Why A Semi Inground Pool?So, you’re already dreaming of luxurious lounging and crystal blue water—You want to buy a pool. With today’s options of colors, designs, type of materials and the placement of a semi inground pool, it can be hard deciding! One of the most versatile and cost effective pools on the market today is a semi inground pool, specifically a Stealth Pool. Let’s take a closer look at the ins and outs of being a semi inground pool owner.
What is a Semi Inground Pool?As the name implies, a semi inground pool is a pool that is partially buried in the ground, as opposed to an inground pool that’s in the ground and an above ground pool that’s on the ground. Depending on the exact setup, this type of pool may also be referred to as a semi above ground pool, a raised pool, or a deck pool. However, semi inground pools can also be custom made with the same sorts of materials you would use for an inground pool. Which type of installation you’re talking about will determine how much the semi inground pool costs.
Best Time To Install A Semi Inground PoolDepending on your location and weather, the best time to install a pool is spring, summer and fall. Due to harsh weather conditions, especially here in Long Island, NY, digging up the ground for a pool can be incredibly difficult, if not impossible in the winter time. The ideal time to install a pool is during spring and summer. If you are hoping to have your dream backyard by summertime, it is recommended that you reach out to your pool company in the winter to prepare for your spring or summer pool installation. Preparing for the installation in the winter guarantees your scheduled time spot for installation in the spring and summer. The winter is typically a slow season for pool companies, so you can take your time working with them designing your new dream pool instead of rushing to complete the project during peak season. It is also easier to obtain building permits during off-season, so everything can go as planned and ready to go when it is time to install your new swimming pool.
Lifetime Of A Semi Inground PoolWith proper maintenance, your semi-inground pool could last up to 20 years (by comparison, a typical above-ground pool typically lasts 7 to 15 years). Like the Stealth Pool, just as carried by Backyard Masters in Long Island, NY, they are constructed using chemical and UV-resistant steel. They are implant-resistant, are able to withstand high pressure, and come with a limited lifetime warranty. With regular upkeep and maintenance, you can enjoy your pool for much longer. Take care of it and you can enjoy it for years to come!
Location Of The Pool/TerrainThe semi inground option is ideal for backyards that feature uneven ground, steep hills, slopes, or any other features that would make a traditional installation challenging or outright impossible. Many pool owners also find that the semi inground option allows them to meet city, town, or neighborhood pool height requirements. The semi inground pool requires less digging, dealing with utility lines, tree roots, etc. In addition, sinking a semi inground pool several feet below the ground often makes it easier to manage pipes and pumps. A homeowner has a great deal of versatility with creating their deck as opposed to a traditional above ground pool.
The Pros and Cons of Semi-Inground Swimming Pools
Here are some other great reasons to consider a semi inground swimming pool:
- Your pool arrives as a kit, which means it costs less to ship. Other pools come in as a shell, like a fiberglass pool.
- Since you aren’t digging up such a large area like a traditional inground pool, installation is much quicker! They’re also fairly easy to assemble which cuts back on construction time.
- Your pool is built to last: These pools are sturdier than above-ground pools and are typically constructed from super-durable, corrosion-resistant materials like aluminum, steel and high-quality foam. Additionally, many semi inground pools, including Stealth Pools, come with a lifetime warranty, so you can rest assured that if something goes wrong, you’ll get it fixed.
Of course, just like with all decisions, there are a few cons. For semi inground pools, they do not come in many shapes. So you are mostly choosing between oval and round options.
How Much Does A Semi Inground Pool Cost?Unfortunately, with so many variables, there is not a direct answer to this question. Depending on the size, shape and finishes, price may vary. Like the Stealth Pool, you can reach the aesthetics of an inground pool with a price much closer to an above ground pool. The best way to get pricing for any pool is to go directly to your local pool and spa dealer. Most dealers will also do a free estimate, depending on location.
InstallationWhen it comes to installation, semi inground swimming pools are the most flexible pools on the market. They can be installed fully above-ground, or they can be installed like a traditional inground pool. And, of course, these swimming pools can also be installed partially inground. The semi inground option is ideal for backyards that feature uneven ground, steep hills, slopes, or any other features that would make a traditional installation challenging or outright impossible. Many pool owners also find that the semi inground option allows them to meet city, town, or neighborhood pool height requirements. This pool requires less digging, dealing with utility lines, tree roots, etc. In addition, sinking a semi inground pool several feet below the ground often makes it easier to manage pipes and pumps. A homeowner has a great deal of versatility with creating their deck as opposed to a traditional above ground pool.
Semi Inground Pool Installation Time FrameOn average, the installation time for an inground pool is anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. This includes acquiring permits, excavation, pool installation, landscaping and adding the finishing like a deck or patio. For a semi inground pool, installation can be in as little as 3-5 days! This is because there are far less steps and you aren’t tearing up the entire yard!
Pool MaintenanceMaintenance of your new pool is just as it would be for any other type of pool. You want to make sure you are keeping the water clean by testing it regularly and using the appropriate chemicals regularly. It is also advised to keep the water cleared of any sort of debris like leaves, sticks, bugs and dirt. Additionally, cleaning all surfaces of the pool and filters regularly helps ensure the longevity of your pool.
Chlorine or Saltwater or Minerals?Depending on the manufacturer, some semi inground pools can be saltwater. Due to the steel used in some, like the Stealth Pool, you cannot use salt water. Salt chlorine generators installed in Stealth Pools will void any manufacturers warranty due to its highly corrosive nature. A mineral system is a great alternative to saltwater. Pool minerals use silver and sometimes copper to prevent bacteria and algae from making themselves at home in your pool. Some mineral products also include zinc, which is a known antibacterial Curious which pools are saltwater safe? Call Backyard Masters in Long Island, NY! We can help you find the perfect pool that fits your needs.
With a semi inground pool, the options to customize your newest backyard addition is high! Whether you wear a simple design, or a fully customized and unique backyard, a semi inground pool is the perfect choice.
Many people use stones which are fully customizable and have a unique look as you are able to add steps however you would like, create a larger deck area, and alternate stones to make a unique pattern.
Alternatively, you can do a more simple design with concrete or a wood to create a nice, flat patio area. This option is perfect for people who want to create a more outdoor living area.
There are additional add-ons like custom fire features, water features like waterfalls and streams, or landscape options that come up right to the edge of the pool.
There are more restrictions with the area surrounding an inground pool because of the space required for around the pool’s edge. Installing a semi-inground gives you more freedom in creating a space that matches up with your backyard dreams!
Buying a pool is a big commitment. Not sure what you want? Do some research and collect a few swimming pool pictures you like. Your pool professional can help you incorporate your favorite design elements into your new pool to help create your new backyard oasis.
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