The Ultimate Pool is a kit that can be installed above ground, in ground, or semi-in ground. Ultimate PoolHaving installed a few of these pools, I am impressed with the versatility of this pool.
The pool is made with 14 gauge steel panels that are 52″ high. Because of this the pool can be sunk down in the ground to match up to an existing deck, or to be made into a complete in ground setup. We have done them both ways.
Ultimate PoolYou can add an optional 8′ walk-in step, and different pump and filter setups to customize the pool for your situation. We install them with a flat sand bottom, the same way we do an “above ground” pool. The Ultimate is a great option if you have extreme grade issues in your yard.
The following video shows an 18′ round with the walk-in step. We sunk this one in the ground and the homeowner did a patio paver deck around the pool to match into their existing patio.
Take a look at this video of a recent installation by Edwards Pools. This is the Pacific model pool manufactured by San Juan Fiberglass Pools. The pool is 16’x39′ with a Blue Lagoon finish. Texture pad finish concrete, with aluminum fencing and retaining walls finish off the project.
Want to see the process for how Edwards Pools installs vinyl liner inground pools? Watch this video showing the process from start to finish.
You will see the dig being done to the concrete decking being poured. Couple of things you will notice is how we install sump pits for ground water control, and the electrical work we can do ourselves, not through a sub-contractor.
This pool is a 16’x32′ with grecian corners on the shallow end. We installed Savi Melody LED color changing lights which do not require a wet niche. This also means there is no high voltage electric at the pool, only 12 volt.
Since this pool was finished late in the year, none of the landscaping was finished or grass growing yet. We’ll get the finished pictures once that is all done.
If you are looking to purchase an above ground pool, you need to watch this video! This video shows the entire process for installing a round above ground pool, starting with unloading the truck and ending with the pool installed and the left over sod. You will see the main drain being installed as well as our process for packing the sand bottom. This is a long video, but take ten minutes and see what you can expect when we install your above ground pool.
Main drains in above ground swimming pools. Should you install one, or not. We highlyEdwards Pools of Ohio, Main Drain recommend the installation of a main drain for a couple of reasons. Water circulation, and ease of cleaning. We have discussed these aspects in additional articles.
One of the big worries that people have with main drains is settling issues. We hear the stories about the drains that are sticking up a couple inches in the bottom of the pool, from improper installation. That can easily happen if the drain body and piping are not buried in the dirt and tamped in place. You can not use the sand that makes the base for the liner to set on, to install the drain in. If you do the sand will settle down and you will have the drain sticking up. That is what you do not want to happen.
This video shows how we set the drains we install completely down in the ground. We tamp the dirt back in tight around everything so that we have no issues.
One of the most important parts of installing an above ground swimming pool, is making the bottom of the pool as flat and smooth as possible. Every above ground pool is usually installed using fine mason sand as the material for the bottom. You can use a vermiculite base, and some are installed with foam. The additional cost for these options is normally not worth it, so mason sand is the material of choice.
In dealing with sand one thing to remember is that the sand will shift and move over time. We stress to our above ground customers that even with compacting the bottom the way we do, and brooming the sand as flat as possible, you can still end up with depression spots and little imperfections.
One of the things we do see alot in doing liner changes on above grounds, is that the majority of installers do not get there bottom flat. Most times the sand has some pretty good high and low spots. This is due to the installer not taking time to do the bottom right. Remember the water weight will not flatten out the bottom of your pool. The water will help to finish compacting the bottom, but if there are high and low spots, that’s what you will have.
In this video you can watch how we do the bottom on an above ground pool. Make sure you ask the company you but your pool from how they do the bottom, and do they compact it? Very important!!
Want a complete backyard makeover? From the simple to the elaborate, Edwards Pools can do it.
We worked with Outdoor FX, a design build firm based in Dublin on this job. We built the pool that included Roman style walk in steps, Pentair Intellibrite LED lights, Superflo pump, Intellichlor salt generator, and Mastertemp electronic ignition heater.
Outdoor FX laid the travertine stone decking, while incorporating fire features and the outdoor kitchen area.
The rising cost of energy have you concerned? Whether you are looking at building a pool, remodeling your exsisting pool, or upgrading your pump, Pentair Pool Products are they most eco-friendly products in the world for swimming pools.
From there Intellifo variable speed energy savings pump, to there LED lighs and automation systems, everything is designed to save you money on your energy costs.
Take a look at this video to see some of what they offer for your inground fiberglass or vinyl liner pool.
Wondering what type of decking you want around your in ground swimming pool. This video shows the installation of a stamped deck we did around a vinyl liner pool. The stamp pattern is called fractured earth or cracked earth, whichever you prefer.
The standard for decking around an in ground is usually broom finish concrete. A couple of other options is pavers, or a natural stone like travertine. Going with a stamped concrete finish can give you that pop to really finish off your pool project while not breaking the bank. With stamped decking starting at $9 a sq. ft. it is an affordable option to go with.
When customers first start researching an inground pool, they will invariably ask which is better, fiberglass or vinyl liner? Our response is that it is pretty much what you, as the customer, prefers. Each type of inground has pros and cons, which we address on our website.
One potential negative about a vinyl liner pool is that you will have to change the liner at some point during the life of the pool. We find that typically a liner will last about eight years. While that can be a negative, lets look at the other side of the coin. In the video below the owner purchased the home and the pool was in pretty rough shape. While the pool looks rough, by simply changing the liner the pool was well on its way to being an attraction instead of an eye sore! So having the ability to change the liner in this situation was a huge plus. In one day the pool went from unusable to looking like an almost new pool. Watch the video below and see the transformation yourself!