Homeowner Disadvantages of Above Ground Pools

by Pool Builders on 09-25-2009 in Articles

While an above ground pool can be a good choice for many people, there are some things to take into consideration when determining if one is right for you. By answering some questions about how you will use the pool, and how it will fit best into your backyard, you can determine if a pool will fit your needs, or if you would be better served with an in-ground pool. Many people choose these pools because they offer flexibility and cost savings, but by taking all of your pool needs into consideration before buying, you will be better equipped to make the right choice.

If you are a serious swimmer, or wish to dive into your pool, you probably want to consider an in-ground. An above ground is not generally large or deep enough for these types of activities, generally being no more than four feet deep. If you want to swim laps in your pool, an in-ground makes this easier. A pool can be great for small children, and for casual swimming, but if you are serious about swimming and diving, an in-ground pool will be the way to go.

If you have a large backyard, you may have problems finding an above ground pool that is large enough to fully utilize the space. In-grounds are generally larger, and can be custom shaped to fit attractively into a large backyard area, complete with deck area and other recreational areas. Although above ground pools come in different colors, styles and exterior materials, many people think that a pool is a more attractive addition to their landscape. An in-ground also adds to your property value, even though not all home buyers are attracted to a property with a pool.

Because an above ground pool sits on top of the ground, with its sides exposed, you have to be careful not to damage it. There is more of a chance of damage occurring to a pool in a yard, due to the fact that children can run into the sides while playing, or it might be damaged with lawn care equipment or tools. These problems don't generally occur with an in-ground pool.

All of these things need to be taken into consideration when considering an above ground pool. Although they have many advantages, such as flexibility and cost savings, the main consideration when choosing a pool is making sure it fits your intended usage of the pool.

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