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May 31, 2019

Ask These 5 Questions Before Buying a Pool

Family time, entertainment, relaxation, and a place to hang out with family friend equals a backyard swimming pool. If you’ve decided it’s time add an above ground pool, then we’ve got some tips for you. Above ground pools are an easy and convenient way to bring a swimming pool home. Plus, you can take it with you when you leave.

We suggest you ask these five questions before buying a pool.

#1: Where Am I Going to Put My Above Ground Pool?

This is your number one question to answer. The perfect spot is integral to the overall enjoyment of your above ground swimming pool. To maximize your investment, you want to think about things like available space, proximity to the house, ease of access, the amount of sunlight it will get, and whether you have trees directly above.

Do you want your pool close to the house or a little further out in your backyard? Do you need to be able to see people swimming from a window at all times? Would you rather have a short few feet to the pool? Whether you choose close or a bit farther away, think about adding dirt-free walking paths.

When considering your space, decide if you have room in your backyard. You also want to consider future add-ons like a deck, patio, or landscaping.

In addition, think about your privacy needs. Will you need a fence around the pool to protect kids and pets? Do you want complete privacy from neighbors? Only you can answer these questions, so discuss them as a family. You can always use fences, shrubs and bushes to add privacy as well.

Finally, think about the sun’s rays.  Is the sun a concern to you? Is tanning your number one priority? Would you rather your pool be out in the open or shaded a little? This can determine pool placement as well.

#2: What Size Do I Want?

Above ground pools come in many sizes and shapes. The size you choose depends on your budget and how many people will use your pool. For example, will just a few use the pool, or will you entertain a bunch of children or teenagers on a regular basis?

In addition, above ground pools come in several shapes including round, oval, and rectangular. How will you use your pool informs this decision. Will you swim laps? If so, a rectangular pool is the answer. If it’s just for playing and lounging, a round or oval pool works great.

The final thing to consider with size is your budget. When choosing your size, consider your water, energy, and chemical needs. Your pool dealer can help you with this.

#3: Who Will Install the Pool?

Above ground pools are easier to install than inground pools and cause far less mess in your backyard. Yet, successfully installing your above ground pool and getting it ready for swimming takes some expert help, such as from your favorite pool and spa store.

You can install it on your own, and if you do decide to go this route, you want to make sure you fully understand the instructions and follow them. If you don’t, you may void any warranty.

In the end, hiring a professional, trained installer is your best best.

#4: How Do I Choose a Dealer?

You know that quality always trumps price. So, buying a pool from a big, national chain isn’t as good as shopping your local store. Since you’ve decided to make an investment in an above ground pool, you want to do your research and choose quality products like Doughboy Pools. They will provide you the best quality and longevity overtime.

Plus, when you choose a reputable, local dealer, they are your partner in pool ownership and can provide service as well as the best chemicals.

When choosing a dealer consider:

  • How long they’ve been in business. (In 2019, Ultra Modern celebrates 65 years in business!)
  • The selection of pools.
  • The warranty and service options available.

#5: What About Accessories?

You want to pick the right accessories to make your above ground pool even more enjoyable! Think about the following:

  • Steps – you have many options, and they make getting in your pool easier. Think about whether you’ll add a deck when choosing as well.
  • Lighting – consider lighting in the water and around your above ground pool. You’ll add safety and ambiance.
  • Landscaping – always makes things prettier.
  • Decking – a great way to add comfortable, reachable seating for your pool.
  • Covers – a pool cover can protect your pool from dirt, debris, and bugs.
  • Toys, games, and floats – always a must!

Final Thoughts

Adding an above ground pool to your home is a great way to make a lifetime of backyard memories. Family time and parties with friends are the best when water is involved.

In addition, you’ll find better health and wellness and more relaxation are yours in your ackyard pool.

If you’re in the market, stop by or give us a call, we’d love to help!

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