Deciding Between an Above-Ground Pool vs. In Ground Pool
Are you finding it difficult to decide on whether you want to get an above-ground or an inground pool? We don’t blame you. An investment such as this shouldn’t be taken lightly. To help you decide, we’ve highlighted 3 major factors to consider when choosing a pool for your backyard.
An inground pool is going to cost you quite a bit more to install; however, before you automatically pick the lesser figure, we suggest you consider the terms of this investment. How long do you intend on using the pool? Are you in a position to affect the property value of your home with this decision? While an above-ground pool may cost less, an inground pool has the potential to return much more.
2. Property Value
It’s common sense that an inground pool comes out on top for adding to the property value of your home, but not by much. For many homeowners, the money and time it takes to maintain an inground pool isn’t worth the pool itself, especially if the climate is less than favorable and the condition of the pool is less than perfect.
Before you choose your pool, take into account the following:
- Your location will greatly impact whether or not an inground pool will add significantly to the property value of your home. Unless you’re located in a warm, sunny state that justifies using a pool for more than a few months at a time, expect a small to nonexistent increase.
- The quality of the material used to build your inground pool and the expected lifespan of that material can be a make-or-break factor for adding to your property value.
- The age of the inground pool will also carry some weight on the subject of property value. An older pool will obviously add less value.
- An above-ground pool is likely to decrease your property value.
In terms of longevity, you can expect an inground pool to last much longer than an above-ground pool. An inground pool that is properly maintained and made of high-quality materials can last well over 20 years, which would make the investment well worth it — if you’re in the situation to get much use out of it.
The average above-ground pool will last 7-15 years before the structure gives out, but for some pool owners, that’s all the time they really care to have a pool for. This is especially prevalent for young families who are adding a backyard pool primarily for the benefit of their children.
Above-Ground Pools vs Inground Pools
If you’re still unsure on which type of pool to choose, contact the pool and spa experts at Blue Waters. We’ll give you a free quote and help you find the best solution for your backyard and your budget!