How Much Do Pools Cost to Build

Pool Remodeling, Restoration and Renovation

Building a backyard pool is a very expensive undertaking but the benefits are bountiful. Having a pool is a great way to cool off in the warm summer months, perfect for entertaining guests, and great for families. Despite the benefits of adding a pool to your property, there are many upfront costs that you must be made aware of. When determining the cost of a customized pool, it’s important to remember that the costs will vary depending on a variety of factors like size, materials, landscaping, labor and excavation, filtration, permits, and more.

Here are some costs to consider when budgeting for the perfect backyard escape.

Types of Materials:

  1. Concrete

    Concrete pools are a great option because they are fully customizable, and you can choose any size or shape that you would like. Although they present a great option, they can be quite labor intensive and costly.

    Laid concrete in Canada costs approximately $200k. One thing that you must consider when opting for a concrete pool is bacteria and algae. Concrete is porous which means it may be more susceptible to these factors. In addition, environmental factors may cause your concrete pool to crack over time.

  2. Vinyl

    When choosing which material is best for your pool, it’s important to take longevity into consideration. Typically, concrete pools are known to last longer than vinyl however vinyl can be much cheaper. The cost you save upfront with a vinyl pool may ultimately cost more in the long run as these pools usually have to be replaced every 8-10 years. It’s important to consider whether it is a worthy investment as they require more maintenance and upkeep when compared to alternatives.

    A major perk that is often not considered is the freedom and flexibility that vinyl allows. Unlike alternatives, vinyl pools allow you to completely transform your backyard economically. New vinyl over technology allows you to make the inside of your pool completely customizable by boasting additive options like seating, and entry points.

  3. Fiberglass

    Fiberglass pools boast a variety of benefits including price, longevity, and customizability. Fiberglass pools are often a popular choice as they come pre-made by the manufacturer, making installation quick and painless. Fiberglass shells are also equipped with a coating to prevent UV damage, algae, and bacteria. The cost of a fiberglass pool in Canada can range between $75,000- $115,000 depending on your preferences and a replacement can cost between $10,000- $15,000.

Size of Your Pool

The larger your pool is, the more expensive it will be to build. The size is the most significant factor when determining the cost of your inground pool. When deciding to build a large pool with depth, the investment will be large regardless of the types of materials used. Determining the size of your pool must also be done with a trustworthy and dedicated contractor. It’s important to move forward with a contractor that takes the time to meet with you and explore your options. At Passion Pool and Ponds, we never guess with your money. We’ll work hand in hand throughout the planning process to make sure you’re provided with an accurate quote.


Every pool can be complimented or improved with exceptional surrounding landscaping. Landscaping could be quite costly depending on your vision for your new backyard. In some cases, replacing grass and seed after excavation is required in order to achieve your desired look.


Contractors can charge between $6000 and $10,000 to excavate a pool. The cost of excavation is determined by a variety of different factors including the amount of debris around the pool, equipment needed, yard size, shape of the pool, and the time of year. Another cost to consider is dirt and debris disposal which will vary from company to company. A rough estimate would be between $60.00-$70.00 per load plus trucking and labor costs.

Filtration & Types of Water

A water filtration system can cost anywhere between $1,000 – $2,000 to install. In addition, its best to consult with a team of professionals that can help you choose the right filtration system and type of water for your pool. Our team would be happy to help you choose the best system to maintain your new pool.


Depending on your location and local bylaws, you may need a permit to complete your project. Different municipalities have different requirements however permits in Ontario tend to start around $120 plus any applicable administration fees.

Fencing and Furnishings

Another factor that must be considered when building a pool is fencing and furnishing costs. These costs will vary depending on your preferences, materials, and labor costs however, an experienced contractor would be able to provide you with a more concrete quote.

Are you ready to build your backyard pool?

Building a backyard pool can be an extremely large financial undertaking, however you will be rewarded with a beautiful new pool that you can enjoy with friends, family, and guests. When budgeting for a pool, it’s important to consult with a team of experienced professionals. Our dedicated team would be happy to meet and discuss your options. After we’ve settled on your dream pool, we will be able to provide you with a price range for your project.