ADVANTAGES OF STEEL ABOVE-GROUND SWIMMING POOLS
Cost-Effective & Durable
For those who are interested in above ground swimming pools as a cost-effective alternative to an inground model there are several styles to choose from which include resin plastic, fibreglass, aluminum, and steel. When it comes to steel above ground swimming pools, the walls of the pool are dipped and then coated in many protective layers of protective material to help them standup to moisture and harsh environmental conditions. The pool walls are typically made out of galvanized steel and dipped in hot zinc. In addition, the protective coatings can be applied to the top rails and steel uprights to help fight off corrosion. The inside of the walls can also be coated in resin and epoxy to seal them from moisture behind the pool’s liner.
Since steel is tough and rigid, it has excellent structural integrity with most pools being made of a strong copper-steel alloy. However, the pool needs to be constructed out of quality steel as well as properly sealed to provide it with a longer lifespan. Resin-steel hybrid pools are also available which come with a resin top rail, bottom tracking, and caps along with hot-dipped galvanized steel walls. However, a resin bottom track can flex and bend when trying to get the wall in place during installation whereas a steel track won’t. Most steel-walled swimming pools are installed by placing paver patio blocks beneath the uprights and then leveling them via a laser system.
Each type of above ground pool comes with its advantages and disadvantages. As for the steel models, the good points include the low cost and excellent durability. Compared to resin and aluminum, steel is the most solid and heaviest of the materials as well as being the least expensive. This means the pools are able to effectively resist any deformation. Steel pools can be susceptible to oxidization and corrosion, but they are rust-resistant if the metal has been properly dipped in hot zinc and epoxy or resin has been used to coat the pool’s floor behind the liner. On the downside, steel pools aren’t as flexible as the other models, are more difficult to disassemble and relocate and can eventually begin to rust after about 20 years of use.
Above ground steel swimming pools are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and price ranges as are the other types of pools. However, a steel pool is manufactured and designed to form a single continuous roll whereas an aluminum model is made of several pieces which are riveted together during the installation process making a steel pool much stronger. The strength and cost of a steel above ground swimming pool are just two of the reasons which make them quite a popular choice with Canadian pool owners.
For more information on steel above ground swimming pools and their advantages over aluminum and resin options please feel free to contact our professional customer service team at Discount Pool Supply. We’ll gladly discuss all of your options when it comes to above ground pools and help you decide which type of material best fits for your specific swimming pool needs.