Picking the Best Pool for Your Backyard

Oct 15, 2022 | News, Pool

Whether you're looking to create a backyard oasis for the ultimate relaxation spot or want to have a fun haven at home where the whole family can spend quality time together – we can help make that happen. But picking the best pool for your backyard isn’t as easy as it may seem, especially for those working with smaller spaces or uneven terrain.

When it comes to pool installation, there are several details to consider, and more often than not, your outdoor space may decide for you what’s possible and what’s not. At Benson Pools, our pool experts will guide you in choosing the right fit for your home, lifestyle and budget. In the meantime, here are some things to consider when it comes to the different pool options available to you and determining what might be ideal for your backyard.

Inground Pools

The perks of installing an inground pool are endless. Inground pools give you the most variety for tailoring the design, which makes them suitable for many unique backyard spaces, including those with smaller square footage. Inground pools these days can be customized into almost any shape and size, giving homeowners the ultimate freedom and flexibility with the design. There are also plenty of options when it comes to the details such as the colour of tiles and plaster. Since these pools are installed within the ground and constructed with high-grade concrete, they are more durable and will last longer in comparison to above-ground or semi-above ground pools.

This type of pool is undeniably the most luxurious, creating a truly eye-catching, focal feature that makes any backyard look like a 5-star hotel. Though inground pools will cost the most, they are the only feasible option for those who need a customized shape and size.

Semi-Above Ground Pools

For those who are more budget-conscious, a semi-above ground pool might be a more suitable choice. These pool structures are submerged approximately halfway into the ground and halfway above it. This is ideal for those who may have restrictions or underlying structures that prevent the necessary depth of an inground pool. If your yard does have a noticeable grade with a severe slope, this is the best solution for you. The same goes for backyards that have a rockier soil composition. While semi-above ground pools won’t last as long as inground pools, they can still carry a 10-20 year lifespan. They also require less labour and time to install.


Of course, your budget will play a major role when navigating your options. Inground pools can cost $35,000 to $50,000 and upwards. A semi-inground will range from $16,000 to $22,000 on average.


In addition to your budget and terrain, think about who the pool is primarily for. Is it for adults to lounge and cool off on a hot day? Or is it for the kids to have fun and splash around? Do you want to be able to get in some laps for exercise? Answering these questions will help to determine the best style and shape of the pool based on your needs and lifestyle.

Extra Features

Pools serve many different purposes. Even when they’re not directly being used, they can still create a mesmerizing ambience and setting that you can enjoy. When discussing your design, consider any extra features that will enhance your enjoyment, such as diving boards, waterfalls, fountains, LED lights, fire bowls and more.

Backyard Landscaping

The pool shouldn’t be a solo feature that stands out like a sore thumb. It should work well with the surrounding landscape, creating a seamless and stunning outdoor space. Think of the type of theme and layout you want so you can work with your pool experts to create a design that you will love and use even years from now.

There are a myriad of factors to consider when picking the right pool for your backyard. From the soil composition to the size, shape, slope, depth and additional features available – they can all impact your choice. When you’re ready to get the ball rolling on your new pool, contact us at Benson Pools. Our team of experts will walk you through it all to ensure you get the pool design that works for your yard, budget and needs. Contact us today to get the backyard transformation you’ve been dreaming of.

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