3 Popular Types of Swimming Pools to Consider Before Investing in One
Choosing a pool for your yard is not always an easy process. Use this short guide to help you decide which option is right for you.
Swimming pools come in all different styles and sizes. Which type you choose will help determine the cost, installation process, as well as how your family will use it. When picking a pool, be sure to consider all the alternatives available to you for in-ground, above-ground, and specialty pools. Research to find out what types of pools are allowed in your area and any applicable building ordinances.
1. Above-Ground Pools
An option where the pool sits on the surface of your lawn, often featuring a deck or patio around them, above-ground pools are typically the most economical choice. Most are built using vinyl liners and steel, aluminum, or resin siding.
For skilled homeowners, it’s possible for this type of pool to be a DIY project. However, delivery and installation is available from many retailers. For outdoor spaces with limited access, above-ground pools make a great option, as they come in pieces that can be moved to the designated pool site for assembly.
• Generally the most affordable type of swimming pool
• Easier to put together and take apart than other kinds of pools
• Some are temporary structures that can be disassembled and reassembled elsewhere if you move
• While above-ground pools are available in a range of sizes and shapes, customization is not possible so homeowners are limited to the designs produced by manufacturers.
• Decks and patios can help disguise above-ground pools in your yard landscape, but it’s not always easy.
• The longevity of above-ground pools is less than in-ground varieties. Vinyl liners will need replaced about every five years.
A more basic version of the above-ground pool type is also available. This option is quite popular and easy to manage — a simple garden hose can be used to fill it and the pool can be stored when not in use. Keep in mind that because this type of pool doesn’t have a filtration system, it must be drained, cleaned and refilled regularly to maintain clean swimming conditions.
2. In-Ground Pools
As the name suggests, in-ground pools are installed straight into the landscape. They are permanent structures and come in a handful of different types, including concrete, fiberglass and vinyl-lined as the most common. The materials used are usually picked for flexibility and strength.
• Fiberglass: Typically manufacturer-made and delivered to your home in one piece. More flexible than concrete pools, which makes them a viable option for areas prone to earthquakes. Also includes fiberglass panel varieties, which are put together on-site and allow for increased design flexibility.
• Concrete: The most expensive to build, these pools are poured on-site, which enables you to customize your pool into just about any size or shape. Several finishes are offered, including paint, plaster, and specialty options like Pebble Tec. These finishes are available in a selection of colors.
• Vinyl-Lined: This type of in-ground pool is constructed with panel walls that are joined together and placed on a concrete foundation. The entire pool is then covered with a custom-fabricated vinyl liner.
• In-ground pools are very customizable — shape, size, style, purpose.
• They can be easily incorporated into the landscape.
• Lots of extras are available, like slides, diving boards, fountains, games and specialty lighting.
• Most expensive to build.
• The time involved for construction can be lengthy.
• Can pose a greater safety risk for pets and young children.
Hot Tubs and Spas
These types of pools are typically heated and used for hydrotherapy or relaxation purposes. Because of their compact size, they are usually not as costly to install and maintain as other types of pools. The movable, above-ground variety is referred to as a hot tub, while the in-ground version is called a home spa. The latter often accompanies in-ground pools. As you’d expect, hot tubs and spas are limited in use because of their small size.