How Much Does It Cost To Install A Lap Pool?


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Lap Pool Costs

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For those who want a pool for a purpose beyond leisure, a lap pool is a popular option. Lap pools have specific dimensions to replicate a standard swimming lane and to build a true-to-size lap pool, you’ll need a fairly decent-sized yard. Most standard competitive lanes measure 25 yards, which is 75 feet. If you don’t have the space for a full-length lap pool, consider at least 45 feet, which is a common size that people choose when they want the benefits of a lap pool but lack the space.

Lap pools are usually 8-10 feet wide. The length and width of your pool will impact the cost, as will the depth. Like other swimming pools, there are a number of variables involved in costing a lap pool installation.

Lap pool installation: based on the material, size, and whether it is in-ground or above ground.

Item Cost
In-ground fiberglass lap pool (45’x8’) $50,000
In-ground concrete lap pool (45’x8’) $63,000
In-ground vinyl lap pool (45’x8’) $38,000
Above-ground portable lap pool (42’ long) $2,500
Above-ground permanent lap pool (36’ long) $2,800-$7,000


Other considerations and costs

  • The materials that you choose and the style of the pool will affect the cost. You can find affordable materials if you are on a budget, or high-end materials if you want something a little nicer.
  • If you want the most affordable option, you are going to have to compromise on the size with an above-ground model. However, it can be a good start if you don’t have a bigger budget for an in-ground pool.
  • When you install an in-ground pool, it will also need a filtration system and pump, as well as a dedicated space to store the systems. This will add to your project costs unless you’re getting a complete installation with all costs included and you already have a space available for the pump system.
  • If you have the space to install a long lap pool, expect to pay $20-$70 per square foot for additional materials, depending on the type of pool that you choose (vinyl, fiberglass, or concrete).

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DIY considerations

  • You cannot build or install a lap pool properly without the right equipment, training, and a team of workers to assist with the process. Therefore, this is never going to be a DIY project and you should always hire the professionals.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(In-ground vinyl lap pool, 45’x8’)
  • New York, NY$61,042
  • Bronx, NY$50,160
  • Brooklyn, NY$41,806
  • Philadelphia, PA$52,154
  • Washington, DC$45,257
  • Atlanta, GA$40,946
  • Miami, FL$37,240
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$39,009
  • Minneapolis, MN$45,763
  • Chicago, IL$53,319
  • Houston, TX$54,995
  • San Antonio, TX$36,917
  • Austin, TX$41,801
  • Denver, CO$35,318
  • Phoenix, AZ$37,262
  • Las Vegas, NV$40,898
  • Los Angeles, CA$46,082
  • San Diego, CA$41,817
  • San Jose, CA$50,510
  • Seattle, WA$36,979

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