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Deciding between an in-ground and an above-ground pool? Here are the top considerations

On those long, hot days of summer, there is no better way to cool down and relax than by taking a dip in a refreshing pool. And when it’s your own private oasis, even better still! If you’re considering installing a pool in your backyard, there are many important factors to consider. One of the decisions you’ll have to make is whether to go with an in-ground pool or an above-ground version. Before you take the plunge… review this comprehensive list of the pros and cons of both options.

In-ground pool

Pros: – Esthetically pleasing; can enhance the look of your yard – Many options to choose from (shape, size, material, colour, etc.) – Can be heated and enjoyed in cooler weather – Can last for several decades with proper upkeep

Cons: – More expensive to install and maintain than an above-ground pool – Requires more space and time to install – May require a special building permit

Above-ground pool

Pros: – More budget-friendly than an in-ground pool – Likely to take up less space in your yard – Can be installed easily in just a few days – Temporary addition; can be removed with minimal impact to your landscaping

Cons: – Fewer size and shape options – Rarely adds value to a home – Lifespan is approximately half that of an in-ground pool

Whatever you decide, remember that installing a pool can be a costly and time-consuming endeavour that may not increase the overall value of your home. You should invest in a pool if you and your family plan to enjoy it while you are living in the home. Remember that safety is paramount, and proper fencing and non-slip flooring should also be considered.

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