When summer approaches, the only thing which comes to our mind is taking out the goggles, swimsuit, taking a deep breath and diving under the swimming pool to tackle the harsh sun rays. Also, having a swimming pool in the backyard is a great relief, it also creates a common debate whether you should choose to build an in-ground swimming pool or buy an above-ground one. Both of them come with a different price tag and the price difference is very marginal. However, one of the common concerns we receive regarding this is related to the overall life of the swimming pool. This can become an important factor in making the buying decision. So, to help you out we have put together this amazing article which will guide you about the life of the swimming pool. You will also learn about the maintenance of the pool so you can take better care of it and get the most out of your investment.

What’s the lifespan of an above ground pool?

Let’s talk about the In-Ground Pool first, because choosing between these two is a difficult decision. An in-ground pool will last you more than 20 years, they are built inside the ground and have fewer movable parts thus they last much longer. However, this is not the same case when you choose the best above ground pool. They don’t last forever; the average lifespan will depend on how actually you are using the pool and how often you take care of it. On the other hand, it will also depend on the Quality of the Pool.

Considering this, an above ground pool will last much shorter than you may think of. A Good Quality above ground pool will last you around 10 to 20 Years. On average you can expect it to last around 5 to 15 Years. The Steel Ones will last around 9 to 15 years while the Liners will last 5 to 9 years before they have to be replaced with a new one.

The Liners lasts about half the life of your above ground pool and apart from this, there are various other parts that needed to be replaced during the total life of your pool such as a ladder, Skimmers, and Other such accessories. So, now that you have learned about the average lifespan of the above ground pool let’s take a look at how you can extend it and make the complete out of your investment.

How to Prolong the Life of an Above Ground Pool

Safeguarding an investment is a great choice as large appliances such as an above ground pool come at a hefty price tag. Although it is marginally cheaper than an inground pool still you must take care of it. You should assure that it will last several seasons ahead and as said before, on an average above ground pools last around 5 to 15 years if maintained properly. These small pools are very easy to set up and take a small amount of space and on top of that, they are very easy to clean up as well.

So, cleaning the pool requires you to follow several steps. We have simplified the process into two simple steps so you can avoid unnecessary steps and only focus on the ones which are actually required. The first one is taking care of the water while the other one is taking care of the pool. So now let’s dive into the process.

Taking Care of the Water

The first thing is to take care of the water. You have to make sure that the water is properly balanced. Make sure to maintain 80-120 PPM (Parts per Million) Alkalinity. The pH level should be around 7.2 to 7.6 while the calcium level should be 250 to 400 PPM. The last thing you must take care of is the Chlorine level and maintain it from 2.0 to 4.0. Maintaining this level will make sure there is no algae growth and also prevent the pool from corrosion.

Apart from taking preventive measures, we must also kill the bacteria which are already grown in the pool. Now for that, we can use a sanitizer system that will kill the algae and the bacteria. You can pick the chemical of your choice but Chlorine is the most effective one. Lastly, you can use Water Clarifiers, this will prevent the water from being too cloudy, prevent water debris from building over time, and oxidizes various other organic substances inside the water.

Taking Care of Pool

Taking care of the Pump and Filter is equally important. The pump is used to fill the water inside the pool while the filter stops any unwanted substance from getting inside the pool. At the time of cleaning up, you should run the pump for around 5 to 10 hours in the daytime. After that, you can use a Vacuum to clean the walls and floor of the pool. Then use a brush the walls to get rid of the specks of dust or dirt sticking on the surface of the pool. Finally, use the Skimmer to remove the leaves and other debris that may be floating on the surface of the water.


Your above ground pool will not last forever. Everything has a limited lifespan but it can be easily prolonged by taking good care of it.

An above-ground pool lasts about 5 to 10 years on average and maintaining it properly will add more years to its total lifespan. This saves a lot of money in the long run. Hopefully, after this article, you have learned what you were looking for and also got some amazing information regarding how to take care of the pool.

In case you have any suggestions or a query regarding this then never hesitate to drop them in the comments below and we will try our best to help you out. Until then take care of yourself and the pool, enjoy the summer chilling in the pool. We will be back with another update very soon.

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Erica Puisis
Erica Puisis holds a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in outdoor structures and recreational spaces. Since joining our website as a platform in 2020, Erica has provided insights into above-ground pool selection, installation tips, and maintenance practices. Her background includes roles in civil project management and as a freelance outdoor living consultant. Erica is a keen swimmer in her leisure time and participates in community environmental initiatives.

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