Friday, 26 May 2017 13:59

Inground Pool vs. Above Ground Pool

Pools: Above-Ground Vs. In-Ground

From In The Swim

So, you've decided to install a swimming pool in your backyard.  The next hurdle to overcome is to establish your budget.  While you are deciding on how much you would like to spend on this endeavor, you will likely be introduced to the different types of inground and above ground pools.  There are vast differences beyond simply the price of these disparate products.  This post from In The Swim examines these in great detail, without alot of fluff.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

 As a follow-up to my post “So you want a Pool?“...

When the time comes to take the plunge into your own backyard pool, you first have to decide: above-ground or inground?

A variety of factors will play into the decision, including what is best for your property, your budget and your family.

This is not a picture post, filled with pretty pictures of pools, but a word post filled with pretty words about pools. A picture may be worth 1000 words, but they don’t actually say much.

In the epic battle of Aboveground pools Vs. Inground pools, we have 9 categories of consideration, to help you decide on the best pool.

Above-Ground vs. In-Ground Pools

Pool Installation

Aboveground pools can be installed quickly, in some cases in one day although most will take several days to clear and level the area, erect the pool, install the liner and fill with water. Assembling an entry/exit step system, fencing along the top rail and basic landscaping can add another day to the project.

In many parts of the country, there are few (if any) companies that offer above ground pool installation, unless you buy the pool from them. This means that an aboveground pool purchased online may require DIY installation. Not too difficult for most handy homeowners, but a task that needs to be planned for properly.

Inground pools typically take 6-8 weeks to install once work begins. Some pool builders may be able to complete a pool more quickly than that, but bad weather, other pools being built at the same time and coordinating several sub-contractors often causes delays.

Vinyl or fiberglass pools skip a few steps in the process, namely steel, gunite and tile, but still take 4-6 weeks to build. Some companies can offer a Fast-Track construction price, for instance our inground vinyl pool kits have the option of On-site Installation Assistance which has the pool built and full of water in just 4-5 days.

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James Atlas

James Atlas, an 22-year veteran of the swimming pool industry, is the owner and co-principal of Platinum Poolcare Ltd., a residential swimming pool construction, renovation and maintenance company with service to several commercial aquatic properties including the Bulls, Bears and White Sox training facilities.

Platinum Poolcare Owner James Atlas came to the pool industry after three years of options trading after college, cashing in his chips to work with father Ronald Atlas, owner of Paragon Pools, a commercial pool construction and design company. An entrepreneur at heart, Atlas quickly started up an off–shoot company, Fountain Technologies, through which he designed and constructed water features for luxury residential and commercial properties.

When his brother took over that company, Atlas founded Pool Watch, a management company servicing recreational pools with lifeguard staffing, facility openings, closings and general maintenance. He sold Fountain Technologies and Pool Watch in 1994 and 1995.

Looking to broaden his skill set in the pool servicing industry, Atlas went back to his family pool business, working as a project estimator for multi-million-dollar waterparks, competition pools, high-rise pools, and other large-scale projects.

After a few years, Atlas began receiving consistent inquiries from residential property owners interested in pool construction and servicing. With his father’s blessing, Atlas took the reigns on those new accounts and formed a new company called Platinum Aquatech.

Again looking to go off on his own, Atlas teamed up with Terry Smith, owner of Poolcare Aquatech, another partner company with Ronald Atlas which focused on the service and maintenance. The two companies merged, with Terry and James owning a fifty-fifty share in 2007, effectively becoming Platinum Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd.

Company Background

Platinum Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd., founded in 2007, and resulting from a merger of Platinum Aquatech, Ltd. (luxury swimming pool construction) and Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd.(service, repairs, renovations of swimming pools and spas), specializes in all aspects of pool design, construction and renovation with added focus on specialty aquatic features such as waterfalls, lazy rivers, rock water applications, statuary and other luxury waterscape amenities. The company also provides installation and maintenance services for its customers.

Platinum Poolcare has raised the standards of excellence in residential and commercial pools, spa and waterscape design and construction. We have a combined half-century of experience in building, servicing, maintaining, and renovating award-winning and nationally-recognized gunite pools throughout the greater Chicago area and other Midwest states.

Based in Wheeling, Ill., the company’s headquarters spans 10,000 square-feet of warehouse and office space with 46 trucks, 130 employees during peak season, and one of the industry’s largest onsite replacement parts inventory for quick fixes.

Platinum Poolcare has repeatedly graced the cover of various industry magazines, and has earned hundreds of awards for its designs. The company belongs to the prestigious, invitation-only Aquatech Society for professional pool builders.

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