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Above Ground Pool Vs. Inground Pool: Which Is Better?

Inground pools are the popular ones among Americans. However, above-ground pools are gaining popularity nowadays.

According to APSP (Association of Pool & Spa Professionals) research, 3.5 million above ground pools are there in the USA.

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Above Ground Pool Vs. Inground Pool Which Is Better

On the other hand, inground pools are still more than above-ground which are almost 5 million. In the following discussion, you will find which type of pool will suit you the most.

Let’s compare the nuts and bolts of every kind of pool and conclude the discussion to a logical point.

Above Ground Pool Vs. Inground Pool: A detailed Comparison

In the following comparison, we are going to match up to different features of above-ground pools and inground pools like; cost, installation, value, customization, and appearance.

By comparing all the traits, we will conclude which type of pool is more suitable for you.  So, let’s come to the comparison;


Cost is the first factor that puts both types of pools miles away from each other. The inground pool may cost you much higher than the above-ground pool.

The temporary above-ground pool costs you too low as compared to an inground pool. On the flip side, a permanent above-ground pool may cost higher than a temporary pool; however, a permanent above-ground pool is also cheaper than an inground pool.

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Installation of a pool in a backyard can be a hectic job to be done. Generally, inground pools take a longer period to install. Moreover, you need to hire for the installation of inground pools.

In addition, you will have to get permits and follow the rules and regulations in several states of the USA while installing an inground pool in the backyard.

On the other hand, installing the above-ground pool (temporary) is a task that takes a few minutes. A permanent above-ground pool doesn’t take too much time to be installed, and you can hire professionals to install permanent pools.

Customization and Appearance

We know above-ground pools are easy to install and cheaper than inground pools. Nevertheless, inground pools look attractive in a backyard.

More amazingly, the appearance of an inground pool gives you a feel of a natural water body in your backyard.

Furthermore, you can get the shape of the inground pool as per your desire.

On the other hand, above-ground pools come only in round and oval shapes. You can only choose among different sizes of above-ground pools.

Durability and Maintenance Cost

When it comes to assessing the expected age of in-ground and above-ground pools, everyone knows who the winner will be. Obviously, inground pools are expected to last longer as compared to above-ground pools.

On the contrary, maintenance cost is another factor while comparing both types of pools. You will have to spend money on cleaning, filtering, different chemicals, and winterizing in pool maintenance.

In maintenance cost, both types of pools are the same, and you will have to spend an equal amount on maintaining either type of pool.


It would be the last point to compare both types of pools. Here, a question arises, which kind of pool adds more value to the house?

The answer to this question is quite obvious. An inground pool adds more value to your home’s backyard. So, if you want to boost up the value of your property, the inground pool can be a perfect choice.

Final Thoughts

After comparing both types of pools, we can conclude that inground pools are the perfect choice for people living in warmer areas and have no budget issues.

On the flip side, above-ground pools are suitable for the people of cooler sites with a low budget. If you have any other queries, please let us know in the comment section. Thank you.

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