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Installing a private backyard pool doesn’t have to break your outdoor renovation budget with a traditional ground swimming pool or above ground pool. Stock tank pools have been the rising star of social media and for good reason! Space-saving, water-wise, and budget-friendly, metal pools made of an inexpensive and durable stock tank provide maximum fun with minimal maintenance. Check out our top ten reasons why you should consider adding a stock tank pool to your backyard oasis.

A man and woman play outside with a young boy in a plunge pool in a yard with desert style landscaping

Image Credit: Sarah Sherman Samuel

01 Space Saving

Adding a stock tank pool to your renovation wishlist is the perfect solution for anyone looking to maximize limited outdoor space. Clocking in at eight feet in diameter, this small but functional oasis can help save significant square footage compared to a traditional pool size of eighteen by thirty-six feet. Their minimal footprint brings the same refreshment without taking over your entire backyard.

yard design for Joshua Tree tiny home with pergola-covered sectional and stock tank pool on concrete paver patio

This Yardzen landscape design for a tiny home in Joshua Tree has a with pergola-covered living area and stock tank pool on a concrete paver patio.

02 Long Lasting

The stock tank’s original purpose was to serve rough and tumble patrons, like cattle and horses, all while holding up to extreme weather conditions in the field. Galvanized metal stock tanks are built to last in the most unforgiving situations, so you can rest assured that your galvanized stock tank pool will host years and years of mini pool parties when properly cared for.

A traditional style backyard with a stock tank pool painted white surrounded by green lawn and overhead string lights

Image Credit: Arrows & Bows

03 Budget-Friendly

If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat without overextending your outdoor renovation budget, a stock tank can help check that box. The average cost of an in-ground pool installation can run between $35,000 to $55,000, depending on the size, location, and materials used. In stark comparison, finished installation of stock tanks offer a more manageable price tag from $600 if you plan to go the DIY stock tank pool route (there are a TON of tutorials online) or $2,000 to $5,000 for professional installation depending on the size and extras. The cost of the stock tank itself can be as little as $300 to $400 at a local farm supply store like Wilco or Tractor Supply Company, or online retailer like Amazon.

04 Less Water

Similar to water-saving xeriscaping , installing a stock tank pool instead of a swimming pool can help save thousands of dollars on your water bill. An eight-foot stock tank pool holds about seven hundred gallons of water compared to a whopping eighteen thousand to twenty thousand gallons required to fill up a traditional swimming pool. Don’t forget to factor in regular top-offs in both style pools to account for evaporation!

A small backyard landscape design with brick walkway, stock tank pool, and lush planting with purple flowers.

Our stock tank pool and backyard design for our client in Oregon

05 Quick Installation

With just a few supplies needed, a stock tank pool can be a relatively quick installation at about one to three days. Not to mention, an eight-foot stock tank can be filled up and ready for lounging in under an hour! A swimming pool install can take anywhere between six to twelve weeks and usually requires a water truck to fill.

06 Less Maintenance

While stock tank pools aren’t zero maintenance, they are certainly less than a traditional swimming pool. At minimum, stock tank pool owners should remove large debris when needed using a skimmer, and periodically drain and scrub down the interior to keep the tank buildup and algae-free.

It’s important to note that going with a stock tank pool doesn’t mean safely forgoing a pool pump and pool chemicals. Installing a pool filter pump and using chlorine tablets or a float with a chlorine dispenser can significantly reduce the number of times you’ll need to change out the standing water in order to keep the pool sanitary and safe by preventing mosquitos and germs from breeding. This filter pump combo from Intex is the most popular and widely available for the amount of water typically in an 8-foot round stock tank pool.

Close-up of tranquil rippling water in a stock tank pool surrounded by a desert landscape.

Image Credit: Jay Carroll WSJ

07 Variety of Sizes & Shapes

Stock tanks are typically two feet deep but come in various diameters and shapes, ranging from two feet to as wide as ten feet in elliptical or circular shapes. You’ll be able to find a tank that fits your space and pool party regulars.

08 Portable

Is the tank better under the pergola or closer to the back fence? Let’s find out! Quickly move it around your yard to visualize how your space will flow. Once a traditional pool is installed, there’s no moving it a few feet to the left or right. If you enjoy changing up your outdoor space periodically, a stock tank pool is a great way to keep flexibility.

Above-ground stock tank pool surrounded by drought-tolerant plants and seating area with loveseat, lounge chairs, and fire pit

Above-ground stock tank pool surrounded by drought-tolerant plants and seating area with loveseat, lounge chairs, and fire pit

09 Dual Purpose

While stock tank pools are a popular choice for our clients in the balmiest places like Texas and Florida, they can also be converted to a hot tub for year-round soaking, making them great for any climate. When the mercury starts to dip, your petite pool can transform into a toasty tub with an on-demand propane water heater and transfer pump. When warmer days return, grab your pool noodles and easily convert back to a cool pool. If you’re looking for a low-energy alternative to help warm up the water, check out solar options to get a comfy soaking temp in milder climates.

10 Customizable

New paint is a low-cost way to completely change how a room feels, and the same goes with painting a stock tank. If the modern farmhouse vibe doesn’t fit in with your outdoor space, update the look with exterior paint. Make sure to properly prep the metal with a vinegar wipe down and choose an all-in-one exterior acrylic paint. A fresh color can help it blend into the background or become the backyard focal point with a vibrant color; it’s up to you!

Backyard design with an in-deck stock tank pool with adjacent lounge chairs and palm trees in the background.

Stock tank pool with deck in Naples, Florida backyard.

Stock tanks are a budget-friendly way to enjoy a refreshing dip and can fit into any style of landscape design. What’s on your backyard wish list?

Work With a Yardzen Designer to Create a Vision For Your Dream Backyard

If you’re needing help with a vision for your yard outside of the pool, we’re here for you. Yardzen’s award-winning online landscape design is tailored to homeowners in all fifty states in the US.

Our design process begins with understanding your space, your aesthetic preferences, and a discussion of your budget and vision to minimize surprises when it comes time to build.

Our top-notch designers then develop a personalized vision for your yard, shared through 3D renderings, 2D plan drawings, and plant and material lists. Your design will capture the look, feel, and function you are hoping for, all while keeping costs within range.

Once your design is complete, we’ll help you connect with a local contractor from our Pro Network of vetted professional landscapers to install your new design.

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