The decision to purchase and install an above ground or inground swimming pool is a happy one—promising years of enjoyment for you and your family. But as with any major purchase, the better your understanding of the options available to you, the better your decision-making process. Ultimately (again, as with any major purchase), you’d like your new backyard vacation to provide the most enjoyment for the greatest value, with the least amount of upkeep and maintenance.
Value is something that’s individually determined—so the general options explained here are done so to review the most popular types of swimming pool available to you.
Above Ground Swimming Pools: These options are exactly what they promise; the different styles of above ground pools are constructed either completely above ground, or combine above ground features with deeper regions that require minimal excavations. These are by far the most cost effective type of pool, and involve an engineered pre-fabricated shell made of aluminum or steel that forms the outer walls of the pool, above the ground. A liner is fixed to the engineered walls and filled, and oftentimes pool decking comes standard with an above ground swimming, offering greater savings, and safety, to your pool package.
Above ground pools fit virtually any budget, and unlike any of the inground permanent options, can be taken down and moved as the homeowner moves. Installation is quick, usually within a day or two from a licensed contractor, and is significantly less intrusive than any other type of pool installation.
When compared side by side, above ground swimming pools generally seem to offer the greatest number of features for the least amount of price when compared to inground pools. They install quickly, offer variations in size, style and depth, are very cost effective, and generally add value to a home.
But like with all things we add to our life for long-term enjoyment, the value must be ultimately measured by you. Research all pool options, and pick the value that meets your needs and your budget.