Over the years installing pools we do come across home owners that ask the question. It always, and I mean always takes the home owners by surprise with the cost involved. It’s not cheap replacing a concrete pool with a fiberglass pool – straight out!
Home owners assume that since they have the hole already. Would equate to savings, the opposite is true. The hole doesn’t cost that much to begin with. It’s all the material & labour involved in the process. It could and probably will cost more than if you had no pool to begin with.
How Much Does It Cost?
Let’s start with the basics a fiberglass pool will cost you $40K – $55K depending on the model and size. Then you need to factor in the labour, extra material, concrete removal and so on to place the pool inside your current hole.
You’re looking at $9,000 – $21,000 while factoring in:
- Extra Gravel
- Concrete Demolishing and Removal
- Coring and Excavating sections of the concrete pool
- Small limited access
Concrete pools are larger than the fiberglass pools so it needs to be filled in with a high performance gravel which is specially designed for drainage.
The bottom of your concrete pool will need to be broken up into pieces, so the ground water doesn’t pool up under the fiberglass pool and drains into the ground or weeping system.
Good news you could keep your old equipment and just replace the piping.
How Do We Do It?
There are 2 stages that need to be accomplished, the demolish stage and the install stage. The demolish stage is where it can be stressful, and your yard get’s all torn up.
- Gain access to your yard, removing fence, gats, tree’s current patio decking and so on.
- Remove the existing patio decking, the cheapest to remove is wood decks the most expensive to remove is poured concrete patios. Since concrete patio requires the concrete to be broken into pieces before hauling it away and since dump stations charge per weight. You guessed it concrete weighs the most.
- Create a hole or a way for water to drain out of the bottom of the concrete pool shell. If you don’t. The concrete pool shell acts like a bowl. Any water that gets down there will just sit there, and that causes problems.
Another option is to have the entire concrete removed before installing a fiberglass pool, this option would be a little more expensive but in the long run would maintain your home value and would be the lesser option for problems.
Once the installers have cleared the space they need, they can install the fiberglass pool.
- Put down the stone/gravel base.
- Set the pool.
- Backfill around the outside of the pool.
- Landscaping patio and restoration takes place.
How Long Will it Take?
Well it’s going to take longer than 3 Days that’s for sure, you are looking at a 3-4 week project from start to finish. Not to bad since you could still enjoy the summer season.
Do I Need A Permit?
Well without getting into specifics from every township, the rule is if you are renovating a current existing inground swimming pool and not enlarging the pool or patio then you do NOT require a permit. Best to check with your local township just in case.
Why Replace a Concrete Pool with Fiberglass Pool?
Fiberglass pools require the least amount of maintenance and the least amount of energy to keep sanitized, that equates to year after year savings. Also, they do not require any liner replacements or re-plastering saving you more money.
The gel coat finish on fiberglass pools are softer to the touch than concrete pools, they are safe for pets, require less chemicals, safer for kids.
If you have questions about replacing your concrete pool with a fiberglass pool, reach out directly or send us a message.