When investing in a swimming pool, most people already know what kind of swimming pool they want: an inground or an aboveground pool. But not everyone considers all the factors involved with each type.
For example, while you may have your heart set on an inground pool, you may discover that your budget and backyard are a better fit for an aboveground. Or, perhaps you assume that an aboveground pool is a better budget option, until you factor in the long-term value (and potential boost in home value) of having an inground.
Each option has its own unique advantages. So, which is right for you? Here are some considerations to make as you begin comparing your options.
Let’s face it – there’s a big difference between the look of inground pool and an aboveground pool. It all comes down to your personal preference. If you love the look of one or the other, use that as a starting point to learning about your options. Shapes of aboveground pools tend to be limited to round and oval, while there are more options for inground styles. But also keep in mind that both types of pools can be transformed in numerous ways with landscaping and decking.
What is your budget for a pool? While inground pools are typically larger investments, keep in mind that the prices for each are not static. There are numerous options, styles and features available that can affect the overall cost. Take the time to find out what your options are to determine which price range fits your budget.
How you and your family will use the pool should be an important consideration. For example, if you have an active competitive swimmer in the family, you’ll want to be sure your inground or aboveground pool can accommodate their training needs. An oddly shaped custom inground pool, for example, won’t be a good option, and neither will be a small round aboveground. Make sure that the style you choose is based on practicality.
In some areas and on certain types of properties, an inground pool can increase the value of a home. On the flipside, the permanence of an inground pool can also be a deterrent to some buyers, while some aboveground pools can appear easier to remove if a new buyer wishes to do so. So remember that the initial “sticker price” of a pool isn’t the only factor affecting your wallet over the long term. But also, don’t worry too much about what future homebuyers might think! Your goal for buying a pool should be to get maximum enjoyment out of it – now, and for a long as you live there.
This is only a short list of things to consider when choosing a swimming pool. For more information on your options, be sure to stop by any Crystal Pools location, or give us a call. You’ll also find some helpful information on our pages for Inground Pools and Aboveground Pools, and you can request a free catalog on both styles.