Swimming pools make any house feel more like home. Having one in your backyard adds to the general ambiance of your home and creates a place to build many wonderful memories. If you’ve been thinking about building a pool in your backyard, you may be surprised to see an increase in price from what it was even a year ago. But don’t let that deter you. A custom pool is a smart investment with a big return. 

Why Are Pool Prices Increasing?

Perhaps the biggest reason for the increase in pool prices is increased demand putting a strain on an already limited amount of materials. With everyone adjusting to the world’s new normal, the amount of vacations and travel people are taking has declined drastically. These days, people want to stay at home more and want to create a space for “escape” in their own backyard. To make their homes as comfortable as they can be, many are turning to a swimming pool as it is high on the “comfort-providing products” in a home. 

Factor in industry-wide supply shortages, manufacturing delays, and logistical issues along with the big rise in demand for pools, and you end up with higher prices for materials, and therefore, higher costs to build a new pool. So it’s simple supply and demand. 

A few years back, the average price of an inground swimming pool in a residential area was dependent on factors such as the location of the house, pool site, type, size, shape, and features. Permits and similar considerations also came into play in determining the exact figure. 

However, this year, across the board shortages of materials are adding another big consideration when determining the final cost. With many commonly used building materials being out of stock and hard to get, coupled with a nearly 300 percent increase in freight costs and rising fuel costs, many pool contractors are having to add fuel surcharges to their bottom line. 

With so many people building pools, the shortage of pool-related materials is impacting the entire industry. The scarcity of everything from pumps and heaters to steel and gunite is leading to a dramatic increase in costs. Without that changing anytime soon, we can expect prices to continue to rise for the foreseeable future.  

The Importance of Reputable Pool Builders

The only way to get ahead of the price increases is to start on your pool as soon as possible. But remember that a pool is a big investment. Jumping in at a low price from an inexperienced pool builder or a promise to get it done in an unrealistic timeline will only lead to headaches and long-term costs that make a “good” deal end up as a bad decision. 

One of the best ways to ensure you’re not only getting the best product for your money but also a high-quality pool is by working with a well-established and reputable pool builder. While lead times are still longer than what clients experienced pre-COVID, many pool reputable builders are beginning to resume somewhat normal build times, which is something potential pool owners should pay attention to. If a pool builder offers you a deal too good to be true, it usually is. 

Another important thing to consider is reputable pool builders who know and understand the industry properly planned ahead as much as they could. With the foresight to recognize an unavoidable materials shortage, many experienced pool builders that have well-established relationships with suppliers were able to secure some materials that would allow them to continue building to their same standards without a decline in quality.

Your Dallas Pool Building Experts

Building a pool is a great decision for your family. Built right by a trusted and experienced pool builder, it will be a source of fun and togetherness for years and years to come. So if you want a pool, we highly encourage you to start right now. Both to get it done sooner and to not have to pay as much. The best first step you can is to give the pool building experts at Hobert Pools & Spas a call today. 


Hobert Pools is a Dallas pool builder proudly serving Rockwall, Frisco & surrounding areas. Family-owned and operated since 1975, Hobert Pools specializes in new pool & spa construction, outdoor living design, natural pools, and fire & water feature aesthetics. Hobert Pools is uniquely qualified to build your backyard retreat.

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