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Swimming Pool FAQs


When looking at purchasing your new swimming pool it is more than likely you will have a number of questions. If these don’t answer your query please do not hesitate to contact us

How far away from the pool can the filtration be?

The filtration room should ideally be situated no more than 10m from the pool, but we can accommodate if a larger distance is required.

Do I need planning permission?

Planning permission is not normally required. Most Grade II listed properties will not require planning permission. It is always advisable however to check with your local authorities. Alternatively XL Pools can do this for you.

How much does it cost to put in a pool?

A typical in-ground swimming pool will range from £40,000 to £120,000 depending on the method of installation, Finish and extras you choose. Landscaping also plays a major factor in the overall cost of a swimming pool.

How much does it cost to build an indoor swimming pool?

An indoor pool will cost between £80,000 and £200,000 depending on size, method of installation and the size of the pool room you are building around it. This changes from an outdoor pool as you will require a air handling system to heat the air and reduce humidification in the pool hall.

How much does it cost for an above ground pool?

An above ground pool will cost between £10,000 and £20,000 depending on finish and the landscaping required.

How much does it cost to run a pool per month?

A swimming pool in the UK doesn’t have to cost the earth to run. A typical pool with an air source heat pump can cost as little as £800 a year to run and heat. Natural gas, LPG and oil boilers are naturally more expensive to run however can extend your swimming season due to not relying on the external temperature.

How much does it cost to build a gunite pool?

A typical gunite swimming pool installation would cost between £90,000 and £120,000 depending on size, extras and finish. The landscaping is also a factor that needs to be accounted for as this can be expensive if you are looking for a more lavish area around your pool.

How much does it cost to build a pool in the UK?

The cost to build a pool in the UK varies from location to location however in the south east typical in ground pool prices start around £40,000 and go up to £150,000+. The method of installation really is the key factor for cost.

How much does it cost to build an outdoor swimming pool?

Outdoor swimming pools are cheaper to install than indoor pools as there is no need for dehumidification equipment. Prices start around £40,000 and go upwards from there.

How much is an endless pool?

An endless pool is no different from a normal swimming pool in cost of build, the extra you require is a counter current swim jet which typically cost between £2,000 to £7,000 for the higher end models. The pool itself will depend on the method of installation.

How much does it cost to build a saltwater swimming pool?

A saltwater swimming pool will only cost an extra £2,000 to £4,000 more than a typical swimming pool installation. This is to factor in the salt generator which creates the chlorine from the salt in the water and the initial dose of salt to the pool.

How much does it cost to heat a swimming pool?

Costs for heating a swimming pool vary with the size of your pool. Typical costs for a 10x5m pool on a standard season (April to September) would be between £800 and £1,500 depending on the method of heating.

How much does it cost to take care of a pool?

Swimming pools do not require a great deal of cost to keep maintained if doing so yourself. Typically a season of chemicals required would be between £100 and £150 a year. The time costs to you would be approximately 15-20 minutes a week.

What is a gunite swimming pool?

A gunite swimming pool is a method of constructing a swimming pool. The gunite is a loose concrete which is sprayed into a form to create the pool wall structure.

What is the size of a standard swimming pool?

A typical domestic swimming pool built in the UK would be between 9x4m and 12x5m.

How long does it take to build a swimming pool?

A swimming pool can be installed as quickly as 2 weeks. Typical installation times for a panel pool or concrete pool are 4-6 weeks.

What is an endless pool?

An endless pool is a swimming pool that has a counter current swim jet incorporated which allows you to swim against a current of water therefore never having to stop to turn around as you typically would in a normal pool.

How many years does a pool liner last?

Depending on the grade of pool lining you have a typical domestic liner can last between 10 and 15 years with good care. A commercial grade liner would last between 15 and 20 years.

How much is a new pool liner?

Depending on the size of your pool it can cost between £3,000 and £7,000 to replace the lining of your pool.

How much does it cost to put a heater in a pool?

A pool heater whether it be gas, oil or air source will typically cost between £2,500 and £4,000 to install. The on-going costs can be from £800 a year (air source) to £1,500 a year (gas or oil)

How long does it take to heat a swimming pool?

A typical gas or oil boiler will heat an average sized pool in 2-3 days. An Air source heat pump will take approximately a week.

How much does it cost to clean a pool?

A swimming pool service will cost you between £60 – £100. In this time an engineer will clean your pool, manage the chemical balance of the water, Back wash the filter, clean and cartridges you have. Dose any slow release sanitation devices you may have and generally advise on any maintenance issues with your pool.

How do you maintain a swimming pool?

Maintaining a swimming pool can be a simple task. Cleaning the pool by ‘vacing’ the pool floor and walls from any debris, scooping out leaves from the surface with a net and backwashing the pool are all simple tasks (albeit time consuming) which you can perform yourself. Dosing the chemicals of the pool takes some understanding of water chemistry which your installer should inform you of at the handover point of your pool.

What is a swimming pool made out of?

Swimming pools can be made of different materials, some are built with blocks or panels with a vinyl lining over the top. Some are made of fibreglass and some are made of concrete, in most cases with a tile finish.

How deep is a swimming pool?

Swimming pools can be any depth you wish however typically pools have a shallow end of approximately 1.2m and go to a depth of 2m. You do not have to have a deep end at all and can indeed have a constant depth throughout the pool offering safety and peace of mind with children.