If you want a pool in your backyard and do not see yourself getting an in-ground pool anytime soon, then getting an above ground pool is the better choice. Above ground pools are available in different versions such as economical to customizable, luxurious, and expensive pools. Some above ground pools can also be used all year round as they use the same salt water system as the in-ground pools. Along with that, above ground pools also come with efficient energy saving and solar heating systems. More advanced models of above ground pools are also equipped with filtration systems and pumps to keep them clean. Following are some of the common questions associated with above ground pools.
What factors determine the price of above ground pools?
- The price of an above ground pool, just like any other product, is subjective to the quality of the product. The prices start from as low as $200 and can go substantially high to around $62,000.
- The location can also be a factor in the price of an above ground pool; however, it is the size that most often determines the price of the pool. Along with the price, the quality and shape of the pool can also be a determining factor for the price.
- If you opt for a professional installation of the above ground pool, then you must consider an addition of around $1000–$3000 to your initial price of the above ground pool.
Do you require a permit to install an above ground pool?
- You might need to get a permit to install an above the ground pool in your backyard. However, not all above ground pools require you to have a permit. You need to initially determine whether or not your pool requires a permit.
- A permit is not required for above ground pools that are less than 48 inches deep. However, it is important that you follow the installation process well and as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- A permit is required for all in-ground pools, as for above ground pools, your pool must be more than 48 inches deep. To get a permit, you will require a map of your home, proof of homestead tax exemption, and a photo ID.
Which are the different types of above ground pools?
Above ground swimming pools generally have a pretty basic design; the only difference in them either being the size or the shape. Most of them have the same mechanism that they function on. The change in mechanism, however, can affect the cost of the pools to a great extent.
- Ring pools: These pools are also known as float-to-fill and are mostly 12 feet in diameter and 3 feet high. Ring pools are made from heavy-duty vinyl and have an inflatable ring at the top. It is the inflatable ring that gives them this name.
- Frame pools: A frame pool is sturdier than ring pools; they are built on a metal frame and an interior pool liner. A frame pool has the capacity to stay up throughout the year, without being troubled by the weather changes. They are available in different shapes, such as rectangular or oval above ground pools, and sizes, with the most common size being a 24-foot round pool.
How to improve the lifespan of an above ground pool?
- An in-ground pool might have a good, long life, but it is not the same for above ground pools. They do not last for more than 10–15 years. Therefore, these may not be a popular choice for family pools but will work great as a kids’ pool.
- Maintenance plays an important role in determining the lifestyle of the pool. If you service the pool from time to time and do not misuse it, you will successfully add a year or two to its lifespan.
- Dismantle the pool and put it away when not required. This is specially when the season is not pool friendly. Do not leave the pool out in the open if the weather is not ideal for it.
- A well-maintained above ground pool has the capacity to last for more than 25–30 years.