If you currently have an above-ground pool, you don’t need anyone to tell you about the benefits of having a pool in your own back yard! From personal health benefits to the fun of having pool parties, you’re already sold! So why would you want to make the added investment in an in-ground swimming pool? There are a few reasons. One reason is size and shape limitations; as your family and social circle expands, you can easily run out of room in a typical above-ground swimming pool.
Another reason is potential; due to limited depth, a diving board and under-water activities are clearly out of the question. A third reason many upgrade from an above-ground swimming pool to an in-ground one is that instead of detracting from the aesthetics of your yard like an above-ground pool does, an in-ground pool enhances your yard’s landscape and, by extension, adds to the resale value of your home.
Let’s look a little more closely at the differences and unique benefits related to an in-ground swimming pool.
Options, Options, Everywhere!
When you purchased your above-ground swimming pool, there were a limited number of options from which to choose. When you start looking at in-ground swimming pool options, you’ll quickly realize that you have many more possibilities! From shape and size to walls and liners, you’ll have a great selection from which to choose! Then you get to decide on either a surrounding patio or pavers or wood decking. Additional features like slides, waterfalls, diving boards, or even a swim-up bar or spa can really enhance your pool, both experientially and aesthetically.
Types of In-Ground Swimming Pools
One of the main decisions you’ll have to make as you plan for your in-ground pool is the material. Either gunite (concrete) or vinyl are great options, but each has its pros and cons. The more popular option, gunite, requires on-site application of concrete and textured plaster. The final layer will involve a color of your choice. A gunite pool takes several weeks to be built, but it allows you flexibility in size and shape.
Vinyl-linered pools come in pre-fabricated kits; as such, they can be installed in a week’s time. Wall panels may be comprised of plastic, pressure-treated plywood, galvanized steel, or aluminum. More limited on size and shape, pools with vinyl liners do offer plenty of pattern and color options. Vinyl-linered pools are less expensive than gunite pools. A third option is fiberglass; this option is less common and also more expensive than the other two.
If you’re still hung up on the issue of money, consider the added investment you’ll be making in your home’s value. Depending on your location, you could end up making more on the sale of your home than you will ever invest in your upgrade of an in-ground swimming pool.
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