Onground Pools are constructed at or above the ground level, while inground pools are built in the ground. Both types involve different construction steps and costs. The choice between onground pools and inground pools is made based on the site conditions and available budget.


  • On-ground pools can be installed completely in the ground, exactly like in-ground pools
  • On-ground pools come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and depths
  • On-ground pools can be finished with various surrounds and patios such as interlock brick pavers, flag stone, patterned concrete, and wood or composite decking
  • On-ground pools offer the same enhancements as in-ground pools such as built-in steps, gas and propane heaters, salt water, underwater lighting and water features


  • On-ground pools can be installed at or above ground level to accommodate sloped yards and match existing decks, patios or walkouts
  • In-ground pools can only be installed completely in the ground
  • With in-ground pools there is complete freedom to choose how many walkways to place around the pool whereas in-ground pools require concrete walkways around their entire perimeter
  • In-ground pools require expensive retaining walls in sloped yards
  • In-ground pools require the use of more concrete in and around the pool areas and are therefore not as cost-efficient as on-ground pools
  • On-ground pools require less water and energy consumption requiring less expensive to operate than in-ground pools
  • Onground pools require partial installation into the ground, which requires less time, planning, excavation & other construction work. Inground pools require detailed planning, deep excavation works, supports for back soil, and more construction works.
  • Onground pool offers several flexible installation options which are more affordable compared to inground pools. Inground pool construction consumes more concrete in and around the pool area, making it a costly option.
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