With the summer on the way, it’s time to start considering which type of pool is best for you. Above ground and in-ground pools each have numerous benefits, and depending on the situation, one might be a better fit than the other. It is important to carefully consider which type of pool is going to fit your situation best. This post will outline a few of the pros and cons for each, and hopefully help make the decision process easier.


Both in-ground and above ground pools offer great options to fit any scenario. In most cases, above ground pool structures offer 7-15 years of life before replacement is needed. While cement in-ground pools have an extremely long life, they do have to be resurfaced every 9-13 years. Keep in mind that pool liners for both in-ground and above ground generally need to be replaced every 6-9 years, depending on how well they were maintained. Fiberglass pools, while less popular, tend to last 15+ years if taken care of. In summary, many options are available to make any pool purchase the perfect fit for your future.


Specific costs for in-ground to above ground pools range greatly. The range is even more varied when considering adding any amenities to the area, such as a patio or deck. In most cases, above ground pools tend to be more cost-conscious. But, an above ground pool might be a better fit if timing and amount of use are a consideration. For in-ground pools, the initial investment might be higher than an above ground pool, but in-ground pools can add value to a home, especially in a climate that is warm year round. Also, maintenance costs are often put into the purchasing equation. Generally speaking, there is not a discernible difference in maintenance costs or effort when comparing in-ground and above ground pools.

Space and Size

Like price and longevity, the modern pool world grants a huge amount of flexibility to customize and freedom when choosing above ground and in-ground pools. It is a general misconception that above ground pools are smaller than in-ground pools. In many cases, above ground pools are actually larger. Above ground pools generally offer one depth, which can be great if the pool will be used by children and young swimmers. On the other hand, in-ground concrete pools tend to offer more flexibility in both depth and size.


Cost, longevity, size and shape are all considerations when deciding which pool is right for you. Each pool offers a different set of pros and cons for each. Keep in mind, consulting your local pool professional is the best way to get advice on what pool is the best for you.

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