3 Reasons for Reconsidering Above Ground Pools
Above ground pools have strengthened in popularity over the past several years, and many homeowners who may have never before considered owning one are now taking a second look.Â The reasons for this turn of events are many and varied, but three major contributors to the rise in popularity of above ground pools include cost, selection, and appearance.
Even before the current economic decline occurred, in ground pools were far too costly for many homeowners.Â In fact, "sales of new [in ground] pools have fallen nearly 75% from their 2004 peak," according to research conducted by P.K. Data, Inc. Comparing the cost of purchasing and installing an in ground pool with the cost of purchasing and installing an above ground pool reveals a significant difference.Â Above ground pools, in most cases, cost thousands of dollars less, making them much more affordable for more homeowners, even in today's tough economic climate.Â
More than ever, today's above ground pools are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.Â Oval, round, and rectangular above ground pools give homeowners the opportunity to choose the most suitable pool for their particular needs.Â Smaller sizes can accommodate smaller yards, while much larger pools are available for homes where backyard space is not an issue.
The most common critique of above ground pools has always centered on their generally unattractive appearance. Above ground pools have made significant progress, though, in terms of how they look.Â The state-of-the-art materials and protective coatings used in the manufacture of above ground pools inhibit the appearance of unsightly rust and other damage caused by harsh weather.Â Furthermore, decorative elements on contemporary pools give homeowners the ability to customize the look of their pool.Â Design choices can include colors that complement the homeowner's sense of style and finishes that resemble weathered stone or other decorative motifs.Â Also, vertical supports are made to either blend smoothly into the pool's design or to give a more refined impression to the pool's appearance.Â Some pools, for example, feature vertical supports that are reminiscent of the simple and elegant style found in roman Doric columns.
Homeowners may choose other methods of enhancing the appearance of above ground pools, including adding attractive landscaping features, wooden pool decks, or decorative stone patios.Â Some above ground pools are even constructed so that they can be installed partially or mostly in the ground, giving them the feel of in ground pools.Â
Enjoying the relaxing pleasure of a backyard swimming pool can be a reality for many homeowners who are willing to take a second look at above ground pools.Â Thanks to advanced materials, expanded selections, and attractive designs, above ground pools can finally move away from the stereotypically negative images that have plagued them in the past.Â More homeowners than ever before are finding above ground pools to be an attractive and less expensive alternative to in ground pools.