Category Archives: FAQ About Above Ground Pools

Underground vs. Above-Ground Pools

There are two main styles of home swimming pool: underground models and above ground variants. Each of these pool offers different benefits and drawbacks.

The primary difference between the two basic models of pool is, as the name would suggest, is how they are constructed whether they are buried below-ground or whether they are free-standing. Both types could hold the same volume of water and offer the same swimming area, so the choice really depends on four simple factors:

  • Aesthetic preference
  • Cost
  • Longevity
  • Maintenance

Each of these factors will be discussed in this article.


This is a rather self-explanatory point, but is worth a mention regardless. When purchasing your new pool, it is critical that it will look right in your garden or you may end up regretting your decision to purchase it. Take the time to consider this before buying any pool: will you want it out in the open for all to see, as an above ground pool is, or would you rather it was hidden away and less obvious (an underground pool). The answer to this, of course, is simply based on your personal preference.


Pools are not a cheap investment, and so it is important to determine your budget before choosing a style of pool. An average-value above ground unit, installed, will set you back approximately $8,000 (before the cost of a decking is even thought of). If that makes you cringe, you don’t even want to think about an underground pool—a fully installed model can cost up to $70,000, with the average being $50,000.

Clearly, the difference in price is definitely going to be a factor in which pool you eventually go for.


A fairly important point to consider is the longevity of your investment. A well-built pool of either style should be capable of withstanding the elements for quite a few years, but the average estimate for an above

ground pool is approximately ten years, with the pool liners needing to be changed as frequently as every five years. This doesn’t sound bad, but it pales when compared to a below-ground pool which can easily last decades! This will still vary between the materials your pool is made of, with concrete pools needing resurfacing every ten to fifteen years, whilst a vinyl or fiberglass pool may not need much work at all.


The differences in maintenance requirements for each model of pool is negligible, however it should be pointed out that an above ground pool will need its outer walls cleaned frequently if it is to stay inviting, and the decking that is usually used to surround an above ground pool will also need work (and can be dangerously slippery when wet).


All in all, both an underground pool and an above ground pool should serve you and your family well if it is looked after properly. However, it is up to you to weigh up the positives and consequences for each design based on your personal situation, especially in regards to finances.

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Jan. 26, 2019

Doughboy Pools @ Pools Above Ground

Doughboy Deep End Pools

Doughboy Pools at Pools Above Ground

Doughboy Pools

Doughboy pools are synonymous with American quality. If you were a kid in the 1970’s, you likely remember the Doughboy pool. It was one of the first makes on the above ground pool market, and still going strong today. In a landscape filled with imported sub-par products, above ground pool owners still have high quality pools still available to them. Hoffinger Industries, who purchased Doughboy Recreational in 1974, is the only pool manufacturer in the world to make all their own products from raw materials. (more…)

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Jan. 11, 2015

Happy Bottom Pool Pad = Bad Choice

Happy Bottom Pool Pad

Happy Bottom Pool Pad

Happy Bottom Pool Pad = Bad Choice


This blog will likely change your mind about using Happy Bottom Pool Pad under your pool liner. I’m sure some people will give me flack for this one, but people ask me about Happy Bottom, and I am going to tell those who are willing to listen. I will also give you info on what works best for under pool liners and why.

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Jan. 10, 2015

What Is Pool Cove? Do I Need It? Pools Above Ground

What Is Pool Cove?


The primary purpose of above ground pool cove is to keep the vinyl pool liner away from the pool’s framework. This framework has corners and edges that could come in contact with the vinyl liner and ultimately cause damage. The pool cove prevents any damage from occurring to the liner by simply covering the metal frame pieces and acting as a buffer between the two. Aside from the protection, the pool cove also relieves undue stress on the pool liner seams. This is done by reducing the stretch in that area. (more…)

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Jan. 9, 2015

Expandable Pool Liners For Above Ground Swimming Pools

Expandable Pool Liners

Expandable liners for above ground pools are designed to conform to different shaped pool bottoms and different depths. Expandable liners can be used in both round and oval pools and typically they can add up to an additional 2 feet of water depth. Expandable pool liners do come with different liner prints and thickness of materials, all can be seen by clicking here. (more…)

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May. 5, 2014

Overlap Pool Liners For Above Ground Pools

Every swim season many above ground pool owners are faced with the replacement of their vinyl pool liners. The first step in this process is ordering the correct liner for your pool. Aside from knowing the size of the pool liner needed, knowing the correct attachment method is also required. (more…)

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Mar. 28, 2014

Above Ground Pool Skimmers



Above Ground Pool Skimmers


This brief article is about one of the most overlooked and least expensive parts of the above ground swimming pool, the skimmer box. The pool skimmer is responsible for the transfer of water from the pool to the filter system. And because it is one of the only openings cut into the pool liner and pool wall, it is often the source for leaks and corrosion. (more…)

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Mar. 22, 2014

Deep End & Deep Middle Above Ground Pools

The topic of putting a deep end in an above ground swimming pool is one that will never die. Many of us want the additional water depth that the deep end offers, but there are some very important facts that you should know before purchasing your next swimming pool. We are going to discuss what a deep end or deep middle is and what to look for when purchasing an above ground pool for this purpose. (more…)

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Mar. 19, 2014

Best Above Ground Pool Reviews

As our globe starts to heat up once again, the snow and ice will soon melt away. Many of us are more than ready for the sun’s warmth once again, and the long awaited warm weather will spark many outdoor activities. Family get-togethers, backyard BBQ’s or simply quiet relaxation all go great with a backyard swimming pool. This is why each year tens of thousands of above ground swimming pools​ are purchased and installed in backyards all across this country.​ ​Let’s briefly review the basic difference between type of above ground pools and rate them as we go. (more…)

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Mar. 16, 2014

The Best Pool Floor Pad – Armor Shield

Best Pool Floor Pad

The Best Pool Floor Pad – Armor Shield


It’s that time of year again when swimming pools all over the country are being cleaned up and prepared for summer time fun. Early Spring is a time when many above ground pools get their makeover. This often consists of a new swimming pool liner and accessories like pool cove, wall foam and even a new skimmer. But the one item that gets a lot of attention is pool floor pad.

What Is Pool Floor Pad?

Pool floor pad is simply a material that is placed on the ground under a pool liner to create a padding effect or protect the pool liner from puncture. This is done during the process of building the swimming pool or at the time of relining an existing above ground pool. This is never a bad idea and will keep your new pool liner safe from unwanted puncture. But pool floor padding can be made of different materials, some good and some very bad, so we will briefly discuss what to lookout for. (more…)

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Mar. 15, 2014