If an in-ground swimming pool isn't in your forseeable future, maybe an above-ground pool is the solution. Above-ground swimming pools range from economical models to more luxurious (and expensive) styles. Many can be enjoyed year 'round, and some use saltwater systems popular with inground models. Above-ground pools also have solar heating systems and covers.
A good way to give your pool a feeling of more "permanence" and easier accessibility is to build a decking surround for your above-ground pool -- sort of like rising up to meet the pool at its level.
While late summer / early fall is traditionally the best time of the year to score a great deal on an above-ground swimming pool, the current economy changes all the rules. Whether you get an above-ground pool after Labor Day or any other time of the year, you still have the potential of saving hundreds of dollars, if you keep an eye on the prices.
Above-ground pools and inflatable or portable models always have been less expensive than in-ground pools, a point that is not lost on pool shoppers and buyers. Other selling points: above-ground pools are a breeze to install compared to building an in-ground pool, many can be disassembled at the end of swim season, and that portability makes them good choices for renters or those who would like to take their pool with them when they move.
Enjoy this photo gallery of above-ground pools, some of which do a great impersonation of in-ground models - complete with elaborate decking.
An above-ground swimming pool seems like a great idea, but where do you go to learn more about the different manufacturers? This list is frequently updated; if you don't see your pool or one in which you are interested, contact us in the Pool and Patio Forum and we'll research it for you.
Saltwater systems for above-ground swimming pools are gaining in popularity, as evidenced by the discussion going on lately in the Pool and Patio Forum. Find out what the buzz is all about, which brands are recommended and what to avoid. How's your saltwater system working out? We want to hear from you.
Besides affordability, one of the biggest advantages to owning an above-ground pool is the significantly shorter installation time. Above-ground pool kits usually can be assembled in a couple of days. Discover more "insider" tips in this informative article from Popular Mechanics.
It’s time to use that pool test kit to check levels and water quality. Don’t panic if you didn’t take chemistry in school – the kit is fairly easy to use if you just follow the directions.
This step-by-step how-to includes photos to help guide you through the easy process.
An above-ground pool are fairly easy to install and require less time than in-ground models. That doesn't mean above- ground pools lack some of the "extras" associated with in-ground pools. What will your above-ground pool need? The right filter and filter pump -- possibly a sand filter. A reputable pool installer who is licensed, insured and has a good reputation. Oh, and installation costs. And that's just for starters. This article from The New York Times is a good manual for those in the market or who have recently installed an above-ground pool.
Considerations like shade, microclimates and plants with thorns come into play when designing the landscape near your pool or spa. Before making an impulsive trip to the nursery for whatever strikes your fancy, do some research.
If you're the owner of an above-ground pool, why don't you rise up to its level? By building an attractive wood or wood-composite deck, you'll get more enjoyment out of your above-ground pool. In this article from Popular Mechanics, you'll learn some timesaving techniques that help simplify construction.
Many cities require owners of inflatable swimming pools to follow the same safety rules and precautions as those with more expensive, permanent inground pools. According to the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, two of the most practical — and perhaps most ignored — stipulations are that an owner must have a 4-foot-high fence around an above ground pool and that an alarm buzzer be installed on any house door that leads into the pool area. The alarm is to alert a pool owner anytime someone opens the door.