You already know that pool installation is going to factor into your home remodel. But should you consider in-ground or above-ground pools? Let’s find out.
Swimming is a long-standing tradition and sport that isn’t going anywhere. Knowing how to swim is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children, and to yourself.
In 2009 alone, there were over 300 million swimming visits by people over the age of 6 years old.
And for kids aged 7 to 17, swimming is the most popular recreational activity.
If you’ve decided to increase the value and fun of your home by installing a swimming pool, it can be difficult to decide between an in-ground or above-ground option. There are many factors to consider, in addition to the cost and the lifespan of the pool.
Are you unsure of which option to choose for your pool installation? Scroll down for a breakdown of all things to consider.
What Are You Willing to Spend?
How much does a pool cost? There’s no simple answer because there are so many options when it comes to material, size, and construction. That being said, it’s safe to say that an above-ground pool is much less expensive than an in-ground pool.
However, above-ground pools typically do not last as long so that cost difference grows smaller as you look at what you’ll be paying over a lifetime.
You can buy your own above-ground pool at Walmart for under $500. That being said, it won’t be protected against punctures, leaks, and a number of other things which can quickly turn into issues that stop you from being able to use your pool.
When it comes to above-ground pool installation, you can get one for well under $10,000. You can get an in-ground pool for $10,000 too, but it won’t have a protective vinyl liner. One that does will cost you upwards of $25,000.
Plus things like permits, a safety fence, excavation, and more expensive materials are all things that can make an in-ground pool much more expensive. To sum it up, pool prices vary. But if you’re looking to spend under 10 grand, we recommend going for the above-ground option.
If you do have up to 10 grand to spend, your options for an above-ground pool are pretty limitless. So you can count on being able to buy something that you can be proud of.
How Long Do You Want It to Last?
An in-ground pool can last up to 10 years before they need to be resurfaced. If they’re resurfaced when required and taken care of, an in-ground pool can last well over 50 years.
With excellent maintenance and care, an above-ground pool may last up to 25 years. That being said, it’s more likely to last about 10 to 15 if it’s made with the best materials and is maintained properly.
Some people aren’t ready to make the commitment of installing an in-ground pool. If that’s the case, an above-ground one is the way to go.
If you’re overwhelmed, your pool builder will help you make simple decisions and put your mind at ease. Just make sure you take your time when choosing a custom pool builder for your home.
How Do You Want It to Look?
When it comes to size and appearance, the options for an in-ground pool are limitless. There are much fewer options when it comes to installing an above-ground pool.
But above-ground pools are becoming increasingly popular. There are many materials and colors to choose from so that you can better match the aesthetic of your home.
Picture it on your property. How do you want it to look? If done tastefully, an above-ground pull can look just as enticing.
Are You Concerned About Safety?
If you have small children, opting for an above-ground pool may be the safer option. Because of the wall barrier and the stairs required to enter the pool, some statistics show that the chance of drowning in an above-ground pool is less likely.
That being said, there are many more in-ground pools across America than above-ground pools, so the results may not be entirely accurate. Plus, as long as you institute safety precautions and install the necessary gates or structure needed to keep people safe from drowning, you shouldn’t have to worry about the difference.
Do You Care About the Features?
There are many options when it comes to lights, heating, slides, diving boards, and all the other features that can improve the delight of your pool. However, when it comes to above-ground pools, there are fewer options.
The depth of an above-ground pool, for example, is typically too shallow for a diving board.
When it comes to a deck, above-ground pools can be complemented with one. It’s called an apron, and it can be built up around the above-ground pool separately.
When it comes to a “shallow” end or a connected “kiddie pool,” there aren’t any options as it pertains to an above-ground pool. With an in-ground pool, you can also add things like waterfalls, a sloped entry, tanning ledges, fire features, and swim-up bars. You also don’t have to worry about anyone pulling themselves up and falling over the side.
Pool Installation Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank
Whether you’re going for an in-ground pool or an above-ground pool, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Be honest with yourself from the very beginning about what features you desire and what costs you’re willing to pay for.
If you plan on staying in your home for years to come and money isn’t the number one issue, an in-ground pool is a way to go. However, if you want something cost-effective for the moment and you’re not sure how long you’ll be living in your current home, an above-ground pool is definitely the way to go.
Either way, opting for pool installation on your property will provide you with an excellent way to stay cool, in shape, and to have fun!
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