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Can you leave above ground pools up all year?

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The simple answer to the question is yes, however, there are considerations to be made, including the type of above ground pool and whether you will take precautions ahead of winter. 

Above ground pools in the summer are the centrepiece of some homes. This is as they provide entertainment for the family, while also cooling off the family on peak heat days. However, with the beginning of winter, above ground pools can be a sight for sore eyes as they become unused during the colder months. Due to this, the question of whether or not above ground pools can be taken down during the winter season has become a commonly asked one.

Generally, the simple answer to the question is that you can take down the above ground pool during the winter season if you wish to do so. Alternatively, you could keep the above ground pool up all year round. However, the decision is based on two factors, including the type of above ground pool you have, and whether or not you are willing to take the necessary precautions, should you decide to keep it up all year round.

The types of above ground pools available

There are primarily two types of above ground pools which are commonly available. Namely, a ring pool and a frame pool. Due to the design of the two primary above ground pools, one is better suited to stay up all year round, while the other can easily be taken down and reinstalled in the summer. Therefore, it is believed that it is better to take down during the colder months of the year.

Ring pools

Ring pools are the most popular of the above ground pools, due to the design being the most commonly sold before the more rigid version of the above ground pools. The ring pools are identifiable through the ring-like shape of the main component, which is an inflatable ring surrounding the top edge of the structure. The inflatable ring is what will rise and begin to create the shape of the pool as you fill the inner surface with water. These pools can accommodate an estimated three-feet of water.

In order for the pool to remain stable, the inflatable ring is usually made smaller than the floor of the pool. Due to the ease of putting up the ring pool, which only requires a garden hose to fill with water, it is preferred that you take the pool down during colder months. An advantage of a ring pool is that it is a great way to learn about the maintenance of a pool before making the decision of getting a permanent one.

Frame pools

Similarly, frame pools derive their name from their shape. This is as the shape is created through a metal frame which is lined with a vinyl pool liner. The pool’s frame, due to the additional supportive structure, is designed to hold more water than a ring pool, approximately two feet more. They can also be filled using a garden hose. However, this type of above ground pool will require a filtration system.

Moreover, it is recommended that some landscaping be done on the ground that the pool will be erected on. This will entail laying sand in order to level the ground, possibly a layer of protective plastic too, in order to protect the grass underneath. In light of the more extensive labour that goes into setting up frame pools, it is preferable to opt to leave the above ground pool type up all year. Moreover, this type of pool will be somewhat of the last step before deciding to get an actual pool.

What is winterising your pool?

Now that you know the distinctions which should govern your decision to either keep your above ground pool up all year round or not, after you decide to keep it up all year round, it is important to winterise your pool. As the name suggests, winterising your above ground pool is preparing the pool to be covered during the colder seasons, especially for locations with bitterly cold weather.

It is important to do so as prevention is better than cure, or the damage which could render the above ground pool unusable for the summer. These steps are similar to what any pool owner would do ahead of winter, which is to balance the water levels, ensure the pool water is clean, the structures have been prepared for the colder seasons, and that the surface area is covered.

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