Projections show that the global swimming pool construction market will reach a value of $7.393 billion by 2027.

Backyard pools make an excellent addition to any house and are perfect for the summer in Texas. If you’re looking for a pool, you might not be aware of all of the options you have. This guide covers the different types of pools as well as the benefits of each.

Keep reading to find out more.

The Different Types of Backyard Pools Available

Backyard pools are perfect for a range of needs such as relaxing or as a family fun zone. Serious swimmers can also use them for training.

When choosing your pool you need to think about the cost and what it will be used for as these will determine the size and design that’s best for you. They’ll also influence the construction process and the time it takes to build.

Before committing make sure you look into the various types of pools so that you can make the best choice for you. Bear in mind that some areas have specific building ordinances, so you want to make sure you won’t run into any problems by choosing a design you’re not allowed.

1. Above-Ground Pools

Above-ground pools are ideal if you’re on a budget. They sit on your current yard surface, so are far easier to install than other types.

It’s often a fairly easy job to assemble and dismantle above-ground pools. Most retailers offer delivery and installation, but you may be able to do it yourself. This also means you can take it with you if you move house.

They’re available in a range of sizes so you should be able to find one that fits in well with the space that you have. Designs, however, can be somewhat limited, and they generally don’t have as long a lifespan as inground pools. The vinyl lining will typically only last for about 5 years.

2. Inground Pools

Inground pools are another common choice. The main difference between above-ground pools and these is that they’re permanent installations.

At Sahara Construction and Custom Pools, we can design backyard swimming pools to fit your yard perfectly. All kinds of extra features can be added such as slides, fountains, and diving boards.

These types of pools can be split into various categories.


Fiberglass pools are often pre-fabricated and then delivered as one piece. The material itself is somewhat flexible so these are better for areas that are prone to earthquakes.

Fiberglass panel pools are another option that allows more flexibility in terms of design. These are usually constructed on-site.


Concrete pools are fully constructed on-site and offer a huge amount of flexibility in terms of size and design. You can also choose from a range of finishes such as paint, plaster, and other coating materials so you have complete control over the look.


These pools have a concrete foundation with panel walls. The surfaces are covered with vinyl that can be custom-made to give any look.

3. Infinity Pools

If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious then you might be interested in an infinity pool. One or more walls in an infinity pool have a ‘vanishing edge‘ where the top of the wall is slightly below the water level.

This allows the water to cascade over like a waterfall and makes it look as though the pool has no edge. This design is usually used in locations with impressive views and works very well if there’s a steep drop-off.

These are a bit more complicated to design so building and maintaining an infinity pool is generally quite expensive.

4. Lap Pools

Some people prioritize function when it comes to swimming pools. Anyone who takes their swimming seriously as a form of exercise, as a hobby, or even competitively may want to have a pool they can train in.

Lap pools are just that — they’re long and narrow, and usually rectangular in shape. The longer one of these is, the less often you will have to turn. Most lap pools are at least 40 feet, but they can be longer if you have the space.

The construction is similar to other inground pools, but the basic geometry helps keep things simple. If you’re getting one for a single swimmer then 8 feet is usually enough width, but you’ll need more space for multiple users.

5. Swim Spas

As the name suggests, swim spas are a combination of swimming pools and spas. They have water jets and can be heated, making them perfect for relaxation.

They are also perfect for exercise. Swim spas are generally rectangular like lap pools, and using the water jests you can swim against the flow of the current. This way you don’t need to do laps as you stay in one spot while swimming, which means they can be a lot smaller than lap pools — sometimes as small as 12 feet.

6. Hot Tubs and Spas

Slightly different from the rest, as you can’t really do much swimming in these. Hot tubs and spas are specifically built for relaxation and hydrotherapy.

Like pools, these can be above-ground (hot tubs) or inground (home spas). Above-ground models are portable, so like above-ground pools, you can take them with you if you move.

These are a lot smaller, and therefore cheaper than other types of pools to install and maintain. The main drawback is the limited use due to their size.

Deciding Between Backyard Pools

When looking at the various options for backyard pools you need to determine what you’ll use the pool for, the space you have to work with, and your budget. Lap pools and swim spas are best for training, while hot tubs and spas are ideal if you solely want to relax.

Above ground and inground pools are perfect for leisure and if you have a family. You just need to consider whether you want the cheaper, portable option, or if you want to go with the full installation for a higher quality pool built to your specifications.

Sahara Construction and Custom Pools can design and install your custom pool and provide any maintenance needed. We also have various financing options available to make payments easier. Click here to contact us and schedule a free consultation.