Inground Pools vs Above Ground Pools

Inground pools and above-ground pools are both popular pool options for homeowners across the US. Though both options provide a place to swim, relax, and entertain, they also have various differences that may or may not make them suitable for you.

Interested in building a luxury pool but unsure what to go for? In this article, we’ll help you decide whether an inground or above-ground pool is right for you.

What is an above-ground pool?

An above-ground pool is a non-permanent structure that is built above the ground with pool walls to contain the water. Due to its impermanence, it can be a great choice if you aren’t ready to commit to a permanent swimming pool.

What is an inground pool?

An inground pool is built directly into the ground and will require digging up a portion of your backyard to install. Inground pools are permanent structures and are usually accompanied by attractive landscaping.

Custom Inground Pool with steps


Above-ground pools will typically take less time to build, as you don’t need to dig up any parts of the yard. They can be completed in as little as two days, whereas inground pools may need around 4-8 weeks to build.

However, many people agree that inground pools are usually worth the wait. Inground pools have an aesthetic appeal that is difficult to replicate with above-ground pools.

Shape and size

The shape of an above-ground pool is limited to a circle, oval, or rectangle. They also tend to be more limited in size compared to inground pools. Inground pools, on the other hand, give you more flexibility. They can be built into practically any shape you can imagine, and they’re only limited by the size of your backyard.


The features you add to your pool can be just as important as the pool itself. Inground pools lend themselves to more premium additions, including spas, fire features, and waterfalls. Customers typically add luscious landscaping to the design as well to complement the aesthetic of their pool area.

Luxury Pool with Spa, Water Bubblers and Landscaping

Durability and maintenance

The main trade-off for a cheaper and quicker installation is longevity. As they’re not protected by the surrounding soil, above-ground pools will typically degrade at a faster rate. They may require more frequent maintenance, and usually will last approximately 7-15 years before the structure gives out.

Inground pools are usually only refurbished after 25 years and should continue to remain usable for many years thereafter. Vinyl and fiberglass pools can last for decades — they’ll just need resurfacing every 10 or 20 years.

At Aqua Blue Pools, we design, build, and maintain inground and above-ground pools across South Carolina, SC.

Our award-winning pool builders will liaise with you to identify all the requirements of your dream backyard pool, and they always work efficiently to create a luxury pool made to your exact specifications.

Contact our team today to start your dream pool project with Aqua Blue Pools.

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