Should I Buy an Inground or an Above Ground Pool?

Purchasing a swimming pool is going to be a different buying process for everyone. Because of this, it is important to know all your options, including knowing the differences between inground pools and aboveground pools. Depending on what your budget is and what your ideal backyard paradise looks like to you is going to impact on which pool is better for you. To help make that decision, here are the major differences between inground and aboveground pools.

Aboveground Pools are a Less Expensive Pool Option

Aboveground pool kits are available for self-install and can start at $1,500 and can run up to $10,000 depending on the size, shape, features, quality, brand, etc. Typically, installation costs of an aboveground pool will run two to three times the cost of the pool shell. Aboveground pool builders will include different services. Some installs may be turn key while others may require the homeowner to provide the pool base material, block, water, etc. The same can be said for inground pool installation packages as well. As a homeowner, be sure to do your research, read the entire proposal and contract closely. Don’t just look at the price and believe you are comparing apples to apples.

To compare the cost of the inground pools, check out our past blog post.

Will My Homeowner’s Associations Allow Aboveground Pools?

This may be your first stop when considering whether or not to purchase an aboveground or inground pool because you may not have a choice to make. Some Homeowner’s Associations do not allow aboveground pools. A few HOAs will even dictate what type of inground pool you can install in your backyard.

Aboveground Pools can be Installed Faster

While an inground pool might take several days to install in your backyard, an aboveground pool can be completed in one day. Aboveground pools are considered to be temporary additions to your backyard. So if you have plans to move and need to sell your home, you will always have the option to remove the pool from your backyard.

Inground Pools Offer More Design Options 

Aboveground pools have two main design options: round and oval; however, Doughboy is one aboveground pool manufacturer that offers some new free-form design options. There are also a few aboveground pool manufacturers that offer onground installations, which means the pool can be buried partially in the ground.

If you want more freedom in choosing the size and shape of your pool inground pools, allow you to be a bit more creative when choosing a design of your backyard pool. More design options for your swimming pools allows you to achieve your backyard paradise dream a little easier.

Inground Pools Last Longer

One of the biggest benefits of inground pools is that they last longer than aboveground pools. If inground pools are well-maintained, they can end up lasting decades. With an inground pool, you can be guaranteed to have a perfect relaxation spot for a very long time.

If you have made the decision that an inground pool is the best choice for you and your family, at Thursday Pools, we have a variety of inground designs that will meet your needs. If you have any questions about inground and fiberglass pools, give us a call!