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Best Hard-Sided Pools

Updated December 2018
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    Hard-sided above-ground swimming pools are a sturdy and long-lasting alternative to cheaper soft-sided pools. Though they can be more difficult to set up, the overall design accommodates for more movement and pools are usually larger than soft-sided pools. Pools come in a range of sizes to allow for more people in the water at a time, and circular and oval hard-sided pools are available. Aluminum-sided pools are rust-resistant and are slightly flexible to allow for movement. Steel-walled pools are rigid and can be durable, but only if the steel is well coated in a protective material like zinc or resin to prevent corrosion, as cheaper steel-wall pools may not last long without proper protection.

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