Having a pool in your backyard is, for many, a part of the American dream. What kind of pool do you picture when you consider installing one of your own? Maybe you picture an above-ground pool, or perhaps it's an inground pool that appears in your dreams. Some homeowners default to an above-ground pool because they are cheaper, but if you have enough wiggle room in your budget to accommodate an inground pool, this type has a few advantages.
1. You can keep an eye on the kids more easily.
If your kids out outside in an above-ground pool, you won't have an easy time seeing them from your porch or from a window in your home. In an inground pool, on the other hand, you can spot them easily since the pool does not have distinct walls around it. This does not mean you should leave young kids around the pool unsupervised, but it can certainly give you some peace of mind when your teenagers and their friends are out there playing without your immediate presence.
2. People can get in and out easily.
Getting in and out of an above-ground pool is a bit of a hassle. Even if you have a deck built, people have to climb up onto the deck, and then down into the pool. With an inground pool, there is often a designated entry point, but people can also just jump in from the edge of the pool. This certainly makes pool parties easier to orchestrate and more fun.
3. Inground pools increase the value of your home.
Since people see inground pools as more luxurious, installing one should raise the value of your home. You may not have immediate plans to move, but life can change unexpectedly, and if you do suddenly need to sell your home, it is nice to know you can get a fair price for it. An above-ground pool may be considered by some to be an eyesore, so it does not raise your home's value in the same way.
4. Inground pools are more durable.
Inground pools do require some maintenance. There will come a time when you need to have the bottom repainted or resurfaced, for example. However, in general, this style of pool lasts a lot longer than an above-ground pool, which may need to be taken down or replaced in about 10 years. An inground pool can last for generations with good care.