Top 7 Things to Know Before Purchasing an Above Ground Pool
If you’re looking to install an above ground pool this summer, congratulations! You’ll have your pool for many years to come provided you take care of it and heed these tips before purchasing. Here are seven things you should know before you go out and buy an above ground pool.
- Invest in a quality pool liner. If you choose one thing to go top-dollar on, this should be it. Choose a liner that’s made in the USA, is thick and durable, and made of a material that’s not recycled vinyl.
- Choose a pool made of steel rather than aluminum which tends to dent, pit and oxidize. Steel is stronger and will last the test of time. In addition to a longer life span, stainless steel features a lower cost to maintain over the years, is more hygienic and offers an unbeatable flexibility in design that won’t dent.
- Purchase your above ground pool from a reputable provider, such as Central Jersey Pools. While you may save money buying a pool second hand or from a discount retailer, you’ll pay for that in the end with sub-par materials and more repairs. Likewise, buy products from a trusted dealer, such as chemicals, cleaners, accessories and equipment. Purchasing cheap products may harm your pool in the long run. If you don’t think you can provide the necessary upkeep, hire a technician to come out and provide chemical addition and other maintenance on your pool as needed.
- Don’t skimp on your installer. Make sure any contractor you hire to install above ground pools is licensed and experienced before you invite them onto your property. They should have extensive experience in your type of pool and system, able to open and close your system, perform filter checks and otherwise make sure your pool is in good working order.
- Make sure the pumps and filters match. This is a common problem many homeowners run into with their above ground pools. Be sure to research the best pump and filter combo for your pool. You don’t want a filter that’s too small to handle your pool’s size and usage requirements, or a pump that’s too large for the job at hand.
- Invest in the right kind of sand for your filter. You may be tempted to buy sandblast sand, which is cheaper than sand designed specifically for above ground pool filters, such as clean dry silica sand. Using the cheap stuff could harm your filter.
- Don’t use beach sand as a base for your above ground pool, as it may erode over time. Instead, use stone dust, which will pack down into a firm base – almost like cement. This will provide your pool with a top-quality foundation that will last for years to come.
Keep these tips in mind before you purchase an above ground pool and it will pay off for you in the long run.