What is the Cheapest Way to Build a Pool?


If you are looking to add the ultimate feature to your property by installing a below ground swimming pool and you have a limited budget, you have come to the right place, as we take a look at the various types of in-ground pool and the cost of each.

Vinyl Liner Pools

Known to be the cheapest form of in-ground pool, the vinyl liner version is relatively cheap, although you may have to replace the liner every couple of years. Of course, the large part of the cost lies in the excavation and removal of the soil, which is going to cost a couple of thousand dollars, while the ground preparation is much the same as with a fibreglass pool. The vinyl liner comes with full instructions and once in place, the surrounding pavers can be installed and when the inner suface is cleaned, you can fill the pool with water.

Fibreglass Pools

A fibreglass pool is cheaper than a traditional concrete pool, yet slightly more expensive than a vinyl liner pool. For an accurate assessment, talk to a company that handles pool renovations in Perth and they would be able to quote for your choice of pool. Of course, you should check that the contractor is state approved and had a good name in the local community. As far as price goes, it all depends on the size of the pool, plus there are other costs; drainage pipes and water filtration.

DIY Solutions

If you have a degree of DIY ability, there’s no reason that you can’t self-build the pool, saving you a fortune in labour costs. You would need a lot of time on your hands and a team of labourers, but hey, anything is possible! It is important that you understand drainage and have the right system in place prior to the pool shell arriving.

Above Ground Pool Kits

The absolute cheapest way to build a pool is the above ground pool in kit form. Search online for suppliers such as Intel, who make good quality inflatables, as well as vinyl pools with aluminium frames.

Let’s not forget pool safety; you will have to get in touch with an approved pool certifier who inspects the fencing, gating and surrounding areas to ensure the pool is inaccessible to children. If your pool area is compliant, a certificate is issued and this is valid for 3 years, after which, it needs to be renewed.