How Much Does A Gunite Pool Cost?

by | Aug 25, 2019 | Pool Design, Backyard Lifestyle, Featured

Quick Summary – How Much Does A Gunite Pool Cost?


No two pools are created equal. If you have an understanding of what type of pool and features you’d like, contact a swimming pool company with experience and professionalism to visit the property. Once a designer can visualize the property and understands your desires and expectations, they will be able to provide a narrowed ballpark price. Most pool builders do not charge for onsite pool consultations, so it cannot hurt to meet with a designer. Even if you are not ready now, the designer can let you know everything you will need to get ready and a good estimate of the gunite pool price. For more information and a deeper analysis on the cost of a gunite pool, please keep reading.


What is the Price Range of a Gunite Pool?


The cost of a gunite pool warrants a specific answer to each homeowner. Many factors play a role in finding the price of a gunite pool, including the state of the property, size of the pool, features involved and a lot more options. Generally speaking, gunite pools range from $90,000 – 180,000. If a pool builder provides you with a price below $60,000, it should be a red flag about their quality and credibility. Still, this is a big range, right?

Trying to find the price of a pool is a lot like finding the price of a house. What kind of house would you like? How many bedrooms? What area? What style? How old or new would you like it to be built? All of these questions help narrow the range of how much your home will cost. A gunite pool is no different.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of preferences that help shape your pool. For example, if you are interested in an infinity pool, this will be much more expensive than your “average” pool. The best way to get a realistic ballpark on pricing is to speak with a pool designer. A consultation meeting helps bring out all of your ideas, some you may not have even known you had, and allows the designer to set some expectations and learn what you are looking for in a gunite pool. With so many variables it is important to remember that every pool is different.


Comparing Apples to Oranges


In New England, according to Pool Spa News, the average price for a gunite pool in 2019 was $78,340. Also in 2019, SSG’s average price per pool was roughly $110,000. However, averages can be misleading. As we’ve said, every pool is different. Therefore, if a company like ourselves build a higher percentage of pools with additional features, our average price will be higher than a builder who builds exclusively simple pools. However, SSG is happy to build simple pools with the best warranty in the industry behind them.

The average price spent can also depend on what the company that you work with offers. SSG is better equipped to handle out of the ordinary requests that other pool companies may deem too difficult to build. For example, a swimming pool floor that raises and lowers to adjust pool depth and even become a dry patio when raised all the way. Many of our projects happen to have additional features which is why there are endless possibilities when SSG builds your project.


Balancing Comfort and Happiness When Buying


If you choose to build a gunite pool in your backyard, it’s going to be there for a long time, especially if you choose SSG. Our pools are backed by a transferable lifetime warranty. Nonetheless, this is a big investment. It’s human nature to weigh the worth of each feature against its price, but don’t forget to also consider what will make you happy. It’s a lot better to spend an extra 10-20% overall and be ecstatic every time that you look in your backyard rather than save a small percentage and always wish that you had an additional feature.

Searching for pool builders is like looking for a Dunkin Donuts in New England, they’re everywhere. Unlike our region’s favorite coffee shop, pool builders do not offer the same level of consistently. There are large degrees of separation between “good” builders and “bad” builders. So, what should you look for when searching for a company to build your new pool?

At the very least, we recommend that you search for pool builders who have been in the industry for more than 10 years, offers an extensive warranty program and have decent reviews. If a builder does not have these three basic characteristics, it should be a red flag warning. The most important thing to do is to find a reputable company that is licensed, insured and competent in creating a quality swimming pool, so you can be proud of your investment.


Where to Start


Before a designer can accurately quote a ballpark price for your pool, you must ask and answer a simple but important question. What do you want out of your swimming pool? The features that our designers will recommend for each scenario are vastly different and therefore have different prices. It all depends what you want. The best advice we can offer is to develop an understanding of what you want and then work with a designer to determine a realistic budget based on those desires.

Some clients are seeking a simple pool for exercise and relaxation, while others seek an entertainment oasis for their family and friends. This can change the cost from a basic starting point to ultimate luxury. It all depends on the features you want. You can spend anywhere from 50k to 150k and beyond if you really want to go all out. Installing a pool is all about understanding what you want and having a realistic budget based on those desires.


Questions to Ask Yourself


  • Do I want a hot tub (spa) ?
  • Do I want a custom patio and where should it be placed?
  • Would I like automation, such as an automatic cover or remote control operating system?
  • Would you like a custom interior finish? (Default is White)
  • What kind of fence do I want? (chain link, wood, vinyl)
  • How much landscaping will be needed?
  • Will I require financing? (SSG recommends Paramount Capital)

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Our Work Brings Great Reviews


“They build a gorgeous pool. The finished product is exactly what I wanted. I came very close to working with another vendor as I did not think I could afford a quality Gunite pool. I quickly made the switch as SSG worked with me to customize a pool within my price range. Best decision I made and best pool ever! I am very happy with my decision”


– Susan L. | Plymouth, PA | Facebook Review

“These folks did a great job building and finishing our pool. We also needed them to move the equipment after adding an outbuilding, which they did on time and on budget and without complaining! The service people are friendly, punctual, and very professional. Overall, an excellent customer experience.”


– Frank I. | Saunderstown, RI | Google Review

"The staff at SSG went above and beyond to make this pool happen for us, in the least stressful manner possible, amidst a Pandemic that shut down manufacturers, suppliers, deliveries. They worked outdoors in masks in 90 plus degree weather. They designed and created a beautiful backyard oasis for us. SSG is an exceptional company. They do high quality, gorgeous work, and they stand behind their name. They are a FIVE star company!"


– Susan L. | Hampstead, NH | Google Review

"We had an excellent experience with SSG Pools! Professional, accessible, informative, easy to deal with describes everyone from start to finish! And we thoroughly enjoyed watching the installation process of our beautiful new pool. We will recommend to everyone. Thank you SSG Pools!"


– Dot C. | Nantucket, MA | Google Review

"South Shore Gunite Pools know how to build a pool. They showed up when they promised and were always courteous and cordial and competent. Best regards to Rachel, John Fitz, Enrico, Anita, and many others who helped with this project. The pool is fabulous."


– John O. | Biddeford, ME | Google Review

"Expensive, but you get what you pay for. Good service and quality construction. Responsive to service requests. Provided guidance to me as a new pool owner throughout the process of designing, pricing, constructing, and equipping the pool."


– Steve Q. | Tyngsboro, MA | Google Review

"Couldn’t be happier with the whole service from start to finish. The quality of the work was exceptionally good and you can tell that they approach their work with professionalism and enthusiasm. They pay attention to detail and don’t cut corners. The price for the work was very reasonable and they were always responsive and pleasant to work with. Very happy I went with SSG and will be using them again for any future projects/renovations/openings and closings."


– Adam W. | North Reading, MA | Google Review

"We worked with SSG Pools for the installation of our gunite pool and deck. We found them wonderful to work with and the pool turned out spectacular. Stunning! It is a wonderful gathering space for our family and friends now. SSG Pools has a wonderful and skilled staff. Through the whole process we were in good hands and the pool they built was the one we dreamed about. I highly recommend this company and also love the lifetime warranty."


– Danielle D. | Scituate, MA | Houzz Review

"On time and on budget. I have used South Shore over the last 10+ years on 2 pools I have, one at home the other at my vacation home . They repaired a major problems on one pool that other pool companies had been unable to fixed and they completely rebuilt a second pool starting in April and had the job completed and ready to swim by Memorial day. I also use them for weekly service to make sure things run well. In New England you get 3 months to really enjoy your pool why would trust anyone else."


– Paul D. | Weston & Osterville, MA | Houzz Review

"We just had a beautiful gunite pool and deck completed by South Shore Gunite pools and spa last summer. From the very first meeting at our home they understood what we were looking for and made us feel very comfortable with their ability to deliver a beautiful result. Their attention to detail and their ability to connect us with a wonderful landscape architect guided us through the planning and construction phases. Their work crew was well organized, efficient, pleasant and very respectful of our property. It was an amazing process to watch and an amazing result to enjoy. We would be happy to recommend them to anyone looking for a high quality pool company."


– Louis Y. | Orleans, MA | Houzz Review

"SSG was wonderful to work with throughout the pool building process. I anticipated being overwhelmed given that I had never had a pool before, but they helped put my mind at ease with their professionalism and responsiveness to all my needs. Rick (sales) Mark (builder) and Karen (Admin) were outstanding!"


– Michael E. | Pembroke, MA | Houzz Review

"After interviewing 3 pool companies, we chose South Shore Gunite based on their expertise, their willingness to guide us through the process, and their great communication. We chose a filtration system recommended by them that uses an ozonator. Love our pool. Very happy with every step of the way."


– Ruth J. | Westwood, MA | Facebook Review



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