Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Big Backyard Pool

An adult-sized pool offers a fun way to cool off when it’s hot outside.

smiley face float in pool
An impermanent backyard pool can provide fun for friends and family on a hot, sunny afternoon.Unsplash/James Lee

When it’s hot outside, you want to get into some water. We’re not talking about doing 50 laps here—we’re talking about simple, cool, wet fun where you can throw a beach ball around, play Marco Polo with your kids, or float quietly on a raft with a cold beverage in your hand as birds sing in the distance and the sun finally begins its descent.

Those are the kinds of things you want to do at home, in your backyard, and not at some noisy and crowded public pool that seems to be straight out of a scene from Caddyshack. That’s why many families are turning to modern backyard pools. Here are a few notes you should mull over before you start shopping for your next swimming hole.

Intex 12ft X 30in Prism Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump
Some large setups also clean the water.Intex

These days, you can get a big pool—one that’s almost 20 feet across, four feet deep, and packaged with a filter pump, filters, a ladder, a ground cloth, and a debris cover for far less than the cost of digging an in-ground pool.

Intex 15 Foot x 42 Inch Prism Frame Above Ground Swimming Pool Set with Filter
You can set this model up in less than an hour and it takes just 30 minutes to fill.Intex

Backyard pools don’t require excavation, heavy machinery, or a team of workers to set up. In fact, many manufacturers claim their pools can be ready for water in less than an hour, because you simply lay out the liner on level ground, assemble the frame, and throw in your garden hose. Filling a backyard pool with water often takes more time than assembling it.

Summer Waves 15ft x 36in Quick Set Inflatable Above Ground Swimming Pool with Filter Pump
Models like this don’t need frames. You just fill them up with air, making them easier to store during winter.Summer Waves

If you want a pool for warm weather but don’t want to leave it set up in your yard during the cold months, check out an inflatable backyard pool. These aren’t kiddie pools on steroids. Inflatable backyard pools come with filter pumps, can easily contain a crowd, and hold more than 2,500 gallons of H2O. Everybody into the pool!

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