Can I Install My Above Ground Pool On Concrete?
Installing an above ground swimming pool onto a concrete surface can be easy. Although pool installation typically occurs on a sand or earth base, it is possible to install certain pools on to concrete or other hard surfaces without much fanfare. However there are some definite dos and don’t s when considering this project and we will go over the basics you should be aware of before starting this project.
Quick Advice Before You Get Started
First forget using anything other than a round pool here. In almost all circumstances, a round pool is easily installed on concrete. Round pools have a very simple frame design that makes this task quick and easy. Even a novice can achieve stellar results in just a few hours.
Oval Pool Installation Explained
I know that oval above ground pools seem more popular, and the oval pool fans will be upset to hear what I have say, but I strongly suggest not attempting an installation of an oval above ground pool on this type surface. If you must do it, consult a professional pool installer first. The primary reason is oval pools have a much more complex framework that would normally require being buried during a typical installation. Because this pool is on a hard surface, burying parts is very difficult and would require cutting concrete in most cases. This can be a major undertaking and simply not worth the hassle.
Time To Get Started
Hopefully I have deterred you from the thought of oval pool installation on concrete, and we can continue on toward installing your brand new round above ground swimming pool. First thing to consider here is the size of the slab you are working with. Your pool fully constructed should fit within the dimension of the concrete slab for best results. This will make for the most consistent pool bottom. Secondly is the levelness of the slab as it should only drop an inch or so over the width of the pool. If the slab drops to much, you run the risk of the pool collapsing or pool damage.
Now that we know the slab is large enough and level, we can begin the installation of the pool itself. A pool on concrete goes together much the same way as it would on sand or in your yard. Be sure to keep the frame as level as possible. If you have a slight dip use a metal shim to bring it up to spec.
Preparing The Concrete Surface
Once the frame is done and the wall is up and round, it is time to turn your attention to the bottom. When installing on concrete or other hard surface, you will need to use an Armor Shield or Gorilla Pad as well as pool cove. This is necessity and not an option. You cannot use sand or dirt when installing on concrete as it will wash away over time, leaving your pool liner to come in contact with the pool frame and rough concrete surface. The edges of the frame and the coarse concrete finish can put small punctures in your pool liner. In the past I have tried many other materials under a pool liner and they all seem to have their issues. In the end it is simply wise to use the products listed above. This will give you the best results and make the job easy.
Wrapping It Up
After the floor protection and cove go in, just finish up the pool installation as you would on the natural earth. There really is nothing to it if you choose the right pool and accessories. I hope this blog was helpful to you, and good luck with your pool project.