What do I need to know about buying an above ground pool?

Author: Nannie Heaney  |  Last update: Thursday, June 30, 2022

What to Know Before Buying an Above Ground Pool
  • Planning & Location.
  • Size, Shape, Above Ground or Semi-Inground.
  • Pool Material.
  • Installation.
  • Equipment.
  • Accessories.
  • Price Point.

What I need to know about owning an above ground pool?

Here are 10 key tips for above ground pool maintenance.
  • Install a Sump Pump in Your House.
  • Test the Chlorine Level.
  • Do Weekly Shock Treatments.
  • Test the pH Level.
  • Run the Pool's Pump at Least Eight Hours a Day.
  • Regularly Clean and Replace the Filter.
  • Regularly Clean Out the Pump and Skimmer Baskets.
  • Vacuum Often.

Is it worth it to buy an above ground pool?

An above-ground pool is, by far, the least expensive option for a pool. Kids love them, and built-in fencing and locking gate options make them safe. The main disadvantage of an above-ground pool is that it generally adds no value to your home.

What all do you need when you buy an above ground pool?

Above ground pools are generally quoted as a 'kit' price. Most kits will include the actual pool (wall, bottom track, top ledge & posts), the liner, pump & filter, and a ladder. Some retailers will include general maintenance equipment and a starter kit of chemicals.

Do you need anything under an above ground pool?

The most common materials to use as a base for above ground pools include concrete pads, commercial pads, sand, solid foam, carpet padding, and flooring underlayment.

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How do I prepare my yard for an above ground pool?

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How long does above ground pool last?

2018. A high-quality above ground pool from Valley Pool & Spa should last between 10 and 20 years depending on how well you care for it. However, your pool liner will not last as long as your pool. Contact a pool expert at our store to see if you need a new liner before you decide to replace your entire pool.

Are above ground pools high maintenance?

Above ground pools, like in-ground pools, need basic care and maintenance. Mainly, cleaning, filtering, water testing, chemical levels, and protecting the structure. Above ground pool care and maintenance is just as much work as cleaning your in-ground pool.

What is a good size above ground pool for a family of 4?

Size up your pool.

Round pools start at 12 feet in diameter, with 24-foot-diameter pools, which can fit four to five people, being the most popular choice, Carnes says. The most popular oval pools are 15 feet by 30 feet.

What are the cons of an above-ground pool?

Above ground swimming pools also come with a few disadvantages, some of which you probably suspected:
  • Above ground pools generally don't look as nice as inground pools. ...
  • They don't add value to your property. ...
  • The options and features are limited. ...
  • They don't last forever.

How hard is it to install an above-ground pool?

You can install an above ground pool in just a few days. You will need the help of few people and can make it a great weekend project for family members and friends. We often get asked if any special tools are required. The answer is no, you do not need any special tools.

What the deepest an above-ground pool can be?

Above-Ground pools are available in a variety of sizes, in Round and Oval shapes. Depths range from 48" to 54".

How do I start my above ground pool for the first time?

How to Open Your Above Ground Pool Like a Pro
  1. Pull the Cover Off the Pool. ...
  2. Prepare your Pool Cover for Storage. ...
  3. Fill the Pool with Water. ...
  4. Goodbye Winter Pool Plugs and Hello Skimmer Baskets. ...
  5. Re-Install Your Pump, Filter, and Equipment. ...
  6. Start Up Your Pump and Filter. ...
  7. Clean Up Duty. ...
  8. Shock The Pool.

How do you maintain pool water?

  1. Weekly Pool Maintenance. Thorough pool care will ensure clean and safe water throughout the swimming season. ...
  2. Skim Off Leaves and Debris. ...
  3. Brush Sediment from Pool Walls. ...
  4. Vacuum the Pool. ...
  5. Clean Skimmer. ...
  6. Keep Your Pump Running. ...
  7. Check Filter and Backwash As Needed. ...
  8. Test Pool Water and Add Chemicals.

How often do you change water in above ground pool?

Generally, pool water needs to be replaced once every five to seven years. This should be done during mild weather so that your pool surface is not at risk from strong sunlight and heat. Your pool maintenance company can recommend when it is time to drain your pool.

How much for a deck around an above ground pool?

The cost to build a deck around an above-ground pool is $15 to $30 per square foot depending upon the design and materials used. The deck alone can range from $2,800 to more than $10,000 installed, or buy a small deck system/kit that's easy to put up as a DIY project for $800 to $3,000.

How much does it cost to run an above ground pool?

How much does an above ground pool cost to run? It costs about $115 per month to maintain your above ground pool. You can expect to pay an additional $30 to $250 per month on your electric bill to run the pump, filter and heater.

How do you winterize a small above ground pool?

How to Close Your Above Ground Pool in 10 Steps
  1. Step 1: Deep Clean. ...
  2. Step 2: Balance your Water. ...
  3. Step 3: Add Winterizing Chemicals. ...
  4. Step 4: Add Pump Protector. ...
  5. Step 5: Protect Your Return and Skimmer. ...
  6. Step 6: Prepare Your Filter for Hibernation. ...
  7. Step 7: Clear the Pool. ...
  8. Step 8: Set Up Ice Equalizer Pillow.

How do you level a yard for a pool?

  1. STEP 1: Determine your location and remove any large rocks or debris. ...
  2. STEP 2: Place 2x4s on the site and place a level on top. ...
  3. STEP 3: Add or take away soil until the ground is level. ...
  4. STEP 4: Repeat the process until the entire area is flat. ...
  5. STEP 5: Rake any remaining rocks or debris and tamp the ground.

What kind of sand is needed for above ground pool?

Mason sand, sometimes called mortar sand, can normally be found at any sand/gravel yard or masonry supply yard. It is usually measured in yards. It is very fine and should not contain any rocks or pebbles. This will create a very smooth bottom and is the most popular method to use when installing an above ground pool.

What sand is best for leveling a pool?

Mason sand is the perfect size and consistency for leveling pools with no impurities or large sharp edges to damage your pool liner. Mason sand is made up of small granules that is less coarse than other sand and packs well to give a smooth surface for your pool.

How do I level my ground for a pool without digging?

The use of sand is one of the cheapest ways in which to level the ground without digging, and it is far easier to level the sand than it is to level the ground itself. Sand can be poured on the installation area, spread evenly around the region, and compacted down to create level ground.

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