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Buying an Above Ground Swimming Pools



Beach Ball What type of pool is best for me, inground or above? [open]
When considering buying a pool, you will first have to identify your budget and the amouns of space you have in your yard. Next comes personal preference, would you like to add to your existing deck? Or maybe you want to personalize your pool more and build a nice patio next to an inground pool?

Inground pools are more expensive, but they do last longer than above ground pools.

If you are looking for an affordable starter pool to transform your backyard you'll want to go with an above ground pool. If you have an existing raised deck or patio that you'd like to attach your pool, then an above ground pool would be a better option.
Beach Ball How do I buy a pool? [open]
If you opt for an inground pool, you’ll need to gather estimates from several pool builders. Find a design you like and a builder you trust (for more help on what to look for in a pool builder, check out our blog: 6 Red Flags When Interviewing a Pool Builders). We recommend getting 3 to 4 estimates — too many and you’ll find yourself with too many options. Once you decide, you’ll be on their schedule and on your way to getting a pool.

For an above ground pool, you’ll be able to order a kit of the size and shape you want. You’ll also need a vinyl liner — many of our kits include a liner, with your choice to select a pattern, though there will likely be a charge depending on the pattern you select. After you receive your pool kit you will have the option of assembling it yourself or hiring a pool builder to build it for you. [Shop All Above Ground Pools]
Beach Ball What else will I need to get my pool up and running? [open]
You may have the pool and liner all set but you'll need a little more to get up and running. The most important parts you’ll need are a pump, filter, skimmer system and a sanitizer to get you pool ready and safe for use. Working together, these keep your pool clean, clear and safe to swim in. Maintaining a clean pool is just as important as the initial setup. Use testing kits or strips to discover your pool's chemistry and learn how to keep it balanced.

You’ll also want a skimmer/leaf net and some type of vacuum or cleaner so you can keep your pool clean and free of debris. And unless you have built-in steps, you’ll likely want some type of ladder or step system to make getting in and out of your pool easy.

While not required for both inground and above ground pools, we recommend a solar cover to help heat your pool and keep it warm and some pool floats and toys to up the fun!

Swimming Pool Buyers Guide BUYING A POOL

Buying a pool is a big investment that leads to a lot of fun for you, your family and your friends. But before you get to lounging by the poolside all summer long, there’s a few decisions you need make to ensure you’re getting the right pool for you and your backyard.

As you decide what pool will transform your backyard into an outdoor oasis, you’ll need to decide on what type of pool you want, what size and what fits your budget.

The largest decision and one of the first you'll have to make is if you want to own an above ground or inground pool. This decision will have a big impact on the other decisions you’ll need to make. Don't forget about your budget, it will be a key factor in guiding the rest of your decisions.
Beach Ball Inground vs. Above Ground [open]
While inground pools are the more expensive of the two options, they do last for a longer time. The installation process is long, around a week or so, depending also on if you decide on concrete, vinyl or fiberglass. They provide more creative liberty regarding look, shape and depth.

As for above ground pools, they are a cheaper alternative to inground pools. The cheapest option would be a pop up pool or a soft-sided style pool, they are easy to move if you decide to place your pool in different locations each year. Above ground pools are less expensive but they do not have as many styles to choose from cpmpared to the inground pools. There are however, several options for size, shape and vinyl liner.

There are opportunities to customize around your above ground pool, such as adding a deck to your pool, customizing a patio or adding a beautiful landscape around the perimeter. [Shop All Above Ground Pools]
Beach Ball The Perfect Size [open]
You'll have to decide on a size for both the above ground or inground pool. There are standard and common sizes for each type, including more customizability when it comes to inground pools. As you are making your decision, you'll want to keep in mind the size of the area you are building your pool on and how many swimmers you'd like to comfortably fit.

If you'd like a wider area for kiddos or friends to swim, you'll want a bigger pool. However, you don't want to overwhelm your backyard's existing space either. Inground pools have more options in terms of accessories such as slides and diving boards, but an above ground pool will be beneficial to those learning how to swim or if you are on a smaller budget.

Inground and above ground both have pros and cons, it will ultimately come down to your budget, aesthetic and space. [Shop All Above Ground Pools]
More Questions?
Picking a pool is a big decision with a lot to consider. If you still have questions about buying a pool or what pool is best for you, call our in-house pool experts at 1-800-356-3025.