Ryan Shepard
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June 26, 2024

Should You Get A Stock Tank Pool? 5 Reasons To Install One Now

When I first floated the idea of getting a stock tank pool to Shep, he wasn't exactly thrilled. We were brand-new parents, had just moved into our home about seven months prior, and were already juggling a ton of responsibilities. Adding a potentially costly and labor-intensive backyard project to our plate wasn't Shep's idea of smart financial planning.

The inspiration came from a high school girlfriend and her wife, who had installed their own stock tank pool in Los Angeles and absolutely loved it. With Georgia summers being brutally hot well into what’s supposed to be fall, I wanted a space where our family and friends could hang out, stay cool, and have a great time.

After a ton of research, I found a local company that installed and customized stock tank pools. I reached out, got a quote, and convinced Shep this was a great investment for our home. We absolutely love our place, but we know it's not our forever home. In the meantime, it’s important to create spaces for joy and add value to our home for when we do decide to sell.

We decided to go all in. We got the largest stock tank pool they offered, along with a custom-built deck, heating systems, and a water filtration system. We also hired a landscaper to level the part of our yard where we wanted the pool installed. All in, we spent about $8,000—$6,000 for the pool and accessories and another $2,000 for leveling and landscaping. It was a good chunk of money, made possible by savings and some serious help from our parents. But now, we have a backyard space we absolutely adore.

We are basically stock tank pool evangelists at this point. Our pool easily fits up to six adults and a few kids, can be heated in the winter, and is relatively easy to maintain. It delivers on all the important aspects of a pool or hot tub without the hefty price tag. The average cost of a stock tank pool is about $2,000, with prices varying based on DIY vs. professional installation, location, and desired add-ons like a water heater or deck.

If you’re a homeowner interested in adding a fun and affordable project to your home that also adds value, you should definitely consider a stock tank pool. We absolutely love ours, but if you’re still on the fence, here are five reasons why you should consider installing a stock tank pool on your property:

5 Reasons to Consider a Stock Tank Pool

1. They're More Affordable Than Traditional PoolsDid you know the cost of an in-ground pool can range from $20,000 (on the low, low end) to upwards of $70k? Um, I don't know about you, but that sounds like the cost of a downpayment on a home, not a pool. Who has the money for that? A stock tank pool is a fraction of the price and takes literally one day to install.

2. Versatility and CustomizationStock tank pools offer a wide range of customization options to suit your preferences and backyard aesthetics. You can paint the tank to match your outdoor decor or add decorative elements such as wooden decking or plants around it. With a little creativity, you can transform your stock tank pool into a stylish oasis that complements your outdoor living space.

3. Space-Saving SolutionIf you have limited backyard space, a stock tank pool is an excellent solution. These pools come in various sizes, allowing you to choose one that fits perfectly in your available space. Whether you have a small urban backyard or a cozy patio, a stock tank pool can provide you with a refreshing retreat without taking up excessive room.

4. Easy MaintenanceMaintaining a stock tank pool is relatively straightforward, especially when compared to larger swimming pools. With proper filtration and regular water treatment, you can keep your pool clean and safe for swimming. Additionally, the smaller size of stock tank pools means less water to treat and fewer chemicals required, resulting in lower maintenance costs.

5. Portability and FlexibilityUnlike traditional pools, stock tank pools offer the advantage of portability. If you decide to move or rearrange your backyard, you can easily disassemble and relocate your stock tank pool. This flexibility allows you to adapt your outdoor space to your changing needs and preferences without the hassle of a permanent structure.


Installing a stock tank pool in your backyard can provide you with a cost-effective, customizable, and refreshing oasis right at your doorstep. With their versatility, easy maintenance, and space-saving design, stock tank pools offer a practical and enjoyable alternative to traditional swimming pools. Consider the benefits outlined in this blog post and take the plunge into creating your own backyard retreat with a stock tank pool.

Remember to check local regulations and safety guidelines before installing a pool, and always prioritize the safety of yourself and others when enjoying your stock tank pool. Dive in and enjoy!


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