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Installing an above the ground pool needs the same seriousness required when buying your first home, and car. Swimming pool accessorizes your home. It’s a perfect backdrop for your parties and a source of fun for your family.

An above-ground model is less expensive than the in-ground pools. They are easy to install, and some of them can be disassembled at the end of the swimming season. Above the ground models are ideal for renters for they are portable; thus, they can carry their pools when they relocate.

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The article will provide insight that can help you avoid purchasing an above ground pool that may not serve your interest.

Choosing a Pool

Selecting a pool involves considering the depth, shape, frame style, and size of your pool. You need to consider the local regulations and the size of your yard.

Depth: the pool can have 1200mm, 1300mm, or 1400mm wall. A deeper pool holds more water; therefore, it’s important to consider who will be using this pool. Go for shorter wall sizes if you have young children. It’s also possible to have a deep end by building a taller wall. Therefore, you can have a deeper or shallow pool based on your personal preferences and needs.

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It’s inspired by the size of your backyard and local codes, for they direct the installation of above ground pools. Many people prefer the oval shape because they consider it bigger than the round-shaped pool. However, a rounded pool is better for it can fit in yards of different dimensions. More so, the pool can hold more water, and it’s less costly than rectangular or oval pools that have several parts holding it together to avoid collapsing as a result of water pressure. On the other hand, an oval pool is more attractive and may resemble an in-ground pool when you build its deck.

Frame Style

The frame comprises of the bottom rails, top ledges, plates, and uprights. Most of the above-ground pools are made of aluminium, resin, steel, or a hybrid of the two materials.


It’s used for most of the pool because it doesn’t corrode, rust, or oxidize like other materials, for it can hold well with water and other elements. Unlike steel, resin doesn’t get hot in the scorching sun; thus, the material is suitable when you want your pool to last longer. Resin is quite expensive, but it’s worth cost in the long run.


It’s a material that has been used for above the ground pools for several years because it’s heavy and least expensive. Steel is resistant to rust; however, the material can begin corroding and oxidizing when exposed to saltwater and constant sunlight.

Hybrid of Steal and Resin Components

Use resin for the inside part of the pool and steel on the outer side to provide support. You can contact Echuca Pool Services for more information on how you can combine the two materials.


The size of your backyard will determine the size of your pool. Further, you need to consider the local codes which provide guidelines on the amount of space that is required between the pool and the house or other structures.

Choosing a Pool Liner

A liner protects the pool walls and floor, thus extend its life. Another purpose of liners besides holding water in place is to enhance the aesthetics of your pool. Therefore, a liner can prevent your steel pool from rusting, for it stops water from leaking to the surface of the pool. There are different types of liners available in the market.

Expandable Liners

The material is expandable; thus, you don’t need to buy an extra liner for your deep centre or ends, for you can stretch it to accommodate these surfaces. For instance, a liner designed for 48 inches can be expanded up to 72 inches.

Beaded Liners

This type of lining material has a bead of vinyl that is thicker at the top of the liner to fit into top rails track of your pool.

Unibead/J-Hook Liners

The liner has a U-shaped thick piece of vinyl at the top. Therefore, you hook or attach the liner to the top of the wall and allow the rest to hang down.

Overlap Liners

The material overlaps over your pool and hangs over its edges.

The Pool Filter System

The pump and filter system is the heart of your pool, for it maintains the water circulation of your pool. There are different types of filters you can choose for your pool. They include:

Sand Filters

The pump pushes water through this filter and comes out through the lateral tubes at the bottom of the filter tank. The process leaves behind debris that clogs the filter, thus decreasing the water flow. Therefore, you should clean the filter when you notice the change in the flow of water. You clean the filter by backwashing it and dumping the wastewater.

Cartridge Filters

The filter has a material that captures debris when water is pumped through it. These filters are expensive than the sand model; however, they have a larger surface and can last longer before being cleaned. Further, they run under lower pressure, and they give you a better flow rate.

Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) Filters

It uses tiny fossilized diatoms exoskeletons to filter particles from the pool water. Thus, the filter has girds that are coated with D.E. powder that is located inside the filter tank. This filter operates like the sand filter but captures smaller particles of 5-10 microns. Therefore, DE filters offer the best pool filtration.

The pool, liner, pump and filter system are the three significant factors that you should consider when installing your above the ground pool. Other factors to think about are;

  • Pool sanitizers like the chlorine tablets, salt, and minerals,
  • Ladders for entering and exiting the pool.
  • Pool heater, and lights.

As stated earlier, purchasing an above the ground pool is a great deal and requires attention just like buying a car or house. However, you can consult Echuca Pools Services for pool servicing needs. Please visit us at to learn more or you may contact us at 0491 768 707 or email us at for more information.

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