Tips on Buying an Above Ground Pool

Having a swimming pool in your backyard is meant to be fun. That is the reason you are looking at getting one. Not because you need one, but because it is the best way to relax, cool off, and spend time with friends and family. Just like many important decisions in your life, you need to figure out the five Ws.

  1. Who is going to be using the pool the most?
  2. What type, size, and shape pool best fits your needs?
  3. When is the best time to buy, and when are you able to buy?
  4. Where can you put your swimming pool?
  5. Why should you buy your above-ground pool from us?

By the end of this article, you should be able to answer these questions, and you will be more knowledgeable and ready to buy the above-ground swimming pool you have always wanted!


Before diving into the buying process, (pun intended) you will need to think about who is going to be using the pool the most out of your family. Is it going to be just for the kids and for their friends? Or are you going to have a family reunion where everyone from your parents to your weird second cousin comes to visit… You know that cousin, the one that never shows up in time for anything, and wears flip flops even in the middle of winter. Anyways, back on topic, you are going to have to make sure that you have a pool big enough to fit the number of people you want over for your pool parties. It is easy to figure out how many people will fit in a pool. Although not a limit, but used as a guideline, it is common to have no more than 1 swimmer per 15 square feet. If you have a 24-foot round pool you will be able to have roughly 30 swimmers. (For around pool use the following: pool radius * pool radius * 3.14) (For a square pool use the following: pool width * pool length) Divide the total by 15 and you will get the number of swimmers able to be in your swimming pool at once.

Even If your pool is only going to be used by one or two people at a time, you will need to think of what this pool will be used for. Are you going to use it to float around in and cool off? Maybe you are looking for a pool you can use to swim laps in as part of your workout? If you just want to relax around the pool can be slightly cheaper than an oval pool, but if you want to swim laps, there is no beating an oval pool.


Continuing from who is going to be using this pool we will have to find what pool is going to be the best one for you. There are many different sizes, shapes, and heights of above-ground pools. Most commonly these pools come in sizes all the way up to 33 feet in diameter, and oval pools rarely exceed 18′ by 33′. One aspect we haven’t hit yet is pool height. Pool heights commonly come in 48″, 52″, and 54″. If needed, however, an above-ground pool can be dug slightly into the ground giving you up to 6′ of total depth.

You should also know the difference in materials these pools are made of. The main types of materials used to make pools are steel and resin. Steel pools have walls, uprights, a bottom track, and top rails made of steel. A resin pool will have steel walls, but the other structural components are made out of high-quality heavy-duty plastic. Steel pools are corrosion-resistant because of their multiple layers of protective coating, however, resin pools are corrosion-proof. Resin pools are the highest quality of above-ground pools making their upfront cost higher. However, having a corrosion-proof pool will save you money in the long run.

Other than the walls, uprights, bottom track, and the top rail is the panel where the filter and hoses run through. Many retailers will sell a steel wall section (instead of stainless steel), which even if you have the highest quality pool, is only as strong as its weakest link. Without a stainless steel wall, that section of your pool will rust.


There are two specific times that are the best for buying above-ground swimming pools. The first is in the fall when summer is over and you will most likely not use your pool until the next summer. Discounted prices can often be found because there has been a slowdown in pools being built. The less well-known and possibly better time to buy a swimming pool is in the spring. First of all, you will be able to use your pool without having to wait for months until the weather warms up. Second, many pool manufacturers will give deep discounts on their previous model year swimming pools. The problem is that once the previous year’s pools have been sold, the discounted prices are gone until the next season. You can also read this article that explains more about the best time to buy a swimming pool.


Picking out the location for your above-ground pool is usually not very difficult if you have enough space for it in your backyard. However, you may want to take a few aspects into consideration. This is not a problem for newer above-ground pools, but some older pools have buttresses that stick out up to 3 feet on the sides. You may have to account for the extra space being taken up by these buttresses.

Because above-ground pools are now built so substantially and will last for decades, it is very popular to build a deck around your pool. If you are going to add a deck to your pool you will have to figure out how big you want the deck, and if you want that deck connected to your house or standing alone. There are few restrictions for building an above-ground pool. Just make sure that if you have a surface even with the top of the pool like a wrap-around deck that you are able to keep it free from kids that you won’t want to play without supervision.


As we have covered most of the reasons why to get an above-ground pool in the who section, you should know why you should consider getting your pool from Backyard Leisure.

  1. We know pools. If you get your pool from us, you have access to our support, service, installation, chemicals, advice, and much more.
  2. We are the only local pool company to sell stainless steel panels to make your pool last for a lifetime.
  3. We have the largest filters and the most powerful pumps standard on our pool models.
  4. We sell the largest assortment of pools, letting you pick out exactly what you want.
  5. We build decks and are able to make any type, height, and style of deck that will fit your pool perfectly.

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