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What type of Above Ground Pool Should I Buy? 

This is a difficult question to answer because everyone's tastes, styles and budgets are different.  It also depends on how you will be using it. If you will be building a deck around a portion of it or if it will be a stand alone pool will be a factor in the type of ledge you are considering.

But there are some basic points which will help you draw a conclusion on which type of above ground pool to purchase. First, do you want a 48", 52" or 54” deep pool?  Second, what size pool and shape best fits your backyard and your family.  Lastly, always choose a pool with a SOLID warranty. Above ground pools can last for years if you choose the right one. Models which offer 100% warranties or guarantees for the first several years and then have a long pro-rated warranty period generally are the better pools.  We offer a full line of above ground pools that have one of the best warranties on the market today. What's even better is that they are affordably priced. We are the professionals and we sell professional grade pools at affordable prices. impact.bmp

How much does an above ground pool cost?

We stock above ground pools to fit any budget and sizes to fit backyard requirements. Vogue Above Ground Pools range in size from 18' up to 30' diameter round and we stock two sizes in the oval pools, the 15' x 30' and the 18' x 33'.  We order Vogue Above Ground Pools once a year. Pools arrive in January, so for best size selections and great in-store promotions, shop and buy early! Complete pool packages start at $2,599.00 and can be installed by the homeowner.  


If you purchase your Vogue Above Ground Pool from Pool Works, we offer our customers complete pool installation or if you prefer to have someone else do the ground preparation for you, we also offer excavation only. Installation costs range according to pool size. Interested in a wood deck or a pool heater to compliment your investment? Pool Works can quote and design a wood deck to enhance your above ground pool. Once your pool is installed, our Service Department can come out to your residence and quote you a price to install a gas line for your pool heater - see store for detail

What type of above ground swimming pool is stronger, a round or oval?

It used to be that round above ground pools were stronger, but with today's materials, manufacturing and advanced engineering, there really is no great difference in overall strength between the two styles.

Which pool type has more swimming area, round or oval?

A ROUND shaped swimming pool has more swimming area than an oval shaped pool of the same length. For example: a 21' round has more area than a 12' x 24' oval and usually costs LESS!

Will I be able to install an above ground pool on my own?

If you are good at following instructions you should have no problem installing an above ground pool. Even so, it should be noted that you'll probably need at least two sets of hands, preferably three, for some of the more awkward steps involved. So find yourself some helpers before you get started to make things easier. Don't cut corners! Be sure to follow the instructions closely to construct your swimming pool to last. We also offer full installation by experienced professionals if you prefer! ag-install.jpg


How much sand do I need to put down for the pool?


15' Round - 1 yard

33' Round - 6 yards

18' Round - 1.5 - 2 yards

15' x 25' Oval - 3 yards

24' Round - 3 - 3.5 yards

15' x 30' Oval - 3 - 3.5 yards 

28' Round - 4 yards

18' x 33' - 4 - 5 yards 


Do I have to use sand? 

No, not exactly.  The reason you use sand in the pool bottom is because the liner manufacturers require a non-abrasive material between the liner and the ground.  A product called Happy Bottom is a good substitute for Sand.

How do you install the Happy Bottom Pool Pad?

HappyBottom® Pool Pad is easy to install. First, roll out sections of pad and cut them one foot longer than the largest dimension of the pool. Next, seam enough 4 ft. wide sections together with Sure Seam Tape to cover the (smaller if oval) dimension of the pool. Finally, flip pad over so tape is facing the ground and build the entire pool on top of the pad. Trim off excess pad material after pool has been filled.

What are pool coves?

A pool cove is needed to keep the weight of the water in the pool liner from causing it to balloon out under the bottom of the pool wall. Previously, pool cove had to be hand built, in place, using tons of sand or dirt. Liner failures due to cove washout were all too common. Corrosion occurs rapidly where metal components, at the bottom of the pool, come in contact with moisture in the sand or dirt. Hand formed coves are uneven, with hand or shoe prints, making cleaning difficult.

What are the benefits of a pool cove?

A Pool cove becomes part of your pool to seal the space between the wall and the liner and to prevent liner strain. Made from chemically-neutral foam, it helps fight corrosion. It's compatible with all vinyl liners. Eliminates the need for banking of sand, otherwise used to create a sealed barrier between the wall and liner. Accommodates wall stretch to help prevent liner tearing and leaking. Fights corrosion to add years to a pool's life expectancy. Will not erode or freeze; holds its shape indefinitely.

How should I fill my new above ground pool?

Most people fill it from the garden hose on their house, just be prepared for an elevated utility bill the next month. You can also contact a water hauler. Water haulers will normally charge between $65.00 and $75.00 for 2,000 gallons of water. They will pump it directly into your pool and normally it just takes a few loads and you can be swimming the same day. The kids like that.

Does my pool have to sit on level ground?

Yes, that is probably the most important part of pool building. Use a laser level for the entire pool area and then again for each individual upright. Always dig dirt away from the higher ground, and never add dirt to the lower ground to level the pool area. It is essential that the pool be placed on virgin soil so that it solid and can withstand the weight of the water that will be placed on it.

Can I bury the pool in the ground? 
Burying an above ground swimming pool would result in the voiding of your warranty with most manufacturers, including Vogue’s. One of the potential dangers of burying a pool in the ground is the ground pressure pushing the side walls in and they collapse. Discuss other options with your Pool Works pool specialist.

Can I install an above ground pool on concrete?

Yes. Hopefully your concrete is level. If not you will need to shim the low areas for the supports. Placing the pool on concrete will give you a nice smooth bottom and means you will never have to worry about vegetation growing through your liner. There are two things to consider a must for this type of installation. The first is to use preformed pool coves. These are wedge shaped 4' lengths of Styrofoam. They cover the bottom rail of the pool around the outer edge. The second is some type of pool pad for the liner to rest on. Pool pads, like the "Happy Bottom", work fine.

Can I go to a deeper depth on my pool?

The Vogue liners we use can be expanded up to 12 inches in the center of the pool. Most manufactures now discourage a deeper end to a pool for liability reasons.

Can I stand on the top rails?

NO! Besides the damage this will do to the above ground swimming pool's structure, standing/walking on a slippery top rail is a recipe for disaster.

Do I have to use chlorine? 

No. But before you decide on a non-chorine alternative, be sure to sure to consider a product we offer called the Nature 2 that uses natural enzymes and minerals to sanitize pool water. However, the Nature 2 does require a low residual of chlorine of at least 0.5 ppm. You can also use Soft Swim, a biguanide-based sanitizer using peroxide. Click here to learn more about Soft Swim!

What is the correct water level in my pool?

The water level in a swimming pool should be at the center of the through the wall skimmer (the rectangular opening where the water exits the pool).

How do I START UP my new pool?
For complete start up instructions click on the following links. Remember to bring in water samples prior to starting up your pool. This is especially important if you have iron or other metals in your water that may stain your liner. Getting your water balanced is essential to a good start up! Click on the below links for complete instructions.

For START UP Instructions for Pools with Cartridge Filters,
click on the below links.

How do I MAINTAIN my new pool?
For complete maintenance instructions for your size pool, click on the following links. Remember to bring in water samples at the beginning of the season and monthly to check the condition of the water throughout the summer and at closing for free testing! Balanced water is critical for equipment care and swimmer comfort and safety. For MAINTENANCE Instructions for Pools with Cartridge Filters,
click on the below links.

When is a good time to open my pool for the season?

Click here to sign up for our e-newsletter detailing compete spring start up instructions and the announcement of the dates for our spring Customer Appreciation Sale! In general, openings can be done as soon as any snow or ice is gone from your pool. You may bring the pool water level back up to the proper height and start running your equipment. Keep in mind that if the evening temperatures drop below 32 degrees, you will want to run your filter system to prevent your equipment from freezing. An early spring start-up of your pool will help combat any chances of algae growth, making it an easier spring clean-up. Once the water has been filtering for a minimum of 48 hours, bring in a water sample (2 cups) for a complete water analysis to start out the swimming season right!

What do I need to do to my pool in the winter 

Click here for full winterization instructions. Click here to sign up for our e-newsletter to get these instructions emailed to you at closing time and receive valuable offers too!

What is the difference between a hung and an overlap liner?
Overlap liners are the more common. They fold over the top of the pool wall and are held in place by coping and metal rods. If you look under the top rail from the outside of the pool and see liner hanging over, that is an overlap liner.


A hung liner, as it sounds, hangs over the top of the pool wall with pre-attached strip. There will be no liner showing on the outside. A hung liner allows for greater ease in installation, more even weight distribution, and less likelihood for wrinkles.

Can the warranty be voided for my above ground pool?

The warranty is null and void if the design of this product is altered. The product must be assembled according to factory directions and no changes made in any of the parts. If the purchaser fails to comply with instructions pertaining to assembly, care and maintenance as outlined in detail in Vogue’s installation manual. The warranty is voided if the pool is left standing without water, exposing the liner to direct sunlight for a period in excess of 1 day. If it is necessary to drain water from the pool it should be refilled the same day.

What does an above ground pool warranty cover?

The Vogue warranty covers the pool only. Other equipment such as ladders, filters, slides, heaters and maintenance equipment are not supplied by Vogue. Their warranties should be found in their respective cartons.

What can I do to make sure the warranty for my above ground pool is not voided?

Carefully read, observe and follow cautions in the installation manual in order to avoid inadvertent damage.


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