So you’ve made the decision and the promise - this summer you’re not going to let yourself bake while your family pleads for refreshment. You’re going to buy that above ground pool. But how do you decide which one is right for you? There are a few key factors to consider when looking at above ground pools: pool size, the materials the pool is made of and of course, your budget. Click for Above Ground Pools
Location is the first consideration for above ground pools and should be based on available space, obstacles and safety. Allow at least 3 feet between the pool and any structures. Avoid trees since their roots can push up through above ground pool liners. Select level ground with no underground lines, septic tanks, cesspools, dry wells, tree roots or stumps, or debris underneath. Never place above ground pools under overhead electrical lines.
Once the location is decided, you’ll need to measure the area to determine what size pool will fit. Some above ground pools have buttresses which are angled support beams that extend from the pool wall to the ground. For pools with buttresses, allow an extra three feet when measuring. Many newer above ground pools now have upright support systems that do not require buttresses.
Now you can choose the pool shape and height. Round and oval are the most common shapes for above ground pools. Round pools usually do not exceed 33 feet in diameter while oval pools are typically no larger than 18 feet by 40 feet. Above ground pools come in heights of 48, 52 or 54 inches. This refers to the height of the pool wall from the ground. Many people like the deeper above ground pools because more water offers better swimming. However, above ground pools with shorter wall heights are usually more affordable and the lower water depth may be safer for young children.
The next step is deciding between the two main types of above ground pools which is based on the material they're made of. A “steel pool” typically refers to one that has walls, uprights, a bottom track and top rails made of steel. A “resin pool” also has steel walls but the other structural components are made of resin which is a heavy-duty plastic. Steel above ground pools are covered with multiple layers of protective coatings and are considered very resistant to corrosion. However, resin is corrosion-proof. Resin above ground pools tend to be a bit more expensive but could be well worth it, especially if you live in a damp area where rust might be more prevalent.
Finally, the bottom line - how much do you want to spend for your pool? There are several grades of above ground pools – economy, mid-grade and high-end. The main difference between these grades will be the size of the top rail and verticals (these get wider as you go up in grade), the length of the warranty, and for oval above ground pools, whether or not there are buttresses. Higher end above ground pools usually do not have buttresses which looks more attractive and takes up less yard space.