When you can’t get any other relief from the summer heat, a quick dip in the swimming pool is the perfect way to cool off. But installing an in-ground swimming pool is expensive and time-consuming. How about an above-ground pool for your Stephenville home? Above-ground pools come in two basic types, ring and frame, and both will have you shelling out nearly 80% less than a traditional in-ground pool. Let’s have a look at the differences!
Ring pools– Ring pools are known as “float to fill,” and are commonly around 12 feet in diameter and 3 feet high. Made of heavy-duty vinyl, they get their name from an inflatable ring at the top of the pool that rises as the pool fills with water and lifts the sidewalls into place. The filled pool is flask-shaped, wider at the bottom than the top for greater stability. Be prepared with water! A 12-foot ring pool holds approximately 1,400 gallons, enough to require chlorine tablets for chemical balance and a filtration pump. You can buy one for these for around $300, load it into the back of the SUV, and get it ready for filling the same day. Many families see this as an inexpensive way to test the waters on pool ownership and maintenance.
Frame pools- Frame pools have a sturdy metal frame and an interior pool liner, and they can stay up year-round or be disassembled in a matter of hours. Shapes and sizes vary, but the most popular size is a 24-foot round. This will give you plenty of room to swim laps, or for the kids to horse around. Base models cost around $4,000, but can double in price if you upgrade to a high-end patterned liner or a wood frame. Like the ring pool, you will be supplying the water, and lots of it! Most hold between 3,000 to 6,000 gallons, and it generally takes about two to five days to get everything in order for installation.
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