Making The Decision Whether To Install An In-Ground Or Above-Ground Pool

Posted on: 22 June 2015

If you are interested in having a swimming pool installed on your property, you are probably contemplating the different styles available. One of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to install an above-ground or in-ground pool for your use. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages with each to help you make the choice that best suits your needs:

Look At Your Finances

Before you decide which type of pool you want to have installed, take a close look at your financial situation. In-ground pools will cost substantially more than above-ground pools, but they will also add to the value of your home, making the cost to install one feasible if you should sell your house down the road. Write a list of all of your monthly expenses and do some number-crunching to determine a monthly amount you would feel secure in paying each month to pay for your pool construction.

Keep this figure in mind as you visit a pool installation service to look at available models. If you are unable to afford an in-ground pool at this time, you can opt for an above-ground pool and save up for an in-ground pool to be installed later.

Check Your Grounds

To place an in-ground pool, you will need to have ample space for not only the pool itself, but a decking area for chairs and pool supply storage. You will want to install a fence around the pool to keep it safe from intruders and small children or pets. Space is not the only factor, however. An inspection would be done to determine that your well and septic are not in the area where you wish to build.

Ground will need to be excavated to place your pool. With an above-ground pool, the space you need is not as extensive and the condition of the ground below is not as much of a factor, as the pool will sit on top. Both pools will need permits to build.

Decide On Appearance

Many people opt for an in-ground pool because of the pleasing qualities it gives to your property, however, above-ground pools have come a long way in recent years with the styles available. If your funds are limited, you will still be able to place a great-looking pool with an aesthetically pleasing deck around it for a fraction of the cost that an in-ground pool would cost.

If money is not an issue, an in-ground pool can be designed with several amenities that will enhance your yard, making it seem like a tropical paradise.

Consider Time

If you want a pool right away, an above-ground pool will be able to be installed in a few days. An in-ground pool is a commitment that will take several months to build to your specifications. If you live in a climate where warm weather is not prevalent much of the year, an above-ground pool will not take as long to prepare for opening each season.

If you have children who will be the main users of the pool, an above-ground may be better because you can remove it later on, if desired. If you are not worried about waiting for your pool and you wish to increase your property value, take the time to plot out an in-ground pool with amenities you will enjoy.

To learn more, contact a company like with any questions you have.


We Got Our Inground Pool and Couldn’t Be Happier

Hello. Thank you for stopping by my blog. My name is Jane Seagal. My husband Larry and I have wanted an inground pool for a long time, but we didn’t see how it would be possible. We live on a hill. We have over five acres, so plenty of room. We just didn’t see how it would be possible on the sloop. Not until we had a pool contractor come out and talk with us. We now have the most amazing yard, with a pool! I never imagined how lovely our yard could be. I’m excited to share about the transformation we have witnessed. I’m going to tell you all about our pool and spa! If you are concerned as to whether or not a pool would work in your yard, I hope what I have to share will be of help.