Inground Pool Options

Adding an inground pool to your landscape can transform your backyard from a bland sea of green to a place where you go to exercise, have fun and entertain friends and visitors. Whatever your goals for this pool, you have a number of options to choose from, including the type of pool and the features it will have. Which type of pool you choose will have a significant impact on the shape of your pool, how long it takes to install, what the maintenance issues will be and how long it's going to last. Below is a description of the three primary types of inground pools.

Types of Inground Pools

There are three main types of inground pools available to homeowners. They can vary significantly in price, in part depending on where you live in the country. The following descriptions will give you a good idea of just what your options are so you can consult with your pool contractor about what the best choice is for your specific yard.


If you're looking for the maximum in design flexibility for your inground pool, concrete is the way to go. Concrete pools (also known as gunite) can be any shape you choose, from a traditional rectangle to something entirely free-form. This has the advantage of allowing you to place your inground pool into an unusually shaped location. For instance, if you want your pool positioned between a curb driveway and your backyard deck, you can have a pool that fits this shape. You can also add interesting and functional features, such as textured pool surfaces. It takes approximately 2-3 months to build a concrete pool.


Because vinyl pools are prebuilt, they require less labor than a concrete pool. As a consequence, they are usually the least expensive option when you want an inground pool. While the shape of vinyl pools is not quite as customizable as that of a concrete pool, they can be customized with a range of patterns, designer colors and various built-in features. Thanks to the fact that the components of vinyl pools arrive on the site ready to assemble, this results in a faster, less complicated construction process than you get with concrete. You can often have your vinyl pool completed within 3-4 weeks.


A fiberglass pool is delivered to your home as a single, completed unit. This means that installation is relatively fast (often taking 2-3 weeks). You can get fiberglass pools in a wide range of styles and shapes to fit your needs. You can also choose from many different textures and colors. In addition to the rapid installation process, fiberglass pools also offer the advantage of being very resistant to the growth of algae. This means maintenance will be easier and you'll be able to cut back on the chemicals you use.

For more information, contact a local pool installation company, like Yandle's Splash Time Pools