Owning a swimming pool is fantastic. When a hot day comes around, the whole family can just dive right into its cool water. In some climates, a swimming pool can even be a year-round asset. If you’re wondering if you should purchase an above ground pool or an in-ground pool, this guide will show you the advantages that come when you stay above the ground.
- It’s cheaper to own an above ground pool. This is almost always going to be the top benefit of owning an above ground pool. Even if you purchase a large above ground pool, it will be about 25% of the cost of a small-to-medium in-ground pool. You’ll still be able to have a nice depth of water in your above ground pool and you won’t have to worry about meeting local building codes or obtaining a building permit in most cases.
- Above ground pools have the same features. You’ll find numerous accessories are available for today’s above ground pools. Many are equipped with waterfalls and fountains on the premium end of the pricing scale. Some even come with the ability to equip a diving board. You’ll also receive the same filtering process, the same purity chemistry, and enough room to accommodate all of your family and friends if they want to take a swim.
- They are super easy to install. Some of the smaller ring-style above ground pools just need a pad and a flat patch of ground for installation. You just set it flat, fill it up with water, and get your chemistry right. That’s literally all it takes to install the pool. If you purchase a framed pool, it will take more work to do, but you’ll still be done in a day.
- Above ground pools may be safer for some families. If you have an above ground pool in your backyard, then it is virtually impossible for young children to stumble into the pool accidentally because of how it is installed. Unintentional drowning is a big problem in the US – the CDC estimates that two people aged 14 or younger die from unintentional drowning every day. You can prevent entry to the pool by removing the steps. It really can be that simple.
- Ongoing maintenance for above ground pools has more options. The chemicals, filters, and other maintenance costs are typically about the same for above ground pools as it is for in-ground pools. The one advantage here is that UV-C sanitization is available for above ground pools as an additional method of achieving water purity. This can allow smaller pools to potentially be chemical-free, but still have water that pure and clean.
Now that’s not to say that there are some disadvantages to an above ground pool. These pools can be punctured at times, have their frame integrity reduced over time, or completely collapse and flood a backyard. With the right precautions and proactive maintenance, however, most households find that the value of an above ground pool is superior today to what an in-ground pool can provide.