When faced with the choice between installing an inground pool or an above ground pool, it can be a tough decision. The type of pool you select can have a major impact on your expenses, lifestyle and even the value of your home. When you’re ready to take the plunge on a new backyard pool, take a look at these factors to choose what type of pool is best for you and your backyard.
First start with evaluating how much space your lot can accommodate to fit the pool and meet all the by-law requirements for your location. Above ground pools may be a better choice for smaller backyards, that is unless you are not planning to build a deck around it. On the other hand, if you have lots of space to utilize, an inground pool may be worth the investment for ROI and aesthetics.
If you are working within a tight budget, you may consider starting with an above ground pool. It will cost you less upfront, as the installation process is less strenuous. Inground pools can cost between $20,000 – 30,000 dollars for an average size.
Permanent vs. Temporary
An inground pool becomes part of your lot, so you’ll want to be absolutely certain that it’s something you’ll want for years to come. If you decide that you don’t want the pool anymore it will be a costly endeavor to remove and backfill the space. With an above ground pool, you can easily dissemble it with little effort, cost, and damage to your yard.
When the snow is on the way and it’s time to shut the pool down for the winter, an above ground pool can be much easier to winterize. You simply shock the pool, drain out some of the water, and place on the cover. Inground pools, however, need to be completely cleaned out, including all the pieces and underground piping.
Both pools will require ample amounts of maintenance for the purposes of cleaning, filtering, and balancing the chemicals. However, inground pools are generally more durable and hold up better than above ground pools, but once there is a repair required it can be costly.
Nothing is quite as appealing than a beautiful inground swimming pool. Add in some attractive interlock and landscaping and you can make your backyard look like a 5-star resort.
Once you figure out what style and design of pool is right for you, it’s time to get to work with a local landscaping professional to create the backyard of your dreams and crank up the fun factor this summer! Contact Hansen Lawn & Gardens today for a consultation.