Swimming Pool Tiles & Design

What is the Difference Between Above Ground and In Ground Pool Design?

Over the course of the past decade, thousands of home owners have decided to have swimming pools installed on their properties; whether they are indoors or outside. These types of features can be a great way to add value to a home, but they also offer great fun to families wanting to enjoy a cooler summer.

There are two typical types of pool construction and design available to those that are keen to have their own swimming area installed. The first is referred to as an in-ground design and the second is an above-ground alternative. But what is the difference between above ground and in ground pool design exactly?

The main difference

Although there are smaller variations between the two types of swimming pool, the main difference is that one will usually be constructed above ground level – where swimmers will need to climb up to get into the pool, and underground, where it can be simpler to lower oneself into the swimming area.

Regarding the smaller differentiations; these often relate to the cost, the functionality, the accessibility and the style.

In most cases, above ground swimming pools will either be temporary (the types that can be erected or blown up with a pump), or permanent (where a construction is built and the internal area filled with water. These styles can take on any shape or form and will often feature additional aesthetics such as rockeries, ladders, or even slides.

On the other side of the coin, in-ground pools will often require extensive construction below ground; followed by wall levelling and then waterproofing. These pools are most commonly found within modern homes and although they can be a lot more expensive than temporary swimming pools (and certain above ground models), they often add a substantial value to a home as a result.