By August 5, 2013

Above-Ground Versus In-Ground Swimming Pools

If you and your family are ready to have a pool installed in your backyard so that you can invite all of your friends and family over to enjoy it with you throughout the hot summer season when one of the best things to do is go for a swim to cool off and have fun, you have two choices: above-ground and in-ground pools. This choice may be difficult, and you may have already given it quite some thought but come up empty when it is time to really come to a decision.

To help you determine whether an in-ground pool or an above-ground pool is really best for your backyard, continue reading for the pros and cons associated with each.


In-ground pools are much more expensive than above-ground pools because they need to be installed directly into the ground in your backyard. Therefore, if you are on a tight budget, an above-ground pool may be your only option. Just keep in mind that, at least for the short-term, an above-ground pool may be more affordable. But in the long run, a durable and long-lasting in-ground pool is really your best bet because above-ground pools will eventually need to be replaced.


There is a lot more labor involved with above-ground pools that are taken down at the end of every season because the following year you have to construct them all over again. If you don’t mind the labor, the affordable above-ground pools available are a great option.

There are also sturdy above-ground pools that can be permanently set in your yard without the need to take them down and put them back up each year. You will need to drain out or treat the water, though, and keep it covered tightly throughout the rest of the year, just as you would an in-ground pool.

Both in-ground and permanent above-ground pools can either be drained and thoroughly cleaned at the end of each season, or you can tightly seal them at the end of the summer. If you use a mesh cover, you will need to continue treating the water throughout the winter with chemicals and the pumps turned on so that it is ready to go when the next summer season arrives. If you use a solid cover instead, you can winterize all of the equipment and add the chemicals and chlorine necessary to last throughout the winter instead.


In-ground pools take up a lot more space in your backyard. Above-ground pools, on the other hand, come in a variety of sizes to suit your preferences and needs. If you do not have a lot of space, or you want to give yourself extra space by taking down your small above-ground pool when you are done with it, it would be best to avoid an in-ground pool.

In-ground and above-ground pools both come with their sets of benefits and drawbacks. Your choice between the two will depend upon the amount of money you have for a pool, the amount of space in your yard, and your expectations for its maintenance.

Derek Tyler is an architect by profession and he enjoys writing articles that mainly focus on landscape design. He enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge and he is currently a consultant at B-Rod Pools in Westport.

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