A swimming pool turns an ordinary backyard into an oasis and a focal point for family life and entertainment. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals estimates that there are approximately five million in-ground pools and 3.5 million above-ground pools in the United States. (Source: Association of Pool & Spa Professionals) Denver pool construction companies will give you all kinds of advice, but determining which type is right for your family and your location is dependent on many factors, including cost, size and appearance, maintenance, safety, and value.
In-ground pools are undoubtedly what many people desire to bring beauty and lasting value to their homes. They vary greatly in size, shape, and cost.
The installation of a pool is the initial cost, but maintenance and accessories must be considered as well. In-ground pools are the costlier option with the national average cost for installation and labor of a 12-by-24-foot concrete pool being $31,500. (Source: In-Ground Swimming Pool Cost, Fixr.com) Adding features such as a slide, fountain, waterfall, or other options can increase the price dramatically. In addition to the pool itself, other costs include decking, fencing, and other extraneous expenses.
The maintenance costs of an in-ground pool vary as well, but are largely considered more expensive than above-ground pools. Chemicals, cleaning, and repairs are all maintenance costs that should be considered. However, in-ground pools are less likely to require repair as frequently.
Size and Appearance: In-Ground Pools Are a Clear Winner
When considering size and appearance, in-ground pools clearly have an advantage. They can be built to almost any size and shape specified, depending on your budget. In-ground pools can be custom-designed to fit your lifestyle with options such as a lap lane, waterfalls, and diving boards.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 58% all fatal drownings occur in in-ground pools. However, features can be added to in-ground pools to increase their safety such as safety fences, alarms, and self-closing gates with locks.
Value and Lifespan
An in-ground pool does not automatically add resale value to your home that is equivalent to your investment, as some buyers do not want the responsibility and maintenance of a pool. However, if your home is located in an area where the climate is warm most of the year, an in-ground pool can make your home more attractive to buyers and can increase the value.
The lifespan of an in-ground pool is approximately 50 years which means your initial investment will last for a longer period.
Above-ground pools are a less expensive option if budget is a concern and have a slight safety advantage over in-ground pools. Above-ground pools do not have the customization options or lifespan of an in-ground pools. However, many features can be added to above ground pools to make them more aesthetically pleasing and they have additional advantages such as easier removal.
Cost: Above-Ground Pools, a Less Expensive Option
The installation cost for a 19-foot diameter above-ground pool has a national average of $8,300, depending greatly on features such as decking, materials and equipment selected.
The chemicals and cleaning costs of above-ground pools depend upon the size and type of above-ground pool selected. They typically require less maintenance and the repairs are less expensive than repairs to in-ground pools, but above-ground pools damage more easily, making repairs more frequently required.
Size and Appearance
Above-ground pools are more limited in size, depth, and customization options than in-ground pools. Although many options are available, they still lack many of the aesthetic customization features that can be added to an in-ground pool.
The walls and removable ladders that are inherent in above-ground pools act as natural safety features, making above-ground pools slightly safer than in-ground pools. Fewer drownings have been reported in above-ground pools.
Value and Lifespan
Above-ground pools have the benefit of being removed if you no longer want a pool or want to upgrade. They do not, however, add value to the home and their shorter average life span of 10-15 years is another consideration when making your investment.
Let Pool & Spa Experts Denver Pool Construction Help Choose the Right Type of Pool for You
Installing a swimming pool is a major decision, filled with options and decisions. Selecting between an above-ground and in-ground pool is only the beginning. The team of professionals at Pool & Spa Experts can discuss your budget, family lifestyle, and other considerations to assist you in selecting a swimming pool option that will bring joy to your family for years to come.