The question of which type material is the best for above ground pool construction seems to always be a bit of a hard decision for new pool shoppers. The most popular materials are steel, resin, and aluminum. There are valid arguments for each and every pool store will have their own advice as well. Here at Krossber Brothers we tend to lean towards the steel and resin finishes. The great thing about that is that our most popular pool, the Nova, can be offered as steel or resin.
There are a lot of variables when comparing these different materials so the information favoring one or the other can be found to support any of the types. We spent some time researching this and have some unbiased articles below to help you decide.
The 3 types:
Above-ground pools are either made of steel, aluminum, or resin. Here are the advantages and disadvantages to each:
Additional Benefits of each type:
Advantages of a Steel Pool
Steel resists deformation more than aluminum and costs considerably less. A steel pool is by far the strongest. While rust has been a problem in the past, newer steel pools have a hot-dipped galvanized coat that resists rust and come with vinyl coatings.
Advantages of an Aluminum Pool
Aluminum pools have become popular over the last 10 to 15 years because of their ability to handle inclement weather. When aluminum is exposed to air, it becomes covered with a tough, transparent layer of aluminum oxide that helps resists corrosion. Aluminum does not tarnish or rust and has an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio. It also becomes stronger and retains its toughness as it gets colder. The one biggest disadvantage is that most aluminum pools can fall victim to pitting caused by the oxidation process.
Advantages of a Resin Pool
You get the best of both worlds with the resin pools, it’s a steel wall with all resin components, these pools typically last longer than steel pools, unlike aluminum these pools will not oxidize, cheaper then aluminum, available in many different sizes. However the downside is that resin pool parts can become more vulnerable to cracking and fading due to both winter weather, extreme cold, and UV exposure.