How Much Does a Pool Cost?

The size and features of your swimming pool will ultimately depend on the amount of money you’re willing to spend on it. As such, it’s important to ensure that you have the budget for the project you have in mind. The cost of a swimming pool depends on its type and the materials that will be used to build it. For example, installing an in-ground concrete pool will generally cost more than a  fibreglass pool. You’ll also have to account for other expenses such as landscaping as well as pool fencing and safety.

What Is A Good Size Swimming Pool?

The answer to this question will depend on your preferences, your budget and your available yard space. However, while you can build a lap pool in a relatively small yard, many experts agree that bigger is better. A bigger pool gives you more room to swim around, plus it adds more value to your property.

Do I Need a Fence For My New Pool?

Installing pool fencing is mandatory in Australia, so yes, you’ll need a fence for your swimming pool. Having your pool fencing and your pool registered is also a requirement so see to it that you check with the local authorities to ensure compliance.

Does My Pool Builder Need To Be Licensed?

Each state in Australia has different requirements when it comes to pool construction. Your best bet is  to shop around and ask questions. Obtain at least 3 written quotes and request to see examples of previous work. If you’re in Toowoomba, simply contact us to start building your dream pool.

What is better, Concrete or Fibreglass Pools?

Fibreglass Pool Pros and Cons

The three key benefits of fibreglass pools are that they are

  • Quick to install

  • Cheaper than concrete

  • Require little maintenance.

Some homeowners in cooler climates go for fibreglass because they heat faster and retain their heat for longer.

The main drawbacks of fibreglass pools are:

  • Not as many designs or colours to choose from

  • No scope for custom features

  • Limited width (usually 4.2metres) as the shell is transported by road

Concrete Pools Pros and Cons

Concrete Pools are the way to go if you want full control of your pool design and are considering adding custom features. The three key benefits of concrete pools are:

  • Make your pool as big or as small as you want

  • Flexibility to add alcoves, steps and swim out benches

  • Superior strength and durability

Concrete is also more suited to certain soil types common in the Toowoomba and wider Queensland region, particularly black soil.

There aren’t many negatives of concrete pools, but there are a couple of factors you will need to take into consideration before committing to a concrete pool. Concrete pools take longer to build and are more expensive than fibreglass pools, so if you are looking for a quick, easy backyard pool ready for summer, a concrete pool isn’t your best option!

How Much Pool Water Is Lost Through Evaporation?

Summer means warm weather and this means evaporation rates are higher in summer. Exactly how much pool water you lose will depend on factors such as;

  • Humidity

  • wind

  • Location

  • Average temperatures

However, an average pool can be expected to lose approximately 5 mm of water per day. A fairly accurate way to determine how much water your pool is losing through evaporation is with a bucket. Fill the bucket with water, mark the water level and repeat every 24 hours. You can then take an average over a week. Simples!

Are There Any Other Ways Water Can Be Lost?

Evaporation is just one way pool water is lost. Leaks, swimming and back washing are other common ways your pool loses water. So, how do you keep your pool water at just the right level?

A pool cover will reduce evaporation dramatically and also prevent debris from falling into the pool. Pool covers also make your pool water warmer which may be a good or a bad thing depending on your preference!

If you are losing a lot of water it’s possible you may have a leak so check with a professional pool builder if you suspect this is the problem.