Is There an Above Ground or Inground Pool in Your Future?


With summer right around the bend here in Australia, many homeowners are considering the idea of having a pool built in their own backyard or garden. Pools do more than offer a refreshing aquatic escape. They also act as the centrepiece of your garden and will provide both visual and auditory pleasure to your garden’s atmosphere.

If you are one of the many Australians debating between inground and above ground pools, you are not alone. We have outlined the benefits and the potential drawbacks of each below, starting with the cost of the pool.

Which Costs Less?

Regardless of the type of inground pool you are considering – whether that be vinyl, fibreglass, or concrete – it will almost always cost more than an above ground pool. An inground pool involves a lot more work than an above ground pool, such as:

  • The building of patio or decking around the pool
  • Grading/landscaping work
  • Electrical work
  • Accessories (heaters, chlorine generators, covers, and so on)

The pool also will need to be installed by a professional, whereas homeowners can manage some above ground pools. An above ground pool may cost anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000 to bring to your home. An inground pool can easily cost $30,000 or more.

Which Requires More Maintenance?



The maintenance for the two different types of pools is about the same. The only difference is that if there is not a deck built around the above ground pool, it can be rather difficult to vacuum unless you have an in-pool vacuum.

Which Will Last Longer?

Here is when you will need to begin to weigh the initial costs for your pool versus the long term costs. An above ground pool may last anywhere from seven to 15 years, although the liner will only last up to a decade if your pool is still standing.
An inground pool, on the other hand, can last for 20 years or longer. The longevity of the pool really depends on the type of maintenance it has received, and the material it is built from.

  • Fibreglass pools can last 20 years or longer
  • Concrete pools can also last a long time, though they will require resurfacing every decade or so
  • Vinyl pools will need their vinyl replaced every six to 10 years (which can increase how expensive it is to have this type of pool)

Which Looks Better?

A pool does have the potential to not only increase the value of your home, but to make your backyard all the more beautiful, particularly if it is constructed by Canny Swimming Pools. Almost everyone will agree that a professionally built and installed inground pool is far more attractive than an above ground pool, which can easily take away from the beauty of your backyard and have a detrimental effect on the value of your home.

Inground pools also come with many more options, such as landscaping options, water features, fire features, lighting, and more. Homeowners can transform their inground pool into the aquatic getaway of their dreams, while an above ground pool will likely leave you disappointed.

Richa Sharma is a freelance author and writes for a variety of online publications. She actively writes blogs and articles and very fond of writing content on different trendy topicss related to Education, training,resources,health and technology.