It’s time to prep your pool for Summer!

Did you close your pool for winter? Even if you left it open and indulged in a few laps, Summer is coming, so it’s time to get the water ready for a whole lot of splashing, especially if you intend to have fun-filled barbeques and Christmas guests.

Above ground pools and in-ground pools have similar maintenance patterns, so reviving them for summer follows the same necessary steps. If you haven’t installed your surprisingly cheap swimming pool yet, it’s not too late. Get in touch with us here at Affordable Pools, and we can discuss the logistics of installation. But if you need to re-open your existing pool, here are some suggestions.

Opening the pool is more work than you’d think, so enlist the help of a few friends. You can always pay them in barbequed treats, and it’s certainly a good excuse for a party. Most people open their pools around the same time, but you should plan to open yours a few weeks early.

When you open your pool early, you might get pool gear at discounted ‘new season’ prices. It will also be easier for you because the weather won’t be uncomfortably hot yet. Concerning cleanliness, the hotter it is, the more algae grows, so it’s useful to open the pool before more algae sprouts beneath the pool cover.

Go to the pool store and buy all the supplies you need. You will need a pool opening kit, which usually contains pool chemicals like chlorine, alkalinity products, and chlorine stabilisers. For an above ground pool do be careful not to go overboard on chemicals. Regarding tools, you will need a telescoping pole, a pool brush, a skimmer head, a vacuum hose, and a vacuum head.

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Test strips are essential as well. Pools respond in different ways, depending on water content, duration of the closure, contaminant levels, and atmospheric conditions. The colour of the water could range from clear to mossy green. You’ll need to clean the water, then do basic maintenance, cleaning the floor and sides with a pool brush and skimmer basket.

Start by removing the pool cover, then turn on the pump and filter, and keep them running until the pool water reaches its usual clean colour. Once the water’s natural tone is restored, put the filter back into a cycle of 10 to 12 hours per day. The colour of the pool isn’t an indicator of its health. To find that out, you need to run a test.

For your test results to be accurate, you need to take a proper sample. You shouldn’t dip the test strip into the pool or scoop a cup from anywhere in the pool. Instead, stretch your hand over the pool, away from the return line. Invert the cup so that it’s upside down, then lower your hand into the pool until the water reaches your elbow.

Turn the cup back upright and raise it out of the pool, full of water. Dip your test strips in the cup to check the levels of chlorine or salt, depending on what pool sanitizer you use. You will also check for pH, alkalinity, calcium, chlorine hardness, or cyanuric acid.

If possible, take the water sample to the pool store instead of checking it yourself. Since this will be the first test after opening the pool, having it done professionally will give you more detailed results. Make sure to mention the type of pool you have as above ground pools have different requirements to concrete pools, and so on. Once you have your results, you’ll know what chemicals to add or reduce.

Your pool should be at around 7.2 pH. You can also put in some algaecide to get rid of anaerobic plant growth.Your pool is now ready to use. Clean your pool cover, store it, and dive in.

For more information on all kinds of swimming pools, call us today on (02) 8625 3656.

Our DIY Solar Kits in focus

Above ground pools in Australia are a must have when it comes to our scorching summers. During the warm months, we live in the water, especially when the kids are home during the holidays. Nothing beats a barbeque with the family when the weather is fantastic, and the pool is refreshing and clean.

Being environmentally conscious is the way of the future. And using the energy of the sun has become more and more popular in recent years.

Here at Affordable Pools, we have made it possible for you and your family to enjoy year long swimming without the heavy cost of fuel. Wouldn’t it be amazing to use your pool all year, without having to pay an arm and a leg to keep it heated in the colder months? This is where our Solar DIY Kits come in.

The Solar DIY Kit works by pumping the cold water from your swimming pool and circulating it through conductive tubes which are situated on your roof. It then returns the heated water into your pool.

It only heats up the pool when the sun is hot enough, and it will keep the temperature within 1% of your desired water temperature.The Solar DIY Kits can be used in spas as well as other combined systems.

It only heats up the pool when the sun is hot enough, and it will keep the temperature within 1% of your desired water temperature.The Solar DIY Kits can be used in spas as well as other combined systems.

The Solar DIY kit adds 6-10 degrees to the water of your pool, meaning less freezing water and lots more pool enjoyment.

With almost zero running costs, the Solar DIY Kit is a long-term investment. One which you’ll reap the rewards of for many years. It increases the value of your home, and basically, never needs any form of maintenance. Time, money and inconvenience are all saved when installing this fantastic, environmentally friendly product. Our Kits are comprised of Australian made components, keeping it local and without extra costs. And with a ten-year warranty, it’s a win-win situation.

The value of your pool will increase through the additional swimming months gained each year. Late night swimming can be a regular occurrence, and a winter pool party is something to think about. Water aerobics can also be enjoyed year long, it’s a great form of exercise, and you don’t have to drive to the gym to get to a warm pool.

Please note that additional plumbing will be needed to connect the solar collector mat from your roof to your swimming pool.

Why our Palm Cove pools are so popular

If you’re looking for the kind of swimming pool that will stand out, consider getting a Palm Cove pool. It follows the increasingly popular trend of salt water pools. Salt water pools don’t necessarily have no chlorine, but salt is their primary sanitizer, with just a small amount of chlorine.

Salt water pools are environmentally friendly pool set-ups. They are also more comfortable to swim in. Have you noticed that you get more tired swimming in a pool or lake than you do in the ocean? You might have thought it was because of distance, size, or depth. But it’s more a matter of density. Ocean water is denser, which makes you more buoyant.

Similarly, you can enjoy a more leisurely swim in a salt water pool than you would in a regular chlorine pool. Our Palm Cove model is one of our best-selling, surprisingly cheap, swimming pools. It comes in two options. You can just buy the pool on its own, or you can buy the full package, which includes additional tools and features.

The Palm Cove pool is 4 feet 4 inches deep (1.32 metres), and its sizes range from 2.4 metres to over 15 metres. You can select a round pool or an oval one, depending on your style. Round pools occupy more space, but they’re smaller. Their maximum diameter is 5.4 metres.

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Some of the things our clients love about the Palm Cove pool include its stylish look and top quality components. The pool parts are made out of resin and stainless steel, with additional reinforcement for extra stability. Like all our products here at Affordable Pools, the Palm Cove comes with a 20-year warranty.

Above ground swimming pools are easy to install, so you can choose to set it up yourself, or you can call our professional pool crew to install it for you. It comes with a sandstone-coloured wall coated in PHP colourbond paint, and it also has vertical resin posts and rails that are fully extruded. The pool has a deck ladder made of smooth, moulded plastic.

The resin copings at the top of the pool are 180mm wide, and the pool liner consists of heavy-duty premium materials that are tough to pierce. The pool design also includes a large skimmer box to collect leaves and fallen debris.

If you choose to buy the complete Palm Cove package, you will get a manual vacuum kit that contains a vacuum head, a test kit, a left scoop, and a CPR chart for guidance in case of emergencies. The package also has sand or cartridge filter, as well as a pump and a salt water chlorinator. If you just buy the pool, you can source the other components separately.

For more information on all kinds of swimming pools, call us today on (02) 8625 3656.

Inspiring pool landscaping ideas for Summer 2017

Usually, landscaping includes lots of plants and strategic water features. When you have an above ground pool, the focus is reversed. Your swimming pool is now the central design element, and the surrounding features are only intended to highlight the water.

There are many different options when it comes to beautifying your pool, and you can work within any budget. Keep in mind that cheap swimming pools can be elevated if you use strategic decor. You can create a high-end ambience if you use the right plant cover, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it.

One quick way to add some class to your pool is to install a pergola. You can place it over the entire pool, which can be quite beautiful. It’s not advisable though because while it will give your pool a romantic aura, it will also increase your work load. The vines circling the pergola will routinely shed leaves and flowers into the pool, which means you spend more time cleaning. All those leaves are also likely to clog your filter.

Instead, set the pergola more to the side, so that it makes a cosy enclave where guests can share some poolside drinks and conversation. In addition to this fragrant shaded area, put in some lounge chairs and recliners so that swimmers can bask in the sun when they feel inclined.

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Your pergola can have some benches incorporated into it, but you can also have an outdoor picnic area with a few chairs and tables. This makes for a great meal area, especially if you’re having a pool party or barbeque. Choose seats that are waterproof. Vinyl is better than fabric, since it’s easier to clean, though it heats up quickly and can burn, so keep vinyl seats in a shaded area. Foldable canvas chairs withstand weather better.

The floor around your pool also offers some great decor options. Most people settle for your basic brick and concrete, but you can add some style by using natural stone instead. There are plenty of affordable options, so it doesn’t have to be pricey. Plus, the stone is cooler to the touch than concrete or cement, so it will be gentler on swimmers’ bare feet.

A pool surrounded by tropical forestry is a landscaper’s dream, but it may take some time for your little poolside jungle to grow. Your landscapers can install palm fronds and bamboo reeds to beautiful effect.

An easier option is to incorporate potted plants into your pool design. Your landscaper can advise you on the best varieties for your pool. They’re generally fine with daily watering and all little weeding. That’s probably something you can manage without external help.

Inspiring pool landscaping ideas for Summer 2017

If you’re ambitious and are looking for more extreme decor, install additional water features beside your pool. You could have a pond, fountains, or waterfalls. To top it off, surround your pool with trees and flowers, so that it looks more like a blended piece of nature.

Whichever form of pool decor you select, be sure to keep your water clean and well chlorinated or salted. This prevents natural micro-organisms from causing murk and breeding infections. To get in touch with Affordable Pools for more information, call us on (02) 86253656.

Why you should install a pool this spring

Winter is over, and the ground is starting to dry up. Pools that had been closed for the rainy season are opening up, and as you see your neighbours prepare for sunny days, you may be tempted to join in. It’s a natural impulse. After months of doom and gloom, sunning yourself by the pool feels like paradise.

That’s probably why every spring comes bursting with dreams of cheap swimming pools. It’s both a reaction to months of chilly weather and preparation for the sunny days of summer. After all, a Christmas party by the pool sounds like a divine way to end the year.

Installing a pool in the spring has lots of advantages. The ground is still soft from all that winter precipitation, so it makes excavation faster and cheaper. You do need to be extra careful though and make sure your pool builders do a good job. They have to secure the pool platform and ensure it’s firm and stable on all that soft soil.

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Another benefit is that this rich, moist, rain-soaked soil is great for landscaping. You can put in beautiful foliage and flowers to accessorise your pool, and since the soil is primed for planting, your greenery will root much faster.

Many pool companies close for the winter because there isn’t much demand. Of course, if you’ve bought an affordable above-ground unit, you can get some handy help, watch some online videos, and install it yourself, so you still win.

Depending on the kind of pool you’d like to install, your yard can get quite busy. An above-ground pool can be completed in a day or two, while an in-ground pool could take several weeks. Either way, installing your pool in spring gets it ready in plenty of time for summer.

Affordable Pools has a massive stock of pool equipment and accessories, and we’re on hand to help, whether you want to do the work yourself or hire our team to install it for you. Whatever your poolside needs, get in touch with us today on (02) 8625 3656.

Our most popular models

We realise buying a pool is a big decision, you want to get the best pool for your money, you don’t want to spend money on a cheap pool that you’ll just be pouring more and more money into overtime. Above ground pools are a great option for the family who wants all the fun and benefits of having a swimming pool in their back yard without the huge costs of installing an in-ground pool.

Above ground pools are perfect for those who move a lot, who are renting, or see a pool as a short-term project for *while the kids are little*. Let’s take a look at some of our most popular above ground pools.

Chlorine/Fresh water Cape York Pools

This pool range now comes with resin top coping, and are available in optional standard or profiled deep ends. Coming in a depth of 1.32m (4’4”) the Cape York has all the features of the Sanctuary Cove pool with a top ledge of 180mm (7”) a sandstone colour bond wall, cream metal frame, fully galvanised steel and elegantly tapered uprights. If you combine all this with a deep-end design option you can increase the depth of your pool to an amazing 1.70m.

This pool is available in both round and oval shapes to suit any yard.

The complete Cape York Package consists of:

  • Pump
  • BHP colour bond wall in Sandstone
  • Your choice of either a Sand or Cartridge filter
  • Powder-coated Primrose Cream metal frame with 180mm heavy duty wide resin top seats
  • Full manual vacuum kit – leaf scoop, vacuum head, CPR chart and water test kit
  • Premium heavy-duty liner
  • Plastic moulded deck ladder
  • Large skimmer box

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Saltwater Pools – The Space Saver Range

These pools have been specifically designed for smaller back yards and come in a range of sizes, from 2.4M wide – in sizes from 3.6M to a huge 9.6M. Our 3.0M wide pools are available in sizes from 4.5M to 9.2M. All pools are a standard 1.32M deep.

The complete saltwater Space saver range package includes –

  • Premium heavy-duty liner
  • Large skimmer box
  • BHP colour bond wall in Sandstone
  • Your choice of a sand or cartridge filter
  • Pump
  • Extruded Resin vertical posts and rails
  • Plastic moulded deck ladder
  • Full manual vacuum kit – leaf scoop, CPR chart, water test kit and vacuum head
  • 20gram P/H Saltwater Chlorinator
  • 180 wide top resin copings

Above ground pools usually come in 3 standard shapes – round, oval and rectangular. Depending on what you want a pool for the shape can make all the difference. If you want to exercise, then a rectangular pool will allow you to swim laps, if you just want it for fun/recreation then the shape really doesn’t matter. You also need to pay attention to the space you have available.

We are the experts when it comes to building affordable pools

When it comes to installing an above ground pool for your home, the team at Affordable Pools are the experts. All our pools are manufactured in Australia at our factory located in Sydney; we have been building pools for over 25 years and have the knowledge, skills and expertise to install an above ground pool that’s right for you, we are wholly Australian owned and operated. We pride ourselves on only using the best materials guaranteeing you many trouble free years of pool ownership.

Not only are our products of extremely high quality – but we also offer a wide range of pools to suit any home, yard size and budget. All the pool frames and walls we use are made from the best quality galvanised BHP Bluescope steel. We back our quality with a 20 year pro-rata warranty on both the pool frame and walls. The walls in our pools are constructed of a multi-layered colour bond which is painted on both sides giving ultimate protection to the steel, so it is safe no matter if you have opted for a salt water pool or a chlorinated pool.

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To keep you and your family safe we have designed a covering for the underside of the coping – this is to prevent bees, wasps and spiders from nesting. These copings are our very own square design multi-ribbed internally for added strength and made from a super strong extruded resin.

Our copings are a cream colour this not only makes the pool itself look nicer it also helps deflect the sun’s rays to stay cooler than the old-fashioned metal copings, which get extremely hot in summer. The cream colour is a neutral colour that blends well with the colours of most boundary fences.

At Affordable Pools, we don’t use middlemen; we sell directly to the public so we can pass those savings onto you.

We Are The Experts When it Comes to Building Affordable Pools

Sadly, there are some cheap imported pools for sale on the Australian market – don’t be dazzled by low prices, buy a good quality Australian built pool. Because we have been manufacturing pools in Australia for over 25 years we have the experience to know what works best for our customers and what doesn’t when you buy our pool, you are also buying our knowledge.

Our team provide you with a personal service, a well-designed and Australian manufactured pool, with a reputation that is second to none, it’s our goal to provide our customers with a pool the whole family can enjoy.

When you have a pool installed in your back yard you are a creating an exciting and fun space for your family to gather and spend time together – all without leaving the back yard. You’ll be making memories that will last a life time – from teaching your children to swim to enjoying barbeques and pool parties.

Our team can give you the pool of your dreams!

How to prepare your yard for your above ground pool

Above ground, pools offer a lot of conveniences, which is probably why they’re becoming increasingly popular. You can install them in a smaller space than in-ground pools, and they’re usually cheaper to erect. They have an even depth from end to end, so they make good lap pools. And they’re available in chlorine and salt-water options.

Once you’ve settled on the type of pool you want, start by getting the right pool people. Affordable Pools Australia has been in business since 1986, so with 25 years’ experience in all kinds of pool installation, we definitely fit the bill. And our prices are good too! We deal with all kinds of great value above ground pools, from vinyl to metal lined versions.

As we work with you to put that pool in, there are several steps you need to take. Getting your yard ready for a refreshing splash takes some effort. You can do it on your own, or you can call us in to help. We’ll be glad to do it, and if you call us early enough in the week, we can make a special weekend appointment for your installation.

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An above ground pool needs a solid, steady surface. Otherwise, it can sink and cause a lot of damage. So as you choose your site, don’t just rush to that spot you can see from your kitchen window. We know this is a primary decider if you have kids, but ground stability trumps ease of supervision.

Find an area that is naturally level, since this will give you less preparation time. The space should be far away from septic tanks, power lines, and water lines to avoid leakage and accidents. Local regulations can advise you on mandatory distance, so check them carefully.

It might be hard just by looking to see if you have enough space for the kind of pool you want. You need three things to confirm sizing: a sharp stick, some string, and a can of spray paint. Go to the ‘centre’ of the pool, dig in the sharp stick, and tie a string around it.

How To Prepare Your Yard For Your Above Ground Pool

Tie the spray can to the other end of the stick. Now walk around the intended edge of the pool, using the spray can to map it out. This will help you see how it stretches all around, and whether the boundaries affect any water pipes of obstructions. The edge should be 6 inches wider than the planned dimensions of the pool.

Remove all vegetation and stones from the space inside your spray can perimeter. Flatten the base of the pool by digging out raised areas so that they match lower areas. To make sure it’s level, use a flat wood plank pivoted with a nail or metal stake and spin it around the area on the pool. Use a carpenter’s level tool to ensure the wood is lying flat.

Once you have a flat area, fill it with limestone 1 or 2 inches deep. Use the wood to flatten the limestone, then remove it and fill the wood space with limestone as well. Check the whole base to make sure it’s completely flat and level. Your pool area is now ready for installation.

If you’d like more advice about pool installation, or if you want to make an appointment with us, call (02) 8625 3656 today.

Best pool shapes for 2017

Buying an above ground pool is a big decision, one of the first few things you need to consider after budget and location is the shape of your pool.

Your above ground swimming pool provider will be able to assess the size of your yard and show you how different shapes can work for you, they’ll also be able to advise you against the shapes that won’t work. They can show you a range of shapes and style you had probably never even thought of, they can also offer suggestions of decking and landscaping designs that could suit your pool.

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In 2017 there are a huge range of pool shapes and designs –

  • Square – a square pool gives your yard a more formal look and feel – they can be added to by the addition of a water wall or a square shaped spa can be added and attached to your pool.
  • Rectangle – a classic shape that is still in fashion today, the straight lines give you a formal looking pool, and while you may think a long pool (especially a lap pool) is outdated you need to think again. An easy way to make a rectangular pool look less formal is to round the corners for a softer look.
  • Circle – round swimming pools offer a softer and less formal looking swimming pool and they can still make good use of your space. One trend with circular swimming pools is creating a perimeter over-flow pool which adds an infinity pool look, that can still be enhanced with the addition of a spa or water wall.
  • Oval – as with a round pool, oval shaped pools are less formal, are still a good use of space and can be enhanced by decking, a spa or landscaping.
  • Kidney – the kidney shaped pool is similar to the oval in design but with a curved indentation on one side. Kidney shaped pools not only look *more natural* they also provide you with the natural positioning for a deeper end.
  • Best Pool Shapes for 2017

  • Freeform – think curves, freeform pools are fully customisable and can be designed around your yards natural elements, so they blend into nature. With indentations in place they are perfect for adding a spa, a water wall or some landscaping. Freeform pools are modern pools that let you have a completely different look to the rest of the pools in your area.
  • Geometric – this style is an off-shoot of the freeform pool, it allows you to customise the different square or rectangular sections of your pool, for you own unique layout.
  • Figure eight – you get the functionality of a lap pool, along the middle, but with rounded portions on both ends – that don’t have to be the same size, you can use your backyard space accordingly. One end can be shallower for children and the other end deeper.

Researching your above ground pool

Perhaps you are thinking of an above ground pool for your yard for next summer? Now, is a great time to start thinking about a new pool. Above ground pools are the perfect alternative to the costs involved with an in-ground pool, and they still give you all the same benefits!

Shopping for an above ground pool can be confusing with so many sizes and options available. If you are thinking about a new above ground pool here are some things to look at and consider.

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  • SIZE – before you even start looking for an above ground pool, you need to get out the tape measure, there are a range of pool sizes available, and it helps if you know what size you are looking for. Is you yard suited to a round pool or would an oval pool fit in better? Oval shaped pools are great for a narrow yard but you have less volume and less swimming area. Oval size pools are also more expensive to buy and install, round pools offer better value for money. Once you know what size pool will fit – then you can find out what size pools are available for you.
  • WHAT IS THE POOL MADE OF? – above ground pools often come in 3 types, steel, aluminium and resin plastic. When searching for your pool you want the pool that fits your budget, so you need to compare what each pool is made of….. ALUMINIUM – while they won’t rust, over time they will corrode and oxidise, but the aluminium wall panels are softer and more flexible. STEEL – steel walls can hold up to the environment they are dipped and coated in protective layers so look for hot dipped Zinc, galvanised steel, the top uprights should also have this coating to maximise protection against corrosion. Steel is naturally tough and rigid which will give the pool great structural integrity. RESIN PLASTIC – Resin pools have their pros and cons… they need to have a good UV coating as they are outside but the top rails aren’t as hot to touch as aluminium and steel top rails are when sat in the sun.
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  • ABOVE GROUND POOL PACKAGES – unless you are replacing an existing pool, you would be looking at a pool package which includes a pump, filter, ladder, etc. Affordable Pools has a range of options, so choose the one that gives you best value for money. Always look at what comes with the pool, this is the way to choose the best value.

Pools and pool packages vary, so look for the best pool and the best package for your needs. The *off-season* is a great time to buy your pool, to take advantage of deals and specials and book an installation.