Opinions on Resin v. Steel bottom rim .... we have had several intex pools over the years. They usually last us 2 summers before we have a problem with the liner or the pump quitting on us. Not sure why, because we had them on a concrete pad, with foam barrier between the pool and the concrete, but we did. Anyway, we are finally ready to take the plunge and get a bigger above ground pool. We plan on getting a 27' round. We like the looks of the resin pools, but we cannot get one locally that also has the resin bottom rail. We looked at the Aqua Leader pools at Watson's (next state over), but we are worried about customer service and follow-up if we run into a problem. The local pool place, where the guy was really nice, sells the Opera RTR, but it has the steel bottom rail. To me, it seems like the resin bottom track is a lot heavier and sturdier and you wouldn't have to worry about rust, but does that happen with the steel ones?
Also wanting opinions on sand filter vs. cartridge filter system.
We need to make a decision this weekend so we can get on the installation list, so any help and insight would be greatly appreciated.