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Above Ground Swimming Pools

If you have decided on an above ground pool, chances are it will be made of fiberglass. However, it may also be made of steel or blow-molded resin, which is corrosion resistant. You can still have just about any shape, but the most popular is round. You'll be amazed at how quickly and easily they can be installed. Above ground pools typically last just as long as in-ground pools but only take 3-5 hours for the entire set up to be complete.

Getting Your Pool
Above ground fiberglass pools are built in factories and shipped across the country. Therefore you will be dealing with an installer not a contractor or a builder. Unless that is all you want, there are many other options to enhance your poolscape. You can even ask your builder to install a deck around the pool for easier exit and entry.

However, you can also choose to install your above ground pool yourself. Just make sure you have two or three extra pairs of hands to help you out.

Before you decide to set-up an above ground pool, though, be sure to check with city hall as to whether or not you need a building permit. Depending on where you live, you may also be required to build a fence around the perimeter of your pool. And don't foget to confirm the boundaries of your property - you don't want to build half of your pool in your neighbor's yard.

Installation Tips
Here are some things to keep in mind when you are building an above ground pool:

  • When deciding on a pool site, be sure to choose a spot that gets lots of sun and little wind, but keep the pool away from tree. Also, set the pool up somewhere where swimmers will always be in view.
  • You'll also want to make sure that your pool site allows for the proper water drainage.
  • There should be a power outlet nearby for the filtration system, which should be less than 6 meters from the pool and ideally out of view.
  • Pools should never be installed directly onto grass or gravel.
  • Keep the pool away from electrical and underground wires as well as water pipes and gas lines
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