Differences between Inground and Above Ground Swimming Pools: What are the Pros and Cons?

November 7, 2017

There is nothing like having access to your own swimming pool on hot days that is why many property owners have them in their backyards. However, when it comes to the type of swimming pool, it is important to know the differences between inground and above-ground pools, as well as their pros and cons.

What are the Differences between Inground and Above Ground Swimming Pools?

If you want to enjoy your own swimming pool, whenever you want, you are not alone! There are many home owners having swimming pools installed all the time, but a choice on the type of pool needs to be made first between an inground pool and an above ground pool. Choosing the type of pool really depends on various conditions, such as the amount of yard space, budget limits, and the needs and desires of a family.

To best understand the differences between inground and above ground pools, it is best to know the pros and cons, and then make a fair evaluation yourself as to which type of pool is best for your family.

The Pros and Cons of Inground and Above Ground Swimming Pools

Inground pools – when it comes to longevity, inground concrete pools far outlast above ground pools, as the materials used to make them are typically vinyl and fiberglass. Because inground pools are a permanent addition to your home, they require professional tradespeople to install them. Basically, inground concrete pools have a big impact on a property’s value, which is why finding a specialist concrete pool builder is so important.

Inground pools can be much larger and cost considerably more than above ground pools, and they are much easier to enter and exit. This is very important feature for families with small children and elderly people.

Above ground pools – money is a major factor when considering the type of swimming pool to install. While above ground pools are considerably cheaper than inground concrete pools, they will not last as long or add any considerable amount to your property value, with the exception of very expensive above ground pools.

Above ground pools also require less maintenance than inground pools, mainly because these are usually smaller in size and hold less water than concrete pools. However, if you ever wish to move your pool in the future, to make room for other purposes, above ground pools can be drained of water and taken apart.


While above ground pools are much cheaper, easier to maintain, and can be taken apart if needed, they do not add any ‘real’ worth to your property, they are not as easy to enter and exit or will last as long as inground pools. So, if you want to make a real investment into your home, and have a pool that is easier to use, and that will last decades, then an inground concrete pool is your best choice.

Contact Details

Based in Homebush, we service the Sydney metro area and major regional areas. Contact us now to talk about your pool needs.

Unit 17, 11-21 Underwood Rd.
Homebush, NSW 2140

Phone: 02-9746-3033

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