Above Ground vs In-Ground Pools.

By Kimberly Shane

Above Ground vs In-Ground Pools

DH2013_Deck-02-Pool-Marsh-EPP9834_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.616.462.jpegAbove ground Pool? In Ground Pool? Just opt for Sprinklers? With summer around the corner, we can look forward to fun in the sun, which usually involves sipping on sweet lemonade and enjoying some sort of water fun. But how do you choose? Budget of course plays a big role in making a good decision but also consider the area in which you live. 

If you live in a location that is warm most of the year, the in-ground pool may be worth the investment—and may almost be expected by home buyers! Not only is an in-ground pool enjoyable during a hot day but it can enhance your landscape. It does this by providing a water feature and a pleasing view from the deck or from inside the home. It seems obvious that the initial costs of installation of the pool is high but keep in mind that there are yearly maintenance expenses. In addition to the cost of the chemicals and other treatments, you can expect an increase in your electric bill for running the filter and/or heater. In addition, you will see a boost in your water bill for refilling as your pool water evaporates. 

TS-92073051_above-ground-pool-deck_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.581.436.jpegIn cooler areas where an in-ground pool isn’t worth the investment, the above ground pool may be the best option as your installation costs are lower, but you will run into the same maintenance costs as the in-ground pool. But if you are eager to get summer fun started, once you decide the above ground is the one for you, you don’t have to wait too long. It only takes a couple days to install! If you are concerned with safety, there are now decking and railing kits that come with some of the higher end pools. Not long does it assist with safety but these kits can help the pool blend in with your existing deck or landscape. However, an above ground pool is not meant to be a permanent fixture in a yard. In fact, the biggest disadvantage of an above ground pool is that it generally adds no value to your home. So, when it comes time to sell your home, you may find that it detracts from the aesthetic of your home and it may need to be removed.

If neither the in-ground or above ground pool sound like your “cup of tea”, or in this case,” glass of lemonade”—there is always the good ole sprinkler!

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