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Choosing to be a pool owner can feel daunting as the pool you select will impact the value of your home and the expenses you have to incur for maintenance over the years. With plenty of choices on the market, we’ve laid the groundwork to help you decide which pool will work for you and your space.
Above-ground pool put simply is a pool structure that sits on top of the ground. There are a couple of options, sizes and price points for an above-ground pool and can look different depending on whether you’re looking for a temporary or permanent feature.
Calling your blow-up pool an above ground pool can elevate your house in conversation but not in your house value. Inflatable pools are readily available in a variety of retailers like Kmart or Bunnings and can range anywhere from $50 - $2000. Inflatable Pools are a great alternative for renter-friendly homes and for a short-term alternative but if you are looking for a permanent option, it would be best to consider a pool that would add value to your home.
Above-Ground Vinyl Pools
Starting from $10,000 and installed by a professional, a vinyl above ground pool is great for those on a budget! Dependent on the natural wear and tear, the vinyl liner may need to be replaced between 6-10 years, costing around $3,000 - $4,000 in costs so keep that in mind when thinking about the long term costs of the pool.
Above-Ground Modular Pools
Modular pools are pre-made and self-supporting pools that can come in various shapes and sizes. Container shipping pools and plunge pools would fall in this category and can range from $20,000 - $40,000 in price. As modular pools are designed to be a “plug and play” pool, this means that installation can occur quite quickly and dependent on the material you choose, it’s generally will be less upkeep than a vinyl pool.
Above-Ground Fibreglass Pools
Most Fibreglass pools will need to be installed fully within the ground but if you love the feel and look of a fibreglass pool it is possible for it to be above ground. Extensive earthworks and retaining walls will need to be built to ensure that the pool sits in the ground, essentially raising the ground and not the pool and creating that in ground effect.
Depending on the work needed, earthworks can cost up to $30,000+ to transform your backyard into a suitable space for your pool. This cost does not include the pool price which depending on the shape, size, features and landscape options can range anywhere from $25,000 to over $70,000.
When installing an above ground pool there are other costs that you will need to consider:
The most common types of in-ground pools sold in Australia are concrete, fibreglass and vinyl-liner and depending on the style and size of the pool, not only will the initial costs vary but the ongoing maintenance costs will vary.
In terms of long term maintenance, depending on the surface finish used for concrete pools, it may require resurfacing every 15 years or so.
With a smoother- non-porous surface, minimal maintenance is required on a fibreglass pool as it's hard for algae to grow on its surface and paired with a salt chlorinator will have your pool summer-ready in no time!
In-Ground pools can cost as much as $70,000 initially. But, when installed correctly and paired with the right set of pumps, heaters, and filters, they can last for a lifetime. Most In-Ground pools will help you get better valuations for your property for buyers who appreciate such pools.
On the other hand, above-ground pools can easy to install but have a shorter usable life. This would mean reinvesting in the pool every 7-12 years.
So, how do you choose the right pool for your home or estate? Try to plan the period for which you will own the property and the purpose of the pool. This will help you decide whether you should invest in a pool that costs higher in the early stages of its lifecycle but lasts longer or one which is affordable right now but will require replacement later.
If you’re still uncertain about which is right for your home, speak to your local pool dealer for expert advice.
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