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All Your Burning Above Ground Pool Questions Answered

As you prep for buying an above ground pool for your Texas backyard, you’ll find several questions arise during your search. It can be incredibly overwhelming. Don’t worry! You need those above ground pool questions answered. The pros at Bonnie & Clyde’s Pools and Spas are here to answer all your burning above ground pool questions. Ask away!

First off, how much is an above ground pool?

One of the first questions we always get is, “How much does an above ground pool cost?

Typically, the price varies depending on where you buy your pool and the quality of the brand. And you really should factor in cost versus investment. Cheaper big box store pools often mean cheaper quality. If you want a quality above ground pool, be prepared to pay a bit of a higher price tag.

Plus, there are other initial costs involved in purchasing an above ground pool such as a DIY installation kit, pool equipment, and chemicals. The cost goes higher if you plan on installing a deck around your pool. Later on, you may have to replace the pool liner as well.

However, even with all of these initial costs added up, it’s unlikely that your new above ground pool will cost much more than between $5,000 or $10,000.

What’s involved in maintaining an above ground pool?

Along with the initial cost of installation, you also have to think about the ongoing cost and time in maintaining an above ground pool. However, it’s not as much as you think!

One of the top supplies you’ll need to keep on hand are pool chemicals for water balance. Other supplies include cleaning products such as skimmers, filters, and automatic cleaners. If you are mindful about effectively using your pool chemicals, they’ll last much longer, so you won’t have to buy chemicals quite as often. And an automatic pool cleaner helps with chemical usage, since they won’t have to work as hard to keep your pool water clean. Automatic pool cleaners also minimize the amount of time you will have to clean your pool yourself.

Even with this in mind, though, you should plan on having a regular weekly maintenance routine for your pool such as monitoring water balance levels, skimming debris from the pool, and checking on your filters. 

Is installing an above ground pool by myself hard?

An above ground pool getting installed in a Texas backyard.

No! While it takes a bit of time, a handy pool kit comes with all of the installation instructions you need for:

  • Finding more information about permits
  • Preparing the area so it’s a flat surface
  • Getting electrical installed
  • Assembling your above ground pool and filling it with water

Still not comfortable with the idea of installing your new pool yourself. Even though we don’t install above ground pools ourselves, we can recommend quality installers who can help you out if needed. Just let us know and we’ll provide you with the contact information of reputable installers in your area.

Can you put an above ground pool in the ground?

Another of the above ground pool questions we get asked about is if buyers can install their pool in the ground. Can it be done? The answer is yes… sometimes.

One of the first things to keep in mind is that above ground pools aren’t always designed to be placed inground. Texas has expansive soil, which means it expands and contracts depending on how hot or cold it is outside. This constant change in pressure could damage the overall structure of your pool underground.

That being said, it’s not impossible to place your above ground pool semi-inground or partially inground. In some cases, it’s hard to avoid, simply because your yard may have a slight slope. So in order to make a flat surface, your pool may have to be placed partially within the slope. You may be hoping to create easier access to your pool by installing it partially or semi-inground.

Just make sure to ask the experts at Bonnie & Clyde’s which above ground pools have the best structure for this

What should I put around my above ground pool?

An above ground pool with landscaping, pavers, garden art, and a deck around it.

As you plan your above ground pool installation, another question you’ll probably ask yourself is, “What should I put around my above ground pool?

Some standard material we’ve seen people put around their pool is gravel or rocks — something with good drainage so the walkway around the pool doesn’t get too muddy. Sometimes pool owners also opt to place them on a concrete pad.

Other options include patio pavers and potted landscaping to really dress up the area around their pool and make it look really nice.

How long does an above ground pool last?

With the right care and maintenance, an above ground pool can last a couple decades, between 10 and 20 years. Without proper care, like most things, your above ground pool could deteriorate over time, so great maintenance is super important!

You can also make sure your above ground pool lasts longer by properly winterizing it every year to protect it from damage from freezing temperatures.

A cheaper pool that isn’t built with the same quality might last up to 10 years, but it’s unlikely. It’s better to invest in a high-quality above ground pool like a Backyard Leisure® or Sharkline® pool that your family can enjoy for a decade or more of swim seasons! 

Any other above ground pool questions? Ask us at Bonnie & Clyde’s!

Ever since we opened our doors in 1979, getting your above ground pool questions answered has been a priority! Our goal when we first opened was to provide quality above ground pools in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area, and our goal remains the same today. We know above ground pools like no one else!

Whether it’s about installation, maintenance, care, equipment, and more, we can answer any and all questions about above ground pools. 

Check out some of our other frequently asked questions or head over to our educational resources for more information about pools, pumps, liners, filters, and more.

If you have a specific question, contact us directly at one of our six store locations. We look forward to answering any questions you may have about above ground pools.