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What Pool Should I Purchase? 3 Practical Things to Consider

It's a nice question to ask yourself: "Should I purchase a pool? If so, what kind should I get?" Think about it for a second. Isn't it cool that you get to ask that question? You win.

Now, you just have to come up with an answer.

If you find yourself in the enviable position of choosing between an inground pool and an above-ground pool, that's the first choice you need to make. Then, you can choose a model. So it's that first choice we'll deal with right now. No two people will find themselves in the same position, so here are the facts. Do with them what you will.

What Pool Should I Purchase?

There are 3 things you need to think about first, before you even set out to choose your pool:

1. Cost

Ask anyone – the main difference between inground and above ground pools is cost. Your in-ground pool may cost between $30,000 and $70,000 and an above-ground pool will cost much less.

Most people think of cost first. After all, the wallet is a very sensitive area. But other factors are just as meaningful. Let's take a look at two more of the biggest factors in choosing what pool to get.

2. Installation

An in-ground pool is much more than a pool. The main reason you’re purchasing a pool in the first place is for recreation and relaxation with your friends and family. But with an in-ground pool, you’re going beyond simple fun. You're building an addition onto your home. When your pool is designed tastefully and maintained, it can make your entire property look more beautiful.

Because of an in-ground pool's benefits and material quality, it does cost more. And for some people, that cost is out of reach.

For those folks, an above-ground pool offers many of the same benefits at a fraction of the cost. And it can give your family the fun that they deserve this summer.

3. Size

Most people are surprised to learn that an above-ground pool can be just as large as an in-ground pool. Its only limitation is that it is usually one even depth. An in-ground pool typically will have both shallow and deep areas.


I hope this short primer gives you some tips as you weigh the pros and cons of above-ground and in-ground pools. We at The Great Backyard would love to help! Just give us a shout.

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