Well, we were given a 15 x 30 Lomart that is 15-years old. We may not be installing it. The pool is 48" and we were planning on putting in a deep end, but the installer won't move the straps... they will only put in a tiny deep end that isn't even worth it. Then tonight my son and I had started to steel brush some of the parts to apply "Rust Restore." I discovered that some of the bottom rails have holes rusted right through and the straps are in bad shape as well and have to be replaced. With the cost of replacement parts and the disappointment regarding the shallowness of the pool, we are now considering buying a new pool. See how this happens?! We got all excited but with high expectations! hehe
So, we are looking at putting in a round pool instead that is 52" high. We have it narrowed down to either 24', 27', or 30'. We have teenage children who will most likely have friends over to swim, so a bigger pool would be nicer of course. I'm thinking bigger pool = more money to run and harder to heat with solar. I'm worried that the 24' would be too small. Is there a general suggestions of pool size for the number of adults in the pool at any given time? Such as: serves 4-6? Should I assume that a 30' pool would cost a great deal more to maintain than the average size pool?
I see that there are different "grades" of Lomart pools. Is there anything wrong with the lower grade line? I did find a seller on eBay that sells Lomart pools with free shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lomart-Meado...item4cebfecdce We might be able to install a round pool ourselves, if we hire the leveling done. We were a bit too intimidated to install the oval pool that was given to us.
I would love your thoughts. Thank you everyone. Big change of plans for us!