The main difference between fiberglass and gunite pools is the material. Fiberglass pools are large molds installed into the ground, gunite pools are made of concrete sprayed onto frames. Fiberglass pools are cheaper, quicker to install, and lower maintenance but are not customizable. Gunite pools can be customized to any specification.

The main difference between fiberglass and vinyl is the material. Fiberglass pools are large molds installed into the ground, vinyl pools are lined and need to be replaced every 5-9 years. Fiberglass pools are more expensive, however are quicker to install, and lower maintenance but are not customizable. Vinyl-lined pools are customizable, however, they require more maintenance and the liner needs to be replaced.

The main difference between gunite and vinyl is the material. Gunite pools can be customized to any specification and are more expensive, however they last much longer than vinyl pools. Vinyl-lined pools are customizable too, however, they require more maintenance and the liner needs to be replaced.

The average cost of an in-ground pool in NJ is $55,000. This can vary depending on the type of pool, size, shape, material, installation, maintenance, etc. Pools can be installed for as low as $18,000, while some pools can cost upward of $65,000.

Depending on the size, and shape of your pool – you can expect to budget anywhere from $80-$250 per square foot. Additionally, inground pools can also include expenses for patio/pavers, electrical work, plumbing work, fencing, landscaping, and more.

Pools can be filled up using a standard garden hose and the tap water in your house. Be mindful that this process can take a long time depending on the size of your pool. You can also order water from a delivery service and have it brought to your pool.

In-ground pools are worth it if the homeowner plans to use the pool for leisure purposes. In-ground pools don’t typically increase the resale value of a home, as they cost more to install and maintain. This question is dependent upon what the determining factors for “worth it” mean.

Depending on the type of pool you opt for, it can take anywhere from several weeks to a few months. This includes time to get required permits and approvals from your town, weather, and typical construction processes.

Building a gunite pool can take at least 5 weeks from permit approval. Permit approval varies on your township’s requirements and schedule. Once permits are approved, installation can begin.

Building a fiberglass pool can take a few days to weeks from permit approval. Permit approval varies on your township’s requirements and schedule. Once permits are approved, excavation and installation of the fiberglass shell can begin.

The cost of an inground pool varies depending on the material – gunite, fiberglass or vinyl. Based on the type of pool you choose the expenses of the pool can differ due to installation, maintenance and customization, and/or style of your pool.

Yes – all pools regardless of type need a construction permit and zoning approval. Additional permits that are required in NJ are electrical, plumbing, building, and fencing. Certain townships may require other permits or approvals for a pool build.

No, they are very similar however the application is different. Gunite is sprayed onto the shell of the pool, while concrete is mixed and applied directly without a gun.

Financial options for pools can be through financing, home equity line of credit, loans, or refinancing a current mortgage. Many pool contractors allow for payment plans or charge for work as it gets completed.

The most expensive part of owning a pool is the initial build of the pool. Following that, maintenance of a pool can be the next expense. This is dependent upon the type and size of the pool.

Ultimately, yes, the inground pool cost can be worth when you invest in a timeless design complete with beautiful pool landscaping. It gives your home value a 7% increase, according to Bank Rate.

Pools increase the value of a home, in most cases. The value a pool will add to a home depends on many factors, including the location, climate, pool type, local real estate market, and your enjoyment.

Inground pools can last anywhere from 20-30 years. This is dependent upon the type of pool, the quality of the installation, and the level of maintenance. Practicing good maintenance on a pool can significantly extend the life of a pool.

The major factors that affect the cost of an inground pool are the excavation costs, size of the pool, materials/equipment, and maintenance. Additionally, demand for pool materials has gone up, therefore increasing the price.

The fall and winter months are the cheapest time to build a pool. Most pool-building companies are going through the slow part of their season so they may offer discounts. Additionally, building a pool around this time may allow for it to be finished in time for the spring/summer time.

Yes – in NJ the law requires that all pools are fenced around the entire property or just around the pool. All fences must be at least 4 feet high and meet a clearance requirement from the bottom of the pool fence.

Pool permits vary depending on the size of your pool. In NJ, the fee is typically anywhere from $100-$250.

A pool return is the fitting that allows for water that has flowed through the pool filtration system to go back into the swimming pool.

An inground pool should have at least 2-3 returns in the pool for optimal water circulation.

The most common type of pool installed is gunite. This is because they are the most customizable and longest-lasting.

Pools need to be at least 10 feet away from house walls.

The typical pool will rack up $3,000 to $5,000 in yearly maintenance. This includes things such as chemicals, professional cleanings, part replacements, and, for vinyl and concrete pools, liner upkeep and replacement That number also includes normal maintenance, as well as repairs, water, and electricity costs to run your pool.

A typical pool pump consumes approximately 1 kilowatt per hour (kWh) of power, which is equivalent to running a 100-watt light bulb continuously for 10 hours. The size, amount of time, and efficiency of the pump will cause electricity to vary as well as price.

Salt water systems are easier and cheaper to maintain than chlorine pools. Materials for maintenance are cheaper, so day-to-day costs are cheaper.

No, it is not recommended to drain your pool during the winter months. The water level should be lowered so as not to damage the pool’s structure and equipment. Pool covers are also recommended for additional protection.

To winterize, or prepare a pool for the winter months, you must remove all accessories such as skimmer baskets, cleaners, ladders, steps, etc. The pool should be cleaned and the water should be tested. Chemicals should be added to the pool to adjust the chemistry – shock, clean, and/or balance the water. The level of the water should be lowered and all equipment should be stored or covered. Install the skimmer plate and plug the return fittings. Cover the pool with appropriate and secure pool cover.

Pools can increase the value of a home, however, it can also increase the insurance of the home. This is dependent upon how the potential buyer views the pool – as an asset or a liability. The value a pool will add to a home depends on on many factors, including the location, climate, pool type, local real estate market, and personal enjoyment.

Inground pools can decrease home value depending upon the view of the potential buyer. If the buyer is concerned with ongoing maintenance costs, increase in insurance or liability, the safety of children, and limit of backyard space – then the value of the home will decrease in that aspect.

It is ideal for pool pumps to run 24 hours a day, however, this can be costly. It is recommended to run pool pumps for 12 hours a day so that the water can run through the filter 2-3 times in 24 hours.

Salt water can cause issues with corrosion which may require maintenance of pool equipment. Saltwater can take longer than chlorine to kill microbes or bacteria in the water. Upfront costs can be significant.  Repairs can be difficult as the equipment is not as well-known for technicians.

To maintain an inground pool, you should open and close the pool for the season with proper care. Maintain the pool’s water level when it is open. Run the pool pump/filter system to keep water circulating and prevent algae building. Clean out debris and brush the pool. Water chemistry should be balanced depending if you have a chlorine or salt-water pool.

Fiberglass pools are considered the easiest type of pool to maintain and are the least prone to algae.


Enjoyment for the entire family – gives you a chance to bond and play together

Private outdoor entertainment – you can enjoy it anytime without a crowd watching

Convenient low-impact exercise – no traveling to the gym when you can swim instead

Replaces need for a community pool – no relying on community amenities to have fun


Ongoing maintenance costs – this can be monthly, yearly, and other large expenses

Insurance premiums increase – insurance for potential damage and overall liability

Safety concerns for children – fear of potential drowning or injury to children

Limits use of backyard space – if swimming isn’t your only hobby, you’ll want more space

It can cost anywhere from $200-$500 to winterize a pool. This is dependent upon the size of the pool, location, and condition the pool is in before closing. You will also need to factor in the cover, lowering the water level, chemicals, and cleaning.

The salt cells used in most residential saltwater pools are good for 10,000 hours of operation, or approximately three to five years.

An ionized pool is a pool that uses a supplemental disinfecting system to eliminate bacteria and algae in the water.

Yes, pool ionizers are either attached electrically through the pump or are a small device that is solar-powered. It is safe to swim in an ionized pool.

To maintain an ionized pool you must ensure there is a small amount of chlorine, and replace the mineral cells as needed (every 1-3 months). Stay on top of scaling and copper levels so as to prevent staining of the pool wall/tile.

You will notice that the water is silkier and smoother, and there is less of a chemical smell/taste. You may also notice a decrease in algae if your pool was prone to it prior to being ionized.

Yes, ionizers can be used in saltwater pools. This may be a good pairing as the salt system provides chlorine and the ionizer will help maintain pH levels.

Pool ionizers are relatively inexpensive (anywhere from $800-$1000+). In the long run, they can help save on chemical costs since they require less use of them.

Yes, pool ionizers are a great supplemental way to keep the pool clean.

Backfill is dependent upon the location of your pool and the climate. Proper backfill needs to be able to drain well so as to not crack, bow, or pop up if there is not proper drainage for water. Typically, backfill is dirt, rocks, gravel or sand.

Typography is the study of the land surface. Whether your property is sloped and the space required for the pool and/or hardscape area are factors that need to be included when designing your pool project.

Since fiberglass pools are pre-built molds, they are usually manufactured off-site and delivered to your house in one large piece.

There will be certain steps in the building process that require the homeowner to be present. There are some steps that require someone to be home. Much of the building process is completed by crews that don’t need someone present unless they choose to be. You can be as hands-on or hands-off as you want for much of the build process.

Chemicals required for maintenance can be purchased at pool supply stores, online, or even provided through a pool maintenance company.

Test kits are available for pH testing. You will need to get a sample of your water and use test strips to identify the pH of your water.

To select the right contractor you should keep a few things in mind. Ensure you have the pool design/requirements ready. Research pool builders in your area or ask around for recommendations. Evaluate the experience/work/licensing of the pool builders you meet with. This can be done by looking at past projects, talking to previous customers, viewing portfolios, etc.

You will need at least 9.5 feet if you want to dive into your pool. You will need 4 feet to jump into a pool feet first. Local and municipal regulations often dictate pool depth and construction standards. You may need specific permits for deeper pools, especially if they exceed certain depth limits or if the water table is high in your area.

Sport pools have the deepest part of the pool in the center, with shallow ends on either side. Deep-end pools have one end that is deeper than the other side, they usually slope from shallow to deep.

A geometric pool is a pool that has straight edges, and it can look very symmetrical. These pools typically look very rectangular or ‘boxy’ given the straight edges and true corners. A freeform pool has rounded and curved edges, and these types of pools are also called lagoon-style pools. These pools can take on many different rounded and freeform designs and, in some cases, may have a straight edge or two.

Having a spa attached to the pool comes with benefits. Spas can allow you to use your pool all year round and can serve as a safe space for children as spas are not usually deeper than 3ft. They can add to the overall appearance of your project as well.

Your contractor will determine the best spot for your equipment based on ease of access, ventilation, and access to utilities/electricity. There are many ways to enhance the look of your equipment as it may be unsightly. You can add landscaping, fencing, or screens.

Pools need to be maintained daily (cleaning, checking water levels, running equipment), weekly (cleaning, brushing, water chemistry, backwashing) monthly (shock the pool, cleaning and inspecting equipment). Yearly, pools need to be maintained by proper opening and closing.

Depending on where you live, climate, and temperature pools typically are opened in the spring.

For a crack that is small and doesn’t affect the integrity of the structure, you can DIY by filling in the crack yourself. You can get materials at a pool supply store. For larger cracks, check with your pool contractor or a professional so as to ensure the integrity of the pool.

Yes, there are many options for smaller spaces to build pools. Depending on the size/shape/layout of the space, you may be restricted to a gunite or vinyl pool as they are customizable – fiberglass pools are not.

You can ask for proof of insurance which will tell you the coverage they have. You should also verify workers’ compensation insurance to cover injuries for crews installing the pool.

This is greatly dependent upon the insurance your contractor has as well as your homeowner’s insurance. It is generally accepted that properties are maintained and safe for all workers and some rules differ from state to state.

As with anything, many events can occur during a pool build to delay the process. Sometimes these things are out of your control or could be easily prevented. Construction delays such as weather conditions, measurement mistakes, structural problems, improper excavation, plumbing or electrical issues, permit delays or compliance with your town, and budgets can all contribute to delays in the building of a pool.

While you don’t need a heater in your pool, it is a good thing to have. You can extend the usage of your pool during cool nights or cooler months. You have options for pool heaters such as gas, electric or solar.

Typically, your contractor will take care of permits, however, you can go to your township municipality and obtain information on how to get permits.

When deciding to build a pool, you must consider a few safety measures. Children and pets should be kept in mind. Consider if the child(ren) can swim or if you would rather install fences, alarms, and covers. Also, consider pool chemistry to ensure safe water quality. Safety of pool equipment is important as well – including making sure equipment is running properly, connections are proper and regularly inspecting drains. Lights are another consideration if you plan to use the pool for nighttime swimming.

Many local pool repair companies can fix issues with your pool equipment. Additionally, pool equipment can be under warranty and can be repaired or replaced. Your contractor is another resource and can help you with repairs or point you in the right direction for assistance.

Most pools don’t need frequent filling – however, this can vary based on the climate you live in, usage of the pool (splashing water), evaporation, and rainfall. You may need to put a hose in the pool and fill it every few weeks. When opening up a pool after the winter season, you may need to fill it up more significantly as the water was most likely lowered in the winterization process.

At least one entrance is required for safety purposes – these can be ladders, built-in steps, or sloped entries. All outdoor pools are required to have a fence to prevent unauthorized access.

Yes, lights are great for enhancing the look of your pool and additional safety. You can get LED or Fiber optic lights. Lights are not required when building a pool.

Regular testing is recommended, a few times a week during usage season of the pool.

Poor planning and research tend to be the biggest issues when building a pool. This can be anywhere from design, budget, compliance and permits, and proper timing.

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