The dream of many homeowners is to have their own pool. The high cost of an in ground pool is not feasible for many so they purchase the next best thing – an above ground pool. They are not all the same so there are several things you will need to consider before you hand over any cash. Keep reading below to get started in the right direction!
Size vs. space
Pools come in all shapes and sizes. While the monstrosity they sell at the local pool store may be your dream come true. It will not do you any good if it takes up every bit of free space you have. Along with the room needed for the pool itself, you need extra room for walking around and room for filter installation near it. Before you even begin the process of shopping, go out into your yard and measure the amount of total free area that you have. Once you know this number, you can begin to visit stores to get an idea of the types of pools you prefer and the size you will be able to work with comfortably.
The most common shape for an above ground pool is round. However, both oval and rectangular are also becoming popular. The main consideration if you choose to go with either the oval or the rectangle is whether or not there is enough free space left in the yard to place all the poles to support the pool.
Type of pool
Above ground pools come in two different types – temporary or permanent. Temporary pools are the kind that inflates at the start of the season and taken down when the weather cools. They are much cheaper than the other type. Permanent pools are installed one time only so make sure you are not going to want to move it around every year. Temporary pools also cost significantly less than the permanent version. Permanent above ground pools come in three different types:
- Resin: This is the newest material in the world of pool manufacturing and encompasses all the parts you are able to see. It molds and sculpts easily, meaning there is a greater variation in shapes available. It is lightweight and most importantly, there is no rust.
- Steel: Steel is an extremely heavy material and in the world of pools, it is considered very durable, often lasting upwards of twenty years. There is a potential for rust on the steel, but each piece is rust proofed during the manufacturing process before leaving the factory.
- Aluminum: Since these pools are constructed from aluminum, they have a higher resistance to rust over steel. However, oxidation may cause small holes in the liner and perhaps pitting of the pool’s surface over the years.
Don’t forget the warranty information
When a manufacturer has confidence in their products, they are happy to give great warranties since they do not believe they will ever need them. This, in turn, makes the customer confident that they are buying a top of the line above ground pool. Before coming to a final decision, visit several pool retailers to compare prices and find out about after purchase service and support.