You might not know, but us Australians own more pools per head than in any other country. There are an estimated 1.2 million pools across Australia, stretching from a cool 18 percent of the population owning a pool in Perth, down to about 4 percent in Tasmania.
One thing these folks have in common is that they know the cost of a swimming pool is more than the initial outlay and that asking the question “how much does it cost to maintain a pool in Australia” is essential when you’re drawing up your plans for a beautiful new pool. To help you, we’ve put together our Gibson Family Pools guide to pool maintenance costs.
The cost of pool maintenance
To really enjoy the fun and flexibility of having your own pool it’s important to keep it in tip-top condition, and it’s useful to have a good idea of pool maintenance costs before you take the plunge into pool ownership. We’ve used an 8m x 4m pool as our model, so if your pool is much bigger or smaller, the costs will adjust accordingly.
According to HiPages, Australians spend about $1000 to $1400 or more on pool maintenance per year.
- Your pool could cost up to $1200 per year depending on how long it runs for each day.
- Heating is an important variable when it comes to cost. Solar heating is the most economical, costing around $100-$200 per year. Next up is electric heating, with a cost of $250-$750 per year, and finally gas, which comes in at $500-$1500 over the course of the year.
- Your pool cleaning company will charge around $100 per clean – the number of cleans you need will vary depending on how often the pool is used, from four times a year up to about once a month for frequent use. If you clean your pool yourself, then you can save on some costs here.
- Unless you choose a saltwater pool, chemicals are used to keep the pool safe and the average cost of these is around $200 per year.
Cost of replacement parts
At Gibson Family Pools, we use top quality components in all of our pool installations. Over time, even the best parts can wear out though, so it’s important to factor in the cost of replacements.
- Replacement pump: $500 – $1000
- LED lighting: around $320
- Heater: between $3000 – $6000 depending on the energy source
How to keep pool maintenance costs low
One of the benefits of buying from the experts at Gibson Family Pools is that we’ve got lots of simple tips to help you keep your pool maintenance costs to a minimum. Simple things like getting a good pool cover will minimise evaporation, and reduce the amount of debris in the pool, so you’ll need fewer cleaning sessions.
Installing a new pool means you’ve got choices over things like the energy source for heating – solar energy is a no-brainer both for your pocket and the planet. You can also choose some of our innovative materials, like fibreglass which copes perfectly with the rigours of the weather, so your long term costs can be kept low.
Get in touch
Our friendly team are waiting to answer your questions, so whether you want to find out more about pool maintenance costs, or arrange your free quote you can call us on 6581 3232, pop in to see us at 193 Lake Road Port Macquarie NSW 2444 or fill out our contact form.