Installing a pool in your backyard really is a big deal. It will undoubtedly change your life. Many people choose above ground pools because they’re cheaper and easier to install, but for whatever reason you choose to install above ground pool there are some things you need to consider. In this article, you’ll read about above ground pools what you need to know.
Choosing A Pool Style
When it comes to above ground swimming pools you normally have a choice between oval or round. A lot of this choice will come down to the size of your backyard and how you plan on using the pool. Round pools are typically cheaper than oval pools because of the smaller number of parts. But a similar sized oval pool will also hold much less water than a round pool. You’ll also need to decide on the depth of your pool. Most above ground pools have depths ranging from 48 to 54 inches. When it comes to the materials the structure of the pool is made of, you’ll usually have a choice between steel and resin or a combination of both. You may also come across much more expensive aluminum pools. Steel is much heavier and may rust after several years but it is also cheaper than resin or aluminum.
The Pool Liner
The pool liner is what keeps your water inside your pool and away from the structural frame. There are a few different kinds of pool liners to choose from. These are mainly distinguished by the way the liner wraps over the edge of the pool. Choosing from these different overlaps can be a whole new article in and of itself, so if you really want to know the difference among them, you’ll need to do some more research. If your pool has a deep end you will want to make sure you have an expandable liner. Today’s pool liners come in many different colors and patterns which will come down to personal preference.
Water Pump and Filter System
The water pump and filter system are what will keep your water circulating, fresh and clean. The three main types of water filters are sand, cartridge and diatomaceous earth. Sand filters are the cheapest but require the most maintenance with backwashing a regular necessity. Cartridge filters are slightly more expensive to replace, but the cleaning and changing processes are much easier. Diatomaceous earth filters are the most efficient, but also the most expensive.
Once you have your swimming pool filled and up and running, you’ll need to pay attention to the water chemistry to ensure a clean and fresh swimming environment. Using a water sanitizer such as chlorine is the most common and inexpensive method of keeping swimming pool water clean. You can also opt for a saltwater pool to keep your water chemistry balanced but this may result in the pool frame rusting more quickly.
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