Selecting a pool for your yard can be a complicated process. Here's a guide to help you sort out which type is best for you.
Most above-ground pools are constructed with aluminum, resin or steel sidings with vinyl liners. Patterned walls are available.
Also popular are the most basic above-ground pools, the type easily filled with a garden hose and stored away when not in use. Because they require no filtration equipment they must be regularly drained, cleaned and refilled to provide a clean swimming environment.
These are made at the manufacturer and delivered in one piece. Typically they are more flexible than concrete pools and are a good choice in earthquake prone areas. Also available are fiberglass panel pools which are constructed on site and allow more design flexibility.
Often the most costly to build, concrete pools are poured on-site. You may custom-design virtually any shape or size. Several finishes such as plaster, paint and specialty coating materials such as Pebble Tec are available in a range of colors.
These pools are built with panel walls that are fastened together and sit on a concrete foundation. A custom-made vinyl liner then covers the entire pool.
If your primary reason for owning a pool is fitness, consider a lap pool or swim spas.