An above the ground pool can be a wonderful addition to your yard, but there are a number of considerations to examine before making a purchase. The first decision is the size of the pool you will buy. A larger pool offers a greater variety of uses and can accommodate more people at the same time. But if it takes up too much of your yard, it will appear oversized and deprive you of other uses of your back yard. Since above the ground pools come in pre-formed shapes and sizes, they are easier to envision in your yard than an in ground pool would be.
Another important consideration is your budget. Above ground pools are much more affordable than in ground pools, but you still have to take into account that even after the pool is up and running, there will be an ongoing expense for the chemicals and filtering that you will need to keep your pool safe for everyday use. Remember too, that in ground pools are much more durable. So if you are purchasing and above ground pool, ask your retailer about its expected life span. Purchasing a replacement above ground pool every so often might make it wise to consider an in ground pool. Another big advantage of an above ground pool is that it can be installed in hours versus weeks or even months for an in ground pool. Keep in mind though that you still may need to do some excavation to insure that your above ground pool is resting on level ground.
Perhaps the most important consideration is safety. Pools are hazards for young children and pets. Many areas have requirements for fencing that must surround a pool. And your insurance company will probably increase your liability insurance premiums as well. To be completely safe, you may have to install a pool cover. And the chemicals used to treat the water and clean the pool are toxic and must be kept locked away.
Finally your above the ground pool will require daily maintenance to keep it clean and safe for swimming. You will have to use skimmers daily to keep debris out and you will have to add chemicals daily to keep the water at the proper pH.