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Advantages of Above Ground Pools

Updated on March 2, 2014


Above ground pools come in so many different sizes, material, and depths that many homeowners are opting for them over the much more expensive in ground versions. The three things above ground pools are known for are safety, ease of installation, and maintenance. All pools require a lot of maintenance to be kept free from debris, have the proper balance of chemicals and water levels, and temperature adjusted properly.

In ground pools are difficult to keep clean since they are at ground level, fine debris and dirt tend to be a bit easier to keep out of above ground pools. Pets are safer when homeowners choose above ground pools since they are only accessible by ladder. Many animals have died tragically from drowning in below ground swimming pools.

Not only are pets a concern with a swimming pool around, children are an even bigger worry, especially smaller kids. Ladders can be removed and locked safely away with little ones around with an above ground pool. Be sure that any pool is safely fenced in according to the rules and regulations of the area of property in which the pool will reside. Never swim alone, and never allow children to swim unsupervised.

Easy Installation

Homeowners can set up their own above ground pools and save on the cost of professional installation. They are a little time consuming, including finding a clear level area on which to set up the pool, but they are relatively easy to set up. It is also a good idea to lay a large piece of plastic or tarp on the ground underneath the pool. The extra layers of plastic help protect the pool from rocks, sticks, and debris on or just below the ground surface.

The main two above ground pool types are inflatable and the ones that have a frame to set up. They also range in size and price, making it easier to choose one that suits each individual's needs.With the money saved on an above ground pool instead of a contracted pool, a deck or privacy fence could be purchased instead.

Above ground pools are well worth the cost and maintenance for hours of family fun or lounging on a water chair on a hot summer day. Large pools can be purchased for a reasonable price and enjoyed in the privacy and comfort of home without packing up and going to a public pool or YMCA.

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      Ambassador Pools 

      4 years ago from Norwood, MA

      Clearly, I think we can all see now why an above ground pool is a much smarter investment than choosing to get an in-ground one. Great post.

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      8 years ago

      Great tips here. A lot of times, if you're up for it, you can do the above ground installation on your own. However, I recommend hiring a contractor as it can save you a lot of time.

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      Shana Hurt 

      8 years ago from Boonville

      The leaves are not the reason above ground pools are easier to keep clean, it is all the fine debris found at ground level that can easily build up on the bottom of the pool. Cleaning leaves from above ground pools is not really any harder than below ground pools (I've done both), but I'm sure that many people have varying opinions, or preferences. Thanks for commenting.

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      Amy Appleton 

      8 years ago

      I disagree. Imagine skimming an above ground pool. Much much harder! There may be a few more leaves in your in-ground pool, but they are going to be 10x's easier to clean out.


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