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Inground Vs. above ground pools, how do you decide which pool option is best for you? Today we’re taking a look at just a few of the points that might help you to make your decision!

Inground Vs. Above Ground Pools- What You Need to Know

If you are trying to decide between an inground vs. above ground pool, there are a few things to consider. Of course, your first priority is likely the cost of installation!


The cost of installing a pool is what drives many people to install an above ground pool. An above ground pool is more affordable compared to an inground pool…but is it really?

When you consider the cost of your pool, you can’t just look at the upfront cost of installation. Yes, the cost of an inground pool is lower when you look at upfront cost, but adding an inground pool contributes to the value and curb appeal of your home.

You also have to consider the upkeep and longevity of each type of pool. Aboveground pools have a shorter lifespan than inground pools by virtue of design. Where the inground pool has concrete walls and tile surfaces, the surfaces of the aboveground pool are usually made from vinyl and plastic. Which of these material combinations do you think will weather best under the summer sub?


When a home has an above-ground pool, there is a fairly good chance that that pool was installed by the homeowner – this leads to questions in and of itself. Was the installation done correctly? Were professional quality parts used?

Inground pools, however, are always installed by a professional. This means that assuming the homeowner did their research, the pool was built with quality materials by someone who knew what they were doing. All of the plumbing will be properly installed and all of the necessary drainage and filtering equipment will be in place as it should be.


Aesthetics are another big concern for anyone planning to have a swimming pool installed. Aesthetics doesn’t just have to do with the curb appeal and value of your home, it’s also about the overall picture of your yard.

Adding an inground pool means having to create a space for your pool equipment like your heater and filter. An inground pool requires the same type of equipment, but all too often, the mechanics of your pool are much better concealed. The above ground pool has pipes and a filter attached directly to the side of the pool giving it the appearance of a much cheaper pool.

An inground pool also offers much more opportunity to add ornamental features than an above ground pool! When your pool sits flush with the ground, you can take the opportunity to add:

  • A patio around your pool where you can setup beds and chairs.
  • Paving slabs can create a unique path to your pool while also creating a unique focal point.
  • You can also create a retaining wall or garden wall for a small garden that serves as a backdrop to your pool.

Our favorite customization to inground pools, however, is the ability to customize and add tiles to the pool itself! You can choose from a wide selection of tile types and colors and if you are really creative, you can design your own tiled pattern to create the pool of your dreams! Plus, it really makes your pool stand out from every other plain pool out there!

Unfortunately, you can’t use tiles to highlight anything in your pool when you opt for an above ground pool instead!

So, yes, if you are looking to get the most out of your pool in terms of your property value, the aesthetics of your new pool, the ability to customize your pool to your own design…you want to opt for an inground pool rather than an above ground one!

Inground Pool Installer in Long Island

If you have decided on an inground pool and you live in or around Long Island, Gold Coast Swimming Pools can help! Give us a call today at (516) 759-3000 to find out how we can help you with your pool installation!