Above ground pools are a fantastic option for those who want the enjoyment of a pool without investing the time and money required for an inground pool. Above ground pools can be built in round or oval shapes in a number of sizes to suit your backyard, and can be finished with a variety beautiful design-inspired liners to give your pool a custom look. These pools can be installed quickly, and can be easily dismantled and transported if you ever move to a new home.
Above ground pools never stop evolving: here are a few recent advances that make these pools a better choice than ever!
If you think above ground pools all look the same – think again! They come in many exciting styles and shades. And with dozens of above ground pool wall designs and liner options available, you can mix and match to create your perfect combination.
With all the looks and styles available for your above ground pool, you can pick the right pool for your yard – and even reinvent the space around the pool you choose!
Strong, rustproof and contoured for great looks, resin is now the leading material for above ground pool construction. But steel, the trusty standby of above ground pools, has also undergone constant improvement over the years through the development of new coatings and protective finishes to keep it from rusting or degrading. And hybrid pools can give you the best of both worlds! Today’s above ground pools are stronger, sturdier, and longer-lasting than ever – a fact reflected in the impressive warranties that come with many high-end pools.
Many above ground pools are now compatible with salt-water chlorination systems: a low-cost, low-maintenance, environmentally friendly way to keep your pool clean that’s also gentle on the skin. If you’re interested in salt-water chlorination, be sure to mention this to your pool dealer so they can show you compatible models. You can choose this system when you buy your pool, or choose to upgrade later.
While most above ground pools used to all be the same height, they’ve grown! 52" and 54" pools are gradually replacing the old 48" standard.
Above ground pools can be installed by professional pool builders or, if you’re the do-it-yourself type, with the help of some willing friends. Just make sure you check with your local pool retailer first — he can help guide you through the selection process and discuss the best options for installation and local permit standards.
You can have an above ground pool up and ready for swimming in just a few days. Here’s how you do it:
Site Leveling is the first step. A level site is critical to protecting the structural integrity of the pool. Your pool layout will be marked in your back yard and, if needed, heavy equipment will be brought in to level the site. Once the soil is leveled, a layer of sand will be spread over the area to give it a firm foundation.
Framing is when the walls of the pool are assembled and secured — supports may need to be added for extra stability. If you’ve planned for decking or walkways around your pool, those areas will be framed so placement of plumbing and electrical systems can be determined. When planning the placement of your plumbing and electrical systems, it’s important to keep equipment away from the entrance to the pool.
Finishingis the final step. It’s time to install the vinyl liner and carefully work it into the proper position. When this is done, you’ll fill the pool with water and smooth out any wrinkles or air pockets. Now you’re ready for the finishing touches!
You’re almost ready to start swimming! Now that your pool is built and filled, you can add ladders and filtration systems. You can also finish and furnish your deck, and add some landscaping. And don’t forget about safety features! Keeping your pool safe means keeping it fun for everyone.
More questions? Read our Above Ground Pool FAQs.
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