Choosing Between an In-Ground and Above Ground Pool for Your Home

When you're ready to invest in a pool for your home, you will need to choose between an in-ground and above ground pool. Each style will have its own advantages and disadvantages, and it will be up to you to make the final decision. While your pool contractor or a pool supply store can help you decide, note a few factors to keep in mind before you even start shopping.

1. Permanent installation

An in-ground pool is obviously a permanent installation. One thing to consider about this is if you will ever put your home on the real estate market. If so, do you want to take your pool with you? You can't do this with an in-ground pool, but you can disassemble and remove an above ground pool relatively easily and then take it to your new home. If there is any chance that you might move one day and will want to take your pool with you, choose the above ground model.

2. Longevity and durability

Many above ground pools are made from very durable and thick silicone or another material that withstands chips and cuts from everyday wear and tear, but they're not as durable as an in-ground cement or concrete pool. If you have very active children or pets that you know will be burrowing around the outside of the pool, an above ground model might not hold up over the years. You might also need to think about flood risk; if you live in a flood zone, a flood might actually wash away or otherwise damage your above ground pool. In these cases, an in-ground pool can be the better option.

3. Installation 

An above ground pool can be on your property as soon as you make your purchase and arrange for delivery, but an in-ground pool can take days and even weeks to pour, depending on the type of dig you need, and then days to dry. If you're eager to start enjoying your pool, a quick purchase of an above-ground model may be better.

That having been said, remember that above ground pools only come in a limited number of shapes and sizes. If you have a very small or awkwardly shaped property, you may need to have a concrete pool poured as you can dig the pit for it in any shape or size you prefer. This can allow you to create an L shape around your garden or garage, or create a small pool that is used for water aerobics rather than swimming.

Keep these things in mind as you begin to shop for swimming pools