Above-ground vs concrete pools

Traditionally, swimming pools have been built in-ground.

This is done by excavating the site and filling the hole with reinforced concrete, which is later waterproofed and then tiled.

Our innovative above-ground pools are a more cost-effective option, with significant savings made on construction time, maintenance and materials.

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Construction time

With fewer materials used and limited groundwork required, construction of a permanent, above-ground pool can be completed 4 months quicker than a traditional concrete pool.


Maintenance costs are significantly lower for an above-ground pool.
Due to the stainless-steel structure of an above-ground pool, maintenance is predictable and a fraction of the cost of an in-ground pool.

Any maintenance repairs can be made without large-scale, structural changes.

Expected Maintenance costs over a 40 year period​

Environmental impact

Compared to concrete, an above-ground swimming pool build has a significantly lower carbon footprint and saves hundreds of tonnes of materials.

50% C02 Reduction

50% reduction in CO2 emissions for an above-ground pool compared to in-ground pool

285 tonnes of saved material

285 tonnes of material saved when building an above-ground pool

Life Span

Above-ground swimming pools are permanent and have the same longevity as concrete pools. They will last for at least 50 years when maintained correctly and even have a better structural guarantee.

By providing innovative leisure facilities at a fraction of the traditional cost, ReCreation helps to remove one of the biggest barriers to getting more kids involved in sport: financial restrictions.

Our passion for giving kids greater access to healthy activities is unlocking the opportunity to replace ageing facilities with new across the UK.