You may have already installed an above ground pool, maybe you’re thinking of buying a house with an existing pool or maybe you are just daydreaming about one day having an above ground pool of your own. No matter who you are in this list of (potential) pool owners, you will probably eventually wonder, “How long do above ground pools usually last?” To answer this question, this article will go over the various factors that contribute to the longevity of an above ground pool.
They Won’t Last Forever
Unfortunately, the fact is that above ground pools won’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll need to repair them or replace them altogether. That said, a good quality above ground pool should last at least 10 to 20 years. That doesn’t mean that your pool won’t last a lot longer than that or that you’ll never have to repair or replace a pool that’s been installed for less than 10 years. There are a lot of different factors that contribute to the longevity of a pool.
One part of your above ground pool that you will most likely need to replace is the liner. Pool liners won’t last as long as the structure that they protect. You might hope to get five to eight years out of your liner. Although, once again, that’s not a hard and fast rule. Weirdly enough, most pool liners come with warranties that last for up to 25 years even though they very seldom last that long. But don’t think your warranty will cover the cost of a replacement liner, because most warranties are heavily prorated and after about 5 years will only cover a small percentage of the cost of a new liner. But the fact is that even if the pool lasts for a number of years (or as long as you live in the same house) you’ll likely have to replace the liner at some point.
Other parts of your pool beside your liner may end up causing you problems after many years of use. For those who have switched to salt water, they may find that corrosion becomes a big problem. Although bits of rust along the top rails or walls may not require a complete pool replacement, you’ll want to stay on top of these deteriorating parts and spruce them up with a sanding and rust paint coating before they become bigger problems. If your pool walls become extremely rusty, they can lose their structural integrity and threaten to break down completely. Several thousands of gallons of water can create significant pressure against the pool walls, so you’ll want to ensure they’re not about to burst. A catastrophic failure can cause a lot of damage to your property and home, so speak to a professional if you have major concerns.
Although it can be tempting to go with a lower price tag, choosing a well made, durable above ground pool is well worth it in the long run. Investing in an above ground pool that will not only last longer but require less replacement parts or repairs will save you more money in the end.
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