The Association des commerçants de piscines du Québec (ACPQ) is hosting two, three-day above-ground pool installer certification courses, which will include theory and practice modules, and cover topics such as installation methods, equipment, and hydraulics.
This 7.3-m (24-ft) round, 1.3-m (4.3-ft) high, above-ground pool, is perfectly inset into the corner of a 2.2-m2 (24-sf) deck, built by McKie Pools and Spas in Pembroke, Ont., which transforms this homeowner’s property into the ultimate backyard entertainment centre.
Winter damage to above-ground pools is nothing new in areas that experience harsh weather. Pool builders see this year in and year out one way or another; however, this past winter in Atlantic Canada was like no other—especially in the city of Moncton, N.B. To set the stage …
Mermaid Pools and Hot Tubs have trialed several above-ground swimming pool installation and winterization techniques since the company was established in 1965. This experience has provided the company with informed and unique perspectives on above-ground pool installation and service procedures that are still being used today. This article is not a step-by-step technical account of how the company installs its above-ground pools, but rather an opportunity to share some of the company’s best practices, observations, and lessons learned.
Above-ground swimming pools—whether steel-wall, soft-sided, or any other type—all contain water, which needs to be filtered. While most facts about above-ground pool filters have remained constant over the years with respect to the pros and cons of the three basic types (sand, cartridge, or diatomaceous earth [DE]), there are some changes in the market that savvy dealers can use to their advantage.
When it comes to selling and installing above-ground swimming pools, today’s builders are no longer limited by the traditional installation methods concerning these pools, which are typically built ‘above’ or ‘on’ the ground. Thanks to product development by various manufacturers, new options are available to homeowners that allow these pools to be installed above-ground, semi-inground, or even completely inground. Further, these options provide both retailers and builders a variety of selling options to meet a number of consumer price points and backyard configurations.
Much has been said in recent years about the need to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels—not to mention household energy bills. In the pool industry, these conversations often focus on pool heating, which can be considered a luxury, on top of the amenity of having a pool.