Minimizing the investments and keeping down the expenses is generally a good idea, regardless of what type of home improvement or renovations you have in mind. However, the problem is that sometimes people only take into account the initial investment, rather than consider the broad perspective and the overtime costs involved in repairs, maintenance and component replacement. This is also the case with the above ground swimming pool, a structure that has earned a lot of popularity over the last few years by comparison to the in-ground versions.
Why Should You Opt For an Above-Gound Pool?
You might think that the costs of the structure constitute the exclusive reason why a homeowner would opt for the above ground pool. True, the investment required is by far considerably lower and this does not only refer to the pool kit. The labor, permits, materials and duration of an in-ground pool installation project are definitely more expensive – money and time wise.
However, there are numerous other explanations as to why a homeowner would prefer the above ground structures, such as:
Backyard space/shape limitations don’t allow the installation of an in-ground pool
It can be disassembled and assembled at any given time
The above ground structure can be taken with you when you decide to move
Minimizes landscaping requirements
Why Do You Have to Consider Quality Before Price?
The above ground pool might not be a perennial structure like its in-ground counterpart and may not have the same extensive lifespan (at least in theory), but that does not necessarily entail that you should purchase the absolute cheapest model you can find. Even the largest and best above ground pools cost a fraction of the basic in ground pools’ price. Therefore, it is inadvisable to try minimizing the investment even further by giving up on quality. But what does quality mean in this context?
The Track of The Above-Ground Swimming Pool
First of all, you need a robust track that is able to support the weight of the pool’s walls. The minimal recommended track thickness is 32 millimeters and the optimal materials include aluminum, galvanized steel and similar corrosion proof alloys. Plastic and resin are to be avoided, because even though they are rustproof, the structural integrity of these materials fails over time. On a side note, verify whether the track is compliant with the ISE standards of quality.
The Liner of The Structure
The typical material utilized as liner for the above ground swimming pools is vinyl, but it comes in various thicknesses. In this case, the minimal recommended breadth of the liner is 0.62 millimeters. As a side note, keep in mind that irrespective of the thickness, the liner could sustain damage in the installation process and even tiny puncture can develop over of the course of time and cause leaking. Therefore, you should either hire a professional pool contractor or perform the liner installation/replacement yourself with utmost care.
The Walls of The Above-Ground Pool
In order to ensure that the walls are strong enough to provide support and also to prevent the development of corrosion, polymer coated steel alloys constitute the best solution. Most commonly, rust formations develop in the proximity of the inlets (meaning the sections that have been cut in order to make room for the pump/filters). However, the polymer coating can effectively help you avert this issue.
Quality Filters and Pumps
The pumps and filters are mandatory accessories if you want to keep the water clean and avoid the risk of harmful microorganisms from developing in the pool. Therefore, you have to ensure that the capacity and filtration capabilities are in accordance to the capacity of the structure. At the same time, verify whether or not the manufacturer supplies the accessories for your pool model because sooner or later you will have to replace them.
The Warranty of The Product
You can regard the warranty as an indicator for the lifespan expectancy of the pool. Granted, it won’t cover all the components and will be voided when you fail to respect the recommended usage guidelines, but the liner should have at least 5 years of warranty. In addition, the normal lifespan of the walls should not be less than 9 years for a quality pool. In the event that the warranty period is substantially lower, then you should not have high expectations regarding the quality of the construction/materials.
While it is tempting to reduce the costs of your future above ground swimming pool, there are numerous ways to do so without cutting corners in terms of quality. If you select a robust model affixed with proficient components and a solid parts/labor warranty, then you won’t have to make additional investments in repairs over the years. On the other hand, a cheap and mediocre version will most likely become unusable very quickly.