There’s nothing like having your very own pool. But whether you already have a pool, considering purchasing a home that has a pool or deciding what kind of pool you want to install, there are some key things to know about pools in general. Most people think there are only three options: inground, above ground and indoor. There is another pool option that deserves consideration, semi-inground pools. Keep reading to learn more about the difference between inground and semi-inground pools and why you may prefer one over the other.

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Key Differences Between Inground and Semi-inground Pools

The key difference between these two pool types is that an Inground pool sits entirely in the ground and is fairly flush with the ground, and a semi-inground pool will be dug into the ground according to your desired depth. Semi-inground pools are only partially exposed. They can be dug in a couple of feet or the majority of the depth of the pool. Another big difference is the inground pool cost and that of a semi-inground. In general, it is the amount of digging that needs to be done that will offer construction savings. The preference is purely subjective and they both have their merits.

Inground Pool Benefits

Inground pools are the more popular option because they come with a range of advantages. With less of the pool being exposed, it’s a lot easier to control the water temperature. Both above ground and semi-inground pools tend to require more energy to regulate water temperature. Since inground pools have a little less physics to contend with, it’s easy to choose an unconventional shaped pool, whether it’s for aesthetics or the layout of the property. And with less mechanical parts exposed to the elements, the mechanical maintenance of the pool is decreased. Another big draw is the ability to have multiple pool depths in the same pool. It’s important to understand that only inground pools can have a sloped bottom to create a shallow and deep end.

Semi-Inground Benefits

The less known semi-inground pool has a lot of advantages as well. Many people are surprised to learn that it is well suited to their outdoor space dreams. Perhaps one of the biggest draws to semi-inground pools is the savings compared to fully inground pools and a quicker installation. Installing a semi-inground pool can take up to a week, while inground pool construction can potentially take months. You can also better tailor your pool surroundings. If you would prefer to have a deck around your pool, a semi-inground may be the better option for you. Another bonus is that you are in control of just how deep into the ground your pool will be. Being able to tailor the height of the pool to your needs is helpful in your landscaping design, patio or deck. 

Visually, there’s only one difference between inground and semi-inground pools, the depth at which the pool is set in the ground. But there are a lot of hidden advantages to both options. Understanding your options is the best place to start when making a decision about adding a pool to your property.