Outdoor retractable swimming pool enclosures are significant investments. The key question is whether the value of a retractable pool enclosure justifies the cost.
This article will highlight some pool enclosure options at different price points and go over a few of the important features and options available at each price point.
Why Consider a Retractable Pool Enclosure?
There is nothing better on a hot summer day than walking outside to your backyard and taking a relaxing swim in your pool. There is no doubt about it, a nice outdoor pool can be an amazing source of fun and relaxation.
However, there are a few negatives to having your own pool too. Opening and closing your pool each year requires time and energy if you handle it yourself. Or it requires extra money to hire a pool cleaning company to handle it for you.
There is also the issue of leaves and other outdoor debris falling into your pool. Let’s not even mention the possibility of local wildlife stopping by at night and getting stuck in your pool.
Value of a Pool Enclosure
Adding the right type of pool enclosure can solve some of those annoying extra cleaning and maintenance requirements that seem to add up all season long.
The right type of pool enclosure can also extend your swimming season all year long so you don’t need to deal with the cost and hassle associated with opening and closing your pool each season.
The value of the right type of pool enclosure includes:
- Extending your swimming season all year long.
- The ability to use your pool even during bad weather.
- Slide open the retractable roof and enjoy an open-air pool when the weather is good.
- Close the retractable roof and keep swimming when the outside temperature gets too cold.
- Reduce pool heating costs due to the greenhouse effect from the polycarbonate panels of the pool enclosure.
- Significantly improve the safety and security of your pool by limiting the pool entrance point to a single, lockable door.
- A lockable door and a secure pool enclosure prevents young children and pets from accidentally falling into your pool.
- Dramatically reduces maintenance costs by keeping outside debris from getting inside your pool.
- Minimal installation requirements.
- Secure structure that can withstand wind and snow load requirements in areas of the country with tougher winter conditions.
- Improvement in water quality and reduced costs for chemicals to maintain water quality.
How Pool Size Impacts Pool Enclosure Pricing
The biggest driver of pool enclosure cost is the size of the area that needs to be enclosed.
The smaller the pool, the lower the pool enclosure cost. Likewise, the larger the pool size, the higher the cost of the enclosure.
How Polycarbonate Panel Options Impact Pricing
The larger pool enclosures are available with the following panel options:
- Compact Polycarbonate Panels – Polycarbonate panels that provide a clear as glass view inside and outside of your enclosure.
- Twin Wall Polycarbonate Panels – Slightly thicker size than the compact panels and offer a more obscured view inside the enclosure. Twin wall polycarbonate offers slightly better insulation value and a lower cost than compact polycarbonate.
If you happen to live in a colder climate, you might want to consider the twin wall panels because they offer higher insulation values which is more important when you have colder winters.
If you live in a milder climate with less intense winters, a compact polycarbonate panel will be more than sufficient and offer you a really nice view of your outdoor surroundings.
How Aluminum Framing Options Impact Pricing
All the pool enclosures include 4 color options for the aluminum frames:
How Pool Enclosure Height Impacts Pricing
We offer three primary pool enclosure models:
- The Laguna: Taller sized pool enclosures and better for milder climates
- The Universe: Medium sized pool enclosures that have higher wind and snow ratings for regions with colder climates.
- Swim Spa: Enclosures with smaller sizes and more specialized designs.
Pool enclosures with the same square footage, but with a taller height will be slightly more expensive than pool enclosures with a smaller height.
- Read How to Choose a Pool Enclosure for more information on each model and the available accessories.
We group our pool enclosures by Types to distinguish size ranges. Type I pool enclosures are the smallest sizes and Type VI pool enclosures are the largest sizes.
The Type I pool enclosures are the lowest priced pool enclosures. The price will gradually increase as the model increases through the 6 size ranges we offer.
The Swim Spa pool enclosures will be less expensive than either the Laguna or Universe models. This is primarily due to size differences.
The Type I Swim Spa enclosures start at lower dimensions than the Type I Universe and Laguna enclosures. As a result, the Type I Swim Spa enclosures will start at lower price points than the Type I Universe and Laguna models.
Price Ranges for Smaller Sized Retractable Pool Enclosures
Our smaller sized pool enclosures include the Swim Spa line of pool enclosures.
Our smaller sized pool enclosures have the following dimensions:
Tall Height Swim Spas
- Laguna Type I: 13ft. 1in. wide by 20ft. 10in. long by 7ft. 7in. tall
- Laguna Type II: 14ft. 8in. wide by 20ft. 10in. long by 7ft. 7in. tall
- Oceanic High Type I: 13ft. 1in. wide by 20ft. 10in. long by 7ft. 4in. tall
- Oceanic High Type II: 14ft. 8in. wide by 20ft. 10in. long by 7ft. 7in. tall
Low Height Swim Spas
- Universe Type I: 9ft. 8in. wide by 17ft. long by 3ft. 6in. high
The price range for the Swim Spa retractable pool enclosures start in the high $17,000 range and increase to the mid $34,000 range depending on your choice of size, style and features.
Price Ranges for Medium Sized Retractable Pool Enclosures
Our medium sized pool enclosures include the Laguna and Universe Type I to Type III sized pool enclosures.
The dimensions for our medium sized pool enclosures include:
Laguna Pool Enclosures
- Laguna Type I: 17ft. 2in. wide by 35ft. long by 7ft. 6in. tall
- Laguna Type II: 18ft. 8in. wide by 41ft. 8in. long by 7ft. 6in. tall
- Laguna Type III: 20ft. 6in. wide by 41ft. 8in. long by 7ft. 6in. tall
Universe Pool Enclosures
- Universe Type I: 17ft. 2in. wide by 35ft. long by 6ft. 7in. tall
- Universe Type II: 18ft. 8in. wide by 41ft. 8in. long by 6ft. 7in. tall
- Universe Type III: 20ft. 6in. wide by 41ft. 8in. long by 7ft. 3in. tall
Pricing for medium sized pool enclosures starts in the low $34,000 range and increases to the mid $74,000 range depending on the sizes, features, and options you choose.
Price Ranges for Large Sized Retractable Pool Enclosures
Large sized pool enclosures include the Laguna and Universe models from Type IV to VI.
The dimensions for our larger sized pool enclosures include:
Laguna Pool Enclosures
- Laguna Type IV: 20ft. 6in. wide by 48ft. 8in. long by 7ft. 6in. tall
- Laguna Type V: 22ft. 2in. wide by 41ft. 8in. long by 7ft. 6in. tall
- Laguna Type VI: 22ft. 2in wide by 48ft. 8in. long by 7ft. 6in. tall
Universe Pool Enclosures
- Universe Type IV: 20ft. 6in. wide by 48ft. 8in. long by 7ft. 6in. tall
- Universe Type V: 22ft. 2in. wide by 41ft. 8in. long by 7ft. 6in. tall
- Universe Type VI: 22ft. 2in wide by 48ft. 8in. long by 7ft. 6in. tall
Pricing for large sized pool enclosures starts in high $48,000 range and increases to the high $84,000 range depending on the sizes, features, and options you choose.
For more information about pool enclosure wind and snow ratings, see our article about pool enclosures for winter use.