Above Ground Pool vs InGround Pool
Why You Should Choose an Above Ground Pool
In-ground or above ground? It’s perhaps the oldest and most heated debate in the world of backyard recreation. For every person that swears by their above ground pool, with its attached deck and scenic flower arrangements, there’s another who prefers the low profile, in-ground alternative. Of course, the “answer” to this debate is less about which type of pool is truly better, and more about the space, time, and budget requirements of the homeowner. And while both options will offer you and your family endless ours of backyard fun, this article is going to focus specifically on the benefits of above ground pools. Let’s get started…
Above Ground Pools are Far Less Expensive
If budget is a concern at all, an above ground pool is definitely the way to go. On average, the cost of a full above-ground installation will cost between $1,500 and $3,000 depending on the size of the unit. Though this is certainly an investment, it is a fraction of the cost of the average in-ground pools, which range between $15,000 and $20,000. Obviously, this difference in cost is due to the fact that in-ground pools require excavation to be installed, and generally involve a lot more labor. And while in-ground models will no-doubt add plenty of value to your home, you can’t take it with you if you move!
Above Ground Pools are Safer
Safety has always been a concern among pool owners, but today’s parents require a lot more reassurance that they can keep their children (particularly toddlers) from entering the pool unsupervised. Unfortunately, no pool design is 100% accident proof. However, above-ground pools are much harder for young children to enter, especially when the ladder is removed and any attached decking has locked, secure gates. For ultimate peace of mind, above ground is the way to go.
Above Ground Pools Install Quickly and Easily
Most above ground pool models can be installed quite quickly, assuming there aren’t any major landscaping challenges to contend with. As we mentioned, in-ground pools require heavy-duty excavation, and will require a team of professionals in order to get the job done right. Contrarily, some above ground models can be purchased as kits that you can install yourself in just a few hours.
Above Ground Pools Take Up Less Space
Depending on where you live, you might not have the backyard to support a full-sized in-ground pool. For that matter, you might not have much yard space to work with at all. Fortunately, above ground pools are the perfect option when space is limited. Most of these models come in round or oval sizes, which can be fit into virtually any backyard space. Common oval dimensions include 8’x12’ to around 21’x43’, while round sizes can be as small as 12’ diameter or as large as 33’. And while it’s common to add decking or other accessories around an above ground pool, all you really need at the end of the day is a double-sided pool ladder. Yes, Above Ground Pools Are Mobile Installing an above ground or in-ground pool is great for adding value to your home. However, if you’re not looking to sweeten the deal for any prospective buyers, you can actually take your above ground model with you when you move. All you need to do is carefully drain the pool, disassemble it, and transport it to its new destination. Once there, you can easily reassemble it as before (providing you have the space). And while it’s not 100% fair to say that in-ground pools can’t be moved, it requires a very intensive and difficult process. In fact, removing and transporting an in-ground pool will almost always cost more than any installation.
Above Ground Pools Are Easier to Maintain
With an in-ground pool, many crucial parts are actually located underground. While this contributes to the nice “minimalist” appearance of these pools, it can make them extremely difficult to maintain or repair. On the other hand, above ground pools rarely have any hidden or hard-to-access components. Indeed, all the parts that you would every need to inspect or repair are usually right out in the open or under an attached deck. Sure, you might still need to call a repairman, but he won’t need a backhoe to do the job. Build the Deck of Your Dream with Your Pool as the Centerpiece With all the money you save opting for an above ground pool instead of an in-ground one, you can construct a unique deck to truly make it your own. Once in place, there will be plenty of space to tan, grill, or hang out with friends. You can even add a gate or stairs for an added bit of security. Best of all, all this will still barely approach the cost of an in-ground pool.
There are some beautiful in-ground pool designs out there, and most homeowners will tell you they are worth every single penny they paid for them. Still, if any of the factors listed here are more important to you than having an in-ground pool, and above ground pool is most definitely the way to go. From the lower cost to the increased safety to the ability to turn them into the centerpiece of a brand new deck, above ground pools are a great way to improve your family’s backyard experience. Just remember to hire only qualified installers, or take great care installing the pool yourself. This will ensure you get the maximum enjoyment out of your new pool.