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Make the right decision between on-ground and inground pools in Ottawa this summer.

The Pros and Cons of Two Pool Types to Help You Determine Which One Is Best for You

The warm weather has finally arrived in Ottawa, and during these hot days, many home owners are thinking about how nice it would be to go swimming in their own backyard pools. Having a pool installed is a big decision to make, but if you do your research and pick the type that suits your needs best, then a pool installation will certainly be worth it. The following is a comparison of on-ground pools and inground pools in Ottawa to help you decide which pool type is best for you.

On-Ground Pools

On-ground pools are semi-permanent above-ground structures that are usually four- to six-feet deep, and between 12 and 30 feet in diameter.


  • On-ground pools are cheap and easy to install. You don’t have to worry about excavation, obtaining building permits, and installing special plumbing.
  • Compared to inground pools, on-ground pools have significant cost savings from installation and maintenance.
  • These pools are also easy to remove if needed.


  • On-ground pools are not as durable as inground pools. Since the pool is above ground, the pool’s structure is more exposed to the elements, storm and accidental damage, and wear and tear over time.
  • These pools are not very aesthetically pleasing since they cannot blend in well with your backyard and landscaping.
  • On-ground pools are not accessible since they require the use of ladders to climb up and enter the water. This can be difficult and hazardous for young children, elderly people, and those with physical disabilities.

Inground Pools

Inground pools are permanent structures built in the ground with various depths, sizes, shapes, colours, styles, functions, and designs.


  • A well-designed inground pool will boost your property value.
  • Inground pools are versatile and can come in many styles to meet your needs and to match your home, backyard, and landscaping design.
  • These pools can also be customized for a variety of uses, including fitness, training, rehabilitation, recreation, relaxation, and backyard entertainment.
  • And most importantly, inground pools are durable structures that will last a long time—and usually they come with excellent warranties.


  • Inground pools are more expensive to install and maintain compared to on-ground pools.
  • They can also pose a safety hazard if there are no fences, gates, or swimming pool safety covers installed on and around the pools.
  • Greater chance of wildlife getting in your pool.

Although your budget, backyard size, and landscaping will ultimately influence which type of pool you install, you can still enjoy the benefits of having a backyard pool in the summer heat, whether it’s inground or on-ground.