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Above-Ground Pool Buying Guide

Affordable and easy-to-maintain, above-ground pools are worth the investment. But, choosing the right pool to fit your budget and space can be a lot of work! We’ll help you determine what’s important to ensure that you choose the pool that is right for you.

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Step 1: Determine the Ideal Location for Your Pool

    Check Regulations. Before choosing a site for your pool, check with your local municipality for local zoning regulations, bylaws and any permits needed. Even inflatable pools may require a pool permit.

    Proximity to the house and electricity. For safety purposes, the pool should be easily accessible and visible from the house. It is also a good idea to have the pool close enough to an electricity source to easily run pool pumps, filters and heaters.

    Level Ground. It is very important that the ground beneath your pool is solid and level to ensure stability.

    Sun. Place the pool in a part of your yard that receives a lot of sunlight, which will help to heat the water, reducing the need for a water heater.

    Trees and Shrubs. Select a location that is 8-10’ away from any trees to avoid frequent cleaning from falling leaves. For more privacy, place the pool near a shrub, bush, or fence.

Step 2: Find the Pool That Will Fit Your Lifestyle





Inflatable Pools



  • Owner Type: Ideal for homeowners and renters who are looking for a convenient and budget-friendly option that is easy to dismantle and store during the off-season.
  • Permanence: Seasonal.
  • Available Shapes: Round
  • Support/Frame: A vinyl pool with an inflatable ring.
  • Affordability: $
  • Setup Time: Installation typically takes 30 minutes or more. It may take up to 10 hours to fill pool with water.
Inflatable Above-Ground Swimming Pool
Metal Frame Pools



  • Owner Type: Ideal for homeowners or renters who are looking for a temporary pool that is sturdy and durable, but still easy to dismantle and store during the off-season.
  • Permanence: Seasonal.
  • Available Shapes: Round or Rectangular
  • Support/Frame: Steel frame with included vinyl liner, and ladder for safe entry and exit.
  • Affordability: $$
  • Setup Time: Installation typically takes an hour or more. It may take up to 10 hours to fill pool with water.
Metal-Frame Above-Ground Swimming Pool
Metal Wall Pools



  • Owner Type: Ideal for homeowners who are looking for a permanent pool that is designed to provide years of fun.
  • Permanence: Year-Round.
  • Available Shapes: Round or Oval
  • Support/Frame: Heavy-Duty steel, aluminum or resin walls with a vinyl liner, and an upgraded ladder for safe entry and exit.
  • Affordability: $$$
  • Setup Time: Installation typically takes one to two days or more; professional installation may be necessary.
Metal-Wall Above-Ground Swimming Pool
Step 3: Select Your Pool Shape and Size





    Diameter. The size of your yard, and the amount of space you are willing to allow for a pool, will determine the size and shape needed.

    Height. You will also want to consider the depth of the pool. Above-ground pool wall heights can range from 36" to 54".

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