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Technical Feature A Pool for All Hybrid by Eric Gohn WHEN IT COMES to the selling and installation of aboveground pools, pool builders are no longer limited to the traditional pool installed above or on the ground. The 'hybrid' pool has opened new markets and is helping builders around the country to boost their bottom line. MEETING A MARKET NEED INSTALLATION TIPS FOR THE HYBRID POOL Builder Installation Tip: If you are looking to 'dress up' the exposed panels of the pool that are aboveground, consider putting vinyl siding on the panels. If the home already has siding, you might even be able to match up the house siding to the pool siding, making it all coordinate and look like the pool was built at the same time as the house. Builder Installation Tip: If you aren't an inground builder, it's important to remember to pour a concrete footing for any walk-in-plastic steps you install. And if you are looking for other step options, there are many attractive 'drop in' options available in the market today that will work perfectly well with this pool construction. Builder Installation Tip: Oval pools do require pouring a concrete bonding ring at the base of the straight walls. This mix should be on the dry side so it can be piled on a mount. When placing the concrete behind the wall, pile it high enough to cover the last two bolts at the base of the panels and continue beyond the support angles. If sections of the pool wall are going to be buried completely into the ground, it is highly recommended that at concrete bonding ring be placed behind the straight panels. 20 In the past few years, several manufacturers of aboveground pools introduced the higher-end, hybrid option, which is much stronger and therefore able to be installed onground (as is traditionally known), semi-inground or even inground. Rather than using a single, rolledwall sheet steel, many of the new products available are made of heavier grade steel panels. These pools can handle bullnose, aluminum coping into which the installer can pour concrete. HYBRID POOL OPENS NEW MARKETS The new generation of aboveground hybrid pools are designed to meet specific market needs that were not being met by traditional aboveground pools. Terrain. Many consumers have backyards that are sloped, which eliminates the option of a traditional aboveground installation. The hybrid pool was developed with a sloped backyard in mind, because it is perfectly suited for semi-inground installation. From an installer's perspective, the installation is a snap. This new aboveground hybrid pool requires less ground preparation time and there is no need to worry about equalizing the distribution of water weight to ground to keep the pool in place. Further, no sand/cement slurry mix are required, and if the installer does need to dig into a slope, he or she can use the same dirt to backfill against the pool. Price Points. Some consumers just want the least expensive pool available. For them, the traditional aboveground pool is ideal. There is another group of consumers, however, who don't want to pay the price of an inground pool installation, but are willing to spend more than the price of a traditional aboveground pool installation. This new hybrid pool is a perfect fit for them. While it costs about $3,000-$5,000

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Edge - Q4, 2015

The President’s Message
NOW HIRING! How to Recruit the Best Frontline, Hourly Employees
Pool & Spa Company Owners Brace for Health Care Reform
Are You Good Busy or Bad Busy?
Project Focus: Aquatic Artists
A Pool for All Backyards: Hybrid Design
Technical Questions Answered
Index of Advertisers

The Edge - Q4, 2015