Last Updated on January 1, 2023

There are four different types of pool you can choose from. Each has their own benefits and drawbacks that you should know before you choose. Budget will be the main determining factor as well as location. This guide will help you narrow down the best pool choice for you. The four pool varieties include the above ground pool and as for in-ground pools, choose from concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl-lined.

What is the Right Swimming Pool?

Above-Ground Pool

  • The Positives: This pool is the most affordable option and the easiest to install. There is no need for excavation so you do not have to worry about cables, rocks, pipes, and wires. You also get a choice in size and design and can build a deck around it for easy entry. The above-ground pool is also very easy to maintain.
  • The Negatives: These are often considered unsightly and intrusive, blocking views and landscapes. The metal frame used to keep them erect only lasts for 10 years, which means costs will add up over time. Additionally, they can be a deterrent if you are trying to sell your home as they add no value and may be seen as an eyesore.

Fiberglass Pool

  • The Positives: Fiberglass pools are low maintenance. The non-porous shell reduces the chance of algae growth, so the cost of sanitizing chemicals and maintenance is low. Their smooth surface is also durable and can last a lifetime. Most come with built-in steps and seats and they are easy to install.
  • The Negatives: You only get to choose from a few shapes, as molds are expensive to make. Designers will only have a finite number of choices. Their width is limited by the need to transport them from the factories, so they will not be greater than 16 feet wide (the width of transportation trucks). While they last a long time, the initial cost will be high.

Vinyl-Lined Pool

  • The Positives: The vinyl-lined pool is very economical with an initial low cost. There are no limitations with size, shape, depth, or design. And the non-abrasive surface is very appealing. This smooth surface also means it is difficult for algae to grow, so maintenance costs are also low.
  • The Negatives: Low maintenance costs are offset by high lifetime costs. Vinyl liners need to be replaced every 5-9 years and this adds up. You also have to take greater care as the surface tears easily. This will result in more frequent replacements and expenses. This variety also does not add as much resale value to a home as fiberglass or concrete pools do.

Concrete Pools

  • The Positives: Your options are only limited by the size of your yard. You get more freedom with concrete pools in terms of shape, size, and depth. There are additional features you can add like beach entry, waterfalls, or tanning ledges. You can literally create the pool of your dreams.
  • The Negatives: With freedom comes high costs, in terms of installation and lifetime expenses. Installation takes longer and may be costly depending on the ground you have to dig into. Concrete pools also need renovation every 10 or 15 years and the porous surface is a favorite of bacteria, so cleaning costs will be very high too.


Whichever pool type you are considering, you need to make sure that you will keep small children and pets safe around it. Reach out to us today for swimming pool safety fencing options. We will help you get the safety fence for you and will be there to help you keep it looking its best.