When it comes to the type of swimming pool you’re hoping to install, there are a lot of different factors that come into play. How much you’re willing to spend, how long you plan to stay with your current property and the amount of use you hope to get out of it will all play roles into how you make your decision. Comfort also plays a big part when it comes to deciding on the type of pool you want. We’ve been asked “Are above ground pools warmer than inground pools?” and other similar questions. In an effort to answer those questions we’ve put together an article that compares above ground and inground pools.
There’s no doubt about it that an above ground pool will cost less than an inground pool. Inground pools can easily cost ten times more than an above-ground model. That said, with an above ground pool you usually end up with uniform depth across the whole pool and will need to build a deck to make for easy entrance/exit.
Aside from depth, above ground pools and inground pools come out quite equal when comparing sizes. Most above ground pools are available in large sizes and the round models can actually have more surface area than many inground pools. When it comes to size, either type should have an option that appeals to you.
Inground will typically last longer than most above ground pools. With an above ground pool, it’s the liner that’s the most limiting, although it’s not too hard to swap out. The containment structure should last as long as 15 years or more. Inground pool longevity, although usually longer lasting than above-ground pools, really depends on the type of material they’re made of. Concrete pools will last the longest although they made need to be resurfaced every 10 years or so. Properly maintained they could last indefinitely. Fiberglass inground pools are the second most durable types and can last as long as 20 years. Vinyl pool durability is typically dependent on the liner as well as what the outer structure is comprised of.
When it comes to heat retention, inground pools will stay warmer for longer because of the insulative properties of the ground surrounding the pool. Of course, this can be used with a water heater or a similar system that allows the water to be warmed. The amount of exposure to the sun will also play a large role in how warm your swimming pool gets. Swimming pools that consistently receive direct sunlight will heat up quickly and stay warm much longer than those that are even partially shaded. Those who have the problem of their pool water overheating might consider some sort of structure to provide shade on the sunniest of days.
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