Inground Pool vs. Above Ground Pool

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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