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Buying Guide: How to choose an above ground pool?

Buying Guide: How to choose an above ground pool?


Want to dive into the pool all summer? With an above ground model, it is now possible to indulge in family, affordable and without major work. It is also necessary to know how to choose among the many above-ground models proposed: flexible or rigid, wood, steel or concrete, thickness of the liner or even quality of the filtration, the pool above ground will have no more secret for you.

Above ground pool flexible or rigid ? It all depends on your need and the period. If you decide in the middle of summer, bet on a flexible pool that will be easy to install and which you can enjoy immediately without doing any work. If your children are small, opt for models whose water line (height of water is 10 to 20 cm less than the height of the pool) will not exceed 85 cm (beyond the scale is required and entails an additional cost) and for pools whose size does not exceed 3.05 m.

Aesthetics, this pool above ground will naturally find place in your garden. Blooma Kari wooden pool, 8-pound round form, above ground, semi buried until completely buried. Delivered as a kit to assemble oneself. Volume of water: 15 m3. Outside dimensions: ø4,60 x H.1,29 m. Thickness of the planks: 30 mm. Sand filtration 6 m3 / h. Liner in PVC membrane, thickness 70/100 th. Warranty: 10 year structure, 2 year pump, 1 year accessories. 2,890 euros. Castorama.


Flexible above-ground pools

You will find at first price, swimming pools inflatable, round in size that are assembled in a few hours and dismount in winter. Next are the pools freestanding composed of an inflatable upper flange which rises by flotation as soon as one fills the pool with water: costing between 20 and 300 euros, these models of round shape, can reach a meter high and again disassemble quickly. Last possibility, pools tubular made of a liner that rests on metal tubes: "These pools are stronger than self-supporting models that in the long run may end up breaking, says Grégory Herbaut, head of product pools at Castorama.They attract more and more customers looking for a swimming pool easy to assemble, accessible in price (They start less than 100 euros, a rectangular basin of 5 meters is worth about 1000 euros) and does not require concrete screed, just protect its soil.

Models of rigid above ground pool

In ascending order of price, the pools steel open the market (from 700 to more than 2000 euros for the very large basins of 7 meters). Composed of a roll-up steel wall mounted on steel poles, they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and are stronger than soft, for a good value for money. To install these pools, we can still settle for stabilized soil, like a flat sand bed.

Supplied as a kit, this octagonal above-ground pool is equipped with a filtration without piping. Margins in teak. From 4291 euros. Desjoyeaux.


Swimming pools wood natural or composite make many followers for their aesthetics as their warm side. "It was very fashionable about ten years ago, then the sales punctually short of breath, the quality of the products is not always the rendezvous, continues Grégory Herbaut.It is no longer the case: models are all class IV wood (adapted to moisture) and guaranteed 10 years from which a return to grace ". Most models are softwood (pine, fir) treated autoclave to prevent rotting, others are oak or exotic wood such as teak: very aesthetic, they still require some maintenance not to go intoxicating, with l application of a stain every year. "Wood pools are more and more in demand, confirms Gilles Mouchiroud, specialist Desjoyaux, a company renowned for its expertise in the above-ground and above-ground pool.They combine aesthetics, quality (they are perfectly self-supporting), great resistance and simplicity of implementation. We deliver them as a complete kit (structure, liner, filtration) with a manual that allows to mount them easily at home.It simply needs a horizontal ground and therefore a concrete screed to install them safely as well as a power supply ". The price of wooden pools varies according to the volume of the pool, the quality of the wood, the finishes: it oscillates between 1500 euros for models in softwood and 7 or 8000 euros for models in exotic wood. Custom-made prices can go up to 15,000 euros.

More recently, swimming pools concrete are composed of vibrated concrete panels ensuring a very high strength. Among the few distributors are Castorama: "This year, we have developed rectangular pools made of ribbed concrete with wood look, for a beautiful aesthetic.The concrete planks slip into metal pillars, for a very solid pool, which will be installed on a concrete screed and which can even be buried.The prices start at 5000 euros and can reach 9000 euros, for a swimming pool of 7.5 x 3 m. "

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An above ground pool with a thick liner

"Better to opt for a complete kit that includes the structure to mount, the liner, the filtration and a scale, advises Gilles Mouchiroud At Desjoyaux, we also provide an electrical box of programming that will control the filtration time. at hand and especially brands size liner and filtration to the size of the pool and its volume of water. Be aware however that the thickness of the liner (flexible and often blue canvas lining the pool) is important in the resistance of your future pool. It is expressed in hundredths and the higher the number, the liner will be stronger. The liners of 20 / 100e (small inflatable pools in particular) are the least resistant to rips and wear, a liner of 70 to 80 hundredth can last for 10 years (all are guaranteed two years). Most ? A floor mat that will protect the liner and improve comfort.

The quality of filtration for the above-ground pool

Small pools are often equipped with cartridge filtrations, which require little maintenance apart from changing the cartridges. On larger models, sand filters are often provided, with a higher flow rate and stronger than the first, but which require more maintenance and do not filter very small particles. Some companies like Desjoyaux have developed other exclusive systems: "We equip our above-ground pools with patented filter bags that filter impurities up to 6 microns only, which is a real plus for the consumer with water completely clean for swimming ".

Good to know

As long as the pool does not exceed 20 m, you do not have to make a declaration in town hall. In addition, the above ground pools are supposed to be removable, you do not have to protect the access as with the inground pools.