“The demand for above-ground pools has more than doubled,” said Steven Metz, President of Central Jersey Pools. (Central Jersey Pools)
First, it was hand sanitizer. Then it was toilet paper. Now, it appears that the recent pandemic-induced demand that has exceeded supply is affecting above-ground pools.
With cities slow to open urban swimming pools due to COVID-19 concerns and many beaches closed to non-residents, desperate Americans are looking for an above-ground swimming pool as their summer depends on it.
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“Demand for above-ground pools has more than doubled,” said Steven Metz, President of Central Jersey Pools – a family business founded in the 1950s after Metz’s grandfather, as a farmer, realized that selling pools would be more profitable than plowing. He attributes the huge surge in interest to the fact that most Americans don’t travel. “People stay in and instead enjoy their homes.”
While the extensive selection of inflatable pools on Amazon is still an option, Americans want something more essential to swim in. You’ll also want something cheaper than underground pools.
Central Jersey Pools are out of stock for above-ground pools until at least early August.
(Central Jersey Pools)
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough above-ground pools to go around. The Central Jersey Pools are sold out at least until the beginning of August. And it’s not that shoppers can just go to another pool store in the next town. In early June, the New York Times reported that it might be too late to find a pool. As recently as June 30, an article published by the Omaha World-Herald entitled “Aboveground Pools Running Out As Parents Distract Pandemics” spoke of what most of the country is experiencing at its local pool vendor: a serious one Defect.
There is a similar story online. Doughboy Pools, which has been manufacturing above ground pools since the late 1940s, encourages customers to wait at least 12 weeks from purchase to delivery. “Nobody could have predicted the unprecedented demand for above-ground pools,” said the company’s website dedicated to the announcement of COVID-19.
With cities slow to open urban pools and many beaches closed to non-residents due to COVID-19 concerns, desperate Americans are looking for an above-ground pool as their summer depends on it.
(Central Jersey Pools)
Even buyers willing to be creative with what they are currently using for above-ground pools are encountering empty shelves. According to a recent article published by the San Francisco Chronicle, the cattle supply stores are out of cattle bins – one of the most popular DIY ideas for above ground pools.
It’s not surprising that above-ground pools have a reputation that includes far more Beverly Hillbillies than Beverly Hills. On a $ 300 budget, you can find dozens of plastic pools that most HOAs would mistake for eyesores. Nowadays, however, it’s not uncommon for above-ground pools made from high-quality rust-resistant materials like aluminum and resin to cost more than ten times as much.
According to Recreation Wholesale, a pool retailer in Kansas City, Missouri, the average cost of an above-ground pool, including installation, is about $ 6,000. However, Recreation Wholesale owner Joe Herndon says he’s seeing more customers willing to spend a little more on what he calls “onground pools.”
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Onground pools are basically above ground pools that can be buried to look like inground pools
Onground pools are basically above ground pools that can be buried to look like inground pools. Recreation Wholesale’s most popular model is the stealth pool, which costs around $ 16,000 including installation. That’s roughly half the average cost of traditional inground pools, which start at $ 35,000 and can go as high as $ 100,000. In New Jersey, Metz also notices more people partially burying above-ground pools. For customers looking to bury their pools, he recommends Doughboy models, which are more suitable for burial.
It is even possible to purchase these pool deck combos second hand.
A popular alternative to digging up a yard to hide unsightly pool walls is to build a deck around them. It is even possible to purchase these pool deck combos second hand. There is currently a 28-foot saltwater pool in South Carolina with a large wraparound deck that is listed on eBay for $ 13,000. The original owner paid $ 24,000 for it 2 years ago.
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But perhaps the easiest, most inexpensive way to hide the hardware of an above-ground pool is the strategically located landscaping, rocks, and lighting. Even so, it’s best not to get so immersed in aesthetics that you buy the wrong pool. According to Metz, the biggest mistake people make with above-ground pools is buying a pool that is just look-based and not thick enough. “You want to make sure that a liner has a long service life,” advises Metz. “This is what the pool water and the entire structure hold.”
But perhaps the easiest, most inexpensive way to hide the hardware of an above-ground pool is the strategically located landscaping, rocks, and lighting.
But even if you end up with the right pool, you can have problems. According to Herndon, the biggest mistake is buying an above-ground pool online and then not finding someone to install it properly. “Then they usually try themselves and don’t get it right,” says Herndon. For this reason alone, it’s worth buying an above-ground pool from a local dealer.
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The hard part, at least during the pandemic, is finding a store that is open, has the model you want in stock, and has enough staff to help with the installation. In other words, you might as well be looking for the Holy Grail. According to Doughboy, “Experts are forecasting exceptional demand over the next two to three years”. In other words, if you envision swimming in your own above-ground pool in the summer of 2021 or even the summer of 2022, place your order today.