If you’re considering adding a pool to your backyard, you’ve probably been trying to decide between in-ground or above-ground. While both types come with many benefits for your home and lifestyle, for every home there is a clear winner. If you’re still trying to decide which is best for your home, take a look at our breakdown of in-ground versus above-ground pools.
When it comes to pools, above-ground will always be cheaper. The biggest reason for this is because above-ground pools are much easier and faster to install. There is far less labour and prep-work that needs to be done by a pool professional. An in-ground pool is a major investment that requires several different pros working together. The more pros you have working on your project, the bigger your budget will need to be. Keep in mind you will also have to set aside a budget for pool supplies and maintenance.
Above-Ground Pool Costs
The cost of an above-ground pool can range anywhere from $1,500 to about $4,000, depending on the size. The cost to install an above-ground pool is about $2,000, again depending on the size and how much work is involved. Another cost to consider is if you will add a deck around your pool. Depending on its size and the material you choose, you can expect to pay an additional $3,000 to $6,000 for the deck and installation.
In-Ground Pool Costs
An in-ground pool will always be more expensive due to the amount of work involved. Prices will vary depending on the size of your pool and the materials used. Steel, vinyl and fibreglass pools can range anywhere from $25,000 to $45,000 and beyond. The costs of installation will also range, but you can expect it to be around $50,000. There will also be additional costs for maintenance and equipment, all of which will vary depending on your pool’s size and situation.
In ideal conditions, an above-ground pool can be installed in as little as a day. In more realistic conditions, it can be installed in several days. This is because the ground where the pool is going will need to be cleared and levelled first. Then the pool structure can be laid and built. While this is a process that can be DIY’d by an experienced and handy homeowner, we always recommend having a pro assemble and install your pool. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry, and you will be quite sorry if you end up with a broken pool that leaks water all over your backyard.
In-ground pools take much longer to install, roughly 6-8 weeks. This is because there is much more work involved in preparing the area for the pool. Weather can also greatly impact the timeline of this project. The first thing that needs to be done is to dig a large hole where the pool will go. If there is heavy rainfall one day, your project will be delayed so that you do not end up with a giant mud pit in your backyard. In-ground pools also take longer to coordinate as several different pros will be involved in the process (pool builder, pool installer, landscaper, and deck specialist to name a few).
With both in-ground and above-ground pools, your options are almost endless when it comes to design. Both pools are offered in a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials. The one benefit above-ground pools have over in-ground is that it’s easier to fit them into small spaces. This is great news for those who live in urban areas with small backyards. If you have limited space in your backyard, an above-ground pool may be your only option as it’s likely the tools and equipment required to build an in-ground pool will not be able to access your backyard.
If you have a large and easily accessible backyard, you have more options when it comes to building the pool. You can go as big or as small as you want and you have more space to play with when it comes to landscaping. Landscaping is a key element in an in-ground pool as it helps to further enhance the environment and create your own private oasis.
There is a fair bit of maintenance involved in owning a pool. Whether you hire a separate company to take care of this for you or you do it yourself, the annual costs add up. In terms of ease, above-ground pools are easier to maintain and repair because everything is above ground and easier to see and access.
That being said, the type of pool equipment you purchase also plays a part in how well maintained your pool will be. Do not try to save some money by buying a cheap pump or filter as this will actually end up costing you more in the long run. Invest in the right equipment from the beginning so your pool is easy to maintain, whether it’s above or in-ground.
Which Pool Is Right For You?
When it comes to in-ground vs. above-ground pools, one is not necessarily better than the other. What it really comes down to is which will work better for your home. While Canada is a diverse place with many different styles of homes, there’s one thing all provinces share: unpredictable and harsh weather. Take this into consideration when planning your pool as you will need materials that can withstand the weather and can properly make it through the winter.
Adding a pool to your home is a big investment that should be carefully thought about. Consider your current backyard and lifestyle to help you decide which pool is better for you. Do you have the room for a large in-ground pool or would a smaller above-ground pool fit better? If you have more questions or are ready to start getting quotes, simply click on the banner below to get in touch with pool companies. Enter your project details and we’ll send them out to verified companies in your area so you can start swimming sooner.