Bury or Not to Bury an Above Ground Pool?


New member
Mar 12, 2016
mesquite tx
...this is my first post,but this is the subject that interest me & wife the most. We are considering purchasing a AGP, but want to bury it or at least semi bury it. We have a slope in our yard & would like the front of the pool to be flush or closest to the ground. We don't mind the back being exposed or partially exposed,because it will be closest to the fence & plan to put the pump,equipment,etc....on that side. I've read that Doughboy makes the only AGP that can be buried, is this correct? We recently went to the Dallas Home & Garden show & worked out a deal with a company that sells Discovery & Nova brand pools, but don't want to purchase this brand, if we can't at least semi bury it....any input would be helpful, thanx in advance......


In The Industry
Oct 11, 2012
It can be done, but it must be done right, I personally wouldn't recommend burying more than halfway.


New member
Mar 16, 2016
Raleigh, NC
I am in a similar situation. Have you looked into a Fabcote Ultimate Pool? Says it can be installed above, semi or inground. Im trying to find more info and reviews.


Well-known member
Apr 6, 2015
Mine is almost completely buried at top as I have huge slope in my yard..two years in and no problems....my neighbor with same slope has his buried that way for almost ten years and no problems

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Well-known member
Jun 3, 2014
Hollidaysburg, PA
Mine is half buried into a sloped yard, but it is also rated for a buried install. You can check the link in my signature. I left it out of the ground just enough to put in my deck on that side.


Gold Supporter
Jun 18, 2014
Glassboro NJ
My pools in-ground side is approx 24" into the ground and slopes to being out of the ground on the low side. This will be the 10th season and no problems as of yet. My bottom track is plastic(PVC?) not metal.


New member
Mar 22, 2016
Attleboro ma
Hey. I am brand new here and to forums in general. I am with Matt. I just put in a 24' Radiant last year. It is buried all the way up around 1/3 of the pool. They are built for that.


LifeTime Supporter
Jun 6, 2013
I put in a Doughboy at my parents house about 30 years ago that is buried about 2 ft on one side with no issues still. I think they put nickel or zinc in their metal if I remember right that helps with corrosion. What ever they do those pools last a long time!


Mar 26, 2016
make sure there is good drainage. once you dig the hole, get it installed and back filled, the hole will be susceptible to flooding. I mean in heavy rain, the soft back fill dirt will absorb water much quicker than the surrounding dirt, creating pool around your pool which will make your liner neutrally buoyant, causing it to lift and wrinkle in places. it would best to have some type of hardscape around the pool to help drain the water away. This is just my experience with it. other than that, I haven't had any major issue with my install.


New member
Jul 29, 2016
Baltimore, Maryland
Hey there. We recently put up a 22' round pool from intex. It has vinyl sides. In order to get the pool intp the spot, we had to dig and now there is a gap between the pool and the ground. We would like to fill it in. Where can I get some ides for doing that?