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Inground Pool Cost Guide

How much does an inground pool cost? This cost guide breaks down everything you need to know about the cost of an inground pool.

The reality is that any swimming pool purchase is a significant financial commitment, making it vital to do your homework to determine the exact costs of your new inground pool in addition to its return on investment.


As Canada’s leading distributor of fiberglass pools, exclusively representing the world’s largest manufacturer of fiberglass swimming pools, we have put this blog together to make your job as the house owner easier in choosing the right pool for your project. Our job as a company is to be truthful and transparent with all our customers to serve them and increase their knowledge about swimming pools to have an excellent overall experience.


Please keep in mind throughout this article that we are a distributor and only sell fiberglass pools to end users through our network of authorized dealers. The numbers provided within this blog are an approximation, and your pool’s price may vary depending on various factors, including region, the pool installer, access, size, etc.

As someone who is looking for a pool, one of the first and most important questions that may come to your mind are the following:

Unfortunately, many people only stick to the above questions and do not consider some of the more important factors that impact the overall long-term cost of owning a pool, such as:

Don’t worry! We have put this blog together for you to have more confidence in purchasing a swimming pool based on your budget and the expected long-term costs associated with owning each type of pool.

Above Ground Pools vs. Inground Pools Costs

Depending on the chosen quality, size and brand, an above-ground pool can cost you between $3,500 to $12,500. On the other hand, inground pool costs start from $25,000 to over $100,000 depending on the type of inground pool, its size, brand, installation time, installer’s brand image, etc. Vinyl liner pools costs range between $25,000 to $75,000. Fiberglass glass pools cost between $30,000 to $85,000. Concrete pools cost between $55,000 to $150,000.

Above Ground Pools

$3,500 to $12,500

An above-ground pool has two elements: Above-ground pool kit and Installation. 

Many companies specialize only in selling above-ground pool kits without actually offering installation on their sales. This is because many homeowners consider the DIY installation of above-ground pools, especially if they are looking for a small above-ground pool.


Usually, the price and life of the above-ground pool will be longer if it has more resin and less metal. However, oval and uniquely shaped above-ground pools will generally cost more than a standard rectangular above-ground pool. This is because of the more costly installation and pool kits.



These days, many big box stores worldwide, including Walmart, have started selling above-ground pool kits. However, homeowners must remember that less expensive above-ground pools must be replaced between 1 to 3 seasons.

Vinyl Liner Inground Pools

$25,000 to $75,000

For years, Vinyl Liner has been considered the least expensive type of inground pool. This was true because of the affordability of its materials (Steel Kits). This has significantly changed over the past few years due to the price increase of raw materials, increasing the costs of pool installers leading to a more expensive final product for the end-user.


Vinyl Liners also have high maintenance costs, especially with the need to replace the liner after several years. This has increased the shift of homeowners toward fiberglass instead of the vinyl liner as the budget is not that much different anymore. Still, the overall benefits of a fiberglass pool win over a vinyl liner.


Vinyl liner is still a highly popular option among people who do not have the budget of a concrete pool and want something customized in terms of shape and depth that fiberglass pool manufacturers do not offer.

Fiberglass Pools

$30,000 to $85,000

Fiberglass pools are among the newest and most popular inground swimming pools worldwide. Its market has significantly grown over the past 25 years in North America due to the following:

In the past, fiberglass pools used to be slightly more expensive than vinyl liner pools due to higher manufacturing costs on the fiberglass shell and shipping costs on the transportation of the fiberglass pool shell to the property. In most properties, fiberglass pools are lifted over the house by a crane to be placed into the excavated area.

However, today, fiberglass pools are not only better than alternatives in terms of overall offerings, but their prices are also very competitive as the pandemic increased the prices of vinyl kits and liners, making them less attractive.

Fiberglass pool installation can be done in as little as 2 to 4 days, depending on the size of the fiberglass pool, access and pool installer you are working with.

Concrete Inground Pools

$55,000 to $150,000

Concrete pools are the most expensive option for inground pools, especially considering their initial costs. The cost is highly variable depending on the size of the pool, selected material (White plaster / Exposed Aggregate), and finishing material (Tiles / Aggregate / Plaster). The maintenance costs of a concrete pool are also high, considering its requirement for pool resurfacing after several years and continuous cleaning requirements due to algae proneness.


Concrete pools can also take significantly longer to build in comparison to vinyl liner and fiberglass pools. Homeowners who are looking for a customized shape and high-end pool consider concrete as an option.

Final Note

If you are looking for something temporary and small to be able to use with the kids for a season or two, look into the above-ground pool options. If you are planning to have a swimming pool that has a good return on investment, definitely proceed with an inground pool. If you are looking for a pool that you can customize, especially if you are looking at larger pools with a width of over 15 feet and length of over 40 feet, choose between vinyl and concrete depending on your budget, purpose and use.


Suppose you would like to have an inground swimming pool that is strong, reliable, valuable with minimal long-term maintenance costs and, most importantly, can be installed within a few days. In that case, fiberglass pools are your number one choice. We offer fiberglass pools that are as small as 10 feet to as large as 33 feet. We are among the only companies that offer fiberglass pools with waterline porcelain tiles, which gives you the high-end concrete advantage at a much more affordable price. If you are thinking of a fiberglass swimming pool, our team would be more than happy to help you choose the fiberglass pool of your dream and have it installed within days by one of our Authorized Dealers.

Canada's Leading Inground Fiberglass Swimming Pool Distributor

If you are looking for an inground fiberglass swimming pool in Canada, PENTARM POOLS is the right choice. We operate through a network of robust authorized dealers to ensure high-quality installations, the fastest delivery times and competitive prices. Our goal is to help everyone choose the pool of their dream and experience the difference of working with a customer-centric company like PENTARM POOLS. Browse the following collections of our pools and click on any of the designs that interest you to view our models and sizes and get in touch with one of our sales representatives to choose the pool that is best for you.

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