Just floated in to this forum (pardon the pun!! ).
We have had a 15x48 metal frame Intex pool for 3 or 4 years. Each year we would drain it, dry it and put it away. When we got it out last spring we discovered the mice had found it and chewed a million holes in it. So we didn't have a pool set up last year and we completely missed it!!!
This year we are looking to get another pool. We have a budget of around $1,200 - $1,500, but are not sure what to get. Do we get another Intex, maybe an Intex Ultraframe or can we step up to a metal sided pool?
We are in Central Iowa and would love to be able to leave it up year round.
Here are the variables we need to decide.....
What brand? If we go with Intex, should we upgrade the pump and filter?
Round or Oval?
What size (the bigger the better)? We are on an acreage, so size is not an issue.
Salt generator or other chemicals? Our other pool had a pool system, but it needs to be replaced.
Don't care about landscaping or decking around it, so no expense there. We have electric in place. We can level the pool area ourselves.
Where is the best place to buy, on line or local?
We would love to find a used metal sided pool, but how do you know if what you are getting used is still in good condition or not. Or if you will have to replace the pump, filter, etc.
Also, we would love to have some sort of bench in the pool, that won't damage the pool for our 5 year old to be able to play on, but still be able to enjoy the pool with a life jacket on. Is there even such a thing? I have seen some fancy stairs that would possibly suit this need, but didn't know if there was another option.
What else do we need to consider?
THANKS for any help you can offer.