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Backyard pools: what are your options?

Are you thinking about adding a swimming pool to your home? Backyard pools come in all shapes, sizes and styles, so you'll have no trouble finding the perfect match for your outdoor area and your price range.

Before you get into design details though, learning a little about the different categories of pools will help to narrow down your selection.

In-ground pools

What most people think of when they think of swimming pools, in-ground pools look great and are long-lasting, but they can also be expensive to buy, require more maintenance and take longer to install compared to other types of pools.

In-ground pools are generally made from concrete or fibreglass. Concrete pools are constructed on-site and are more durable, while fibreglass pools are pre-manufactured and take less time to install, but are less resilient.

You'll need to apply to your local council for approval before installing an in-ground pool, and the approval, planning and construction time can take anywhere from 3–6 months.

Above ground pools

An increasingly popular option for backyard pools, above ground or modular pools don't usually require digging up the garden, so they can be cheaper and faster to install than in-ground pools. You just need to make sure the site you choose in your backyard is flat and level. Another advantage of these pools is that you can take them with you if you move!

Above ground pools may be made from steel or resin with a vinyl interior, with different models designed to tolerate freshwater and chlorinated salt water. Some pool packages are supplied with everything you need to set up your pool, from pumps and filters to ladders and decks.

Portable pools

If you don't have a lot of space in your backyard, you don't have to miss out on having a pool. Versatile portable pools are suitable for most gardens, as long as you have somewhere flat and access to water. Available in a range of sizes and shapes, these pools can be ideal for pool parties and families with kids, and they're easy to store when not in use.

Inflatable pools

If you only plan to use your pool occasionally and you're worried about storage, inflatable pools could be the answer for you. Made from durable plastic, these pools will stand the test of time and come with a cartridge filter pump to keep the water as clean and healthy as any other pool.

Kids' pools

If you're mainly buying a pool for the little ones, kids' pools are the cheapest and safest option. These shallow pools still have enough room for splashing and paddling, and some models are big enough for the whole family to sit in. Children still need to be supervised at all times when they're in or around pools of any size.

Find your perfect pool today

Whatever type of pool you're looking for, browse our pools and spas catalogue to see all the options available online and at your local Clark Rubber store Australia-wide.

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