How to Set Up an Above Ground Pool

Above ground swimming pools are a great option for anyone who wants to take the plunge without the expense of installing an in-ground pool.  And while a steel or resin frame pool is easier to set up than the in-ground variety, there are a few things to consider before you dive in.

Knowing what size pool to buy depends on where you’re planning to put it.  They come in various shapes and sizes and varying depths.  The project can usually be completed in a day, especially if you hire a professional.

And just because you’re not going with an in-ground pool doesn’t mean you can’t enhance the area surrounding the pool.  A popular option is to install a deck surround, large enough to have seating and maybe even a table or sunshade.        

In this video, a “pool pro” gives the lowdown on the entire process and what options you have:

Safety is key when it comes to having a pool.  Another factor to consider is whether or not you have the proper fencing around your property or the pool area, which is determined by your town.  Be sure to investigate all the local zoning rules beforehand.     

How to Maintain an Above Ground Pool:

  1. Clean filters on a regular basis, from every other week to a month depending on usage
  2. Use a floating filter, like a pool frog, to help purify the water regularly
  3. Consider a bottom circulation system that sends water through a drain back into the filtration unit
  4. Winterize your pool properly to avoid bacterial growth that may occur beneath your pool cover, and disconnect the pump and filtration system

Above ground swimming pools are a great option for anyone who wants to take the plunge without the expense of installing an in-ground pool.  And while a steel or resin frame pool is easier to set up than the in-ground variety, there are a few things to consider before you dive in.

Knowing what size pool to buy depends on where you’re planning to put it.  They come in various shapes and sizes and varying depths.  The project can usually be completed in a day, especially if you hire a professional.

And just because you’re not going with an in-ground pool doesn’t mean you can’t enhance the area surrounding the pool.  A popular option is to install a deck surround, large enough to have seating and maybe even a table or sunshade.        

In this video, a “pool pro” gives the lowdown on the entire process and what options you have:

Safety is key when it comes to having a pool.  Another factor to consider is whether or not you have the proper fencing around your property or the pool area, which is determined by your town.  Be sure to investigate all the local zoning rules beforehand.     

How to Maintain an Above Ground Pool:

  1. Clean filters on a regular basis, from every other week to a month depending on usage
  2. Use a floating filter, like a pool frog, to help purify the water regularly
  3. Consider a bottom circulation system that sends water through a drain back into the filtration unit
  4. Winterize your pool properly to avoid bacterial growth that may occur beneath your pool cover, and disconnect the pump and filtration system