The joy and pleasure that a swimming pool provides make it a highly desirable garden feature, especially for families with children. What better way to keep the kids busy during that endless summer holiday?

Planning to invest in a pool is exciting, an opportunity limited only by space and budget.

Here are some factors to consider that should help to narrow down what kind of pool would best suit you:

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Available Space

Other than budget, it’s the size of your garden that determines your range of choices. Those lucky enough to have a large garden area may choose an in-ground pool while smaller gardens may be more restricted. Smaller spaces may also be constrained by their shape.

However, even fairly modest gardens can accommodate an above ground pool in most cases, unless the ground has a steep slope.

Which Is Best – An Above Ground Or In-Ground Swimming Pool?

The classic picture of a home swimming pool is a big rectangular stretch of inviting blue water, perhaps with poolside decking, loungers, and other beautiful features. Long sunny summer afternoons spent with family and friends lazing about, sipping Pimms and dipping in and out of the water – if that’s the ideal, how close can you get? Does an above ground pool deliver an excellent experience too?

Let’s take a moment to compare the main pros and cons of both types:

Above Ground Pools – Pros And Cons

Above ground pools are temporary structures. Some are simply inflatable PVC bodies while others come in metal or wood. The latter are generally larger and last longer. They are perfect for simply splashing about with family and enjoying the water, with enough space for floating loungers and toys.

Above ground pools need:

  • A flat area of the garden or an area that can be leveled
  • Proximity to services for water, drainage, and power


  • Much lower cost than in-ground
  • You can take them down at any time, and take them with you if you move
  • Children and animals cannot accidentally fall in as can happen with an in-ground pool
  • Low maintenance required
  • Negligible running costs


  • You can’t swim for any great distance
  • No variable depth of a shallow end and a deep end
  • Not suitable for diving or just jumping in

 In-Ground Pools – Pros And Cons

Without a doubt, an in-ground pool would be the preferred choice for the majority of people. They deliver the complete pool experience with the added benefit of a pleasant poolside area.

They can also form the focus of a garden, enhanced by poolside foliage, waterfalls, rock gardens and so on.


  • Size is constrained only by available space and budget
  • Very long lifespan
  • Provide a superior swimming experience depending on the available length and width
  • Linings add character and color with a wide range to choose from
  • Great scope for customization of shape, style, and dimensions


  • Can be expensive to install
  • Running costs must be taken into account, such as heating, chemicals, and repairs
  • Require frequent cleaning and regular maintenance
  • Will deteriorate over time, requiring repairs or refurbishment eventually

 Speak To Us

It is worth speaking with one of our experts when deciding on your choice of swimming pool if you want practical, expert advice.

You can also download our free eBook; The Home Swimming Pool Safety & Maintenance Guide, which contains useful information about what is involved in owning your own swimming pool.

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