Buying An Above-Ground Pool – What You Need To Know

Round in ground Pool

Are you in the market for an above-ground swimming pool?

If you’re looking for ways to try out a pool without spending thousands of dollars for one that can’t be removed later, then an above-ground swimming pool could be your BEST option. With summer around the corner, why not kickstart the season with a new swimming pool, and become the envy of your neighbors?

Let’s dive in and learn everything you need to know about buying an above-ground swimming pool.

Pool Permission

Before you even start shopping for your above-ground pool, first find out what permissions you might need to install one at your home. Swimming pools in Edmonton are governed by the Alberta Building Code (site safety and design) and require permits for both the initial installation and removal of an existing swimming pool.

Pool Shapes And Sizes

There are many different sizes, shapes, and heights of above-ground pools. Round or oval-shaped pools are two of the most common shapes offered.

The ovals work best in narrow yards. However, their elongated shape may leave you with less volume and swimming area than the round pool. They also tend to be more expensive.

Knowing how deep you want to go will be another factor. Most above-ground pools come in 48″, 52″, and 54″ walls, with 54″ being the tallest. The deeper the pool, the more gallons of water your pool will need to hold.

Pool Structure

When it comes to searching for the best pool to fit your budget and lifestyle needs, it’s a good idea to know about the different materials that above-ground pools are made of. Let’s quickly examine those below:


The least expensive and heaviest of all the materials are rust-resistant steel pools. Most of the structural components, including the walls, uprights, bottom track, and top rails, are all made of steel.

If you want to maximize your protection against corrosion, we recommend looking out for pools with hot-dipped zinc and galvanized steel walls.


Do you plan on having your pool for a long time? If so, a resin pool may be the way to go. Made from high-quality, heavy-duty plastic, resin pools are corrosion-proof that hold up well to the elements.

Best of all, they won’t get as hot to touch in the sun as a steel pool would. While the price tag may be a little higher, you’ll definitely save your money in the long run.


Made of both resin and steel components, a hybrid pool offers the best of both worlds. The parts exposed to water are typically made from resin, while the supportive parts are made of steel.

Be sure to read the specs to determine which parts are made of resin and steel, as each hybrid pool may be different.

Best Time To Buy

The best times of year to buy an above-ground pool are in the fall and spring. In the fall, when there is a slowdown of pools being built, you can find many discounted prices.

In the spring, you won’t have to wait for months on end for the weather to warm up, so you can use your pool right away. In addition, many manufacturers will give discounts on the previous year’s model.

Above-Ground Pools For Sale In Edmonton

So now that you know everything about buying an above-ground swimming pool, why not browse our collection online?

Or visit our hot tub store at Sundance Spas of Edmonton today! Our friendly and efficient team will be more than happy to serve you.

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