What is an above-ground pool?
An above-ground swimming pool is an outdoor pool in which no part is below ground level. Typically, above-ground pools are supported by galvanized steel walls, a frame, rails, and a vinyl lining. They offer homeowners the benefits of having a pool on nearly any budget and, if you choose, allow for removal from your backyard with minimal effort and risk.
What are the advantages of installing an above-ground pool?
Above-ground pools are available in a variety of pre-made shapes, sizes, colors and add-ons to fit almost any backyard living space. Above ground pool prices begin at $2,795, making them an excellent option for families who may want to upgrade to a larger pool as their family grows.
Above-ground pools offer benefits such as:
- Faster and easier installation
- Lower costs
- Easier to maintain
Faster and Easier Installation
Without the hassle and mess of heavy construction equipment digging up your backyard, above-ground pools can typically be installed in a matter of days. In addition to helping you select the above-ground pool that’s right for you, our knowledgeable staff can coordinate the setup with our associated partners and installation experts. We also offer DIY above-ground pool kits.
The first and most important step of the installation process is site leveling as it is critical for the structural durability of your pool. Next is ensuring the walls are secured and that the frame is set. Finally, the vinyl liner is placed in position and the air pockets are smoothed. Once the foundation is set, all that’s left to do is install a filter system and fill the pool with water. Make your new backyard oasis, even more, inviting by landscaping around your above-ground pool and by adding other features that enhance your space.
Because above-ground pools aren’t considered permanent fixtures, they usually do not require a building permit and have no impact on the resale value of your home. You should always double-check with your local planning and zoning department to confirm there is no need for a permit to install your above-ground pool. Check with your neighborhood homeowners’ association as well to ensure there are no restrictions on above-ground pools.
Above-ground pools are considerably less expensive to install and maintain than their more permanent counterparts. The small size of above-ground pools not only makes them easier to install but also easier to maintain, requiring fewer chemicals, maintenance equipment, and other supplies to keep your pool in tip-top shape. The most common repairs we see with above-ground pools are leaks in the vinyl liner and small rust spots on the inside of the pool walls. Leaks can be patched quickly and inexpensively, and small rust spots can be sanded away and sprayed with rust inhibitor spray.
But don’t be fooled by their small size! The cost savings of above-ground pools give you room to invest in landscaping and decking for around your pool area, as well as fun additions such as slides, outdoor furniture and more.
Easier to Maintain
One of the biggest advantages of maintaining an above-ground pool is that all parts and features are easily accessible for inspection and repair, but whether you have an above-ground or in-ground pool, you’ll need some of the same equipment to keep your pool water clear and clean. Standard maintenance equipment includes filters, pumps, chemicals, and pool cleaners—although the type of filter and accessories are dependant upon the shape and size of your pool. Your service technician can recommend the right equipment and maintenance services for your above-ground pool. Proper care and regular maintenance is the best way to ensure the longevity of your above-ground pool.
Is an above-ground pool right for you?
Above-ground pools offer many of the same features and benefits of in-ground swimming pools, but with lower costs, faster installation and easier maintenance, you could be enjoying your new pool in no time! And if in a few years, you decide to remove or relocate your above-ground pool, it is relatively inexpensive and easy to disassemble.
If you still have questions about above-ground pools or need help determining which type of pool is right for you, feel free to contact us today. Our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you may have and, once your new pool is installed, it can help you care for your new backyard oasis.