In-Ground, Above Ground or Self-Build pool?

Things to consider before you begin your project

When deciding on building a swimming pool, there are several factors to consider, including cost, maintenance, safety, ground conditions and personal preference:

1. Cost.

Above-ground pools tend to be less expensive and quicker to install than in-ground pools, self-build pools. This means they are a good option for anyone with basic DIY or trade skills.

By providing as much own labor as possible it will help reduce costs, which can vary greatly depending on materials used, pool finish and the amount of professional skills required to complete the job.

In ground pools tend to be the most popular pool choice and a properly installed pool should last for many years without any major issues. Site conditions should be considered when installing an in ground pool.

Avoiding installing any pool in a high-water table is recommended.

Providing drainage, or reducing pool depth would be advisable in a high-water table area.

2. Maintenance.

All pool types require regular maintenance, but an in ground pool with a safety cover installed will require less maintenance than a pool without a cover.

Above ground pools tend to have less debris blowing off the surround into them, but safety covers are hard to install on above ground pools so debris can fall from above into the pool more easily than an inground pool with a safety cover.

3. Safety.

In-ground pools with a safety covered installed are generally considered to be safer than above-ground pools.

However the advantage of an above ground pool is that access ladders can be removed or locked in an upright position to prevent unwanted access to the pool.

There is less chance of anybody tripping and falling into an above ground pool.

4. Personal preference

The type of pool you choose will also depend on your personal preferences and the look you want to achieve in your garden.

Above-ground pools are typically less permanent and can be removed or relocated if desired.

5. Building restrictions

Consider the local area and any building restrictions which may be in place. Make sure your pool plans meet the requirements before starting the construction process.

Generally planning is not required for a pool unless the location is within a conservation area or site of specific interest, such as close to a listed building.

A quick call to the local planners is often all that is required to check if planning would be required.

In summary

In summary, consider your budget, maintenance, safety, personal preference, and location before making a decision on which type of pool to build.

Talk to us at Spruce Pools. We’ll give you honest, clear advice to help make your decision easier.