Understanding the costs of installing a pool in Belgium

The allure of a backyard pool is undeniable, especially when the sun is shining. But what does it really cost to bring this dream to life in Belgium? Let’s dive into the expenses associated with installing a pool.

Drew Dau

In-Ground Pools: The Premium Choice

Belgian pool experts unanimously agree: when considering a pool installation, Belgians predominantly opt for the high-end in-ground model. Naturally, this luxury comes at a price, starting from a hefty minimum of 20,000 euros. However, several factors can influence this cost:

DIY Skills: If you’re handy, you might consider renting an excavator (around 800 euros per week) and handling the groundwork, soil preparation, leveling, and concrete pouring yourself. But don’t overlook the cost of soil removal, which can be around ten euros per cubic meter. Typically, professionals handle the entire project, with excavation costs hovering around 4,500 euros, depending on the pool’s size.

Pool Dimensions: In Belgium, the majority of professionally installed pools measure 10X4 meters. Opting for a smaller 6X3 meter pool can lead to substantial savings.

Water Heating: Your choice between an electric heater or a heat pump can significantly impact costs, ranging from a few hundred to nearly 5,000 euros.

Pool Lining: The price spectrum is vast, from liners to mosaic tiles. Keep a close eye on this expense.

Materials: Do you prefer a durable but pricey concrete model (starting from 20,000 euros) or a pre-molded shell (10,000 to 15,000 euros if DIY)? Modular panel pools are another option, easier to install and potentially cheaper if you’re a DIY enthusiast. A kit might cost only 5,000 euros, but professional installation can triple that price.

Essentials: From pumps to electrical boxes and technical rooms, additional costs can quickly add up to around 2,000 euros.

Pool Enclosures: If you desire a retractable glass pool enclosure, budget an additional 5,000 to 15,000 euros.

Covers: A simple cover to retain heat might set you back a few hundred euros, while a high-end electric shutter could cost thousands.

Extras: From lighting to stairs, jets, and alarms (the latter being almost essential), the sky’s the limit. An alarm system alone might cost a few hundred euros.

The General Association of Pool Construction Companies estimates that most in-ground pools in Belgium range between 50,000 and 65,000 euros.

Above-Ground Pools: The Budget-Friendly Option

Above-ground pools, often assembled by homeowners, are a more affordable alternative, albeit less durable.

Small Inflatable Pools: These child-friendly options, frequently on sale in supermarkets, average around 50 euros. Self-supporting models with inflatable tops are more suitable for adults and generally cost a few hundred euros. Tubular models, with metal frames and PVC lining, typically hover around the 500-euro mark.

Large Pools: Choices abound, with steel panel models usually costing under a thousand euros. However, the pinnacle of above-ground pools is the wooden structure model. Elegant and relatively easy for a DIY enthusiast to assemble, these pools typically cost between 3,000 and 4,000 euros. Don’t forget to factor in essential costs like filtration systems, pumps, potential heating, and alarms. If you handle everything yourself, the total might exceed 5,000 euros.

Conclusion: Making the Right Splash

Whether you’re dreaming of a luxurious in-ground oasis or a budget-friendly above-ground pool, understanding the associated costs is crucial. With the right information, you can make an informed decision and enjoy countless sunny days by your very own pool.