Indoor Swimming Pools and Associated Costs
Anyone wondering about the cost of indoor swimming pools, or how much the associated costs might be, cannot expect a hard and fast answer. Apart from describing indoor swimming pools as expensive, there are too many variables to pinpoint exact costs. One rule, however, guesstimates that indoor swimming pools cost twice as much as outdoor pools. All things considered, this guesstimate might well work for simplicity, but again, there are so many variables – why not have an overview of the big picture?
Size and Layout
Clearly, the size and layout of the proposed pool is a major consideration. Indoor swimming pools are in the range of about 8 feet x 15 feet. This would require a space of about 11 feet x 18 feet, depending on the pool features and the physical surroundings. Pool depth is determined by homeowner needs, and whether the pool is being used for recreation or therapy, for example. In other words, size, shape, depth, and special features will all have a consequence on the final price – and this could realistically go up to $100,000.
This could get expensive, especially if there is no existing space for the new pool. Indoor swimming pools that require surrounding building construction can get very expensive. But there are other options – like the pre-fabricated pool enclosures. These are viable enclosures that can solve the construction issue, but many of these also have a substantial price tag. As well, there will be additional expense associated with plumbing and electrical for the new pool – work that will be required to connect everything to the main supply.
Hot Water Heater
Although secluded from the outside elements, indoor swimming pools still require temperature levels that are comfortable. Contractors will often recommend a solar heating system as the most economical approach for indoor swimming pools. Once again, depending on the capacity of the system installed, prices will vary accordingly. But a good contractor will surely assess and recommend the best option for the project.
Inside Vapor Barrier
Where indoor swimming pools have common walls with other parts of the house, it’s wise to have a proper vapor barrier installed during the construction process. This may well entail additional work beyond the installation of the pool itself, but it’s vital to the project – taking a shortcut here could pose problems in the future. The vapor barrier will prevent moisture accumulation, as well as mold and mildew growth.
Safety precautions are usually part of the building code, and reliable contractors will not undertake a project like this without abiding by the code. With indoor swimming pools the cost of total safety is well worthwhile. This may include additional entry door alarms and perhaps a safety pool cover to reinforce security. Yes, these do present extra project costs, but the potential for unintended mishaps make the cost justifiable. In the big picture, these are not extraneous costs, like some of the luxury features that may be installed.
Indoor swimming pools also pose additional operational costs once the pool is in regular use. Homeowners should therefore be apprised of the electricity costs, water costs, regular maintenance costs, and even the cost of repairs and upgrades. But with a good swimming pool contractor on hand, all of these considerations can be weighed and discussed and decided.