Choosing the Right Swimming Pool Installation for Your Home

by Pool Builders on 01-25-2012 in Articles

Choosing an above or in-ground swimming pool installation is a big decision. Both types of pool provide years of fun for the entire family but each one has different features. In addition, there are many styles of pools in each category. Finding the perfect one requires consideration of the yard size and shape and other factors. Learning everything there is to know about in and above ground pools will make the decision and professional installation process much easier.

Above ground pools are less expensive than in-ground versions and they can be removed. Expect to get 15 to 20 years of use from a high-quality above ground pool. Based on usage and quality, liner replacement may be required every five to seven years. Professionals can easily install this pool and minimal maintenance is required by the owner. A complete kit includes the pool, ladder, cover, and possibly a vacuum. City regulations may pertain to above ground pool installation, so look into this before deciding on the location.

Standard above ground pools range in diameter from 12 to 30 feet and come in round or oval shapes. Twelve to 15-foot diameter pools called splashers are designed for young children. An 18-foot or larger diameter pool is suitable for a family of four. The pool is supported by steel walls, vertical steel posts, and a wide top ledge. For an 18-foot pool, a minimum one-horsepower pump and a sand filter are recommended.

Homeowners may face geographic, soil, terrain, and climate challenges when installing an in-ground pool. Features designed to handle special conditions include non-corroding super structures, monolithic grout bottoms, and aluminum coping systems that resist frost and feature replaceable coverings. The best in-ground pools are professionally engineered. They feature heavy gauge galvanized and welded steel walls and heavy duty bracing for strong anchoring.

A durable coping system fitted with a replaceable vinyl cover is the best choice. Some companies use a patented system that eliminates coping failure. During seasonal freezing and thawing in some geographic areas, the deck can move, causing the coping to fail. Having a pool that prevents this from occurring reduces worry on the part of the homeowner. Each spring, the pool can be opened as usual without requiring any major repairs.

The quality of the in-ground pool liner is important and a 30 or 40 mil liner is recommended. Reputable manufacturers fit the liner to the dimensions of the pool. This durable liner protects against fungi, bacteria, and algae growth and may feature an attractive pattern. In-ground pool packages may include the pool, step ladder, diving board, vacuum, concrete liner, solar blanket, winter cover, self-cleaning system, and more.

Compare packages, sizes, and styles of in and above ground pools, taking budget into account. Always comply with municipal regulations during installation, which may require adding a safety fence around the pool. Select the highest quality pool that is affordable because it should offer more years of enjoyment. Learn maintenance tips to care for the pool properly each season.

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