Inground Pool and Above Ground Pool

Inground Pools vs. Above Ground Pools

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Once you’ve decided to install a pool, the next obvious question is whether you should choose an inground pool or an above ground pool. And while you might think the answer to this question is obvious, what you think and what the reality is could be far different than what’ve have been led to believe.

Do you know all the facts about these two types of pools?

Are you sure?

Here are some things to consider before deciding on whether you want an inground pool or above ground pool installed.


As you know above ground pools are cheaper than inground pools, but, just like anything else, you get what you pay for. You have to remember that a pool is a long-term investment; therefore, the money you spend upfront to have an inground pool installed is well worth the years of enjoyment and ease of use you’ll get from it. Whereas, above ground pools aren’t as sturdy and come with much more of a hassle factor when it comes to maintenance and ease of use.


An above ground pool might seem like a winner when it comes to pricing; however, they take a pretty heavy loss in aesthetics. Let’s face it, above ground pools are an eyesore and aren’t all that easy to use, which leads us to our next topic…functionality.


With an above ground pool, you have to climb the wall just to get into the pool and this is something most people don’t like to do. Climbing a wall, in many cases using a small flimsy ladder just to get into the pool, is not the same as walking up to one and jumping right in. An inground pool will give you and your entire family a much more user-friendly pool experience, as well as adding to your pool’s lifetime enjoyment factor.

Maintenance and Durability

Above ground pools and inground pools actually require a lot of the same maintenance tasks such as cleaning, filtering, and keeping the chemicals balanced. However, inground pools tend to be much more durable than their above-ground counterparts.

Most inground pools are made of either concrete or fiberglass and are permanently installed on your property, so obviously they hold up much better. An above ground pool will deteriorate at a much quicker rate and will at some point need to be torn down and replaced which is a major expense. But with an above ground pool, you simply need to perform some yearly preventive maintenance, and every once in a long while have it resurfaced, and it will pretty much last forever.

Home Value

An inground pool will increase the value of your home; however, an above ground pool will, in most cases, reduce the value of your home. Most home buyers think of an above ground pool as an eyesore and something that’s going to cost them money to have removed and then have their new yard restored to its former glory. This alone might cause them to choose another house over yours even if they liked everything else about it.


Above ground pools are harder to get into so in this instance, when you have an above ground pool, you could ultimately expose yourself to fewer accidents since you literally have to climb a wall in order to fall into the pool and drown. But, on the flip side, if you use a pool cover properly, an inground pool should be no less safe than an above ground pool.


If you want to create a backyard paradise, an oasis, a place where you, your family, and friends actually want to hang out, then you should consider an inground pool. Above ground pools only come in a limited number of models and there isn’t much you can do to customize them. However, with an inground pool, the sky’s the limit when it comes to customization and creating a backyard experience that best fits your lifestyle. You can choose the shape, size, and add-on features for your pool such as a diving board or an attached spa. Then you can build out the rest of your pool deck and yard with outdoor furniture and TVs, an outdoor kitchen, tropical landscaping, and waterfalls, etc. whatever you want that will make your backyard paradise uniquely your own.

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