Can Fibreglass Pools Be Installed Above Ground?

Have you always wanted a fibreglass swimming pool for your home but just don’t have the means when it comes to expenses due to the construction and installation? Well, the good news is most fibreglass pool can be installed above the ground, which will quite dramatically bring your costs down. One of the many advantages of working with fibreglass pools is their flexibility, they can be installed either inground, partially inground or above the ground. Choosing an above ground pool doesn’t mean you can’t customise the design and layout of the landscaping and aesthetics, there are still many ways your pool can be customised to suit your ideas and backyard. Let us take a look at some of the reasons as to why people are choosing to install their fibreglass pool above the ground.



If your budget won’t accommodate an inground fibreglass pool then choosing an above ground is still a fantastic option. Just because this might be a more affordable option doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. Each pool at Barrier Reef Pools is made from the highest quality fibreglass no matter which style, size or type you choose we make no exception when t comes to building and installing only the highest standard of fibreglass pools. An above-ground fibreglass pool will cost you quite a few thousand dollars less compared to an inground pool but that doesn’t mean it won’t look any less appealing and you still have many options when it comes to the landscaping and layout.

Many Options of Lay Outs and Designs

When purchasing an above ground pool, there are many different sizes, shapes and designs to choose from. Here at Barrier Reef Pools, all of our fibreglass pools come with the option of being installed in the ground or above the ground. Our range will leave you spoilt for choice. Whether you are after a family size pool, lap pool, something from our slimline range or a plunge pool, whichever style you choose, we can install each option above the ground to accommodate your needs. When it comes to the layout of an above the ground pool there are options to choose from, the layout of your backyard could determine where your pool is positioned. A popular choice with above ground pools is having it built into an existing verandah or patio or having one built around it. This will give your outdoor area a very modern and appealing look while still saving you money compared to an inground install.

Fast Installation

It is no secret that Fibreglass Pools are installed very fast! Generally speaking, an inground fibreglass pool can be installed in as little as 1-2 weeks. One of the benefits of choosing an above ground pool is how fast the installation is. Above ground, pools are designed to stand on the ground so all that is needed is a concrete slab to be placed where you wish to instal your pool. Inground pools need your backyard to be excavated as they are built quite deep into the ground, because of the amount of construction that needs to be done the install takes longer and is more expensive. An above-ground pool can be installed in as little as a few days. Keep in mind if you are building on a patio or verandah, this will require extra construction time but generally speaking, the pool itself could be installed in 2-3 days.


Easy Maintenance

Cleaning and maintaining an above ground pool is normally easier than an inground pool because nothing is hidden. All the parts are easy to find and access. If a part needs to be repaired you will know exactly which one it is that is causing you problems. With in-ground pools some of the parts are under the surface, a lot of the time training is needed to ensure you know how to find these parts to inspect and repair. Generally speaking above ground pools use fewer chemicals which will save you time and money.


When you install a fibreglass pool inground if you decide to move house the pool stays at the property. One of the advantages of having an above ground pool is the fact that it can be dissembled and taken with you. An above-ground pool can be moved and relocated very easily.

Barrier Reef Pools are a leader in Above Ground Fibreglass Pools

Here at Barrier Reef Pools, we have fibreglass pools to suit everyone’s budget, style, size and even colour! Here are some of the features of our above ground pools

• Fast and easy installation

• All our pools can be installed above the ground

• Lifetime structural and internal warranty

• All Barrier Reef pools come with Australian Standards 5 tick certified product award

• Strong and durable yet can still flex to accommodate earth movements

• All our pools look fantastic as we use a super soft high gloss surface in a fantastic range of vibrant shimmer colours

• Each one of our fibreglass pools is made from our 7 layers of strength and we only use the new generation high-performance fibreglass

Barrier Reef Fibreglass Pools can be installed in almost any backyard

We use only the most advanced and update technology when building our fibreglass pools, this means that we can install our pools in almost any backyard. Each one of our fibreglass pools can be installed either above the ground or in the ground, the choice is completely up to you. Barrier Reef Pools prides itself on excellent workmanship and attention to detail which is why every single one of our pool builders is highly qualified and licenced. The installation of a pool whether above ground or in-ground is not always straight forward, for example, there might be a yard that is on a sloping block, or there could be trees and large amounts of landscaping that need to be moved. This is why it is extremely important that when choosing your pool builder, you ensure they are qualified and licensed with a great reputation.

How Many Ways Can You Install a Fibreglass Pool?

There are 3 different ways a fibreglass pool can be installed and they are:

1. In-Ground- This is the most common and popular choice for people who have a flat backyard and plenty of space.

2. Semi Above Ground- We find customers who choose to partially install their pools above ground generally have tricky blocks of land such as slopes. Semi above ground means that just part of the pool is buried into the land

3. Above Ground- Installing your fibreglass pool above ground will save you expenses since no excavation work needs to be done. Installation is extremely quick, you could have your pool ready in as little as 3-5 days. With above ground pools, you can still have the aesthetics you want by building your pool into an already existing patio or you can have a brand new deck built around your new fibreglass pool! Just because the pool is above ground doesn’t mean you can’t design and have the surroundings the way you want.

Here at Barrier Reef Pools, we have been helping homeowners across Australia build their dream pools for the past 30 years. Above ground pools are a popular choice for many people and it is no surprise why. They are affordable, easy to maintain and clean and come in a wide range of different shapes, styles and sizes. Whether you want your pool to be in the ground, partially in the ground or completely above ground our experienced team can help you bring your ideas to life! Give us a call today and we can discuss all the options available to begin your pool journey.

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