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How to Pick the Right Above-Ground Pool for Your Backyard

How to Pick the Right Above-Ground Pool for Your Backyard

Making the decision to buy a pool is exciting, but choosing the right above-ground pool for your backyard is where the fun really begins. Now we won’t lie, with the many details you’ll have to consider and the plenty of options that are available, it can be a little overwhelming at times. However, with our years of experience in helping homeowners find the right pool, you can rest assured knowing we’re here to help guide you along the way.

So, if you’re ready to take the plunge and purchase your new above-ground pool, then here are the top 6 things you’ll have to consider beforehand. Let’s dive into it!

What Size and Shape Can Your Backyard Accommodate?

The first step is the easiest, but it’s the most important. Looking at the available space in your backyard, you’ll have to determine the right size and pool model that will suit your needs and your home.

Can you fit a round 27 ft pool? Are you looking for an oval frame that’s 12 ft by 24ft? Or do you want something smaller? Whatever the case is, it’s important to assess your backyard, determine your vision for where the pool will go, and measure the space to have a clear view and understanding of what can fit. Once you’ve decided on your shape and size, it’s onto the next consideration!

Does Your Backyard Slope?

When it comes to building your above-ground pool, it’s essential to know the layout of your yard so that either you or your pool installer can be prepared for a smooth and easy installation process. This means you’ll have to assess the ground where the pool is planning to be installed to determine if there is a slope or a grade.

If a slope or a grade is present some landscaping may be required. Now, unlike an in-ground pool, an above-ground pool can be designed in the slope or grade of your backyard. However, you still want to ensure that in the end, your pool will be level. So, assess your backyard’s space and take note of any slopes that may require some fixing. It might be wise to get an expert opinion on this as well!

Saltwater or Chlorine?

Moving on to water care, the next item you’ll have to consider is if you want a saltwater or chlorine pool. While there are benefits and cons to both water systems, some simply prefer swimming in one compared to the other.

This is a decision you’ll have to make upfront given it determines what kind of water care and the system will need to be purchased and installed. If you’re curious about the price differences or the water care items available for each, take a look at our bundles here. And as always, should you have any questions, feel free to speak to our staff at any of our locations.

Do You Have a Deck Present?

Or are you planning on building a deck? This factor simply helps to determine the pool items that will work for your backyard’s space and features. As you can understand, certain pool items differ for those who have a deck compared to those that don’t (i.e. ladder systems for pools without decks are quite different from the systems designed for pools with decks).

In addition, if you have a deck present, you may want to consider purchasing an A-Frame pool. Not only are these models on the more affordable end, but, they also take up more space from a landscape perspective, which may be ideal for a backyard layout with a deck.

With these factors in mind, you’ll have to determine whether or not you plan on adding or using your deck for the pool, to make your pool purchasing decisions easy and effective.

How Will You Get in and Out of the Pool?

This is an important one! You’ll have to give some thought to how you envision getting in and out of your pool. While you may have a deck present that provides easier access to getting into the pool, you’ll still have to determine how you and your family will get out.

Will you require a double-sided ladder or do you prefer having a drop-in step system? Give this consideration some thought so you can purchase the option that suits your needs.

What Additional Accessories Will You Require?

Once the basics of your pool have been decided, it’s time to think about and add the fun little extras, or “nice to have” items. These additional accessories can range from pool lights to pool heaters and cleaners and will help to make your pool experience more enjoyable.

If you want to extend your pool season, we suggest adding a pool heater. Or if you’re not interested in manually cleaning it, an automatic pool cleaner will do the trick! As we said, this part is all about elevating your pool experience.

While building your above-ground pool package may take some time, these key considerations will definitely help you make the right decision for your home, family, and backyard space. As always, our team is here to help! Should you have any questions or concerns about certain extras or options available, give us a call or stop by any of our locations. So, are you ready? It’s time to build your above-ground pool package and have the summer of your dreams!

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