Perhaps you have a Texas sized estate with acres of flat land to install a new aboveground pool.
For most folks, however, the available space for installing a new swimming pool is limited, especially given the many variables below.
5 things to consider before you buy an aboveground pool
1. Water & Electric
Nice to have close at hand. For most pools, it’s best to run underground conduit from a house outlet to where the pump and filter will be located. You may also want to add other electrical items to your pool such as a pool light or robotic pool cleaner, and you don’t want electrical cords stretched across the yard.
Dragging the garden hose across the yard to add water or clean your aboveground pool could be managed if it was under 50 feet, but longer runs may lead you to extend an underground water pipe, tapped off of a nearby water spigot or sprinkler system.
2. Visibility from the House
We want to be able to enjoy the view of the pool from as many angles of the house as possible, and not only from an aesthetic point of view. Pool safety lessons learned in years past promote the idea of being able to keep a watchful eye on the pool. Safer locations exclude any partial obstructions or blind spots when being viewed from the house.
3. Level land is best
The earth beneath your pool will need to be absolutely level before you begin to assemble your above ground pool. This is extremely important to the structural integrity of your pool. Lopsided pools tend to fall over and end up in an episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos! Don’t be that guy, instead – look for a relatively flat area to begin with, to make your aboveground pool site prep a bit easier.
4. Access to your Pool
You want to be able to get to the pool fast on a hot day! Or back into the house fast on a cold night. Also consider access by emergency personnel, God forbid. And what about preventing access by neighbors, or passers-by? I remember some kids (not me!) who would climb up onto the roof of our house, to jump off into the pool. Cheap thrills, we’re lucky no one got hurt!
All pools should be fenced, but not too close to a fence, where someone could climb the fence and jump in. Also, your local government likely has setback requirements that would prevent any structure from being too close to the property line. A setback of 10 ft from the side and 20 ft from the rear of the property is not uncommon, but check your local .gov website to be sure.
Keep a buffer zone around the perimeter of the pool when you plan for it’s location. You will find it easier to maintain the pool if you can easily walk all the way around it.
If your budget allows a complete surrounding pool fence and deck, these make the nicest aboveground pools, in my mind. If not, you will be looking at A-frame ladders to enter and exit the pool. Make sure to get one that has a locking feature, to prevent unsafe use of the swimming pool.
5. Sun or Shade
Finally, you want to consider the amount of sun or shade that your pool will receive. You may wish to have partial shade, but large deciduous trees near the pool will require more pool cleaning work. Too much sun can make the pool too hot during certain times of the year, and will use more chlorine than a shady pool. If your location allows it, some mix of sun and shade may be nice. You make the choice.
Once you determine the best location for the pool, you are in a better position to choose size and shape. Oval or Round? Large or Small? These are the fun decisions, along with the fun pool toys and pool floats that you’ll soon be able to buy!
Until next time, happy pool shopping!