Many people ask what type of of pool they should get. Here are some point to consider before you make your decision. Whichever pool you decide to go with GrandSlam Pool Cleaning will be able to take care of all of your pool maintenance needs. Just give us a call (239) 321-5392

When you decide to get a backyard pool, you must first decide what type you want. Would your lifestyle be better suited for an above-ground or in-ground pool? Following are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing between the two types.

Above-Ground

Time
Above-ground pools can be installed very quickly, and some can even be completed in a day’s time. Most will take a few days in order to level the land and construct the pool. The liner must be installed, and then it can be filled with water. Having a deck, ladder, steps or other features that surround the pool will add more time.


above-ground-poolsCost

For DIY pool kits, the price can range from $800 to $3,000. For standard installed pools, the price may be around $4,000 to $8,000. The final price will depend on the size of the pool, the quality of build and any optional features. Pools that are deeper, thicker and made with more durable materials will cost more. Those with lighting, cleaners, large filters and additional components built around them will also be more expensive.

Space
The benefit of the size of above-ground pools is that they are usually much smaller by comparison. They come in many sizes to fit preferences for larger or smaller pools.

Earth
To install above-ground pools, the main concern is that the earth below it is stable enough to handle the weight. Because of this, there aren’t nearly as many concerns as there are with in-ground styles.

Safety
Above-ground pools are usually much safer than those built into the ground because the chances of anyone falling in are much slimmer. If a pool deck is added, the risk is much more similar to that of an in-ground pool.

Maintenance
These pools are generally much easier to maintain compared to in-ground pools because they are often smaller with less water. At the end of the day, the required maintenance depends on how much care the pool is given to begin with.

Longevity
Above-ground pools are sold as permanent or portable  models. Permanent pools are made to last years down the line, but portable pools are expected to last up to around five years. The benefit of these pools is the fact that both types are easier to remove when compared to in-ground installations.

In-Ground

Time
In-ground pools will usually take 6 to 8 weeks to finish completion. Some builders may be able to work faster than that, but outside factors, such as weather or schedules, can still affect the total build time. Pools made with fiberglass or vinyl require fewer steps to complete, but they will still take about 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

IMG_2285Cost
These pools are quite expensive compared to their above-ground counterparts, and they may cost from $30,000 to $50,000. The final price will depend on the type of pool, size, shape and extra features.

Space
Pools installed in the ground can have nearly any shape or size. Large yards can accommodate the most luxurious pools, while those with limited space can be fit with trendy cocktail or plunge pools.

Earth
For some lots, sedimentary rock can make digging a problem . Others may be too low near sea level, and ground water may be a concern. Sandy soil or clay lacks fortitude while posing risk for expansion. The type and quality of the earth beneath the pool area can often make attempts to build in-ground pools complicated.

Safety
In-ground pools pose risk for falls and drowning, but there are several ways to make them safer. A safe pool should be surrounded by a fence or topped with a pool cover. Both of these require a solid pool deck in order to be held down securely, so they can’t be used for above-ground styles.

Maintenance
These pools are easier to keep clean as the filter, pump and equipment are larger and more powerful. The long-term maintenance costs, such as repairs, will cost much more compared to above-ground pools because in-ground repairs are more complex and involve more parts.

Longevity
In-ground pools are usually remade about every 25 years with new tile, plaster and other equipment. Vinyl and fiberglass pools are known to last for decades while getting new resurfacing every 10 or 20 years.

There are benefits and disadvantages to both pool types, but factors such as your property, budget and habits will also have an effect. Once you make the decision, consider using Grand Slam Pools for a variety of options that suit your needs when cleaning, maintaining and repairing your pool.