If you're thinking of getting a swimming pool for your home, like one from Dolphin Pools & Spas, you may feel overwhelmed with the multitude of options out there. There are many sizes and shapes as well as variations on materials and how they need to be maintained. But one of the biggest challenges homeowners face is their trouble deciding between an above ground or in ground. One is not necessarily better than the other, but there are situations in which an above-ground pool is the better choice. Here are the five main benefits of going with an above-ground swimming pool.
Flexibility With Placement
If you have a hilly yard or limited space, an above-ground pool might be your only option. The reason for this is that it can be difficult to install an in-ground pool if your yard is on a steep slope, at least not without some major changes in landscaping.
But recent advances have allowed for a particular type of pool that can be installed on a slope—either in ground, above ground, or both (also known as semi-aboveground). The walls of this type of pool are made of extremely strong material that can withstand the weight of intense water pressure when on uneven ground, making this choice advantageous for those who live on a hill.
Also, a small above-ground pool will take up less space than most in-ground pools, giving you more flexibility when your yard is small.
Speed of Installation
One huge difference between an above-ground and in-ground pool is the speed with which it can be built or installed. This will definitely depend on the contractor you go with, how busy they are, and what time of year you make your purchase.
Because there is digging required for an in-ground pool, some companies report that it can take two weeks to a month to complete the installation of fiberglass pools, even though they are commonly referred to as the "pool in a day" pool. Gunite pools can take up to several months to build, mostly because of the curing time required, which can take around 30 days. This means you better plan way ahead of time if you want to enjoy your pool for most of the summer.
With most above-ground pools, many contractors can install in a day, or you can do it yourself in a weekend. Placing fencing around the pool may lengthen the completion time, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying your new investment in the interim.
Because there is no digging involved or other major construction required, an above-ground pool will almost always cost less than an in ground. So if you're on a smaller budget, this is the way to go.
In Ground. The average homeowner will spend around $20,000 for a basic setup that includes a small patio and possibly fencing. On the higher end, you might need to invest $40,000-$100,000. Expect to spend even more if you want expensive lighting and elaborate landscaping around the pool.
Above Ground. There is a ton of flexibility as far as budget goes here. You can get the most basic of pools for as little as $100. If you prefer something that has fencing around it and comes with a filter and lighting, you're looking at investing up to $8,000.
When it comes time to move, you just might want to take that pool with you so you can enjoy it at your new place. This can also be an advantage from the buyer's standpoint. Many home shoppers might not want the responsibilities that come with a pool. If you're willing to disassemble and take it with you, you may get more offers.
While you shouldn't assume that just because your pool is above ground it's safer, it's important to note that it can be.
Statistics show that 60-70% of all swimming pool drownings involve in-ground pools. The reasons for this probably vary, but no doubt are partly due to the fact that it can be easier to regulate access to an above-ground pool, depending on a few variables.
For instance, if you don't have a deck surrounding your pool, and the only way to access the water is by a ladder, you can simply remove the ladder when not in use. Toddlers who wander away from home should not be able to get into this type of pool without becoming airborne.
It should be said that whether you have an above-ground or in-ground pool, keeping it inaccessible from wandering children and trespassers is paramount. Your pool should always have some sort of barrier to entry, either with a gate, a fence, or a removable ladder.