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  • What do you recommend, steel walls or aluminum walls?

    The aluminum walls don’t rust the way steel walls do, but they do tend to corrode and within a couple years. The steel walls will usually start rusting at the bottom where they come in contact with dirt. This is normal and the walls should still last many years. Two other points to remember about making a pool wall last longer, if the liner leaks, patch it or replace it.

  • How long does an above ground pool last?

    Pools will normally last between 5-15 yrs. It depends on the quality of the pool and the type of dirt the pool is sitting on.

  • What can I do to make my pool last longer?

    First of all, don’t let a leaky liner stay in your pool because the water will eat the wall away – either patch it or change it. Second, every time you change the liner examine the inside wall of your pool. If you see any rust, sand it away and spray on some corrosion eliminator. Also, don’t sit on or jump off the pool rails.

  • Are there any zoning laws I should be aware of when installing an above ground pool?

    You should always check with your local governing bodies about regional zoning laws BEFORE installing your above ground pool. Some areas have specific building codes or permit requirements that may necessitate modifications to your installation plans.

  • How do I get the most life out of my liner?

    Start by being very careful with hand vacuums. Scraping them against the edge of the pool will cause little holes around the outer edge. Limit the use of automatic cleaners, running them only when the pool needs cleaning and not letting them sit in one spot for to long of a time. Most cleaners will have one or two spots where they tend to get stuck or hung up. These are usually the places where holes first develop. Be careful with the chemicals you use. Make sure they are for vinyl liners and be sure whatever you put directly into the pool dissolves before it hits the bottom. Eventually the part of the liner that is above water level and exposed to the most afternoon sun will start to dry rot. This starts with just a little discoloring and many years later may start to tear or rip. You can either try to shade that area or assume that when that happens it’s just time to replace the liner.

  • Why should I test my pool water?

    Frequent water testing is conducted to ensure swimmer comfort and prevent damage to your pool. When you test the water, you are looking at several ranges including pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, free chlorine, free bromine and metals (copper and iron). Consult a professional dealer for appropriate ranges and additional guidance.

  • What is the best way to light my pool?

    Through the wall lights for above ground pools are the most popular. The light replaces your existing pool return and acts as a pool return, water flow director and light. The second option is the over the wall version. You simply mount it under any top rail. They are usually less expensive and a lot easier to install. Another option is floating solar lights. They are the least expensive and a great safety feature. You can also surround your pool with some solar yard lights.