During my first-ever home show exhibit, I heard from many people who were thinking about pools but realized that it was a significant investment to make and involved a decision based on a lot of factors outside of just the cost. This blog presents some of those key factors you need to think about before investing in an in-ground swimming pool as compared to an above-ground swimming pool.
Putting up an above-ground pool can be labor intensive, but so can an in-ground pool. The only difference is that labor for an in-ground swimming pool is handled by licensed, professional contractors and sub-contractors who take care of excavation, plumbing, electrical, equipment placement, concrete and plaster.
Many people noted at the home show that their yard is probably too small for an in-ground swimming pool and would have to settle for an above-ground swimming pool. If you hop over to our gallery page, you will see that some swimming pools have been creatively placed in even the smallest of yards. Of course, there are conditions regarding placement under city and county codes, but most yards are quite feasible for an in-ground swimming pool.
If this was a beauty pageant, an in-ground swimming pool would beat an above-ground pool hands down. An in-ground pool can be customized with cool features like fiber-optic lighting, rock slides, and a grotto. Good luck trying to bling out your above-ground model!
Whether an in-ground swimming pool is practical for you is entirely up to your situation, including how often you will use it and the climate you live in. I would say anyone that could put in a swimming pool who lives in the Antelope Valley or anywhere in Southern California for that matter would find it practical, especially when the temperature hits triple digits!
An in-ground swimming pool is built to go the distance of 15-20 years before needing major work like re-plastering or new equipment. On the other hand, an above-ground swimming pool gives into the elements and can be easily damaged or rust. You may find yourself buying a new above-ground pool every couple of years. Both need regular maintenance for water chemistry balance and debris, but you can get a pool man for an in-ground swimming pool. Pool professionals rarely touch above-ground pools, however.
While an in-ground pool may require more expensive repairs over time, there is less of a likelihood that anything will go wrong, and, if it does, it can be covered by a home warranty or a warranty on the swimming pool construction or swimming pool equipment. With an above ground pool, you are on your own albeit the repairs will most likely not cost very much.
Of course, you cannot take an in-ground swimming pool with you when you move, but you more than likely can find another house that has one. While an above-ground swimming pool can go with you, most people don’t bother because of the hassle of taking it apart and transporting it. If you do, you often have to get a new liner for it.
Many studies have shown that an in-ground swimming pool can add to the value of your home (at least the county tax assessor thinks so!). When selling a home, many people are attracted to the idea of having a swimming pool, especially if they have kids. When many people see an above-ground swimming pool that has seen better days (see appearance comment above), they tend to ask the Realtor if that will be hauled away prior to them possibly buying the house. Having a backyard oasis with an in-ground swimming pool as the central focus is definitely a selling point!
Are you sold on the idea? Be sure to contact us now to find out what we can do to make your backyard dream a reality!
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