In general, the cost of an underground pool is going to be significantly higher than that of an aboveground pool. You can expect to shell out $30,000-$70,000 for a complete inground pool.
Now, you may have seen ads in your local newspaper that say you can get an inground pool for just $14,999. While it may only cost that to install the pool itself, everything else that goes along with it is extra. These extras include decking around the pool, electrical hookup, grading/landscaping, and accessories like heaters, covers, generators, etc.
Aboveground pools consist of three main parts: the pool kit, the installation, and the decking (if any). You can expect to pay anywhere from $4,000-$12,000 (installed) for an aboveground pool. This price may not include decking, but it’s likely you’ll spend more on decking than you do for the entire aboveground pool.
Aboveground pools can be just as big as underground pools. The downside to an aboveground pool, however, is that you’re usually limited to a single depth, whereas with an underground pool, there are often varying depths from one end to the other.
When it comes to caring for an inground or aboveground pool, there really is no difference. Both require cleaning and regular maintenance, but if your aboveground pool doesn’t have decking around it, it can be harder to clean from the outside.
Aboveground pool structures can last up to 15 years, with their liners needing replacing every 5 to 9 years.
How long an inground pool lasts depends on the type.
Vinyl – a vinyl inground pool’s structure will last a long time, but the liner needs replacing every 5 to 9 years.
Fiberglass – fiberglass pools last up to 20 years.
Concrete – concrete inground pools last indefinitely but need to be resurfaced every 10-15 years.
Getting a pool is very exciting as it gives you a fun way of fighting the heat of summer. If you’re on the fence as to which type of pool is right for you, we hope the information given above helps you make a decision. Good luck and have fun this summer in your new pool!