Initial Installation Costs
Pool Type: The cost of installing a pool varies significantly depending on the type you choose. In Australia, the most common pool types are concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl liner. Concrete pools tend to be the most expensive but also the most customizable. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 or more for the installation.
Size and Shape: The size and shape of your pool also play a role in the installation cost. Larger and more complex designs will inevitably cost more.
Access and Location: The ease of access to your backyard and the location of your property can impact installation costs. If there are significant obstacles, such as limited access for construction equipment, the price can rise significantly.
Extras: Consider additional features like pool lighting, heating, waterfalls, and spa attachments. Each of these extras adds to the initial cost.
Ongoing Maintenance Costs
Chemicals: Maintaining the water quality of your pool is essential for health and safety. Traditional chlorine, salt and mineral pools all require varying degrees of chemicals and regular top-ups. These can cost several hundred dollars annually. A Naked Freshwater system uses a fraction of these to keep your pool sparkling and clean, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars every year.
Cleaning and Filtration: Pool filters and pumps need regular maintenance, and these costs can add up. Additionally, pool vacuum systems and robotic cleaners, while convenient, come with an upfront cost. These parts also wear out and can corrode. The Naked Freshwater system, lacking harsh chemicals, is kinder to pool equipment, and with less pump use required, can increase longevity and reduce replacement costs.
Energy Costs: Heating and circulating pool water can be energy-intensive to the tune of $500-$700 per year. If you have a heated pool, expect your electricity or gas bill to increase. Pumping can also be significant in times of higher use. Naked Freshwater system generally requires less pump use, which lowers energy costs.
Repairs: Over time, your pool may require repairs. Cracks, leaks, or damage to the pool’s structure can be expensive to fix, as can corrosion caused by chlorine and salt.
Insurance: Pool ownership may necessitate adjustments to your homeowner’s insurance policy to cover potential liabilities.
Water Usage: Filling or topping off your pool can increase your water bill, especially during hot, dry spells.
Regular Servicing: Routine servicing, such as cleaning, maintenance, and winterisation, can cost several hundred to a couple of thousand dollars annually.
Compliance and Safety Costs
Fencing and Barriers: In Australia, there are strict regulations regarding pool safety. You may need to install pool fencing, alarms, and other safety features to comply with the law.
Local Regulations: Different regions in Australia have their own regulations regarding pool ownership, which may require inspections and permits.