I am planning on putting in a pool soon (probably next spring). I really want an oval pool.
I haven't decided between inground and above ground. Looked at Doughboy 16x34 and and love the kidney-shaped fiberglass (but haven't looked at any yet).
I would love some advice, especially in the following areas:
1) Does an inground really use less chemicals? So there would be a small savings here?
2) Does an inground stay warmer? I live in Indiana and neighbors use their pools about 5-6 months/year. In other words, can you use an inground longer?
3) Site I want to place pool on has a slope (3' from end-to-end). I am looking to do excavation so that no soil would touch the sides of an above ground and a wrap-around deck would hide the slope. With an underground, we'd bring in fill dirt. Is either scenario better?
4) Is an oval asking too much structurally from an above ground? One brand I looked at (not Doughboy) had the panels bowing out on the straight sections and looked terrible.
5) I have small kids and plan to use the pool a long time, but am really undecided on depth. Doughboy can dig out a deep end of 6-7'. Could those of you with teenagers give me advice on constant depth vs. deep-end?
Thanks and I look forward to your thoughts!