|Above-ground pool or built-in pool? A tough choice.|
Stink or swim? Don’t sweat it!Here’s some good news; the idea of “Cheap pools” is no April fools joke! There are indeed many ways to make your pool-cool dream a reality. Use even just one of these five money-saving pool buying tips and getting that cool splash in your own back yard could happen this summer.
Solution #1: Above ground poolsAbove-ground pools were all the rage in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but they are gaining in popularity today in many communities because they offer so many benefits.
- The most obvious benefit: cost savings. Above ground pools are cheaper pools. Not only are the raw materials significantly cheaper for above-ground pools, but installing one can be a do-it-yourself project, saving you tons over the cost of hiring a contractor and a crew to build an in-ground pool.
- An above-ground pool is less disruptive to the environment, since you’re not displacing and removing earth, as you must for an in-ground pool.
- Above-ground pools are portable pools! If you’re not sure how long you’ll be at your current address, definitely consider a pool above ground; not only is a built-in pool an unreliable investment for property value reasons, but (stop me if you’ve heard this) you can’t take it with you when you go. That is, not unless you are smart enough to go above ground in your planning.
Solution #2: Think small, save bigThink about this for a moment; who in your family will most use a pool if you buy one? For most families, it’s the kids who take the plunge most often. If that’s the case for you, and if your children are very young, consider going to your local toy store and picking up an inflatable pool. Advantages of these blow-up pools:
- Inflatable pools take just minutes to set up or take down.
- Inflatable pools require the least amount of water.
- Inflatable pools cost the least of any pool solution.
Solution #3: Go hybrid with an In-ground vinylLike any in-ground pools, the vinyl-lined in-ground pool begins with a big hole but...after adding some reinforcing framing of wood or other material, the hole is lined with a vinyl material similar to the walls of a standard above-ground pool.
While more expensive than an above-the-ground pool, a vinyl-lined in-ground pool is much cheaper than a typical in-ground pool. Of course, it’s also less sturdy; the lining typically needs replacing after 10 years. But the lower up-front cost gives you all the benefits of an in-ground swimming pool without the upfront dent in your budget—particularly worth considering for those whose current finances are recessed, but likely to improve with time.
Solution #4: Consider a Saltwater pool
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Solution #5: Be shallow and save!When you make your plan for an in-ground pool, consider that the greater the depth, the greater the cost—not only to have your pool built and installed but to maintain it as well.
So ask yourself how you plan to use your pool:
- Do you have a budding Olympic diver in your family? If yes, then you need a deep pool. But you may be able to save by shortening the shallow end.
- Is it primarily for exercise, such as doing laps? If so, doing laps doesn’t require a deep-end at all.
- Do you plan to use it mostly for water sports, such as water polo, Marco Polo, or water volley ball? For most water sports like these, a deep end makes it difficult or impossible to play. Plan for a more even pool depth and you’ll increase enjoyment and save money.
Resources and statistics for further researchTo see the resources used in this article or to get more information on saving money on outdoor pools, take a look at the following links:
- This link provides a list of pool types - http://home.howstuffworks.com/swimming-pool1.htm
- See www.poolsolutions.com to get a sense of ongoing testing and maintenance.
- For money-saving tips for pool-buyers and pool owners, and even more outdoor pool cost-savings tips check here.
- Find money-saving tips for pool purchases at ehow.com.
1The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals estimates 10,573,780 in ground and above ground pools in the contiguous 48 states and Washington DC.
2Number of U.S. households: see www.census.gov.