Footprints in Styrofoam Base

by Dan
(Maple Ridge BC CAN)

Hi. After reading many entries in this great website regarding AGP bases I decided to go with Styrofoam. I used compacted rock dust for the foundation and used 1 1\2" 4'x8' sheets of white styrofoam. I taped all of the sheets together and used preformed cove.

I filled up the pool (18' round) and put my 13 year old in. After a short time I could see some footprints left behind in the foam. Will the foam compress over time eliminating this? Is this something I should expect? PS - I don't think I would have been able to set this pool up without this website. Thanks for the effort.



Hi Dan. I am glad you found my site useful, thanks. Foam will get footprints, but nothing like sand or other bases.

The foam is compressing and eventually it all compresses down to nice level base. At least mine did.

Having owned many different above ground pools over the years, my last one, the foam base one, was the best. I wish I had discovered it sooner.

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Aug 12, 2012
Follow up
by: Dan

Ok. Some time has passed and many kids have bounced around in the pool. There are still footprints in the bottom but they are diminishing. One thing I found is that when people try to make a whirlpool they pull up wrinkles with their feet. These are easily removed by pulling apart the wrinkle and are diminishing as the foam compresses with people using the pool. I don't really care about the footprints as I get in the pool, get into my floaty with a refreshing beverage and pass an hour of my life away in style!!!! Salt water system is on order for installation next spring.

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