If you are a homeowner and you are thinking about adding a swimming pool to your property, the first decision you have to make is whether you want an in-ground pool or an above-ground one. There are benefits to both. And your decision is going to depend on a lot of factors that may be outside your control.
Let’s start with the biggest difference: The cost. While there are lots of extras you can add to an above-ground pool to make it better, generally, an in-ground pool is going to come with a higher price tag. That has to do with the materials used the amount of construction required (including excavation), and additional design and construction costs that don’t usually exist with an above-ground pool.
Benefits of In-Ground
However, the extra money you pay for an in-ground pool often pays off in the end. For one thing, an in-ground pool usually will last much longer than an above-ground type.
Since most of the pool is buried beneath ground level, your pool won’t be subject to the wear and tear that comes with being in the sun, wind, and elements all the time the way an above-ground pool will be.
Second, there’s the long-term value an in-ground pool adds to your home versus an above-ground pool. Depending on its size and condition, an in-ground pool can make your property worth much more on the open market than it could get if it didn’t have a pool. In fact, many homeowners are able to recover the costs of installing their in-ground pool — with interest — when they finally sell their home.
Above-ground pools can sometimes pull down the resale value of your home since a lot of buyers either don’t want them or will have to pull them out once they move in.