Myths About Above Ground Pools
Let's see what is what
During my 50 years of installing above ground pools I have heard them
all, all the misconceptions people have when it comes to a less expensive way to
cool off in the summer. Let's talk about a few of them.
Above Ground Pools Stay Too Warm
As far as I am concerned in ground pools stay too
cold. It is a matter of personal preference and my above ground pools were
the perfect temperature most of the swimming season. My current in ground
pond is not at all inviting in the evening when I want to swim, too cold.
Temperature control is much easier now than in the old days. You have
to warm the water and
to cool it down. Other options for sun control are shade
sails and shade trees. There is no reason why your above ground pool
should be any warmer than your comfort level. The photo shows a job we did in
Apache Junction, Arizona. We build the pool, deck and awning. The job is
not quite done at the time of this photo but you can get the idea. When
needed the pool was heated with solar panels mounted on the roof. I'm sure
the pool being too warm warm was never an issue.
Above Ground Pools Are Hard
No, they really aren't. It all comes down to having a
good filter and a
cleaner, that's it. If you run a good filter, enough hours a day,
shock the pool every few weeks and keep enough chlorine in it you will be fine.
It is pretty much that easy. Having had both in ground and above ground I
can say above grounds are easier and less expensive. You just need the
right equipment, otherwise, either pool can fast become a nightmare.
Ground Pools Look Cheap
If your goal is to impress the neighbors, you may
be right. But, you will be saving a ton of money, that should impress
someone. There are so many things you can do with an above ground pool to
make them look less cheap. Sinking the pool in the ground is one option.
are another. Creative landscaping around your pool is another. If
you're looking to save some money, and the cost of an in ground has you scared,
think outside the box a bit and give another look at above grounds.
Ground Pools Are Nothing But Trouble
People who say this have either owned
a cheap above ground pool, or know someone who has. A good quality pool,
installed correctly, with the proper equipment, is not a bunch of trouble.
It is a bunch of pleasure for the whole family.
The Neighbors Can See Me
Getting In And Out Of The Pool
This can be a problem, especially if you
are not wearing a bathing suit. There are several ways of dealing with the ladder
problem. Sinking the pool half way, or more, in the ground is one of them.
Putting the ladder in a location that is hid by a tree or some other type of
structure is a way of hiding the ladder. Most yards have that one spot
where the pool ladder could be located. A spot where the neighbors view is
restricted. A privacy screen is another way to obstruct the neighbors
view. Fencing on a pool deck can provide a lot of privacy. Or you
could just live out in the sticks like I have most of my adult life. Or, if you
live in some of the northern states, where no one has a fenced yard, it doesn't
really matter, now does it?
We Don't Have Enough Warm Months For A Pool
That's all the more reason to have an above ground pool. There is no way
to validate the cost of an in ground pool for just a few months a year.
Above ground pools are popular all over the northern states, and into Canada,
for this very reason. You only have a few months to swim, true, but no
reason not to enjoy them. Remember also, with the use of solar covers and
heaters, you can extend your swimming season.
Above Ground Pools Are Safer
Than In Ground Pools
This may be partially true, but trust me, kids are
drowning in above ground pools all summer long. They climb up the ladders
and they climb on the filter equipment. Pools on top of the ground need
fenced just like the ones in the ground.
alarms are another good idea.
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