Above Ground Swimming Pools: What You Need to Know

Above Ground Pools

Above Ground Swimming Pools: What You Need to Know

Having a backyard swimming pool works incredibly well, especially if you aim to transform or upgrade your outdoor living space. When it comes to choosing a type of pool, there are essential factors that should be taken into consideration. One example is deciding on whether you want a traditional in-ground pool or an above ground pool. Prices of above ground swimming pools are much cheaper compared to in-ground pools. These above ground pools offer the same benefits but can help you save on your budget.

Shape and Size

Above ground pools styles come in round and oval designs. There are also pools that showcase rectangular configurations. When it comes to having more space, round pools provide that comfort. They are also cheaper and easier to install compared to oval pools. However, oval pools can help you maximize the space on the ground. This shape works better for playing basketball, water volleyball or swimming laps. The drawback of oval pools is that extra sidewall bracing is required upon installation. The smallest of these pools measure from 15 to 18 feet diameter. Large round pools can go as big as 30 feet across while oval pools can go up to 36 feet long by 18 feet wide. Depth ranges from 30 inches up to 52 inches.


Above ground swimming pools are usually made of vinyl liner with a framework consisting of aluminum, steel, or resign. The most structurally-sound type of support is steel and it can also last for 2 decades or more. Aluminum pools are less sturdy but weigh less as well. It is easier to disassemble and relocate though. This type of above ground pool eventually experience oxidization and tends to cause pitting in the surface of the pool in addition to smalls holes in the actual liner. The most expensive type are resin pools. These pools do not retain heat like aluminum and steel pools. Resin pools do not require high maintenance.

Above ground pools can also be purchased with a design set up fit for the swimming season. They can be dismantled then stored when winter comes. Temporary pools come in two types: a popup pool and a pool with frames just like with permanent pools. The lifetime of these pools however is not similar to their permanent counterparts. When buying a above ground swimming pool that is temporary, you should take note of the cheaper price but you should also make sure that you have storage space for the pool during winter.


When it comes to the installation of above ground swimming pools, there is a need to check local zoning departments. This is essential to know guidelines regarding installation of above ground swimming pools. Usually, there are states that have local building codes that restrict a pool’s height and weight. There are even some pools that may need permits before being installed. You should also consider the local safety laws that needs to be observed after an above ground pool has been installed.

Buying a above ground swimming pool is a smart choice because of the reduced cost, ease of installation and the option of not committing unlike with an in-ground pool. The advantage of easier maintenance is also a plus.


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