The Good and Bad of Different Types of Pools


You have decided it is time to get a pool. But which type do you get? There are different varieties. Your options include:

  • Above-ground pool
  • In-ground vinyl-liner pool
  • In-ground fiberglass pool
  • In-ground concrete pool

Each of these has positive and negative qualities that you need to consider before making a purchase and find the right pool builder.

Above-Ground Pool

The good features of this pool include:

  • Cheap installation
  • No excavation needed, which means no digging in rocks, cables, or wires.
  • Variety of layouts to choose from
  • Easy maintenance

The drawbacks you need to consider include:

  • Their appearance. These are often considered unsightly and intrusive in a yard, blocking views and landscapes.
  • Metal framing for above ground pools only lasts 10 years, so costs will add up over time.
  • They can be a deterrent if you are trying to sell your home and they add no value.

In-Ground Vinyl-Liner Pool

The benefits you will enjoy include:

  • Affordability, as these are a cheap option for installation.
  • Versatility, because there are many sizes, shapes, and designs to choose from.
  • Easy maintenance, thanks to the vinyl lining which does not allow bacteria to grow.
  • Less need for chemicals and therefore lower running costs.

In spite of this, there are a few negative points to remember:

  • The liner needs to be replaced every 7-15 years depending on use.
  • The condition of the liner can influence the resale value of the home.
  • The liner tears easily, so may require frequent replacement which is costly because the entire liner will need to be replaced.

In-Ground Fiberglass Pool

As another affordable option for in-ground pools, you also get to enjoy:

  • Lower maintenance costs.
  • Lower overall lifetime costs.
  • Less algae as a result of the surface which means less use of chemicals.
  • The shell can withstand a lifetime of use.
  • Minimal installation time.

The limitations you need to be aware of include:

  • Reduced selection of shape and design. Molds are expensive and designers only have a finite number of options.
  • Shells are limited by size because they are made in factories and need to be transported in trucks that are typically no more than 16 feet wide.

In-Ground Concrete Pool

One of the most common types you see today because you get the most freedom. Benefits include:

  • Choice of design and size depending on your backyard.
  • Choice of depth.
  • Added features such as tanning ledges or a beach entry are possible.
  • Concrete pools add significant value to the home.

On the downside:

  • These pools are the most expensive to design and install as they are essentially made to order. Plus, you need to break ground and may have to move around wiring and cables or move rocks.
  • Maintenance is costly as the surface allows bacterial growth, which means you need more chemicals and regular cleaning.
  • Resurfacing needs to be done every 15 or so years which is expensive.

Using this guide, you can narrow down your choice, and we are happy to help you find the pool of your dreams.


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