Frame Supported Liner Pools
The typical soft liner frame supported pool has many advantages for the family in the summer days, and has the advantage that it can be safely deconstructed in the Winter, and stowed safely away when not needed. They are very easy to erect and all you really need is a site with a piece of level ground, and ideally a concrete base.
The support frame is built up like a meccano set with a set of legs around the side joined into a frame by connecting them altogether with a top supporting bar. The sturdy legs fit around the outside, and for a metal frame round pool the simple guide is that a 15 foot diameter pool has 15 legs, and an 18 foot diameter pool has 18 legs, and so take it at a leg per foot of diameter. The supports do need a good level base as they will have to support a large weight of water, and they must not move when the pool is filled. Soft grass might look good on a dry day, but not on a wet stormy day when the legs sink into the ground, also there is no way you can keep the grass from being damaged by pool placement.
The frames are usually made of steel when large, and aluminium alloy when small, but there is no hard and fast rule. In countries like the USA the above ground pool is in greater demand than the UK, partly because of the weather, and also because of the larger plots available to put them on but, the market is growing considerably in the UK and it is expected to grow quicker in the coming years according to market leader Intex.
In an odd way hard times make the home pool more usable than before, as swimming pools close and swimming costs increase at public pools. The cost of a small pool can be £100, whilst a large one can cost over £1,000 and some very expensive models are available.
Also the larger above ground pools have costs associated with pool cleanliness such as filtration plants and heating units, and costs for chemicals, water and electricity. The safety requirements are strange when it comes to swimming pools. The rules for fixed ones vary from country to country, but are usually strict but those for frame pools are usually much laxer and sometimes non-existent, but the rule must be make it secure when you are not there and the pool electrically safe.