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In-Ground vs. Above-Ground… Which is Best for You?

  • June 12, 2017
  • 3 Minute Read
  • Pools

We are often asked if it’s possible to have a pool here in Nebraska’s climate. Well, not only is it possible, it is darn near a necessity with our long hot summers. Just ask the thousands of Nebraskan’s that have made the plunge. Many families enjoy their backyard swimming pool from 4 to 6 months every summer and a pool heater is a popular way to extend the swimming season. In the spring pool owners can hardly wait to get their pool open so they can officially begin the summer season.

In-Ground Pools

Not only do in-ground pools add value to your home, but they can also enhance your landscape – after all, a beautifully designed water feature is a definite crowd pleaser regardless if you’re lounging next to it or not; plus, in-ground pools provide a fantastic area for entertaining, exercising, and relaxing. In terms of design, the sky’s the limit when it comes to in-ground pools. From pool shapes (be they standard or custom) to decking, liner options, and “add-ons” – like sun ledges, slides, diving boards, and waterfalls – your options are virtually endless!

Because of the amount of materials and specialized labor required to install an in-ground pool the cost can be quite a bit more than an above-ground. However, in-ground pools tend to have more efficient equipment and with an automatic pool cover your electrical, chemical and heating cost should not be any more than an above-ground of the same size. An automatic pool cover also eliminates evaporation and helps keep dirt out while providing a very safe environment when the pool is not in use.

Above-Ground Pools

If you’re looking to put a pool up in a hurry, or are on a bit of a tighter budget, then an above-ground pool may be just what you’re looking for!

Above-ground pools typically only take a few days to install – they arrive in a kit and are usually erected by a team of installers or they can be installed by the home owner, usually in a weekend or two. As an added bonus, many of the higher-end above-ground pools include limited warranties of up to 40 or 50 years. These higher-end above-ground pools can usually only be found at professional pool stores and not at big box retailers. Railing and decking options can be added to your purchase, as can built-in fencing and/or locking gate options, which – along with a healthy dose of adult supervision – make them a great choice for budget conscious families.

The biggest disadvantage to an above-ground pool is that it typically adds no value to your home because it is considered a “temporary addition” to the property. Above-ground pools require some maintenance, cleaning and chemical balancing just like in-ground pools. Also, above-ground pools are usually only round or oval in shape, and aren’t suitable for diving due to depth limitations.

Clearly there’s a LOT to think about when considering whether an above-ground pool or an in-ground pool is right for you. Fortunately, the pool experts at Bonsall Pool and Spa are well versed in BOTH types of structures, and can work with you to determine which pool type is right for you.