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Tallahassee’s warm climate makes backyard pools a popular feature in many homes. Homeowners in neighborhoods with large lots, like Betton Hills, Avondale and Waverly Hills, often install inground pools to provide the perfect setting for family or neighborhood gatherings. Tallahassee residents with smaller yards might install an above ground pool to get many of the same benefits at a lower price.
Choosing a type of pool in Tallahassee
There are many types of swimming pools available, and you’ll need to consider the size of your yard, your budget and the intended use of the pool to find the right one. The table below gives you a better idea of what inground and above ground pools have to offer.
Inground vs. above ground pools in Tallahassee
Above ground pool
Durable in strong winds
Lasts 50+ years
Many design options and add-ons
Can be moved
Safer than inground pools
Easier and less expensive to maintain
Need 4+ weeks to build
Concrete pools need to be resurfaced every 10 - 15 years
Pools with vinyl liners must have liner replaced every 5 -9 years
May detract from your yard’s aesthetic
More easily damaged by flying debris or hurricane winds
Lasts an average of 10 - 15 years
Homeowners looking for a long-lasting option that adds visual appeal to their home
Homeowners on a budget who want less maintenance and no long-term commitment.
Children’s shallow pool
Average cost of pool installation and materials in Tallahassee
$30,000 - $80,000
$900 - $3,000 with DIY installation
$4,000 - $8,000 with professional installation
Part of an inground pool's high cost is due to the material used. Inground pools built with concrete have nearly limitless customization options and tend to be more expensive, especially for multi-level pools or those with features like swim-up bars or waterfalls. Fiberglass pools are a few thousand dollars cheaper, require little maintenance and outlive pools made with vinyl liners, but they have fewer customization options.
In general, above ground pools are easier to maintain because of their smaller size. They are often manufactured with steel, aluminum or resin outer walls and vinyl liners.
No matter the kind of pool you have, you’ll need pool supplies such as a chlorine water filtration system or saltwater system. You’ll also want tools for daily cleaning, such as a vacuum, nets and automatic cleaners to sweep the sides and bottom of your pool.
Choosing a pool builder in Tallahassee
If you’re unsure what type of pool would work best for you, a reputable pool design and installation company can help sort through the myriad features and options available. Some companies specialize in specific materials, so consider asking a few builders if they perform on-site inspections to get a variety of opinions.
When getting a quote or inquiring for more information, be sure to ask pool builders in Tallahassee the following questions:
Can I have an itemized breakdown for the cost of parts, materials and labor?
Is all necessary work stated in the contract?
How many pools has your company installed in my area?
Do you specialize in a specific pool type or construction material?
Will you repair damages to the landscaping or yard?
What warranties do you offer?
Any pool builder you consider hiring should be licensed and insured. You can verify a business’ license on the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s website.
Keep in mind you’ll most likely need a permit for your pool. Many pool contractors in Tallahassee obtain permits for you and add the costs to your quote. If yours doesn’t, the City of Tallahassee has a checklist you can use and building permit applications available for download. Keep in mind that pools deeper than 24” need to have mandatory safety features that may add to your cost.
Anthony & Sylvan Pools has more than 70 years of experience building inground pools and offers a lifetime structural warranty. With the company’s 3D renderings, you'll know exactly how your dream pool will look in your yard. Tallahassee reviewers praise Anthony & Sylvan Pools for its excellent customer service.
Jandy Pro Series offers everything you need for a new pool. The company’s qualified professionals can give advice on the necessary equipment to get the most enjoyment out of your investment. Jandy's representatives are also familiar with Tallahassee pool codes and guidelines, and its distributors ensure your pool equipment complies with local laws.
Namco Pools offers budget-friendly above ground pool options in a variety of sizes and materials. The company is also a one-stop shop for pool accessories, including covers, liners, equipment and toys. Namco offers financing options with convenient monthly payments. Tallahassee customers appreciate the wide selection of pools.
Swain Pools & Spas
Swain Pools & Spas is a Tallahassee store with knowledgeable representatives who make choosing the best pool for you and your family simple. The company has helped more than 8,000 customers over its more than 35 years in business and has a showroom in Tallahassee. Local clients love the company’s results and customer service.
Barksdale Custom Pools
Voted Best of Tallahassee by Tallahassee Magazine, Barksdale Custom Pools lives up to their reputation by using only the top-notch products. The company installs new pools, renovates existing pools and replaces liners. Tallahassee reviewers say the company has reasonable prices and that its employees work quickly.
Quality Pools is a premium builder of high-end pools and spas. The company specializes in aquatic structure designs and can create an elegant and functional pool for your backyard. Reviews from Tallahassee customers recommend Quality Pools for how transparent and helpful the staff is through the entire construction process.
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