Installation - What to Expect

Pool Installation Process

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

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.

Site Leveling


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.


Finishing is 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!

Vinyl Liner Installation

Add-on Features

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.

Energy Efficiency

Two chief causes of wasted energy for swimming pools are evaporation (and subsequent heat loss) and pump use: with a more modest surface area and lower-powered pumps than many inground pools, above ground pools are often much more energy-friendly.

Above Ground Pools