Should You Get an Above-Ground or Built-In Pool?

Should You Get an Above-Ground or Built-In Pool?

Should You Get an Above-Ground or Built-In Pool?

15 February 2018
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When you want a new pool for your property, a homeowner's association or local building codes may dictate your choices between an above-ground or built-in variety. However, if there are no local regulations or bylaws that would determine your decision, note a few considerations to keep in mind about these two options, and this will help you to choose the right pool for your home.


The main drawback to an above-ground pool is its appearance, although you can invest in a deck to be built around the pool's edge, to soften its look and obscure the view of the pool itself. Even with a deck, however, the elevated height may make you feel as if you're actually on display to your own neighbours when you're in an above-ground pool!

The benefits of above-ground pools is that they are easier to install than a built-in pool, since there is no excavation involved. In some cases, you can have an above-ground pool erected, filled with water and chemicals, and be ready for a swim in just one day! They may also be safer if you have young children, as it's more difficult for children to climb a ladder and fall into the pool accidentally. An above-ground pool can also be removed more easily than an in-ground pool; homeowners can often even tear down an above-ground pool on their own, and then simply replant or reseed the grass in that area.


A built-in or in-ground pool is often easier to clean than an above-ground model, as you can lean over the edge of the in-ground pool to scrub its sides, whereas you might need to physically get in an above-ground pool to clean it thoroughly. In-ground pools may also be easier to access for those with any physical limitations, as you don't need to climb a ladder to get into the pool.

The drawback of an in-ground pool is that removal is cumbersome and costly, as it would mean actually tearing out the pool with a backhoe or other such equipment. Typically this is a job best left to professionals, and not a DIY project.


Contact a real estate agent to discuss how a pool might affect your home's value, if you're considering putting your home on the market in the future. In very hot and humid areas, an in-ground pool might actually improve a home's value, whereas an above-ground pool is better in other areas, as it can be more easily torn down and removed if potential homebuyers don't want a pool in the yard.

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If you have a swimming pool installed on your property, you will want to ensure that the water is nice and clean. While it is easy to keep the water in your swimming pool clean during the summer. However, during the colder months when the pool is covered, it is easy for bacteria to grow on the surface of the water. I discovered this when I uncovered my pool on the first day of spring. I called a pool contractor and he was able to recommend the correct mix of chemicals needed to keep the water clean. I hope you like my blog.