Inground or Above Ground: Which Pool Should I Build This Winter?

Pool | 12/21/13

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Winter is the best time of year for almost everyone across this great country to build a pool, regardless of whether or not it’s an inground pool or an above ground pool.  If you’re still on the fence about which type of pool to build in your own backyard, we have for you a list of pros and cons for each to help you decide:

Above Ground: Budget-Friendly, But Will It Last?

There’s no question that pool construction can be quite expensive, particularity if the pool construction company you’re considering doesn’t offer a flexible payment plan.  This is why many homeowners opt for the above ground pool.  They’re significantly less expensive, they come in a wide range of sizes, and homeowners can put them together themselves if they wish.

The real drawback to this type of pool is that they aren’t constructed with “durability” in mind.  These pools tend to last for a significantly shorter amount of time than an inground pool, and homeowners who take pride in the appearance of their backyard or garden often find these pools to be “out of place” or even a complete eyesore.  They can be difficult to maintain and do not increase the value of your home as an inground pool can.

Inground Pool:  Beautiful, But Can I Afford It?

Inground pools are the ideal choice for anyone.  There’s significantly more choice when it comes to inground pools, from materials to water features and beyond.  They’re also unquestionably far more attractive and, when expertly installed, can blend right in to your backyard or garden so the addition of the pool seems seamless.

Yes, they are more expensive and they can cost more in cleaning.  They don’t require as much repair as above ground pools, however, particularly if you choose to build a concrete or fiberglass pool.  Arguably, this type of pool is actually “less expensive” in the long run as it lasts for a longer amount of time, requires less repair, and can boost the value of your home.


Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.


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