The Different Types of Pools and Their Pros and Cons

Did you know that swimming is the fourth most popular recreational activity in America? It’s true, and it’s not hard to see why. Is there anything as amazing as jumping into a pool on a hot summer day?

If you’ve been toying with the idea of installing a pool in your yard, there are some things you must first consider. Keep reading to learn about the different types of pools so you can choose which is best for your family.


In-Ground Pools

An in-ground pool costs anywhere between $28,000 and $55,000, though the price can be higher depending on how you choose to customize it. They are made with either fiberglass, vinyl, or concrete, and each material has its own pros and cons list.

A fiberglass in-ground pool is more expensive than other material options, but your pool maintenance costs will be lower. They install fast and inhibit algae growth so you’ll spend less on chemicals.

In-ground vinyl pools are cheap and versatile. They don’t foster algae growth, but the long-term maintenance costs are very high. You will need to replace the liner every few years.

Concrete in-ground pools provide you with the most freedom for design. They can be any shape, length, or width you please but are very costly to maintain and will need resurfacing every few years. Not to mention concretes’ porous surface is a breeding ground for algae.

Above Ground Pools

Above-ground swimming pools are by far the most cost-effective option. You’ll be looking in the $1,100 to $3,500 range for the pool, or up to $5,000 for the pool and installation. They don’t require any exvacating of your backyard which will cut back on costs significantly as well.

This type of pool is also temporary, so you can take it with you if you were to ever move.

The downside of above-ground pools is that they aren’t very appealing to look at. You are limited to what design options are available from manufacturers.

Infinity Pools

Infinity pools are often custom-made and are typically found at homes that showcase mountain, river, or ocean views. They have a vanishing edge design that sits below the water level. This creates an illusion that the water has no bounds, hence the “infinity” title.

The downside of infinite pools is that they are very costly to build and maintain. The cost of an infinity pool is between $65,000 and $105,000, which is out of many people’s budgets.

Saltwater Pools

Saltwater pools use salt-chlorine generates to turn salt into chlorine. The water has a very soft and silky feeling to it and isn’t as salty as what you’d find in the ocean. They have less chlorine which makes them gentler on your skin and eyes.

The average salt water pool cost is in the $30,000 to $70,000 range with yearly maintenance in the $70 to $100 a year range.

The Best Types of Pools

Now that you know some of the best types of pools you can decide which will be best for your space. Remember to factor in not only the price of installation but the cost of maintenance as well.

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