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Pool Steps and Ladders for Above Ground Swimming Pools – Step-by-Step Guide
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By: Brenda Masten Email Article
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Hot summer days can wear you out but investing in a swimming pool allows you to enjoy the summer as a family. Recreation, relaxation, and exercise are a few of the reasons why home owners decide to buy an above ground swimming pool. The modern above ground pools have a wide range of accessories that make them more versatile than ever before. Some pool owners even choose to build decks for their above ground pools. Regardless of the style or size of your pool, you are probably considering whether you need above ground pool steps or a pool ladder for above ground swimming pools. Keep in mind that not all above ground pool ladders and steps are created equal and you’ll want to carefully consider style, budget, and safety.

First and foremost, if you have a smaller pool you may not need above ground pool steps at all. Usually, ladders for above ground pools are only recommended for larger pools and metal framed pools. So, your first decision is whether you need above ground pool steps or a ladder for your above ground pool. Once you’ve decided that a ladder or steps are a necessity for your pool, you will need to consider the variety of ladders available.

Styles of Above Ground Pool Ladders

Above ground pool ladders must be durable. Remember, they are submerged in water and must be able withstand the chemicals of your pool as well as the weight of your pool users. As such, above ground swimming pool ladders are constructed from a variety of materials including aluminum, vinyl, stainless steel, plastic and resin. Also, ladders for above ground pools are designed to match certain pool shapes and sizes. You’ll also need to consider whether your above ground swimming pool ladder will lead to a deck or to ground level. Different ladders for above ground pools are available for different uses and should be purchased accordingly. Be sure to get all the information about your above ground pool ladder: what is the maximum weight load, what is the expected lifespan, what material is it made from and so on? Ladders for above ground pools that are constructed from resin or stainless steel tend to be more durable.

Cost of Above Ground Pool Ladders

As you can imagine, there are a wide range of pool ladders for above ground pools available on the market today. It should also come as no surprise that the price of these ladders varies widely depending on the materials they are constructed from, the length, and essentially the quality. If you expect a lot of traffic on your above ground pool ladder you should consider investing in one of the more expensive options. Stainless steel or resin ladders are more durable but also cost more. Still, they can usually handle more weight and withstand water and chemicals well. Aluminum and plastic ladders are more affordable but their lifespan is shorter. Try to find a good above ground pool ladder with solid construction. In the past "A-Frame" pool ladders for above ground pools were particularly popular but they were not always particularly sturdy. Today, it is recommended to have above ground pool steps leading to a ladder so you can enjoy your pool.

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Brenda Masten is an experienced pool owner. She provides information about pool steps and ladders for above ground swimming pools. You can find description of different pool ladder styles and safety tips to remember when using pool steps for above ground pools.

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