Above ground pools are relatively easy to install and inexpensive. They can also be a good test for whether you want to go all out with an inground pool. Whether you want to give your kids a fun activity to do on a hot day, or you want somewhere to relax on the weekend, a pool can be a great addition to the home. Here are some frequently asked questions about above ground pools.
Do I Need a Permit for an Above Ground Pool?
Cities and municipalities differ in their requirements; check with your local zoning and planning board. Typically, there will be some sort of permit required as well as specific regulations you must follow, such as building the pool in a certain area or requiring a fence.
Do I Need Installation by a Professional?
Most above groundpools can be installed by the homeowner, but it can be a difficult task. So, while the answer is technically ‘’no,’’ you should strongly consider paying extra for professional installation, which ensures it gets done right the first time. Pool professionals are in high demand during the spring and summer so you want to book their services as early as possible to get the most out of the upcoming pool season.
What Type of Pool Should I Buy?
There are many different types of pools to buy, and there is no one ‘’best.’’ First you have to consider the layout of your backyard and how much space you have. Do you want a deeper pool or more shallow because of young children? The best above ground swimming pools will typically come with a 100 percent warranty or guarantee for the first several years followed by a long pro-rated warranty period. A pool professional can help you decide which one is best for your needs.
Are Oval or Round Pools Stronger?
Round pools used to be considered more durable than oval ones, but due to advances in manufacturing materials and engineering, oval pools are just as good. It should be noted though that round pools give more swimming area, and costs less to boot.
How Should I Fill My New Pool?
When it comes to filling your new pool, you have two options; you can stick the garden hose in and let it do its thing, or you can reach out to water haulers who will come and fill the pool for you. For 2,000 gallons of water, the cost is typically 65 to 75 dollars, but can vary depending on location. This will get the pool filled more quickly and you begin enjoying it sooner.
Can You Heat an Above Ground Pool?
If you want to get some extra time out of the pool earlier and later in the season,or you just like warmer water, there are several ways to heat an above ground pool. A solar cover works well; you can also use solar panels. More expensive options include electric or natural gas heaters. A solar cover is agood idea even if you use other methods because it will maximize heat retention.
About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about all things home and recreation.