Tips for Choosing the Type of Pool for Your Home and Family

by Pool Builders on 09-17-2010 in Articles

It's time. You've decided to take the plunge and install a pool as a way to add value to your home and fun to your family life! Installing a pool adds grace and charm, and could increase your home's value. The big question now is, what kind of pool to install? Above ground or in-ground. Here are some things to consider when looking at adding a pool to your home.

1. Cost - Above ground pools are less expensive than in-ground pools. The average price of an above ground pool runs around $5,000 compared to a traditional in-ground pool which costs around $25,000. However, the in-ground pool adds value to both your lifestyle and your property!

2. Space - What type of space do you have available in your backyard and what are the zoning requirements in your area for pool installation. If your space is limited, you might want to consider an above ground as they can be installed even on a small terrace area.

3. Choice - The choices for size, shape and materials are varied for both above ground and in-ground pools. Either option offers benefits but when it comes to an in-ground pool, the options are almost endless when it comes to choosing a pool to complement your yard and environment.

4. Installation - Above ground swimming pools can be assembled and installed easily. You can either do it yourself, or enlist the help of a professional. An in-ground pool should be installed by a professional, although that is not to say that installing an above ground pool couldn't benefit from the installation knowledge provided by a pool installation professional.

5. Portability - Above ground swimming pools may be portable. If you are renovating your house or considering a move, they can be taken with you to another location. An in-ground pool, obviously is a long term commitment so if you think you may not be living for long in your current home, you might want to consider an above ground.

6. Durability - Above ground pools are not as durable as in-ground pools and are more readily effected by the weather - rains, chemical effects, winds, etc. The average lifespan of an above ground pool is about five years. Installing an in-ground pool is an investment of a lifetime that will offer many dividends.

There are many options to take into consider before making your choice on which type of pool you want: size, location, longevity and price. In the end, though, installing a pool is a long term investment that is sure to reap many benefits both health-wise and family-fun wise!

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