreglass, vinyl liner and other above ground pools?
- You can fully customise concrete pools.
- They have superior structural integrity as well as being part of the surround structure.
- Have unlimited flexibility with size and configuration (as covered above).
- You are easily able to upgrade your pools appearance if you want to refresh it by re-fixing commonly available products such as tiles and render coatings.
- The principle component of a concrete pool’s structure is concrete which can be fitted with a an array of coating and fixings. That’s why concrete pools are specified by architects and designers. Fibreglass pools merely try to imitate concrete pools!
- Every local government and commercial contractor specifies concrete as the construction material of choice for any new pool construction as concrete is durable and proven in the market place.
With all of the benefits that come with a concrete pool, it’s hard to justify going with anything else!
Concrete pool maintenance
Sometimes, clients are put off buying a pool as they believe their new concrete pool will come with a headache. You might think regular maintenance that will take up too much time. However, regular pool maintenance will take up all of 10 minutes per week. During this measly 10 minutes, you will want to perform these tasks to keep your pool in prime condition:
- Emptying and checking skimmer and pump baskets
- Skimming large leaf matter and debris off of the pool surface
- Checking the dosing equipment
- Adding salt and replacing the acid drum if required
- Dropping the robotic pool cleaner into the pool
- Back-washing the filter
It’s that easy.
All of our pools and fencing are built according to the Victorian Building Authority. Momentum pools is committed to designing and building the best and safest pool for your home.