- Now, with the summer here, I'm sure many of you wish that you had a pool in your backyard. Pool parties? Barbeques? Drinks by the pool, or fun for the kids?
No matter what your needs or wishes are, this article will guide you through this jungle of various products and setups.
How much does a good pool cost?
- Unlike what you might think, a high quality pool doesn't have to break the bank. Having a pool installed, with all the landscaping, digging and other work involved can be expensive ... not to say daunting if you're doing it yourself.
- If you choose an above the ground pool, however, it's cheaper. There is literally no installation work to speak of compared to in-ground pools. You can easily set it up yourself, with a little help from a friend or two.
- If you buy a quality pool, you will be able to enjoy it season after season -- and it's a great investment.
- What you really need to consider, is if you want an inflatable pool, or one with solid reinforced walls. The size is also something you need to consider. Some pools are better fit for saltwater, so if you wish to run such a setup, you might want to click here and read some reviews from verified buyers.
- Personally, I recommend Intex Pools or Splash Pools. Both of these have quality pools in all price ranges, starting from 300$ for a 18"x48" inflatable pool, and upwards to 45x52 feet pools with solid walls, at around 3000-4000$. You can't go wrong with either!
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- Like I said above, you really can't go wrong with either Intex or Splash. Personally, I ended up with a Splash 24 ft round pool. I picked it up here, from amazon and had it delivered to my house (you can read more reviews by verified buyers here at amazon: amzn.to/1gE7C7X). My brother in law, my oldest son and I had it installed in no-time, and we've used it a lot since. I run it with saltwater, but you can obviously run it with chlorine if you wish to do so.
- It also comes with an Aqua Master filter system which works great. The larger pools (they come in a number of sizes), will naturally take longer to install -- as there is more material and more stuff to move around -- and more parts to confuse you.
- We spent a good full day of work to put it together (following the video instructions). Non of us are very handy when it comes to building things, so I'm sure you can do it quicker if you have some experience.
What's important to keep in mind is to work structured. The first thing I did was to lay out all the parts, and made sure I had everything I needed in terms of tools and manpower. I watched the instruction video once, did my notes and then started with that as a reference.
- Also worth mentioning is that you may consider changing the stock ladder to something a bit more sturdy -- it seems a bit wobbly.
But overall I'll give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Other above the ground pools worth mentioning
The best prices for Intex is Found here
The Intex 18' x 48" pool is probably the most bang for your bucks. It's currently around 400$ (see updated prices here: amzn.to/1TFzLJZ) and it seems like a good pool from what I've read. It's quicker to install, and the reviews are really good. The only thing I see some people complain about is that the pump isn't that good if you're running it on a salt-water system. But a new pump is inexpensive.
- At the other end of the scale, you have this pool in 18"x52" and 45"x18" . The reviews from the verified purchasers are great -- but those I've talked to says that the pool takes a lot of time to set up if you're inexperienced -- nothing too bad, but that's the only drawback you will have. But if you feel like doing a project this summer, you won't get a better pool.
Benefits of an over the ground pool
- An in-ground pool can set you back 50,000$ -- while an above the ground pool will cost you between 5 and 10% of this.
- Another benefit is that they're not permanent. They can be moved, sold or swapped out for a bigger one if you would want that -- unlike in-ground pools.
- They're also great for first time pool owners, if you're not sure exactly how much you'll be using it.