Setting Up With Above Ground Pool Supplies

by Pool Builders on 07-28-2010 in Articles

Owning an above ground pool sounds so easy. In reality, it's a little complicated. It's not as if you can just put up a pool in the background, stick a hose in it, turn on a spigot and start swimming a few days later. Pools are more than an oversized water bowl. If you're going to make your back yard into a summer oasis, you're going to find yourself walking the aisles of a retailer or shopping for above ground pool supplies online.

Above ground pool supplies run the gamut--they range from obvious necessities like pool liners to optional items like floating solar water heating devices. Even a smart shopper can find himself or herself running up a rather high bill for his or her above ground pool supplies. That's why it's a good idea to do what you can to hold down expenses. Here are a few recommendations for getting the right supplies at the right prices.

First, remember that you don't want to ever make the common mistake of sacrificing quality in order to save a few dollars. That's true whether you're buying your pool chemicals or picking up a pool cover. In almost every case, the cheapest options have low price tags for a reason--they aren't of the best quality.

It always makes sense to look at the lowest priced above ground pool supplies. There's nothing wrong with trying to save money, after all. However, you should move on to better products if you aren't looking at a good deal on a high-quality product. If you do opt to go with low-grade merchandise, be prepared to spend more money on your pool in the long run. You'll be replacing your pool liners years before you would had you purchased a good liner. You'll be draining the pool to make repairs when you should be enjoying a swim. You'll be watching people struggle to get in and out of the pool, perhaps even slipping and injuring themselves, on a cheap ladder because you desperately wanted to save a few bucks with plastic instead of stainless steal.

It's also a good idea to purchase your above ground pool supplies from a reputable dealer that carries recognized brands. Mystery products may offer mystery quality, even if they're built from the right materials. Dealing with a retailer or website that has been in the business for several years also decreases the chance that anyone will attempt to take advantage of you.

You're not going to enjoy that first swim until you've done your shopping. You will have a long list of above ground pool supplies to purchase, if you don't already. While you do your shopping, try to deal with known businesses and make a point of purchasing top quality products. When you do things right the first time, you won't find yourself doing them again and again!

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