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ABOVE-GROUND POOLS

Above-ground Pools Offer Affordable Fun Despite tough competition from other wet leisure products, there’s still a lot of demand for above-ground pools in the UK. Available in a range of materials, the idea behind these entry-level solutions is cost effectiveness combined with straightforward installation that can often be achieved by a competent DIYer. The choice on offer has never been wider and this issue, we take a look at a sector that’s surely set to shine again this summer By Andrea Hartshorne

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bove-ground pools are a product sector which continues to be popular, and that’s not just because of their affordable price tag. Size and flexibility combined in an easy to use and simple to install package also play their part. The beauty of these pools mean that they are within reach of those families who dream of getting on the ‘pool owning ladder’. A little imagination and landscaping can mean that the options available for these versatile units can transform a garden and provide fun and relaxation for owners for a much lower cost than that associated with a full sized swimming pool. Increasingly these high quality pools are sought by families or owners who want to make the pool into a real feature in their garden and they are often sunk into the ground with landscaping, decking and planting really finishing the project off. The ease of building is a big advantage over other types of pools and with installs taking just a few days, above-ground pools are a great optional extra for any home or garden and can often be an impulse buy. With so much going for them, perhaps the

British public will start to look at the more serious above-ground and wooden pools as more of an investment for their families and gardens and if they do, this could be a good year for these products, their accessories and all the extras that go with them.

STRENGTH, FUNCTION AND BEAUTY – CERTIKIN WOODEN POOLS Made of attractive Scandinavian redwood (walls) and Iroko hardwood, the Certikin wooden above-ground pool is robust and shouts quality. The pool has no side buttresses or braces, making it more attractive and compact than other products of its kind. There are no ugly, concreted-in, steel supports which some pools require, making it easier to install. There are three standard sizes, 4.2m x 4.2m, 4.7m x 2.9m and a larger 6m x 4.2m. All the models below 6m x 4.2m are totally free standing and require no ground supports. All models have a steel support beam around the top of the pool underneath the Iroko top rail. Continuing with the high quality, the high specification includes the pool walls, steps, Certikin flow fittings, filtration, maintenance kit, cover

Made of attractive Scandinavian redwood (walls) and Iroko hardwood, the Certikin wooden above-ground pool is robust and shouts quality

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and liner (30 thou mosaic and marbled at no extra cost). Fully foamed insulation covers the bottom and the side walls. For ease, these pools are suitable for both customer self-assembly and installation by pool retailers, whichever is preferred. A 316 stainless steel entry ladder comes with double top tread and an added structural support bar to reduce the liner wear. The sturdy timber exit ladder provides easy access for swimmers and can be simply detached when not in use. All models come with the option of a Walu safety cover – called the Woodstar. This is designed to offer the same level of safety and simplicity for above-ground pools (up to a maximum of 10m x 5m) as it does for in-ground. Secured with ratchets on preangled brackets and rolled with a convenient hand-wheel, the Woodstar is easy to install and operate. Manufactured to the stringent French NF p90-308 safety standard and comfortably holding a weight of 100kg, the Walu offers solar and heat retention benefits and acts as a first class winter cover.

OFFERING ITALIAN STYLE – LAGHETTO FROM ASTRALPOOL AstralPool have been selling Laghetto pools for just over 12 months and their best-selling models are the great looking Playa and Dolcevita models. The market is continuing to grow with the ever-increasing demand for stunning looking, modular and easy build pools that complement the surrounding environment. Through the use of revolutionary technology, the Laghetto team responded with creative insight to the demand for an ever-closer image of Italian design for the garden setting. The Dolcevita reinterprets the concept of an above-ground pool, and created a contemporary solution, with harmony and style. Dolcevita is presented in a collection of three different models – Diva, Rattan and Woody – and regardless of the model chosen, the materials used are of the highest quality and are guaranteed.

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Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) June 2019  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...