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P O O L S
C O N S I D E R A T I O N S
W H E N
B U Y I N G
G R O U N D
P O O L
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A B O V E
Thinking about
investing in an above
ground pool?
Here are five things
to consider before
you invest.
1. Placement:
2. A Strong Base
Look at your property and imagine
where the pool is going to go. Is this the
only place it can go or can you think of
alternate locations? How will bathers
travel from the house to the pool and
back? Where is the closest bathroom?
In our experience, homeowners often
underestimate the critical importance of
the pool base. An excellent base is:
properly compacted, perfectly level,
comprised of the right aggregate.
When I show up to do a site assessment
with a client we explore placement
options with the client that they hadn’t
considered.
Attaching your pool to an existing deck
— and at the same height — is always
preferable. Its much easier to supervise
children and the pool will get used much
more.
A strong foundation will ensure the pool
lasts and looks great for decades, not
years. Make sure your installer uses
quality compaction material and
compacts it using a transit (level) so
each patio block under the pool’s feet
are within 1/8 of an inch of being level.
Never use sand for the top layer as it will
erode over time in our climate. Instead,
use crusher dust.
3. Invest in a high
quality liner.
Your pool liner accounts for
3/4 of the entire view of
the pool — if there’s one
place to invest in quality,
it’s here. The best liners
have full print patterns on
the floor and walls, with an
attractive border at the
water line.
The price difference
between a cheap liner and
an expensive one is only a
few hundred dollars, but a
high quality liner will add
years to your pool’s life.
An excellent quality liner
made in the USA is thicker,
has well made seams, and
is not made with recycled
vinyl.
Install a pool floor of at
least 1’ thick styrofoam to
protect the liner for years
and ensure a comfortable
floor for swimmers’ feet.
4. Which type of pool should I buy,
steel or resin?
5. Choosing the right pump and
filter.
There are two frame types for above
ground pools — steel frames and resin
frames. This decision largely comes down
to price and whether you decide to use a
salt or chlorine system.
There’s nothing less inviting than a murky
pool. Sparkling clean water is extremely
attractive — and your pump and filter
system is responsible for ensuring you
have beautiful, clear water.
Resin pools are a larger investment, but
they allow you to use a saltwater system
(versus chlorine). While steel pools are
less expensive, you cannot use a
saltwater system with a steel pool. While
the liner protects the inside of the pool,
water that is splashed outside the pool
can corrode the pool’s base.
Make sure you size your pump and filter
properly. Keep in mind that the larger
above ground pools hold more water than
some in-ground pools.
Pools come in various grades with the
strongest having wider (stronger) top
ledges. Pools installed in Atlantic Canada
should have at least an 8’ top ledge to
withstand the strong hurricane winds and
heavy ice and snow loads.
Salt systems are easier to manage if
chemicals intimidate you. Just expect to
spend $1500 to $2000 more for the salt
equipment and resin pool.
When it comes to pumps bigger is not
always better. If the pump is too big it will
overwhelm the filter and the filter will
malfunction.
On round pools up to 24’ wide you should
use a 1hp pump and filters no smaller
than 19’. On pools over 24’ you should
use 1.5hp pump. On pools 24 feet and
over consider using a 22’ filter.
Always use proper pool filter sand or
zeobrite in the filter and if the pump and
filter are going to be exposed and in plain
view consider buying them in the colour
that matches your pool’s exterior.
If there is any way we can assist you in
choosing or installing your above ground
pool, please contact us at 902.306.0665.
Happy swimming!
Sincerely,
Leon Beaton
Founder, Monkville Pavers, Pools &
Excavation
www.monkville.ca
902.306.0665