Last Updated on March 5, 2019

Why Build An Above Ground Pool?


So you’ve made the choice to get a swimming pool in your back garden, but now come all the choices. What shape and size do you want your new pool to be? Where will it be placed – close to the house or at the foot of the garden? Perhaps one of the most important questions is do you want the pool to be above ground or in-ground?


Here are just a few reasons why you should give getting an above ground pool a second thought:




With getting a swimming pool one of the main fears people have is for any small children or pets. If you’re going for an in-ground pool, fencing off the area around it or investing in a pool cover should do the trick. But with an above ground pool, one advantage you get is that they’re raised off of the ground and whilst that means you may have to enter and exit the pool using a ladder, this should provide enough protection from kids and small animals gaining access to the pool. Do make sure you check with your local council about pool fencing though, there are often local laws requiring you to install these.




If you’re going for an in-ground pool, it’s largely recommended that you build your pool at the end of summer, so that it’s ready for the spring. After all, you don’t want to be excavating or trying to set concrete in the snow or rain. On the other hand, thanks to the speed that an above ground pool can go up, it means that if you’re guaranteed a weekend of good weather you could probably get your pool fully built.




As alluded to in the previous point, an above ground pool can be installed within a couple of days, which is considerably faster than an in-ground pool. The latter of which can take 5 weeks or more to install, depending on the size of the project. Whilst getting a pool should be a well thought out decision, an above ground pool affords you the option to make a last minute decision and get one in the spring or early summer, just in time for the sun.




There is no denying an in-ground pool is more pleasing to the eye then an above ground pool. As a way to combat this, many have chosen to have their above ground pool incorporated into a decking feature. This allows for it to still look sunken whilst still having the other advantages of being an above ground pool. Should you not go this option, then something as simple as planting some plants and shrubbery should soften the look of the above ground pool.




Building a pool in-ground is permanent whereas an above ground pool isn’t. And whilst that sounds obvious, this means that the above ground pool can be taken down dependent on the season, can be moved to a different location in your garden, or even a different house should you move. The flexibility offered means that your investment will be for the lifetime of the pool and not just for your stay at one particular home.




Many of the costs for maintaining a pool will be the same. After all, you will still need to have a filter, cleaner etc. for each – but it is with the initial costs where you will see the difference. During its construction the materials, manpower required and time spent on the project is considerably less for an above ground pool than an in-ground one.Make sure you do your homework when buying the pool itself though; testimonials from other users of the same brand and fitters are essential, as it’s still an expensive project to go wrong.




About the author: Ashley Auckle works with Ascot Pools, a swimming pool construction and maintenance company serving Berkshire and Surrey in the U.K.