Buying An Above-Ground Pool? Consider These Three Key Factors

Have you decided to install an above-ground swimming pool, but don't know what things you should be looking at? Here are some things to consider before you make any big decisions about above-ground pool installation.

The Size

The first thing you'll want to consider is the size of the pool. How many people will be using the pool at any given time? Do you plan on hosting parties with friends and family members? You definitely don't want to buy a pool that is too small for your needs, but only realize it after you have the pool up and running. 

Go out to your yard and actually take some measurements. Plot out the potential size of the pool with some stakes and string, and then get enough people to stand inside the area and see how it feels. Do you feel cramped and want more space, or is there plenty of room to move around? Does the size allow you room outside of your pool to comfortably walk around it? This will help you determine if you are getting the right size pool for your yard.

The Filtration System

There are a few types of filters that you can pick from, which are sand, cartridge, or diatomaceous earth. Each one has its own pros and cons, so it's important that you pick the filter that feels like it will work best for you. 

Sand filters catch fewer particles than other filters, but are relatively low maintenance and require occasional backwashing. Cartridge filters do not require backwashing but do require that you purchase new cartridge filters when the filters become unusable. Diatomaceous earth filters catch much smaller particles and require more maintenance with backwashing, but will be the most expensive type of filter than the three types.

The Liner

There are multiple options for liners for your above-ground pool. An overlap liner is quite common, where the liner lays over the top of the pool. There are also liners that attach underneath a track on the pool's top rail. You also need to decide on the thickness of the liner as well. A thicker liner will last a long time but cost more money upfront. 

Not sure if you are picking the right pool for your yard? Reach out to a swimming pool contractor that's local to you and can help make these decisions for you. They'll answer any questions you have about these three key areas.