Above-Ground Pools: Are They The Right Choice For You?

The thought of pool shopping is one that requires careful consideration and a great amount of groundwork. After all, it is a huge investment, and your pool will become a permanent part of your home. With countless pool options available today, the decision can become even more overwhelming when faced with so many choices. But worry not, we have got you covered.

As above-ground pools can be accommodated on uneven terrains and smaller backyards, they are increasingly becoming the popular choice of Australian pool owners. In this informative guide, we tell you everything there is to know about above-ground pools so you can make the best purchase decision for your family.


What Different Types Of Above Ground Pools?

Before you decide to spend money on an above-ground pool, it makes sense to know the different types available so you can take an informed decision.

Inflatable Pools

If you have kids, inflatable pools can be ideal if you are not looking for a permanent pool option. These can be used seasonally without you having to make any alterations to your home. They are easy to fill up and pack whenever you want. Plus, since the sides of the pool are softer, it means lesser injuries and scraped knees for your kids. Smaller models start around $100.

Traditional Above-Ground Pools

If an in-ground pool is not feasible for your backyard, a traditional above-ground pool can be enjoyable and cost-effective. Made with resin, steel structure or a hybrid of both, it can be installed in no time with the help of pool experts. Depending on the pool’s material and size, the prices generally start around $1,500.

Semi-Buried Or Fully-Buried Above-Ground Pools

These types of above-ground pools sink 2 to 3 feet into the ground to make your pool look like an in-ground pool without the exorbitant price tag. The top of the pool can be covered with brick, stones, or other material. Plus, they have wall panels that are fully insulated and can combat the ground forces pushing in on the walls. Typically, semi-buried pools on average start around $10,000, depending on the materials used and pool size.


How Can I Plan My Above-Ground Pool?

Now that you know the different above ground pool options, here is how you can plan for it:


If you are blessed with a large backyard and can be selective about your pool’s location, select the flattest space in your yard. This can considerably bring down the excavation costs. Also, consider how close the pool would be to your electrical breaker box. Your above-ground pool would require a permanent electrical service for its pumps and filters, which can’t be run on an extension cord. Lastly, ensure the area is not overcrowded with trees as that could mean cleaning leaf litter and other debris quite frequently.

Pool Size

How many people would be using the pool? Just you and your family or do you plan to host pool parties and get-togethers often? Think of all these points while deciding the right pool size. Find out how much area your backyard can spare for the pool after accounting for landscaping and patio needs. Ensure you meet the local council regulations before you dig that ground. Lastly, see to it that there are no overhead utility lines where you plan to install your pool.


As we saw earlier, there are three materials that above-ground pools can be constructed from – all metal, all resin or hybrid. Experienced pool designers can even install fiberglass pools above ground by beefing up the structure with more fiberglass and customizing it as per your needs. Every choice has its pros and cons, and it is best to leave it to the pool experts to suggest you the best pool option for your needs.

What About Above-Ground Pool Maintenance?

Pool maintenance can give nightmares to the best pool owners. If you don’t look after your pool regularly, the water can become unhealthy for a swim. Here is how you can manage your pool well:

Ensure Water Circulation

If your pool does not have sufficient water circulation, it can lead to bacteria and algae growth. This becomes a worse nuisance in dead spots of the pool such as around the steps, behind the ladders and under the skimmers. Consider installing multi-directional return jets to circulate the water in addition to the pool’s pump.

Have A Maintenance Checklist

Daily Tasks

  • Ensure the chlorine level is between 2.0 and 4.0 parts per million (ppm).
  • Check pump operation and filter pressure.
  • Allow your pool filter to run for 12 to 18 hours.
  • Ensure the pH level is between 7.4 and 7.6.
  • Empty the skimmer and pump baskets.

Weekly Tasks

  • Ensure the total alkalinity of the pool water is between 80 and 120 ppm.
  • Backwash or clean the filter if the pressure gauge rises 7 to 9 psi.
  • Brush, skim and vacuum the surface of the pool.
  • Ensure the pool area is clean.

Winterizing The Pool

If you won’t be using the pool in the colder months, winterize it at the end of every swim season. Here is how you can do it:

  • Use a winter cover to cover the pool when not in use.
  • Add a winter chemical kit to the pool water.
  • Before you disconnect the pump and motor, run the filter for an hour. Remember to store the motor and pump in a dry and safe place.

Be mindful that you don’t completely drain the pool for winterizing as the hydrostatic pressure can cause serious damage. You can simply lower the water level to below the skimmer.


How Can I Pick The Right Above-Ground Pool For My Backyard

Here are some key factors to consider before taking the plunge:

  • As obvious as this may be, pay attention to your budget. Find out how much exactly can you afford to spend on the pool – not just the initial outlay but the long-term maintenance costs as well.
  • Determine what will you be using the pool for. Knowing the purpose early on helps you think ahead of time and allows the pool builder to suggest the right options.
  • Lastly, research the notable pool builders in your area before you select one. Visit their website and see what their older clients have to say about them. Ask for references.

Key Takeaways

Above-ground pools are an excellent alternative to in-ground pools if you have a slightly difficult backyard for pool installation. They range from economical models to more luxurious ones with energy-efficient covers and solar heating systems. Based on the size of your backyard, your lifestyle needs and budgetary requirements, you can choose a model that best fits your needs.

If you would like assistance in deciding the best above-ground pool for your yard, you can get in touch with us. We have been in the business of pool installations across Australia for many years. We can provide you with an onsite free quote after having a look at your backyard and suggest the best pool that can add more value to your home.

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