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Why Above Ground Pools are a Great Option

When it comes to the money we set aside for recreation and leisure, there are many ways to spend it. Some people yearn for life on the road and buy into the recreational vehicle (RV) lifestyle, while others invest in a boat or enjoy lavish resort vacations. We might be biased (OK, we're definitely biased), but we think a tremendous value for your money can come in the form of an above ground pool.

An above ground pool is a great way to reinvent your backyard and make your home more inviting and resort-like, allowing you to further enjoy your time spent at home. Swimming pools provide a source of relaxation, exercise, and most importantly, fun!

Inground pools are also an appealing option. When deciding which type of pool you'd like to invest in, it's important to understand the differences so you can answer the question:

What are the Benefits of an Above Ground Pool?

  1. Quick installation
  2. Lower cost
  3. Safer
  4. Portable
  5. Easier maintenance

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You Can Install it Over a Weekend

Although you can hire a pro for pool installation, an above ground pool can also be a DIY installation. As you might expect, the same cannot be said for an inground pool. Above ground pools are also constructed much faster. After you make the area level, an above ground pool can be ready for water in as little as half a day. A complete pool installation may take just 2-3 days, including landscaping. Compare this to the 6-8 weeks of digging, preparations, and construction processes for an inground pool, not to mention the wait time involved with contracting and plan approvals.

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It's Less Expensive Than an Inground Pool

The average cost to build an inground pool in the U.S. is about $51,000, according to HomeAdvisor. If you’d rather not spend that kind of dough, the average cost for an above ground package is significantly less — starting around $1,800 to $3,200 for a metal frame pool — depending on the size and style of pool kit. Less expensive doesn't have to mean less attractive, though. Between stylish deck options and the ability to potentially upgrade the landscaping around your pool, your backyard can end up looking quite stunning for a fraction of the cost. The lower cost also allows wiggle room in the budget if you decide to upgrade the equipment — adding a pool heater or a larger filter, for example.

BONUS TIP: If you're looking for an even less costly option, consider a soft-sided pool. In some cases, you can get a decent starter pool for less than $250, and it's something the kids will enjoy all summer long.

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It Can Be Safer

Are above ground pools actually safer than their inground counterparts? Some argue they are because of the raised wall, which can more easily keep out small children and pets. Locking safety ladders or step systems are valuable safety accessories for above ground pools, and above ground pool fencing restricts pool access even further. For pools with complete surround decks, self-closing and latching gates are imperative. Pool alarms are just another layer of safety to help you monitor the water. Although not commonly used for above ground pools, safety covers may be an option for pools with full decks.

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It Can Be Moved

Unlike a permanently installed inground pool, an above ground pool can be disassembled and moved to a new location, placed into storage, or sold to a new owner. The fact that these pools are not permanent is an attractive feature for many people — those who only want a pool for a shorter time, tenants renting a home, or people who want to "test the waters" with a starter pool before investing in something larger. Depending on your location, going above ground may be the only option if you have poor soil conditions or unfavorable property grading.

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It's Easier to Maintain

A smaller pool, both in terms of size and depth, will require less effort to clean and fewer chemicals to maintain. Just like an inground option, there's always skimming, vacuuming, and brushing to do, just less of it. Above ground pool equipment is also less costly to buy and install, so you can have the best without breaking the bank. Robotic pool cleaners, automatic chlorinators, mineral purifiers, and DE pool filters are just a few of the many affordable upgrades that make cleaning and chemical maintenance easier. 

So you see, above ground pools are a great option to add fun and relaxation to your home. It's an easy way to make your backyard more enjoyable for family and friends, and it won't cost nearly as much as building an inground pool. Relax and unwind, get fit with aquatic exercise, or just splash around a little. The choice is yours!

To learn more and browse, check out our full selection of above ground pools, accessories, and equipment. If you have questions, contact or visit your local Leslie's store. We're here to help!

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