One of the most important parts of installing an above ground swimming pool, is making the bottom of the pool as flat and smooth as possible. Every above ground pool is usually installed using fine mason sand as the material for the bottom. You can use a vermiculite base, and some are installed with foam. The additional cost for these options is normally not worth it, so mason sand is the material of choice.
In dealing with sand one thing to remember is that the sand will shift and move over time. We stress to our above ground customers that even with compacting the bottom the way we do, and brooming the sand as flat as possible, you can still end up with depression spots and little imperfections.
One of the things we do see alot in doing liner changes on above grounds, is that the majority of installers do not get there bottom flat. Most times the sand has some pretty good high and low spots. This is due to the installer not taking time to do the bottom right. Remember the water weight will not flatten out the bottom of your pool. The water will help to finish compacting the bottom, but if there are high and low spots, that’s what you will have.
In this video you can watch how we do the bottom on an above ground pool. Make sure you ask the company you but your pool from how they do the bottom, and do they compact it? Very important!!
Want a complete backyard makeover? From the simple to the elaborate, Edwards Pools can do it.
We worked with Outdoor FX, a design build firm based in Dublin on this job. We built the pool that included Roman style walk in steps, Pentair Intellibrite LED lights, Superflo pump, Intellichlor salt generator, and Mastertemp electronic ignition heater.
Outdoor FX laid the travertine stone decking, while incorporating fire features and the outdoor kitchen area.
The rising cost of energy have you concerned? Whether you are looking at building a pool, remodeling your exsisting pool, or upgrading your pump, Pentair Pool Products are they most eco-friendly products in the world for swimming pools.
From there Intellifo variable speed energy savings pump, to there LED lighs and automation systems, everything is designed to save you money on your energy costs.
Take a look at this video to see some of what they offer for your inground fiberglass or vinyl liner pool.
Wondering what type of decking you want around your in ground swimming pool. This video shows the installation of a stamped deck we did around a vinyl liner pool. The stamp pattern is called fractured earth or cracked earth, whichever you prefer.
The standard for decking around an in ground is usually broom finish concrete. A couple of other options is pavers, or a natural stone like travertine. Going with a stamped concrete finish can give you that pop to really finish off your pool project while not breaking the bank. With stamped decking starting at $9 a sq. ft. it is an affordable option to go with.
When customers first start researching an inground pool, they will invariably ask which is better, fiberglass or vinyl liner? Our response is that it is pretty much what you, as the customer, prefers. Each type of inground has pros and cons, which we address on our website.
One potential negative about a vinyl liner pool is that you will have to change the liner at some point during the life of the pool. We find that typically a liner will last about eight years. While that can be a negative, lets look at the other side of the coin. In the video below the owner purchased the home and the pool was in pretty rough shape. While the pool looks rough, by simply changing the liner the pool was well on its way to being an attraction instead of an eye sore! So having the ability to change the liner in this situation was a huge plus. In one day the pool went from unusable to looking like an almost new pool. Watch the video below and see the transformation yourself!