Information You Should Know About Above Ground Pools  

by Pool Builders on 06-25-2013 in Articles

If you are thinking about putting in a pool, there are some things that you ought to know before you pursue this recreational choice any further. Above ground pools have most of the same advantages of in-ground pools. The biggest difference between the two is that the former are less expensive than the latter. As well, there is less of a commitment with the former because it can be disassembled if you decide to relocate and it can go with you.

When it comes to above ground pools, the size of your yard makes a difference. This will be the main determining factor in choosing the shape and size of your pool. Generally speaking, small ones have a diameter that ranges from 15 to 18 feet, while the larger ones can be up to 30 feet.

Oval shapes utilize the space best, although this shape can necessitate angled braces and can add a couple more feet to the width of the structure. Round shaped above ground pools offer a larger area for swimming and are also easier to install. They are also self-supporting. Keep in mind as you are contemplating your backyard options, that most of these items do not have a tremendous amount of depth. At most, you can expect depths of four to five feet.

In terms of materials, the majority of above ground pools are made of one of these three materials- steel, aluminum and resin. Let us look at each one of these types of materials.

Steel is the heaviest and most solid material. It is also the cheapest choice. This material will not rust for many years, but it is prone to oxidization and corrosion.

Aluminum is also resistant to rust, much like steel is. It can corrode and oxidize over time. When the oxidization process occurs to aluminum, the surfaces can get rougher, and in some cases, holes can develop in the bottom of the liner. If structures for swimming made of aluminum are not sealed correctly, problems can arise. This material is lighter than steel and more flexible to move.

Resin is another material used to make structures to swim in, but generally it is mixed with plastic or used only for certain sections of the entire product. It presents none of the problems that aluminum or steel do, such as erosion, oxidization or rust. It can be more expensive to purchase, depending upon how high the composition of resin is.

If you do decide to go with resin, it is important that you choose one with a proper UV coating. If you do not, it is likely to flake and crack. Most of the time resin above ground pools hold up well against the elements. One disadvantage of the bottom tracks of resin structures is that they sometimes bend which can make it more difficult for the homeowner to install himself. In this case, hiring professional pool installers makes more sense.

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