Is A Resin or Aluminum Pool Right For You?

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Is A Resin or Aluminum Pool Right For You?

Are you a new pool shopper? Choosing the best material for above ground swimming pool is not easy. Aluminum and resin are the most common materials used for above ground pools. Each pool store has a different opinion as to which is the best material.


Aluminum is resistant to rust. It can be oxidized and corroded. Aluminum that is oxidized becomes rough and can lead to holes in the bottom liner of the pool. Once there are holes, you should look for special coatings which are expensive to cover them.

Compared to steel, aluminum is more flexible and lighter in weight. They make water movement easier as you can assemble and move aluminum pool. However, aluminum walls not sealed correctly can be trouble.


Sometimes, pools are made entirely out of resin, but at times it’s just some parts of the pool. Unlike aluminum and steel, resin does not have rust or oxidizing properties. However, resin is more expensive, and depending on its components on the pool, the more expensive it is.

Resin can hold up to certain temperatures unlike aluminum and steel which become hot. However, you should protect resin from UV rays by having a UV coating to prevent cracks.

Resin Pool Advantages

Resin pools are basically made of steel walls and resin components. They are long lasting compared to steel pools. Unlike aluminum pools, resin pools do not oxidize. They are much cheaper than aluminum pools. However, the only disadvantage is that resin pools are susceptible to UV rays, winter weather and cold weather that can lead to fading and cracking.

Aluminum Pool Advantages

Over the past 10 to 15 years, aluminum has become popular due to its ability to withstand unpleasantly cold or wet weather. Aluminum resists corrosion because it is exposed to air; it mixes with oxygen to form aluminum oxide, creating a layer. Not only does it have a high strength to weight ratio, but aluminum pool does not tarnish or rust.

As the weather becomes wet, it becomes even tougher. The only disadvantage is that most of these pools can have holes created due to oxidation of the aluminum.

Resin or Aluminum

The above advantages and disadvantages can help you choose the pool you need. Resin is increasingly becoming popular; its non-corrosive properties make it more appealing look to the eyes and non-oxidant. However, be knowledgeable about it not being able to resist cracking during winters with snow load.

Before you choose the material of your pool, consider climate changes where you live. Also take into consideration different work conditions. For instance, a resin pool when knocked by a mower can break down as opposed to aluminum and steel that might have a dent. Ideally fixing a dent is much easier and cheaper as opposed to replacing a whole resin part.

Aluminum has positive attributes, but its oxidative property is a problem. In the long run, it is expensive. Buy a high quality pool and ensure preventive maintenance as these materials have both ups and downs.

Contact us to help you choose the best material for your swimming pool based on the factors mentioned at the start of the article

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