I have to admit that one of the best places to be on a hot summer day is inside of a pool in my own backyard.
That is why I learned How to Buy an Above Ground Pool.
How to Buy an Above Ground Pool
I have to admit that I thought I would never be one of those people who has an above the ground pool in my backyard.
The truth is that you would be surprised to know just who has one of these backyard havens.
When I am lying in that pool on a hot day, alone without annoying people bumping into me or splashing me, I know why I got my backyard pool. Sometimes, I do invite others into my pool.
I am not the only one who is swimming in that above the ground pool.
My dogs would swim every day if they could- no matter what the weather is telling them.
When there are four dogs in the house, having a pool in the yard can be a very popular thing. By the way, the fourth dog was swimming while these guys are watching at the time that this photo was taken.
So what should you be thinking about when you are wondering How to Buy an Above Ground Pool?
First ask yourself what your pool will be used for, how much space you have for that pool and how big of a commitment you are willing to make.
The more serious you find that your answers are, the more serious your commitment to this pool will probably be. By commitment, I mean amount of time and effort you will be making for this pool.
For a minimal amount of commitment for a pool to just cool off in, you could probably get away with something simple.
This Quick Set Round Above Ground Swimming Pool is simple enough.
Note that with a simple pool like the one above, you will need to change the filter and maintain the water. Doing these things is not hard to do but, are essential just the same. This pool is also good for families with smaller kids. I like that it is easy to put up and easy to get in and out of. If you decide to use this pool for only one season, the ground beneath it should be relatively easy to revive.
For people who are a bit more interested in a pool that is a bit sturdier than the quick set up kind of pool, there are the pools with a frame.
It takes a bit of time to set up a pool with a frame.
There will be some prep to the ground under this pool to make it level. When the pool is not level the water will flow off the side of the pool. These pools are larger which means that more people can fit into it comfortably. The frame helps the pool keep it’s shape and thus, you and the water in it.
The entry level frame pool comes in larger sizes as well.
The pool in the dog photo above is a larger frame pool.
This pool size is perfect for my dogs. The pool in the photo is sturdy enough to withstand the effects of dogs- atleast my dogs. I will caution that the ladders that come with these kinds of pools are not always the sturdiest. I have benches on the inside and outside of the pool for entry and exit for both canines and people to use.
The next size pool for folks who are a bit more serious about their backyard pool would be a steel frame pool.
The steel frame pool set up is more intense than the other above ground pools.
These pools are made to last a long time. So long that people sometimes get a wood deck installed around it. I know someone who has a pool with a deck and the pool is heated. I am very jealous about that.
My suggestion would be to start out small and work your way up.
There is some commitment in exchange to the enjoyment when it comes to owning an above ground pool.
Also consider these points when making your decision about purchasing an above ground pool.
- Space (as in level space) available for the pool.
- Preparation that must be done prior to setting up the pool (some pools require a sand base below them for example).
- Costs include setting up the pool, filling the pool, and maintaining the pool water.
- Amount of time that you will be able to enjoy the pool.
- Your overall budget for the pool.
- Pool shape and size.
- Needs of the filter- how hard it is to maintain or replace in a hurry (happens more than you would think).
- Any restrictions with your city or subdivision.
- Any liabilities- check with your home insurance.
- Lastly, rules for those who will be using the pool in a safe manor.
What kind of a pool works for you?
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