Photos contributed by Tubs of Fun! and Olson Pools & Spas
There’s nothing like the feeling of being at the lake, but having access to a pool in your own backyard is the next best thing. For readers who are considering installing a pool, we’ve listed the facts of above ground versus inground pools side-by-side. Before you dive into a decision, soak up the info we learned from local experts at Tubs of Fun! and Olson Pools & Spas.
ABOVE GROUND POOLS: Price Point: Under $10,000
“An above ground pool is something that anyone can assemble,” said Tubs of Fun! owner Andy Maeyaert. While some homeowners choose to have a professional install their above ground pool, this is often not necessary. Homeowners can simply walk into the store, purchase a kit and assemble it themselves in their backyard in as little as one weekend.
Above ground pools are simple to maintain. They require a pump to circulate the water, a filter and chemicals to keep the water clean.
Because above ground pools are typically inexpensive, homeowners who choose this option are likely to have funds left over in their budget for extras, such as lighting features, fountains and slides.
INGROUND POOLS: Price Point: $30,000 +
Unlike above ground pools, inground pools require professional installation. “An inground pool is a full-on construction process. It’s like building a house. It requires permits, electricians and plumbers,” Maeyaert said.
Inground pool maintenance systems are very similar to those used in above ground pools. During the summer, homeowners should devote about 20 minutes a week to maintaining their pool.
Although they are more difficult to install, inground pools tend to be more visually appealing than above ground pools. “When people want to go with an inground pool, because it’s such a construction project, it’s something that completes their backyard. It becomes a part of the house and part of the landscape,” Maeyaert said.
“You can have your own oasis in your backyard.” – Steve Olson, Olson Pools & Spas
24/7 POOL ACCESS
Both Tubs of Fun! and Olson Pools & Spas have noticed a growing trend: more homeowners are investing in pools rather than lake properties. This may be because pools are much easier to maintain and homeowners can access them anytime. “You can use a pool seven days a week, 24 hours a day with no travel, no keeping up a second yard and no keeping up a second house,” said Steve Olson of Olson Pools & Spas.
Steve Olson is the owner-operator of Olson Pools and Spas and has been working in the industry for 29 years.
Andy Maeyaert is the owner of Tubs of Fun! and has been in the industry for 10 years.
Olson Pools & Spas
1110 Hobart St., Hawley, Minn.
Tubs of Fun!
4021 Main Ave. Suite A, Fargo