Basic Facts About Deep Above Ground Pools and how they can keep you active
Most people think that above ground pools are kiddie (shallow) pools. But the truth of the matter is that above ground pools can have different depths just like in-ground ones. The flexibility of above ground pools allows the user to adjust it to the height and breadth desired.
This makes it a good option for those who want the features of an in-ground pool without its permanence and cost. Click here for more on the pros and cons of this option.
There are different factors that affect the features that one can have in an above ground option. One of such features is the depth and that is what we would focus on in this article. This article outlines why a deep above ground pool is a good option for staying active as well as what you should look for when buying a pool of your own.
Pools are a great low impact option for staying active
Having your own pool is a great idea if you’d like to stay active while having fun. Things like treading water and doing sports like pool volleyball can burn off a lot of calories. The best part of doing activities in the pool is that they don’t cause pounding on the joints like running does. Some of the reasons why treading water is a good option for exercise is that it doesn’t require equipment and almost anyone can do it. Other exercises you can do in a pool is aqua jogging and flutter kicks. Both of these exercises are a great alternative to jogging or running on the pavement.
Good for injured runners
Sometimes we get injured while running and we are afraid of losing our fitness during our time off from running. Having your own pool is a great way to keep up your running fitness while you’re letting your body heal up. Many of the professional runners use pool running as a means of keeping their body in shape while injured. Pool running isn’t just for runners that are hurt, you can also use pool running to increase mileage without the risk of getting injured from overtraining. Pool running is one of my go to workouts when I have a client who is looking to increase volume without the extra pounding from running more miles.
Here are some things to consider before getting an above ground pool.
Factors That Affect The Depth Of Above Ground Pools
There are 2 major factors that affect the depth of an above ground swimming-pool and they are the walls and the Vinyl liners.
Typically, the most common wall heights that one can choose from are 48, 52 and 54 inches. And you must give an allowance of 6 inches when filling up the pool. So this also affects the depth that you can achieve.
Fun fact about the walls of above ground swimming pools: – The original reason why these pools have taller walls was so that the user /swimmers can have adequate privacy. But people decided that the pool was not a place for privacy; that they needed more depth. Hence they started filling it up above what the inventors envisaged.
An above ground swimming contraption can actually go as deep as 8ft or even more. But it all depends on the type of vinyl liner that you use. The good news is that a vinyl liner can cover a space that does not exactly have the shape of a perfect pool. This is because they are elastic in nature but note that they must be installed over a surface that’s slightly tilted.
Also note however that some Vinyl liners are more expandable than others but most liners cannot stretch 1ft deeper than the middle of the pool. This in essence means that if the wall of your pool is 5ft, the middle cannot be deeper than 6ft.
Therefore, expandable liners are needed for above ground pools that are deeper than 6ft. Expandable liners are those that can offer up to 12 inches more of material. This extra material is what would enable you to get a centre that’s deeper than 6ft.
Factors to Look Out For When Shopping For Deep Above Ground Pools
Now that you know the basics about deep above ground pools, below are some factors to consider when you go shopping for one:-
The Size and Topography Of Your Backyard
We feel that the first thing to consider before you purchase any of these contraptions is the size and topography of your backyard. Check out the space that you have available and what you may need to move. If there are trees that occupy the space, are you willing to uproot them or is there a way you can work around them?
Secondly, the topography of your yard refers to whether the ground is flat or uneven. If you have places where the ground has slopes, it would affect the size and shape of the pool that you can buy.
Shape Of The Pool
The shape that you decide to go with is dependent on the point discussed above and also the cost of the purchase. The most popular shapes available are round and oval but there are also square shaped ones. The round ones are usually bigger than the oval ones and also come in at lower price tags.
The oval ones on the other hand are more expensive but they tend to fit in more backyards because of the narrow shape. They also look classier and more like their in-ground counterpart.
If space is not an issue but you are on a budget, you should consider the round ones. But if on the other hand, space is an issue and you can spare some extra cash, then oval might be the way to go.
Another factor to consider is the style of the frame of the pool. The 3 most popular types to choose from are galvanized steel, resin support and metal support frames.
The above are not the only factors to consider before choosing an above ground pool. You may need to check out this link for more information: https://www.wikihow.com/Category:Above-Ground-Pools
It is possible for your above ground pool to have shallow ends and deep end just like the conventional ones. You only need to know what to do and the materials needed to get the depth that you desire. It’s also important to buy the pool based on your fitness needs. Will you be diving in the pool or doing some jogging in the pool? If so it’s important to pick the pool wisly.
We have shared some vital information in this article and we hope it helps.