In an above ground version, the pool becomes accessible to all budgets. A boon when you do not want to embark on big jobs.
The benefits of above ground pools
The different models and materials allow enjoying the joys of swimming in very few square meters, even when the terrain has a difficult configuration. The price of an above-ground pool is much lower than that of conventional models: from around € 400 (Ø 3 m, steel or PVC) and up to € 14,000 for larger models and high-end versions . The other great advantage of these pools is their ease and speed of installation (editing in a weekend). Lastly, there is no specific procedure (neither building permit nor declaration of works) for models not exceeding 20 m2. For larger models, a prior declaration and an application for a permit must be filed in town hall (urban planning department).
The disadvantages of above ground pools
Proposed as kits to assembleoneself, as the above ground pool reviews, they are delivered by truck in the form of voluminous pallets, which supposes that access to the house is done easily. The kit is often unloaded at the door: it is necessary to envisage 2 or 3 people to transport and to raise the swimming pool. Instructions for use are often provided with a video cassette or a CD to visualize the different steps, but you must have the soul of a handyman to carry out the operation without spending too much time. It is therefore better to go for several. For large models and custom made, it is better to use an installer sent by the manufacturer or the dealer.
Which form to choose?
Often round or octagonal to fit best in a limited space, basins above ground are also shallow. Their height varies from 1.10 m to 1.60 m maximum. In PVC or steel, they are generally between 3 and 6 m in diameter or up to 8 m long. In wood, they are rectangular or octagonal and have slightly larger dimensions (up to 10 m long).
Where to place it?
The swimming pool must be in the immediate vicinity of a water point (filling via a garden hose) and an external electrical outlet (connection of the filtration system). It must also be placed so that it is in full sun on three quarters of the day, from spring to autumn. Finally, the law imposes to leave a distance of 3 m between the limits of the garden and the swimming pool. Places exposed to the wind should be avoided as drafts cool the water and carry debris that pollutes it. Finally, the pool should be well away from tall trees, especially deciduous hardwoods and conifers, synonymous with leaves, needles and resin on the ground.
Semi-buried or above ground: what’s the difference?
For the same wooden model, many manufacturers give the choice between an above ground or semi-buried installation, which makes it possible to adapt perfectly to the specific constraints of the ground. Thus, if the garden is steep, the pool can be partially buried, partly above ground. This type of implantation allows to better integrate the pond in the garden, to build an elevated terrace … And to make its use even more enjoyable: we sit on the curbs, we enter more easily in the water, etc. Only constraint: when semi-buried, the pool requires a declaration of work prior.
How to mount it?
– First condition to respect: to have a perfectly flat and stable ground. For PVC models, all stones, roots and other asperities must be removed before placing the protective felt under the pool. Steel models require a layer of sand under the liner. Wooden models assume the creation of a concrete slab to provide more rigidity to the support.
– Mounting is relatively simple, provided you follow exactly the advice provided by the manufacturer. The use of a professional is justified if the swimming pool is a model to measure or if one opts for a semi-buried establishment.
– PVC models come in half an hour. Those in steel ask for a morning, by putting themselves in two people. The wooden structures to be mounted in one day (to avoid any risk of swelling or cracking parts), it is advisable to put in 3 or 4 people.