What Should I Consider When Buying an Above Ground Pool?

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  • Written By: K T Solis
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  • Last Modified Date: 01 March 2020
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When buying an above ground pool, consumers experience several advantages. Above ground pools are less expensive than their in-ground counterparts and can be maintained for less money as well. Another advantage is the fact that above ground pools are portable. If a family decides to move, they can take their above ground pool with them. Homeowners who invest in an in-ground pool have to leave the pool behind when they move to a new house.

In-ground pools need to be dug into the ground, while above ground pools are purchased and installed relatively quickly. The homeowner simply fills the above ground pool with water and drains the pool after swimming season ends. In contrast, an in-ground pool requires frequent cleanings, regular water maintenance, and repairs. An above ground pool is also ideal for those who have small backyards since these particular types of pools come in a variety of sizes to fit any homeowner's space needs.

Despite the advantages of an above ground swimming pool, disadvantages can cause some homeowners to reject purchasing one. For example, an above ground pool has a shallow depth, making it inadvisable for diving or jumping into the water. Because of its small size, these pools are usually suitable for floating and wading. People who are interested in swimming laps would probably be happier with an in-ground pool since in-ground models are longer.


Filling the above ground pool for the first time may result in a larger than normal water bill; however, this will only affect the month in which the pool is filled with water. It may also be necessary to install fencing around the pool. Each city has its own safety standards which a pool owner needs to follow in order to be in compliance with local laws regarding swimming pools. Safety devices such as barriers, pool covers, locks, and door alarms are all additional features that may be required by the city in which a person lives. It's also essential that the homeowner contact his insurance agent in order to purchase additional liability insurance.

No matter what type of pool is installed in the backyard, children should always be supervised when near the water. All children in the home should take swimming lessons. Water floats and toys should never be left in the pool as this can present a temptation to children who wish to enter the pool in order to play with them. Parents should receive first aid and CPR training to deal with any emergencies that may arise because of accidents around or in the pool.



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