Are You Ready to Buy a Swimming Pool?

Are You Ready to Buy a Swimming Pool?

by Mark Zalewski

Are you ready to buy a swimming pool? Once you have decided to take the plunge and purchase a swimming pool, there are many choices to consider. You’ll need to decide between an in-ground or above-ground pool, along with the size and shape that will suit your needs best. There are both advantages and differences in the pool choices available. Making an informed decision will ensure that you are choosing wisely.


Choosing the shape of your pool is important. Above-ground pools have limited shapes and are only available in oval or round. If you have a large family or plan to have a lot of swimming guests, then you will want to choose a shape that supports a lot of swim guests.


Size is also an important factor to consider when selecting a pool. In-ground pools are much larger than above-ground pools. Not only are in-ground pools larger but they offer a bigger variety of sizes to select from. Above-ground pools don’t use as much water. This causes a limitation on what you can do in your pool. If you like to dive, then you’ll have to invest in an in-ground pool. Most above-ground pools are only 6 feet deep which is not a good diving depth.


Often the cost is the major deciding factor in your pool choices. Purchasing an above-ground pool is the cheaper option. The money you save can be used to add to your pool areas, such as a privacy fence or deck. For further information on the cost in your area for an above-ground pool, visit Home Advisor. If you buy an in-ground pool the cost will be higher, but you wouldn’t need a deck and any fencing that is added wouldn’t need to be as tall as it would with an above-ground pool.


Installation is also something you should consider when making your decision. In-ground pools have an extensive setup process. It can take several days to install and should be done by a professional. The cost is much higher, and your bill can end up being quite extensive when completed. Above-ground pools can be installed by yourself within a few hours with no professional help needed. The savings on installation is a good deal of money. See Bob Vila’s above-ground pool planning guide for further helpful tips.

Making your final decision comes down to how you want to use your pool and what you hope to get from it. If you like diving or plan to swim laps, then you will want to get an in-ground pool. If you are looking for a small pool for yourself or the kids, or If you are on a budget and trying to keep costs low, then an above-ground pool would work well for you. Once you have made the decision that you are ready to buy a swimming pool, then just choose whatever you feel would be a good fit.