Above Ground Pool Buyers Guide | Aurora Pools

Above Ground Pool Buyers Guide | Aurora Pools

DateApril 11, 2021

by Aurora Pool, Spa & Billiard Gallery

Now is the time for you to invest in an above ground swimming pool. These pools often have many of the same features as an in-ground pool, so you and your family will be able to enjoy it all season long. With an above ground pool, you’ll enjoy the same fun of an in-ground swimming pool with less maintenance and expense. Use this Above Ground Pool Buyer’s Guide to help you throughout the process.


Above ground swimming pools vary in size, so you want to take a good look at your hard to make sure you purchase the size that works best for you. You also want to plan where to place your pool in your yard. In the sun, the water stays warmer. If it’s too windy, the water will evaporate quickly. Walk around your yard to scout the best location, keeping in mind that pools should be about 8-10 feet away from nearby trees. As you think about size and placement, consider how you’ll access the pool from your house. If you plan to add walkways, decking, or a patio, keep that in mind during this planning process. Finally, make sure the pool is approved through your homeowners’ association, your city’s zoning regulations, and make sure you can get the necessary permits.

Size & Shape

The size of the above ground pool you want to purchase is one of the first decisions you’ll have to make in this process. Small above ground pools are 15-18 feet across; the largest pools can be 30-36 feet across. Above ground pool depth ranges from 48-52 inches. A smaller pool is ideal for families who have only one kid, or those who only want to use the pool on the weekend. For families of 6 or more people, or those who plan to entertain frequently, plan to build a pool that’s at least 24 feet in diameter. There are two shapes for above ground pools: oval and round. Oval pools give you a lot of room for water sports (like volleyball and basketball) and swimming laps. It also helps maximize your yard space. Round pools are easy to install, and you have a lot of room to play in all directions.

Decorative Patterns

Choose from a variety of wall patterns for your above ground swimming pool, so your pool is designed to match the style of your home, your landscaping, and your neighborhood. You can also choose the design of the liner that goes in your pool. Add beauty and design when you choose the colors and patterns that you like the best.



Our team is happy to help you throughout the installation process and we’ll work together to create a plan that is unique for your yard. For above ground swimming pools, the ground must be level and solid. There shouldn’t be rocks, roots, or other sharp objects under your pool. If you have a sloped yard, or if your backyard isn’t a good candidate for an above ground pool, consider one of our On Ground Pools instead.

Equipment & Accessories

Above ground swimming pools have a variety of equipment options to keep your water clean. Pumps and filters work together to keep your water circulating properly, and filtration systems allow you to spend less time on maintenance and more time on enjoyment. To help you get the most out of your pool, choose some of the many accessories available. A pool heater means your pool season can start earlier and extend later into the year. Automatic pool cleaners vacuum your pool (everything from fine dust to large leaves) so your water stays sparkling. Lighting in and around your pool provides both safety and ambiance to your pool area. Finally, the cover that you choose for your above ground pool means your water stays cleaner and retains heat, even when you’re not using it.


Adding a deck to your above ground pool helps you create a space for entertaining, but it also helps you hide the pool pump and other pool accessories. We have the supplies you need to make your deck function so well that it might be your new favorite room in your house. From patio furniture to outdoor kitchens and pergolas, we can help you spruce up your above ground pool as much or as little as you want.

The above ground pool buying process is new to you, but it’s something very familiar to our team of experts. Let us put our 34+ years of experience to work for you and help you from start to finish. Stop by one of our showrooms or give us a call today to get started.