Above ground pool construction has come a long way in recent years. A pool installed above the ground used to be a sorry alternative to the real deal. These days, if a deck surrounds the above ground pool, it is easy to mistake it for an in-ground model. Swimmers no longer worry about the pool walls collapsing when they cannonball into the water. Sturdy construction and simple installation make this pool the perfect option for budget-conscious customers.
The best pools feature a vinyl liner that is 20 to 30mm thick because thick vinyl lasts longer. Above ground pools feature a frame and supports. When these are made from steel, they work just like Superman, keeping the pool sturdy regardless of the conditions. In addition, these resist corrosion so they will look great and last longer. A pump is needed to circulate the water and to be most effective, it should be at least one horsepower for an 18-foot pool. Sand filters are more effective at cleaning water, so select one of these.
Now that the preferred type of construction is clear, we will move on to installation aspects. Reputable installers include all of the following in their fee: walls, liner, frame, top rail, verticals, coping, and filter. Specifications vary by the type of above ground swimming pool selected. Be sure to review these carefully for factors like whether the liner is UV and bacteria resistant and winterized. When comparing walls, look for those that feature extra deep corrugation because the additional material strengthens the pool walls.
A pre-inspection and a layout of both the pool installation and its accessories are sometimes provided with installations. The installers advise to what depth they will excavate the area, which is usually about six feet. Verify that all the plumbing running from the pool to the filter, as well as the return lines, is included in the installation cost. Paying extra money to get a pool to run does not make good financial sense.
In some cases, a precast pad is needed for the filter or an optional heater. Installation should be included with the standard services. Customers will need to arrange water fill via truck or hydrant but the installers should perform the actual service. When installation is complete, construction debris should be removed. Leaving it in the yard creates an eyesore and poses dangers to humans and animals.
Once the pool is filled, the installer should take the water to the pool store for testing. If there are any concerns, the pool owner must learn how to address them with chemicals or using other methods. Many water issues are only temporary but if they are not resolved, the pool accessories may not operate properly.
Though it is not required, some new pool owners select a resin fence to surround the pool. This keeps children from falling over the side onto the ground. Self-installation is available, reducing the amount of added expense. Modular styling allows consumers to purchase only as many sections as they need and gates are sold by selected dealers.