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In-Ground vs Above-Ground Pools

Buying a swimming pool can be quite an involved decision, especially when you are trying to decide between an in-ground pool and an above ground pool. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, and you should know the facts before you make that final decision. Ultimately, the decision should come down to your budget, the size of your yard as well as how you plan to use the pool.

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Inground Gunite Pools

Gunite pools are the most flexible pool types in terms of design. Gunite pools are often seen in commercial applications; many private homeowners, however, also choose gunite pools for their flexibility since they can be built in any shape. Gunite pools can be designed to fit into irregular spaces and reflect the style of your home. From traditional to free form, the options are limited only by your imagination.

These are permanent, reinforced pools finished with concrete and plaster. A wide variety of special options such as waterfalls, custom steps and beach entries can be easily added to complement these high-quality pools. Gunite-pool owners can also choose from many plaster finishes or pebble applications, allowing for maximum creativity. The high quality of these pools can put them in the higher price range.

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​Inground Vinyl Pools

The most common type of in-ground pool in existence today, pre-engineered vinyl-liner pools can be less labor-intensive than gunite pools and offer a less expensive method of construction. Thanks to pre-fabricated materials and a simpler construction process, vinyl pools can be completed more quickly than gunite pools. Manufacturers have created a wide variety of liner patterns and colors including tile motifs. Pool owners can choose from many options to enhance their poolscapes.

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​Inground Fiberglass Pools

Fiberglass Pools are quickly becoming the industry standard for homeowners seeking something different than a standard Vinyl Lined/Steel Wall Pool, but don't want or need the full customization and cost of a Gunite/Plaster Finished Pool.  Fiberglass Pools, today, have infinitely more technology & Innovation than the Fiberglass "Shells" of 20 years ago.  Today; Fiberglass offers Quick installation, Ease of maintenance, shell stability & movement termination, and beauty.

Above Ground Pools​

Above Ground pools offer some very attractive benefits. Eliminating the expense and labor-intensive work of excavation often make above ground pools easier and faster to install. Plus, should you move, you can transport your pool to your new home.

Over 50% of all pools in the US are above ground pools.  They have been marketed in the past as cheap "throw-away" pools, but today's lineup of USA made, quality pools show that there is nothing "throw-away" about a Seaspray Pool.  With lifetimes ranging in multiple decades, modern above ground pools offer a realistic and attractive alternative to in-ground pools for many homeowners.

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