In-Ground or Above-Ground Pool?

picking a poolAny house can always use a nice addition to the backyard area where most people like to spend their spring and summer time. Some people like to go with a benched in fire pit, while others like to go with a pool to cool off during these heated months. But one of the toughest decisions to make when purchasing a pool is the choice between in-ground or above-ground.



The first order of business when deciding between the two is how much it’s going to cost. On average, most in-ground pools are going to run anywhere between $30,000 and $70,000. This may be determined by the size of the pool and the materials it is made from such as vinyl, concrete or fiberglass. When it comes to above-ground pools, most are assembled and installed at a cost of $4,000 to $12,000.

Most people think that the size of an in-ground pool is much larger than that of an above-ground. Contrary to popular belief, an above-ground pool can be every bit as large as an in-ground pool can be, if not larger. The only difference with the size of an above-ground pool is the depth, which you’re limited to on uniform throughout the entire pool.

When it comes to the maintenance and upkeep of a pool, there really isn’t much difference between an in-ground and an above-ground. The only trouble you’ll need to concern yourself with is if you don’t have a deck with an above-ground pool, you won’t be able to get around the pool with the vacuum.

Lastly, and probably the most important concern when purchasing a pool is the longevity of it. When it comes to above-ground pools, the average lifespan is 7-15 years before the structure will give out, 5-9 years before the liner needs to be replaced. An in-ground pool should last well over 20 years if constructed out of fiberglass, 6-11 years if made out of vinyl, and 9-13 years if structured from concrete. Either or should provide a safe guide to fun in the sun during the hot summer months!

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