There are few homeowners who would not have a pool on their property if given the choice. It is a feature that will be used constantly in the summer and will make your home that much more enticing to visitors. It can also raise the value of your home.

But not everyone can afford an in-ground pool. Alternatively, you may not want to commit to building an in-ground pool, especially if you don’t plan on staying in the house long term.

An above-ground pool may be a good alternative. However, some people think it is not worth it. Should you get an above-ground pool? Here are the pros and cons.

The Pros of Above-Ground Pools

There are a number of benefits to getting an above-ground pool. These are the most significant.

Easy to Install (and remove)

Building an in-ground pool takes a lot of work. You need to first ensure that the space you have will take an in-ground pool, then get professionals to do the digging, levelling, insulating, and building. An above-ground pool, on the other hand, can be installed quickly and easily, and you can even do it yourself. If/when you want to remove it, you can deconstruct it with relative ease, without doing much damage to your property.

Price

Above-ground pools are the far cheaper option. You will potentially save thousands of dollars on installation, and they do not add to the property taxes.

Maintenance

Every homeowner with an in-ground pool will tell you that maintenance is the bane of their existence. There is always work to be done in keeping an in-ground pool in good shape. Above-ground pools, on the other hand, are low maintenance. They are also easy to keep clean, with less dirt and fewer leaves blowing into the water every single day.

Safety

In-ground pools are a constant hazard, specifically for pets and children but even for adults. No matter how careful you are, you cannot guarantee that you will never be absent-minded. Because of the danger, you may have to pay over a thousand dollars for a custom-made pool cover.

Above-ground pools, on the other hand, are shallower and more difficult for children or pets to climb into. Instead of stressing about safety, you get to relax.

Insurance

An in-ground pool will affect your insurance significantly. It adds to the property value and may require expensive repairs if damaged. Your premium will rise enough that it actually impacts your bottom line. An above-ground pool, on the other hand, is considered as a possession, rather than a feature of the property. You may have to pay a few dollars extra a month, but it won’t break your budget.

The Cons of Above-Ground Pools

There are some cons to having an above-ground pool. These are the factors that most bother homeowners.

No Added Property Value

Installing an in-ground pool may be expensive, but the increase in the value of your home will eclipse the cost. This is great if you plan on selling in the foreseeable future, or if you want to ensure that your home remains a valuable asset. An above-ground pool is unlikely to increase the value of your home. If your above-ground pool is visually unappealing, it could put off viewers of your home in future.

Potential for Damage

In-ground pools can get damaged, and when they do repairs are costly. However, above-ground pools are far likelier to get damaged, especially if you are in a region that has extreme weather events. Even if the cost of fixing the pool is not high, the water that cascades from it can damage your property.

They Don’t Look Great

You can make your above-ground pool look good, but it is difficult. An above-ground pool will always look like a cheap alternative to an in-ground pool, even if price had nothing to do with your decision. The best looking above-ground pool pales in comparison to an average in-ground pool.

It’s Hard to Swim in One

If you just want a pool to cool off in on hot summer days, an above-ground pool will do the trick. However, if you actually want to swim in your pool, whether for fun or as exercise, you’re not going to get far in an above-ground pool.

There are many reasons to fall in love with the idea of an above-ground pool. Not everyone wants to spend the money on installing an in-ground pool, and some people prefer to avoid the hassle altogether. You will save yourself a lot of stress by opting for an above-ground pool. That said, they are not for everyone. If you’re looking to increase the value of your home while improving its aesthetic value at the same time, an in-ground pool is your best option.