Are In-Ground Pools a Good Investment?

Thinking about investing in a swimming pool this summer? There are many perks of having a pool on your property.

The main benefit is that you can take a dip in the pool any time you want. When it comes to swimming pools, homeowners can either choose above ground pools or inground pools. There’s a few factors that you should consider when deciding which type of pool to install.

Cost of Swimming Pools

One factor that will likely heavily influence your decision is cost. As you may have already predicted, an inground swimming pool costs far more money than an above ground pool. $100,000 to $200,000 is the general price range for an inground swimming pool. On the other hand, an above ground pool will set a homeowner back about $4,000 to $12,000. However, this cost does not take decking into account. In some cases, decking for an above ground swimming pool can cost as much as the pool itself, especially if you want the decking to entirely surround the structure.

Swimming Pool Size

If you’re looking forward to holding regular pool parties at your house, pool size is an important factor to consider when it comes to your decision between an in-ground pool or an above ground pool. This may sound surprising but an above ground swimming pool can be just as big as an inground swimming pool. In fact, in some cases, the above ground pool will be bigger in terms of volume. The main disadvantage of an above ground pool in comparison to an inground swimming pool is that it is usually limited to just one depth. An inground pool does not need to have a uniform depth so swimmers of varying skill level can be accommodated.

Pool Maintenance

In terms of maintenance, you can expect both types of pools to be about equal. However, if you choose not to have a deck installed for your above ground pool, this changes things somewhat. Without a deck, you will likely have a difficult time vacuuming and removing debris from the perimeter of the pool. This is certainly something to keep in mind if you’re hoping to save money by not having a deck installed.


After spending a small fortune on a pool, you want it to last you many, many years. In general, inground pools tend to have greater longevity than above ground pools. However, the longevity of an inground pool truly depends on the type of pool and how well the pool is maintained. 

As a homeowner, it can be incredibly difficult to choose between an above ground pool and an inground pool. Just consider the various factors discussed above and you will likely make a decision that takes all of your needs into account.