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Bring the vacation to your backyard

Before you make a splash in the deep end, you’ll need to do some planning. To prepare for an above-ground pool, consider the cost to buy, install and maintain the pool over its lifespan, which can be approximately 7 to 15 years. Plus, think about the type of custom features you’d like to include in your swimming paradise.


An above-ground pool can cost in the range of $4,000 to $12,000 depending on the shape and size. Keep in mind, this cost sometimes doesn’t include extras such as retaining walls, electrical installation, landscaping, fencing area and pool accessories. Refer to a swimming pool contractor to get a consultation and final quote.


The cost of installing an above-ground pool can be determined by its depth, dimensions and the manufacturer. Having professionals install the pool may be more expensive than if you were to do it yourself. If you are interested in taking the DIY route, make sure you have the knowledge, experience and proper tools to complete the job safely. If you decide to hire professionals to install your pool, consider the amount of work that will go into the duration of the project such as ground levelling and electrical requirements. Installing an above-ground pool during the off-season may help lower costs rather than during the summertime when many people want to beat the heat with a pool of their own.


When it comes to above-ground pool features, here are some things to consider:

  • The size of the space it will be installed into when selecting the shape of the pool (oval or round)
  • Who will use the pool the most regularly and what safety features need to be included (step ladder, lights, rope, barrier and pool toys)
  • Durable and cost-effective finishes

Remember to check with your insurance provider to see if your pool will be covered under your homeowner’s policy. You may need to adjust your policy to make sure you’re protected from certain claims such as property damage and liability risks like slips and falls. For extra precaution, make sure swimmers have basic water safety knowledge and establish a set of pool rules to follow.

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Above-ground pool features and tips

With COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, many Canadians are buying swimming pools so they can vacation at home. If you’re thinking of getting an above-ground pool for your backyard, here’s what you should know.

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