Above-Ground Pool Buyer’s Guide | Part 1

Section One: What to consider before buying


What do your city’s codes say about having pool in your backyard?

The easiest way to find out is to go to your city’s website or call your local building permit department. Many cities require a fence around the perimeter of the pool, but make sure you know your city’s regulations before buying.


What exactly are you looking for in pool?

It’s a lot like finding the right vehicle: it needs to fit your lifestyle and budget.


Why exactly do you want pool?

People want pools for a lot of reasons like entertaining friends, creating their own, cheap vacation at home or just to cool off on a hot day. Deciding what you’ll use your pool for will help you decide what size and shape to purchase.


How much do you want to spend on your pool?

Deciding how much you want to spend on your pool can get a bit complicated. In order to simplify things, make sure to take expenses like chemicals, pumps and testing equipment into consideration (all of which you can find at VMInnovations.com for unbeatable prices).


How much do you know about the pool you want?

You’ll want to know the size, shape and what the product includes before buying. Doing your own research will make the process less daunting.


Do you plan to put your pool near deck?

Constructing your pool next to a deck makes access to the pool easier, but that’s not your everyday DIY project, so we recommend leaving that project to a ­professional. We also wouldn’t recommend a deck for an Easy Set pool.


Is your yard flat?

This is a question that’s overlooked a lot. If your yard has a slope, digging a few inches into one end to make things level is pretty easy, but make sure your yard is level before putting your pool up because raising one end up afterward is definitely not recommended. Plus, level ground will mean less stress on your pool’s walls, meaning a longer lasting pool for you and your family to enjoy.


What else do you have in your yard?

Things like swing sets and sheds can mean spacing problems when you construct your pool, and checking with your city’s codes and regulations is always a good idea before adding more structures to your yard.

Have you measured your yard?

Make sure there’s enough room back there for your pool to fit with a perimeter to walk around. (We suggest at least three feet.) A simple way to measure your yard is to get your mortgage survey out. It’s very important to make sure you have plenty of room (more than you think) because most pool buyer’s remorse comes from buying a pool that’s too big or too small for their yard.


How long do you want to own the pool?

If you’re looking to own a pool for a long time, make sure your pool is of quality. Fixing problems and the other pesky maintenance a cheap pool will need over the course of its life will cost you more money in the long-run. Investing now means you won’t have extra costs in the future.


Who’s installing your new pool?

It usually takes about two people (or one really ambitious person) to successfully ­install a metal frame pool, but if it’s an especially large pool, you’ll need more help to help secure the walls. Keep in mind, Intex’s line of Easy Set pools puts an end to the headache of assembling a traditional above-ground pool. Those can be up and running very quickly, right out of the box.


How high do you want your poolwater?

Your pool’s water will be about 4” from the top of the pool, so a 48” pool will give you about 44” inches of water to play in. It’s important to keep your kids’ height in mind. If you want them to be able to stand up in the pool, you’ll need to consider just where you’ll want your water to rise to. (We recommend getting out a tape ­measure just to be sure.)


Can put landscaping around my pool?

Sure, as long as it’s not corrosive or acidic, but it’s important to realize that plants that grow beside your pool could very easily grow under your pool, meaning ­disaster for your pool liner. We suggest potted plants if you’re looking for a way to beautify your pool. That way, you can move them inside during the winter, and you don’t have to worry about pesky plants popping up and ruining your liner.


Steel or aluminum?

We definitely suggest steel. It can expand and contract easily with the temperature; aluminum doesn’t do that very well, and that can lead to cracks. Plus, steel is longer lasting, and that’s what you’re looking for in a pool, right?


Where should put my  pool?

That’s up to you. As long as you have the space for it, and you’re within a decent proximity to an electrical outlet (to power your pump), your pool can go wherever you choose. Plus, since they’re easily moved, if you decide to change its location, switching it is easy (with the right help, of course).


Read more about choosing the right Above-Ground Pool here: VMInnovations Above-Ground Pool Buyer’s Guide

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