The Edge - Q4, 2015 - (Page 20)
A Pool for All
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
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.
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
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