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Above Ground or Inground Pool? I Can’t Decide!

Well, it’s safe to say you wouldn’t be the first person to wonder this. The decision on whether to install an above ground or an inground pool is a tough one. The one you ultimately choose will depend on many factors, from budget to available space in your backyard to the best time of year to build a swimming pool. Consider these questions and you’ll soon be on your way to pool ownership.

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

This is the jumping off point and will greatly determine which option you end up choosing. If you only have $10,000 or less to spend, you’re probably best off with an above ground pool, which ranges from $3,000 to $10,000.  A basic inground pool will cost you at least $20,000 but could be up to triple that and beyond depending on the size and type of pool as well as all the decking and fencing to finish off the project.  

How Long Will You Live in That Location?

Another factor is how long you plan on living in your home. If you’re looking to relocate in the next year or two, go with an above ground pool. At least you could take it with you when you move or sell it to another buyer. If you are planning to stay at least five to seven years, an inground pool may be a good investment.

What do You Envision?

When you look at your backyard, what images come to mind? An inground pool with landscaping, decking, fencing, a patio, etc. or a simple above ground pool with a small deck attached? How much room do you have in your backyard? If you are limited in space, cramming a large inground pool back there may not be a wise idea. If you want a lot of configurations and options, an inground pool gives you more customized choices, while an above ground pool only offers a few size options, such as round and oval.  

What is the Primary Purpose?

If you have a large family with small children and spend a lot of time outside, an inground pool is a good choice. You know you’ll get a lot of use out of it and can properly fence it in for safety. Inground pools are also great if you like to entertain a lot, with barbecues and parties occurring throughout the summer.
If you have an older, quiet family or it’s just you and a significant other living in the home, an above ground pool may be more practical. You may not need a large pool for splashing and entertaining.

Contact Central Jersey Pools

Making the decision between an above ground and inground pool is a tough one, but we can give you guidance and advice. Contact Central Jersey Pools today at 732-462-5005.

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