Inflatable pools are a great way to try a pool before committing
Most homeowners have a long list of features that they hope to have, or eventually create in their dream home. Whether it's practical features like ample storage and an open floor plan, or specific features that give entertainment value like a working fireplace and theatre room, one of the most popular features that is a true luxury item for many homeowners is the backyard pool. It's not to say that having a pool is hard to attain, but it's a significant cost to add to a backyard and it also comes with upkeep costs. Instead of throwing caution (and budget) to the wind and investing in an in ground pool, a great alternative that water-lovers can try before committing to a pool is to try an inflatable pool. Below are some benefits to trying out inflatable pools before committing to a permanent in ground pool:
You Maintain Your Greenery
Depending on where you are geographically, homes can be extremely pricey per square foot and due to their value and high demand, property lots can be quite small. In fact, in some areas, you are lucky to even have a small backyard, let alone one with a lot of space to run around or to install a pool. By opting for an inflatable pool instead of an in ground pool, you maintain the greenspace on your property that will always be attractive to a buyer. Although a pool is a valuable and enticing feature for some, it does not have the same value as a true natural green backyard, and with an inflatable pool you can still keep that greenery while having your fun in the water too.
No Upkeep Costs
A permanent in ground pool is undoubtedly an attractive backyard entertainment feature, but the costs of maintenance can be enormous. From routine cleaning, to in-between season preparation and transitioning, to added safety precautions (especially when there are children around), to maintenance and repairs, the yearly cost of having a backyard pool averages about $3,000. So unless you're in a part of the world where you can use the pool year-round, it can be a real headache. With an inflatable pool you can have all the enjoyment of a backyard water oasis without the huge undertaking of having to keep your backyard pool clean, safe, and properly functioning throughout the appropriate times of the year.
More Money in Your Pocket
Let's face it, if you're a homeowner that does not currently have an in ground pool, there is a huge cost that comes with installing a pool in your backyard. The actual cost will vary by state, but it can range anywhere from $10,000-$30,000 depending on size, type, and your location. There is no good DIY option, and it's something that you can't just undo without spending even more money. But, if you instead just try out an inflatable pool, you can at least see if having a backyard water retreat is enough of a priority for you to justify the large investment.
There's no mystery why having a real pool in your home's backyard is so desirable - friends and family alike would flock to your house at every chance they get, and it's like having a peace of the oceanic heaven at your backdoor! But heaven comes with a price. So unless you have thousands of money lying around to invest in pool installation, you luckily have the option of trying an inflatable, and less permanent alternative that can give you a least a little taste of heaven before you go all in.
Bob Quigly is a landscaping and family fun enthusiast who writes on a variety of blogs for Backyard Ocean's above ground swimming pools. Learn more about pool options here.