Should I buy an in ground or above ground swimming pool?

Sweltering in our hot summer heat yet again? The allure of the swimming pool is calling. Once only the domain of the wealthy, pools have become a popular addition to many Aussie backyards around the country. If you’re debating about getting yourself the ultimate summer cooler, but don’t know whether to get an above ground or a below ground swimming pool, then read on as we explain the main differences between the two.

Pool equipment setup and replacement

What do we mean when we say pool equipment? No, not your blow up lilo and noodles, we’re talking about things such as your pump, filters, heater, cleaner, and chlorination system. Your general difference between in ground and above ground equipment is that the above ground equipment is, by and large, cheaper. The equipment is usually smaller and less powerful, and so more cost effective – both when you buy it, to run it, and if you need to replace it.


You might have figured out by now that installing an above ground swimming pool may be a lot less difficult to install than a below ground pool. Not only do you save on the cost of excavation services, you can place it anywhere you want – which can include areas where it just isn’t possible to dig. For some above ground pool kits, you’re even able to install it yourself.

Read Also: 6 Benefits of Choosing Salt Water Pool

Lifetime of the pool

Most below ground pools are designed to last pretty much forever, as long as they’re maintained well, so we’re talking a 15-40 years lifetime for this sort of pool. On the other hand, above ground pools are not designed to last as long. The average lifespan of an above ground pool will be between 15 to 25 years, as long as they too are maintained.

Overall cost

Above ground pools are definitely a cheaper option when it comes to purchasing your pool. Whereas below ground swimming pool costs can blow out to around $70k, and you are looking at around $40k as a kick off point, above ground pools start at around $2-3k – so they’re a good option if you’re a budget conscious shopper.

Hopefully you’ve got a little bit more of an idea about which pool is a good option for your area and budget. If you’re after an above ground pool that isn’t going to break the bank but is definitely going to be a summer hit, then give us a call today at Affordable Pools.


6 Benefits of Choosing a Salt Water Pool

Did you know that salt water pools convert the salt into chlorine all by themselves – and that’s how they manage to stay sanitary and safe? The popularity of salt water pools is on the rise across the world – and for good reason too!

Benefits of Salt water pool

Here are 6 benefits of going with a salt water system over a traditional chlorine pool.

  1. No worrying about chlorine levels

Because salt water pools look after the chlorination levels themselves, there is no need to invest so much time out of your life to check up on your pool. While the chlorine levels do need periodic monitoring, it is nowhere near as much as a traditional pool.

  1. No chlorine build up

Chlorine build up in the pool can lead to things like red, burning eyes, and even asthma in those that are prone. This can be particularly worrying when you have kids, as they may be more sensitive to the effects of the chlorine. This doesn’t happen with salt water pools.

  1. Better for your health

It’s also better for your health overall. The healing properties of salt have been spruiked for many centuries, and while your salt water pool is only around 1/10th as salty as the sea, you will still find it a healthier alternative.

  1. Feels better on the skin

You know how chlorine can really dry out your skin and make you feel horrible after you step out of the pool? With a salt water system in place, this goes away. Salt water provides a more moisturising effect, and so is much better for your skin.

  1. Easier to maintain

Like we mentioned before, you don’t have to check your pool constantly to see if your chlorine levels are okay. You also don’t know to be constantly topping up the chlorine in your pool to make it safe for swimming in.

  1. Saves money in the longer term

While a salt water pool can be a be a bigger initial outlay, you are likely going to save money in the long run by not having to purchase chlorine to keep your pool fighting fit.

If you are looking to purchase an above ground pool Sydney, then consider shopping at Affordable Pools. We’ve got an amazing range of above ground swimming pools, both in salt water and chlorine varieties. We keep our costs down so that we can pass along the savings to you. Make sure to drop us a line about any questions you might have about getting a salt water pool installed.