Beat your stay-cation blues with an above ground pool
An above ground pool can be a great option for a family who doesn't want to tackle the major project of putting in an in-ground pool or who just needs a backyard pool while the children are young. An above ground pool can be taken apart, a little grass seed spread, and after a few months it can appear as if the pool was never there.
Why choose an above ground pool?
There are two big reasons above ground pools are popular:
- They are relatively inexpensive as pool options go: Some of the largest models are under $3,000, a fraction of the cost of an in-ground pool.
- Preparation to install the pool is easy: Choose a flat spot in the yard that will not interfere with drainage and spread some sand or small gravel to form a good base. In-ground pools require major excavations.
Above ground pools are available in numerous sizes and depths, but most are either round or oval in shape. Depths can range from 30 inches for children, and up to 52 or 54 inches for teenagers and adults. Smaller pools start at about 8 feet in diameter and sizes can go up to 30-foot diameters or ovals that may be as large as 18-feet-by-30-feet.
Top brands and budgeting for your pool
You can look into any one of these popular brands:
- Atlantic pools
- Blue World Pools
Pricing can cover a wide range--a 15-foot, round pool that is 52 inches deep can cost about $1,500, and 30-foot sizes are available starting around $2,600. The pool's sidewall construction can affect the cost--you might want to spend a little extra to get a more durable unit.
In most cases, pool liners are blue, but some manufacturers offer alternate colors. The exposed sidewalls of above ground pools are normally earthtones or neutral colors to blend in with your backyard landscaping.
Many homeowners even build lounging platforms around part or all of their pool for sunbathing or to tie in with existing decks, but keep in mind that this will add to your expenses.
Pool maintenance and safety concerns
Pools are a lot of fun--especially on a hot summer day, but they also require regular maintenance to keep the water clean and appealing. Dirty water is not only unpleasant to swim in--it can also be a health hazard for you and your family. A few suggestions for keeping your pool water crystal clear and refreshing:
- Fill the pool with fresh water every year before swimming season starts
- Vacuum the bottom of the pool on a regular basis
- Skim the surface for leaves and other debris
- Keep the pool filter clean
- Check chlorine and alkaline levels, and adjust as needed
- Keep the pool covered when not in use
The most important issue with a backyard pool isn't about keeping it clean--it's about keeping the pool safe. If you have young children in your home, the pool should always be secured unless adult supervision is available. A backyard pool can be a great way for the entire family to enjoy a summer day.
If you are ready to get started, you can use the form on this page to find a pool contractor in your area.