If you are looking for a way to elevate your back yard this summer, then a swimming pool may be your next best investment. But installing an inground swimming pool might involve quite a bit of time and money, not to mention a big back yard to host it. This is why more and more people are turning to a different, less expensive and more easy to install option – above ground swimming pools.
Compared to inground pools, above ground swimming pools are a much better option, if you don’t have too much space in your back yard, but still want to fight the hot summer days with some nice, cool water. The most recent models offer the same benefits as an inground pool would, but without the fuss of transforming your back yard into a construction site. Below is a list of reasons why an above ground swimming pool should be your next investment this summer.
Owning a swimming pool was considered, for a long time, a symbol of wealth and high social status. This is not the case anymore, as pools have become more and more available for every budget. The peak of swimming pool sales was in 2004, when everyone who was anyone had to have a one.
Nowadays, especially since above the ground swimming pools became so popular, anybody can own one. Compared to an inground pool, above-ground ones can save you thousands of dollars, making them accessible even in today’s economy.
If you choose an above ground pool, you will not only save money on the initial installation, but also on maintenance costs in the future. Let’s discuss installation costs for starters. An inground swimming pool can cost anywhere from 10,000 pounds to even 100,000 or more. An average above ground swimming pool kit will only cost you around 2,500 pounds. Of course, you can go ahead and add some accessories, like a wrap-around deck or stairs, but even with them, above-ground still remains the most affordable style of swimming pool.
There is no need to go into the details of how much of a mess installing an inground pool can be. Digging, getting rid of piles of soil, having to clean the whole back yard after installation and the list can go on. With an above-ground pool, all you need to do is elevate the ground and install it. They can be placed almost anywhere in your yard and take up much less space. The installation time is also significantly less, as it can take weeks for an inground pool to be installed, but you can install an above-ground one in just a few hours.
Plus, if you decide to redecorate your back yard one day, you can simply move the pool to another place. The same thing goes for moving. Whit an inground swimming pool, the investment stays with the house, but if you choose an above-ground one, you can pack it up and move it with you. This will save you from having to make another investment if you decide to move to another place.
Another big plus for above ground swimming pools is that they are much easier and less expensive to maintain, compared to an inground one. You can simply drain it and wash it with a garden hose and some cleaning products. The size cuts down on cleaning time as well, as you will not be finding yourself having to clean hundreds of square meters of pool walls and floor. Plus, there are no hidden parts, such as draining systems or pipes, which can host bacteria and other hazards.
Many above-ground pools are sold with pumps and filters that can help you drain the pool much faster and also keep the water cleaner for a long period of time. Make use of those accessories and the pool maintenance will be a piece of cake.
Imagine having a backyard party with kids running around and having to keep an eye on them, so they don’t trip and fall inside the pool. With an above-ground pool, those worries are gone. If you want to prevent your children from going in unsupervised, you can simply remove the stairs or cover them.
Above-ground swimming pools are not as deep as inground ones either, so you won’t have to worry about accidents if someone does not know how to swim. It will give you some peace of mind knowing your kids can enjoy time in the pool without having to worry about any unfortunate incidents.
Studies show that over half of fatal drownings involve inground swimming pools, this happens mostly because inground pools are not typically fenced or installed with safety measures in mind.
For a long time, the unattractive appearance was the most common critique for above-ground pools. Well, this is not the case anymore, as pool manufacturers have gone out of their ways to make them more appealing and customizable, to fit any backyard style. Besides the variety of shapes and sizes they come in, you can now add wooden decks or frames, along with stairs, to make them even more appealing.
You can customize the colour of the frame, to fit the overall theme of your yard, decorate it with stones or wood, as well as add some other accessories. All it takes is a bit of creativity or some online documentation. The internet is filled with ideas on how to decorate your swimming pool, to make it look just as you want. You can add stone paths and plants around it, you can cover it in wood, add some lights and even an umbrella, to protect you from the sun.
Another way to customize your above-ground pool is to connect it to your backyard deck. Simply place the pool next to the deck and frame it with wood to make it look like part of the deck. This will give the illusion of an inground swimming pool and you will have the best of both worlds.