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What Should Be Under Your Above Ground Pool in Gloucester?

A city on Cape Ann in Massachusetts, Gloucester is part of the state’s North Shore and has a population of about 29,000. Its main industry is fishing and it is also a popular summer destination. While tourists tend to flock the swimming holes in Gloucester, many locals look for alternate ways to swim in solitude. And one of the more popular ways to do this is by getting their own above ground pool.

But while an above ground pool in Gloucester are generally easy to install, many ask what should they put under it to ensure it lasts longer? We run through the more common materials here:


A natural earth bottom is the most common choice, and is the most affordable. If you decide to go with bare earth, be sure it is free from rocks, roots, or any debris that can puncture the bottom of your pool. Smoothen the ground out, and you’re done!


While sand is another popular option, it does have a few quirks. If you want to use sand, try to use it sparingly. As with earth, make sure it is free from debris and don’t use more than 2-3 inches. A thick layer of sand will make the pool floor shifty and soft, making it difficult to clean.

Pool Floor Padding

Probably your best option, pool floor padding is made from breathable materials that let moisture escape (thus keeping mold and fungi from taking root). Try to find pool padding that isn’t made from petroleum, and make sure it doesn’t have holes in it.

While these are the most common materials to use under your above ground pool, there are others you should avoid despite the marketing hype other pool providers give you. Plastic sheeting, foam bottoms, and carpets under the pool are bad ideas so steer clear from these.

To learn more about the best material to use under your above ground pool, call the finest pool providers in your area – Ambassador Pools – and ask them which is best for your home and pool.

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