Above ground pools are a lot of fun throughout the hot summer months. However, it is important that you take some time and know what you're getting yourself into, especially if you want your pool to last for many years to come. With this in mind, there are a few things to look for as you look into buying a pool for your family.
What Makes A Good Above Ground Pool
There are two main questions you must ask yourself when buying an above ground pool, including:
- What size and shape are right for your yard? Although shorter wall heights are more affordable and safer for young children, deeper wall heights offer better swimming.
- Do you want a steel or a resin pool? Steel is considered resistant to corrosion, but resin is corrosion-proof but they're more expensive. If you live in a damp area with lots of rust, the cost is probably worth it. Steel structure pools are also better than aluminum ones because they're made of a stronger material - one that won't dent, pit, or oxidize over time. They also cost less for maintenance and yet they're more hygienic.
Other important considerations include the size of the top rails and verticals, the length of the warranty and whether you want buttresses (supports built into the pool, which take up additional space).
Know What You're Buying
Not only do you want a high-quality, well-manufactured pool, but you also want some additional parts that go along with it. These things will make your pool more enjoyable. They include:
- A high-quality pool liner that's thick, durable, and made of a material other than recycled vinyl. You can't afford to overlook them since they're what holds the water in your pool.
- Make sure your pump and your pool filter match and make sure they're neither too big or too small for your pool. It's also important to understand that your pool filter requires sand. Make sure you get the right kind instead of opting for sandblast sand. While it's more affordable, you really should use clean, dry silica sand so you don't risk damaging your filter
- When choosing a base for your above ground pool, don't use beach sand since it erodes over time. Opt for stone dust instead. It's similar to cement in that it packs down into a hard base that provides a great, long-lasting foundation for your pool
Making Your Purchase
Only buy your pool from a reputable company. Buying a cheap pool means you'll end up paying more money in the future. These pools are made of sub-par materials that need more repairs than if you'd bought a high-quality pool, to begin with. Although you may feel as though you're saving money now, you're better off taking your time, saving up your money, and investing wisely. Also, make sure you hire an experienced pool technician to clean and maintain your pool throughout the season. This money is well spent in providing you and your family with a pool you won't only enjoy this season but for many seasons in the future as well.