Adding a swimming pool to your property offers numerous advantages that can enhance your quality of life: a pool provides a place to exercise, unwind, and enjoy the company of friends and family, while also increasing the beauty of your yard and potentially your home’s value. If you are thinking about taking the exciting step of getting a pool, you may wonder if you would experience all of these benefits regardless of whether you opt for an inground or an above-ground pool. While some homeowners are lured by the (generally) lower upfront cost of above-ground pools, there are several compelling reasons why inground pools are a better investment.
Here are the four main advantages of choosing an inground rather than an above-ground pool for your home:
- Inground pools have a significantly longer lifespan. Above-ground pools typically only last for about 7-15 years before they are prone to leaking, collapsing, or otherwise deteriorating to the point that they need to be replaced. In contrast, inground gunite pools—our specialty at Aqua Pool & Patio—are designed to last a lifetime! As you are considering your options for building an inground pool, keep in mind that the other types of construction materials—fiberglass and vinyl—do not last nearly as long as gunite. Due to how they are built, gunite pools are particularly well-suited for New England as they are designed to flex with the earth’s movement and resist cracking or breaking, even when faced with frigid winter weather. Therefore, while inground gunite pools may not be the least expensive option when it comes to initial costs, they deliver the strongest return on investment over time.
- Inground pools are customizable. Most above-ground pools are prefabricated, so your options for choosing a custom size, shape, and style are very limited. Conversely, inground gunite pools are hand-built onsite, which means that they can be tailored to suit your specific needs and vision. Whether you’re seeking a small, simple pool for swimming laps or a sprawling, freeform, resort-style pool with a variety of luxurious features, the design possibilities for your inground gunite pool are virtually endless.
- Inground pools are more aesthetically appealing. Simply put, above-ground pools can be an eyesore in your backyard; it is difficult to match them to the style of your home and integrate them with the surrounding landscape. Inground pools, on the other hand, blend seamlessly with the surrounding area and create a visually stunning centerpiece in your yard that can be admired from various vantage points on your property, as well as from inside the home.
- Inground pools can increase the value of your home. Even if you are planning to live in your home for several years, resale value is always a consideration when making major improvements. Real estate experts estimate that an inground pool can potentially add 5 to 8 percent to your home’s value. Above-ground pools, on the other hand, generally do not increase the value of your home and may even detract from it.
If you are thinking about harnessing the benefits of having an inground pool on your property, the experts at Aqua Pool are here to help you get started. With more than 50 years of continuous experience designing and building custom gunite pools, we can create a pool that will enhance your backyard and deliver countless years of enjoyment. Call us today at (860) 623-9886 to schedule a consultation!