Beginners Guide to Semi-Inground

Semi-inground swimming pools -- also known as “Optimum Pools” -- give you the best of both worlds. You get the quality and durability you’d expect from a traditional inground pool -- with the affordable price tag you’d expect from an above-ground pool. What’s more, their flexible installation options make them a great choice for DIY fans and homeowners with challenging backyards.

New to the world of semi-inground pools? Wondering if you should take the plunge on this innovative, customizable swimming pool option? Let’s take a closer look at the ins and outs of being a semi-inground pool owner.

Flexible Installation Options

When it comes to installation, semi-inground swimming pools are the most flexible pools on the market. They can be installed 100% above-ground, or they can be installed like traditional, in-ground pools. 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.

The Pros and Cons of Semi-Inground Swimming Pools

There’s more to these pools than their flexible installation options. 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 than, say, the shell for a fiberglass pools, which is shipped to you in one large piece.
  • Your pool can be installed more quickly than traditional, inground pools and requires less digging and construction. They’re also fairly easy to assemble: In fact, some pool owners opt for the DIY route and do the installation themselves!
  • Your pool is built to last: Semi-inground pools are sturdier than above-ground pools and are typically constructed from super-durable, corrosion-resistant materials like aluminum and high-quality foam. What’s more, many semi-inground pools come with a lifetime warranty, so you can rest assured that if something goes wrong, you’ll get it fixed.

Of course, every pool has its drawbacks, too. For semi-inground pools, the main drawback is that you’re limited to basic round or oval shapes. If you’re looking for a custom design with lots of curves and angles or an asymmetrical shape, you might be happier with a traditional inground option.

Maintaining Your Semi-Inground Swimming Pool

Your semi-inground swimming pool needs the same care as any other above-ground or fully inground swimming pool. Semi-inground pools need routine care, which includes things like testing your pool water and adding chemicals, cleaning and scrubbing surfaces, and cleaning and maintaining your filter.

Semi-Inground Swimming Pool Ideas

In addition to offering flexible installation options, Optimum Pools also offer near-endless customization options. Surround your semi-inground pool with decking or use landscaping to create a more natural look. Add a step kit or incorporate features like colorful lighting or waterfall features.

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.

Semi-Inground Pool FAQs

Q: How much does a semi-inground cost?

A: In general, a semi-inground pool is more affordable than a traditional inground pool. The exact price you’ll pay for your semi-inground will vary depending on the shape and size of your pool, and the type of installation you choose (above-ground, semi-inground, or inground).

Q: What are the advantages of a semi-inground pool?

A: Semi-inground pools have several advantages over both inground and above-ground pools. They are sturdier and offer a longer lifespan than above-ground pools. What’s more, a semi-inground pool offers more flexible installation options than traditional inground pools -- and it’s more affordable, too!

Q: How long will my semi-inground pool last?

A: With 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).