In some ways, an inground pool is the perfect backyard upgrade. It’s fun, promotes physical activity, and is the perfect place to cool off in the sweltering summer heat. However, choosing which one to install can be an overwhelming process.
There are so many types of inground pools out there that it can be difficult to figure out which would work best for your backyard. And you definitely want to make the right decision the first time – it’s not like they’re easily interchangeable!
To help you narrow it down, we’ve compiled a list of 5 types of inground pools. Check them out below to get a better idea of which pool is for you.
This is a classic choice for an inground pool. After excavation, a concrete pool usually begins with a reinforced steel framework. Concrete is then poured into the framework and sealed with a coat of plaster and paint. This combination of steel and concrete makes a concrete pool quite durable, though it can be costly. This type of inground option may be best for those looking to really customize the shape, size, and depth of their pool, as the choices are practically endless.
If you want a pool with a quick and easy installation process, then look no further than fiberglass pools. All you really have to do is lower a premade fiberglass pool shell into an excavated hole in your backyard. The pre-formed nature of fiberglass pools means you’re not going to have as many customization options as concrete pools, but they do tend to be cheaper!
Those who are looking for a really affordable pool option should consider vinyl pools. These are usually built with a steel, plastic, or reinforced concrete frame and a heavy-duty vinyl liner. While the vinyl liner can be nice in that it comes in different textures and colors, it can also tear easily, making vinyl pools one of the least durable types of inground pools.
Plunge pools are a great option for those who want to primarily use their pool for lounging and cooling off. You can either have them custom-made in your backyard or buy a pre-cast version, which are often made from concrete, fiberglass, or metal. Whatever material you choose, you’ll probably end up spending less on a plunge pool than other types of inground options, as they tend to be significantly smaller. This makes them a great choice for those who don’t have a lot of space in their backyards. However, note that they don’t usually have much of a deep end, so no cannonballs!
Those who are into sustainability may want a shipping container pool. These are made from upcycled metal shipping containers with fiberglass liners. They typically come mostly pre-assembled, and can be placed partially below ground on gravel or a concrete pad. Now, they don’t have structural walls, which may become a problem eventually, but they do offer one fairly unique benefit: portability. That means if you decide to move, you can take your pool with you and hold onto your investment.
Think you’ve found the right pool for your backyard? Contact Clark Pools and Spas today to see how we can help!