Inground Vs. Semi-Inground Pools

Inground Vs. Semi-Inground Pools
Mar 29 19

Are you trying to decide between an inground vs. semi-inground pool for your backyard? While these two pool types may seem like similar options, there are a few distinct differences that are important to point out before you make a decision. Here’s what to consider when choosing the perfect pool for your home.


Where an inground pool is fully installed in the ground, a semi-inground pool is partly buried in the ground. It’s an excellent option for those who wish to have a deck come out and meet the pool because you can easily adjust the height of a semi-inground to meet your deck or patio. Semi-inground pools are also useful when you have a sloped yard because you don’t have to build a retaining wall like you would an inground pool, which can greatly impact the cost of the project.

Design and Location

Semi-inground pools offer more design and location options than inground pools. An inground pool also has restrictions regarding the area because of the walkway space that is needed around the edge.


If you love diving into your pool or desire a deep end, then an inground pool is a better option. On the other hand, semi-inground pools tend to have flat bottoms and are around 4-feet deep making them great pools for lounging or light exercise.

Excavation and Installation

Both styles will require excavating an area of your backyard as part of the installation process. Panels will still need to be installed and cemented in with a semi-inground pool, however, less concrete and materials are used in the process as with an inground version.


On an apples-to-apples comparison, a semi-inground pool will be more affordable than an inground one. This is mostly due to all of the concrete that’s required around the inground pool area. So if the pool you desire is out of your budget, a similar semi-inground design might just weigh in.

With so many pool designs and options on the market, it’s hard to know which one is best for your budget and backyard. That’s where we come in! At Rideau Pools, we can help you with all your decision making. Our 3D design renderings can give you a photorealistic look of what your pool and backyard could look like right down to the type of deck and pool features included. To learn more contact us today!

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