Deciding to add a pool to your backyard is a life-changing decision. This is not necessarily due to the overall cost to do so, but to other aspects that come with owning a pool. Depending on what you prefer, and also what you expect from your pool, you’ll have to decide between opting for an in-ground style or an above-the-ground style. Both styles are popular and both are well received in equal measure, you just have to find which one is better suited for your needs. So, to help you decide, we’ve compiled six important aspects you should consider before investing in a pool.
How spacious is your backyard? Will a ground-crafted basin take all the open space you have, or will it let you keep some of it? What about an above-situated pool? All comes down to how much space you wish to dedicate to the pool. In a small backyard, surely a 30ft long swimming pool will be a bit difficult to set up; whereas if your yard is large, an above-the-ground basin might seem a bit restrictive.
Budget and how you wish to stretch it is also an important factor to keep in mind. Obviously, the costs will differ, with the on-the-ground basin ending up being cheaper than its counterpart. The lowest-cost inground addition is similar to the best above-the-ground unit, and if you choose the latter, you’ll still save some money in the process. But the costs do not stop merely acquiring the unit, but also to its maintenance and accessories. Therefore this requires attentive calculations on your part, to ensure you don’t run out of money in the middle of installing it.
As stated above, the installation costs differ greatly. Whereas an above-earth basin can be easily set up with kits and two or three adults carefully sticking to the instruction manuals, their counterparts require much more than this. An inground basin needs excavation, which, in turn, implies additional manpower, specialists to help set the shell, as well as additional permits to have it installed. Not to mention that if you plan on personalizing it, materials will also add to its set-up.
Keeping your loved ones safe is highly important, especially if the risk of drowning is involved. Statistics show that units installed directly on the ground are less likely to provoke an accident since you can’t just fall into them if installed correctly. Whereas when their counterparts are involved, the risk heightens. However, in case you wish to secure an in-ground basin as well, you can easily add an enclosure around it, with specific locks to keep it inaccessible to kids or pets. Don’t forget to correctly store the equipment as far away from kids, too.
Before jumping right into it, consider what types of apparels you wish your pool to have. An above-the-ground unit has just a few shapes, which, most of the time, although distinct in size, won’t support further customization, like deep-ends or slopes. An inground type can be customized to your imagination’s content, as it can include various terrains, shapes, textures, and sizes. You can even accessories it to your liking by adding water jets, basketball rings, water slides, even diving boards.
Additionally, a question you should ask yourself if whether or not you wish to be able to swim-train inside your pool. A large basin ensures you’ll have no trouble training and swimming a few laps, whereas a smaller version might make the process difficult. Also, consider the ages of the swimmers and their prowess at staying above water.
Last but not least, consider how long it will take for you to preserve the pool in top shape. Are you planning on spending daily time on preserving the water clear? Can you afford to sustain the costs of a large-volume basin? What about a smaller-scale one? What additional devices do you plan on acquiring to make the upkeep process hassle-free?
Additionally, consider the durability of your investment. Although smaller-scale basins might sound promising when it comes to their maintenance, they’re not exactly known for their durability, as sharp objects might puncture them easily. On the other hand, larger basins, once constructed, won’t get destroyed as easily, as their lifespan can stretch to at least 10-15 years even longer.
All in all, you should carefully consider your options before jumping right into buying one type over the other. Keep in mind the location where you wish to have it installed, its complete costs, as well as the reason why you wish to purchase it in the first place. If you can’t keep track of them, make a list with all the aspects you wish to compare, for a faster process. However, regardless of what your decision is, as long as it fits your needs, is the best decision you could have made.