A swimming pool is a great addition to your home. Not only does it aesthetically enhance your yard, but it also provides years of exercise and adds resale value to your home. Now that you have decided that you want a pool, you have another major decision to make: do you want an above ground pool or an inground pool? There are a number of factors that will impact your decision, some of which include what will be best for your property, budget and your family’s needs. In the battle between above-ground pools vs inground, we have compiled a list of things to consider that will help make your decision easier.

Pool Installation

Above ground pools are easily installed with some processes taking only one day. However, the installers have to clear and level the area, erect the pool, install the liner, and fill the water, which may take several days to complete. Adding an entry/exit system and basic landscaping can delay the project by a day or two. 

Inground pools, on the other hand, usually take six to eight weeks to be installed. Some companies may be able to complete the job in a shorter amount of time, but bad weather and other projects they may have can cause delays.

Pool Cost

Above ground pools will range from $900-$3,000. The price will be dependent on the size of the pool, and other optional equipment you may like to add. Above ground pools that are on the more expensive end of the spectrum will be deeper and thicker, be made of more durable materials, and have additional options like in pool lighting, safety ladders and better filtration systems. 

Inground pools will range from $30,000-$50,000 when installed by a professional. Like other pools, the price will be dependent on the pool type options and features.

Keep in mind that decorative pool fencing, among other aesthetic additions, will add a few extra dollars to your bill.


The amount of space that you have to allocate to your pool may not be a deciding factor on which pool that you get, but it dictates the size and shape of the pools that you can choose from.

Make sure you check your zoning laws to find out the amount of distance there has to be between the pool and your property to ensure that you won’t face any issues with the law in the future.

Pool Maintenance

Above ground pools are generally easier to maintain than inground pools. That is mainly due to their smaller size and water volume. However, generally speaking, pool maintenance will be dependent on the pool equipment you have and the care given to the pool.

Inground pools are not difficult to clean, given that the pump, filter, and cleaning equipment is larger and much more effective. 

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