The market average life of an above-ground pool may be less than you anticipate, with a lifespan of 7–15 years. However, if you buy from a reputable manufacturer and carefully maintain your pool, it will last much longer. A properly constructed pool can last for decades.
Above-ground pools are exposed to the elements, so they need to be maintained regularly in order to remain safe and functional for their intended use. Factors such as water quality, temperature, and sunlight all play a role in determining how long an above-ground pool can be expected to last.
Generally, the lifespan of an above-ground pool depends on several factors, including: the type of pool construction, quality of materials used, maintenance practices, climate, amount of usage.
There are two main types of pool construction: fiberglass and vinyl. Both types of construction are durable, but each has advantages and disadvantages. Vinyl pools are typically less expensive than fiberglass pools, but they aren't as strong. Fiberglass pools are more resistant to damage from chemicals used for cleaning them, but they are also more expensive. The quality of the material used in your pool will also affect its lifespan. For example, using low-quality vinyl for your liner will make it break down faster than if high-quality vinyl had been used.
A typical above-ground pool will survive 7–15 years until the framework fails. Their liners are expected to last 5–9 years before needing to be changed. The lifetime of an in-ground construction is entirely dependent on the type of pool. Fiberglass, for example, should survive for at least 20 years. But steel pools can reach 40 years or more.
The main cause of failure for an above-ground pool is rusting of the metal frame. This can lead to holes in the side of the pool where water enters and becomes trapped. Over time, this can cause the pool to collapse.
The liner of an above-ground pool serves as its shell. So when we say that a pool's liner needs to be replaced, we mean that the fabric itself is worn out. You can tell if the liner needs to be replaced by looking at it; if there are tears in the material, then it's time for an new one. If you get tired of the color of your pool's liner, then you can replace it with another color. The fabric itself can be replaced without having to remove the pool's lining.
An above-ground pool may also need to be resurfaced. This is usually done when you install a new deck over the pool or when you move into a new home and want to make sure the yard is safe for swimming.
A steel above-ground pool purchased from a "big box retail store" may typically last up to 10-15 years, however liners typically last approximately 5-8 years, and other equipment including as the ladder, pump, and filter may need to be replaced as well. In general, if you maintain your pool by adding chlorine or another sanitizer, testing pH levels, and keeping an eye on skimmers and vacuums then it will remain in good condition for many years.
The quality of steel that goes into a new pool has improved greatly over time, so they can last longer than they used to. Also, since most people install their own pools, they have the option of choosing materials that are resistant to corrosion from chemicals used for sanitization. Finally, more care is taken when cutting holes in the side of the pool for accessories; this reduces the chance of leaks developing over time.
Hard-sided pools are also referred to as plastic swimming pools because they are made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or acrylic. These pools are generally less expensive than steel pools but they cannot be heated like steel pools can. Heating PVC or acrylic pools is not recommended because it can lead to brittle bones in children's legs from prolonged exposure to heat.
Acrylic pools require an internal liner while PVC pools can use an external liner. Both types of pool require regular cleaning.
An above-ground pool, on the other hand, is seen as a temporary building. It goes up in a matter of days, and while the ground may need to be leveled initially, it will not permanently affect the layout of your yard. It will most likely endure about ten years, after which the structure will begin to deteriorate.
The legal requirements for above-ground pools vary by state but usually include some type of screening around the exterior to prevent animals from entering the pool and another set of screens on the deck to keep insects out. The pool must also be equipped with a pump and filter to remove chemicals and debris before they can enter the water supply.
Above-ground pools are a great way to enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about wet feet or slippery stairs. However, they can also cause damage to your yard if not maintained properly. Make sure that you hire a professional landscaper or pool builder to install your above-ground pool and provide regular maintenance services.