Alternatives to In-Ground Swimming Pools

by Pool Builders on 09-05-2010 in Articles

Owning a swimming pool is a dream for many, but for various reasons, most people aren't able to satisfy that dream. An in-ground pool requires a lot of money, space, and upkeep. If you have a shortage of any of these things, enjoying the water at home is still not out of reach. Depending on your needs, there are alternatives that might be what you're looking for.

If you want a pool that your young children will enjoy, but is still large enough for adult use, there are above-ground pools that are meant for all ages. These pools are typically only 3 to 4 feet deep, but are much cheaper to purchase and maintain. Also, it is safer than in-ground pools as there is no danger of a toddler falling in.

If your motivations are mostly fitness related, and you have too small a space for a full pool, they now have smaller pools that allow you to swim in place. These pools keep a flow of water moving against you, so you can swim laps without moving more than a couple feet. They're like treadmills but for swimming rather than running.

Relaxation is another major motivation in wanting a pool, but a hot tub also offers relaxation at a fraction of the cost and space. Unlike like in-ground pools, hot tubs can be used year round regardless of climate. Hopping into hot water is even more enjoyable in below-freezing weather.

If for whatever reason you're not able to afford an in-ground pool, don't give up your dream. Enjoying the water in your yard is a possibility for anyone regardless of budget or space.

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