Making Your Pool Wonderful: A Pool Blog

The Pros and Cons of Various Types of Pools

by Jeanette Perez

When in the market for a new pool for your property, you'll need to choose between in-ground or above-ground models, and between concrete, fibreglass, and vinyl or acrylic liners. Each type of pool will have its own advantages and disadvantages, and there is no pool that is the absolute best choice, as you will need to choose something that fits your property, budget and overall swimming needs. To make that choice easier, note a few advantages and disadvantages of some of the most popular pool types.


An above-ground pool can be installed very quickly, often within the same day; there are even smaller, inflatable above-ground pools that a homeowner can install on their own. They may not be large enough for swimming, but they can be used for lounging and relaxing.

Some above-ground pools can also be disassembled and taken with you to a new property when you move. However, the disadvantage of above-ground pools is that they may be considered an eyesore, even with a wood deck around them. They also require climbing up a ladder for use, which can be challenging for anyone with physical limitations.

In-ground pools

In-ground pools are not an eyesore and don't interfere with the view of your property, and they may be easier to access for many people. They do require excavation, so this can add to the cost and time of installation.

A fibreglass pool is created in a factory and shipped to your home, so it can be dropped into the ground easily and used very quickly. However, this does limit the shape and size of the pool to what is commercially available in your area.

A concrete in-ground pool can be shaped and poured in any size you prefer, but the concrete needs time to dry and cure before water can be added. A concrete mixer also may not be able to easily access your property if it's surrounded by woods or hills or is in a very small lot.

Your other option for an in-ground pool is a vinyl or acrylic liner. This is a large liner that is placed over the excavation and then pulled and stretched to hold its shape. The liner is very soft underfoot and very durable, and it can also cover just about any shape and size of excavation you prefer. This liner is also typically easier and faster to install than concrete, and it can be more affordable as well.

Contact swimming pool builders to learn more.