We are considering getting an above ground pool this Summer. From quick reading, I figured out that Ultra frame Intex is the better Intex option. Any other affordable pools out there? Also, we have a 9 & 10 year old, are the sides solid enough for them to wrestle in the pool and hit the sides without them collapsing? (There's no way around it, they will wrestle!). Can they stay up through the Winter? We live in Northern MD, seems as it would be expensive to fill every year and more risks to damage the liner.
Next, once we have decided on a pool, what do we need besides the obvious pool/line/pump/ladder? Trying to figure the total cost and work implied. I am just a bit overwhelmed with the process that I am thinking about pushing the project one more year, but I know I want it for this Summer. Would rather do the SWG, but from some reading, seems that the Intex tends to rust with this system, is it just Intex or any above ground pool? We have a pool store going out of business nearby, so I'm also considering a real above ground pool that doesn't require take down at the end of season, but I'm not sure what the difference is with the Intex and cost difference as well, is the prep the same for both types of pools?