INGROUND POOL OR ABOVE GROUND POOL?
Above-ground pools are typically the least expensive types you can purchase. They are the summer-fun answer for those who don’t want to make the larger commitment of an in-ground pool. If you’re ready for a ton of backyard fun, but aren’t quite ready for a permanent structure in your yard, then an above-ground may be the way to go.
Points to Ponder
- Inexpensive: Above-grounds are great for those looking for a relatively inexpensive way to provide years of backyard family entertainment.
- Moveable: If you move, you can take your pool with you, give it to a friend or even sell it. Or you can leave it as a benefit for the next owner of your home.
- Quick to install: Grab a couple of handy neighbors and you can be hosting a pool party in just a couple of days.
- Choices: You can choose from aluminum, resin or steel sidings. All three types have various benefits, ranging from rust-resistance to average life-span. Your local dealer can help you weigh the pros and cons of each type.
- Variety: Above-grounds come in several sizes and shapes, and a variety of decorative wall patterns and decking options.Good for Small Lots: If getting a back-hoe into your yard would be next-to-impossible, an above-ground can generally be carried in a kit to your yard and set up.
In-ground pools are more expensive than above-ground, but they are also a permanent home improvement. They add aesthetic, as well as intrinsic, value to your home. And when it comes time to sell your house, an inground pool is generally more appealing to potential buyers. Inground pools range from play pools with depths of 3-to-5 feet to diving pools with deeper depths appropriate for the divers in your family. Before you purchase an inground pool, you need to think about how your family will use it.
- Do they like to play a lot of water sports? Then maybe a play pool with sports set-ups is the answer.
- Do they like to swim laps? Perhaps a rectangular design is best for you.
- Or do you have a combination of swimmers and splashers? How about an L-shaped pool so everyone is happy?
Thinking about usage and then designing with those needs in mind is the key to building a pool that your entire family will be happy with for years to come.
A vinyl-liner inground pool is furnished to the installer in kit form. After excavation, the panel walls are bolted or fastened together and supported at the bottom by a concrete footing. The vinyl liner is spread over the interior of the pool and covers the excavated floor and paneled walls. It is connected to the top of the panel walls by a vinyl rib at the outside edge of the liner.
Construction time for vinyl-liner inground pools is typically one to three weeks.
Points to Ponder
- Weather: Vinyl-liner pools are popular in cold-weather areas of the country. These pools can be easily winterized by lowering the water level and covering them until the spring.
- Smooth Surface: The vinyl liner is smooth and nonporous, making stain removal easy if stains are treated promptly.
Other Things To Think About
Laws regarding safety must be considered before choosing your new swimming pool. Specific regulations vary with each community, so be sure you are clear about the letter of the law before installation begins.
Landscape And Design Options
What’s Your Pleasure?
Always wanted an oasis-like lagoon in your back yard? Or perhaps an elegant, serene setting is more to your liking. The use of water features and other design enhancements is a perfect way to integrate your pool into your overall design concept.
Water features run the gamut from simple fountains that provide a relaxing environment to intimate, cave-like waterfalls. Rolled bond beam is an oh-so-cool, tuck-and-roll method of edging that allows concrete to be ribboned around your pool to soften the perimeter and give the pool a tropical effect. And for that “how’d they do that?” result, sophisticated vanishing edges are a state-of-the-art way to incorporate the view beyond the horizon right into your own back yard.
Finally, for a truly dramatic look, fiber optic lighting can be installed using multi-hued color wheels. When the neon-like lights are turned on, you’re guaranteed to add drop-dead drama to the nighttime look of your pool. And you can even integrate the lighting into your landscape design for just that much more of a dazzling effect.
As you can see, there are nearly as many choices and options for your pool as there are types and styles. So take a deep breath and dive right in – you’ll be glad you did!