Indoor Vs. Outdoor Pools: Which is Better?

Written by  //  November 17, 2020  //  Swimming Pool  //  Comments Off on Indoor Vs. Outdoor Pools: Which is Better?

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Homeowners building their dream home or vacation getaway may consider adding a swimming pool. Then the discussion with their builder turns to indoor vs. outdoor pools: which is better?


Indoor pools are substantially more expensive to build than outdoor pools. They require extra ventilation systems, dehumidifying, heating, cooling, and insulation. Energy costs for indoor pools are high, because the indoor space as well as the pool itself must be heated.

Privacy and Safety

Indoor pools provide greater privacy. Neighborhood pets and children can’t access it, and pool owners can swim their laps in peace. Those that envision inviting guests over for sunny, summer fun may prefer an outdoor pool. Either way, safety is always an issue. Indoor pools may be more secure from unauthorized users, but if there are children in the house, safety is still a top concern. In most areas, zoning and building codes requires fencing for outdoor pools. Alarms and lighting can also help keep trespassers, children, and animals out.

Air Quality

Chlorine and other pool chemicals create unhealthy fumes. Outdoors, they dissipate, but indoors, a ventilation system must carry fumes away. Another option is an indoor-to-outdoor pool, with sliding window or screen panels that open to the outside air. In warm climates, pool screen enclosures provide protection from insects, debris, UV rays and intruders, and extend the swimming season for outdoor pools.


Indoor pools are easier to maintain and require less cleaning; they don’t gather debris such as leaves and twigs. Outdoor pools enclosed with pool cages also prevent debris from entering the pool. Although they aren’t integrated into the existing home, as with an indoor pool, pool enclosures attach to homes with structural gutters.

Specialists must build them, because problems with pool screen enclosure gutters are usually caused by improper installation. Pool screen enclosure gutters also can be difficult to clean.


Outdoor pools must close for the season in cold climates, and winter still brings cooler weather to warm climes. Indoor pools make swimming possible all year, regardless of the weather. Summer storms limit outdoor activities, and lightening is extremely dangerous. Both indoor and outdoor pools must be grounded to reduce the chance of electric shock, and no one should be in or near an outdoor pool when a thunderstorm approaches.

Insurance and Return on Investment

Home buyers are wary of homes with outdoor pools due to the cost of insurance. Although pools may add value to a property, it’s unlikely the cost of installation will come back in full if the home is sold. Like many other parts of a home, pools deteriorate over time and require repair. Maintenance is an ongoing cost.

Homeowners with their hearts set on adding a pool will narrow their options and decide between an indoor or an outdoor pool by sticking to a budget, being realistic about their ability to maintain a pool, and judging the practicality of a pool in the climate where the house is going up.

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