Questions on Sterns Above Ground Pools

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Here are some commonly asked questions regarding our Sterns range of Above Ground Modular Swimming Pools...

Q. What is a modular pool?

Simply speaking, a modular pool is a pool that is put together in a modular way. We have set sizes and shapes that we manufacture and these can be increased by a set modular distance. Modular pools are a perfect alternative to concrete and fibreglass pools, particularly for difficult sites. Engineered for maximum strength, Stern's Pools’ products are streamlined and designed to fit with in-ground, above- ground and semi-in-ground installations. The popular braceless pools are sleek and, when installed in-ground, achieve the same appearance as a concrete pool. With the benefit of easy installation, a pool from Stern's Pools can be set up in as little as a day by a professional installer. This simple process removes a lot of the expense and construction time associated with concrete pools or the logistical challenges of a fibreglass shell, so you can begin enjoying your pool straight away.

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Q. What is the difference between a modular pool and an above-ground pool?

It's easiest to think of modular pools as the next generation on above-ground pools. While both pools can be installed above ground, only the modular pool is designed to be installed completely or partially in-ground depending on customer and site requirements. These options are useful, for example, when trying to level the pool with an existing decked area or the height of the back door.

Q. What is the difference between a modular pool and an in-ground pool?

In-ground fibreglass pools are pre-fabricated pools that come in set sizes and shapes. In-ground concrete pools can be built in any shape the customer requires, with the concrete set accordingly. Modular Pools on the other hand, have a range of set shapes with lengths and widths dictated by the structural system. The advantage of the modular system is the ease and speed of installation and the significant savings associated with this process.

Q. How long do modular pools last in the ground?

Stern’s Pools have been selling pools for over 40 years and it is not uncommon for modular pools to last in the ground for 25 years or more. All Stern’s Pools have a minimum 10 year warranty on them however we generally expect them to last for 15-20 years with proper maintenance.

Q. How much do modular pools cost?

Modular pools can be sold as either a DIY kit or a full install project. Your budget for a DIY kit could be as little as $3,000 with full install kits coming closer to $10,000.

Q. What are Sterns pools made of?

Proudly Australian made, the structural systems of our pools are made with the thickest Galvanised Steel available on the pool market, with the walls made from BlueScope Flexographic material.

Q. Where are Stern’s Pools made?

Sterns Pools are proudly Australian Made with all pool structures and PVCs liner made in our factory in Lurnea, NSW.

Q. How do I find out if I can install a Modular Pool on my property?

There are two steps involved when considering a pool installation on your property:

  1. Firstly, you will need to ensure that your chosen pool is appropriate for the size of your site. Whether you have chosen to install your pool above ground or in-ground, you will need to ensure that your site is large enough to fit the model you have selected. You will also need to determine if excavation is required. Excavation will be required for all pools installed in, or partially in-ground and may be required for above-ground pools if your site is sloping or uneven. Modular pools come prefabricated so it is also essential that access to the site of your future pool is suitable for the shape and size of the pool you have chosen.
  2. Secondly, council approval is required for all new pool installations in Australia. See ‘Do you need council approval to install a pool?’ for more information.

Q. Do you need council approval to install a pool?

Yes. While approval requirements differ from state to state, all new pool installations in Australia require approval from local councils. Once you have selected your preferred pool, we can assist you by providing model specifications and engineering paperwork to submit with your application. Contact your local council for details regarding approval requirements, application details and for information regarding any natural conditions in your area that may affect the installation of your pool. Private certifiers can also be contacted to assist with plan drawings and council applications.

Q. What shapes are available?

Across the range, our pools come in the following shapes:

  • Round
  • Oval
  • Rectangular
  • Keyhole; and
  • Raindrop

Q. What are the pools lined with?

Our pools are lined with top quality, coloured PVC that is shaped and welded at in factory in Lurnea, NSW.

Q. What colour liners are available?

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Q. What type of pool is right for me?

Purchasing an above-ground or modular pool is an exciting decision and can provide for years of excitement and memories for your family as well as adding value to your home. When considering what pool is right for you, there are a number of factors to consider including the size of your block, shape preference, use requirements (number of people who will use the pool and for what purpose) and water preference (salt water, fresh water or chlorinated). You can use our pool selector to narrow down the options based on your preferences and we can happily assist you to help determine if your preferred pool will fit your site in preparation for installation.

Q. How long does installation take?

With the use of a professional installer, an installation can take as little as a day with a typical installation taking 2 days. Estimated timings will always be dependant on weather, pool size and any relevant site challenges.

We urge our customer to try and install the pool themselves. Get a couple of mates around and you should be able to complete the job in a weekend once all the groundwork has been prepared.

There are plenty of installation videos available on Youtube for installation tips.

Q. Which filter is best for my pool?

There is a range of factors to consider when selecting a filter for your pool including your local environment, weather, pool size, water type and personal preferences.

E.g. A Sand filter needs to be connected to the sewer for the dirty water to go when backwashing. However once connected, a sand filter is the easiest to maintain.

A Cartridge filter requires slightly more maintenance as the cartridge element needs to be removed and hosed down on a regular basis to ensure your pool's water remains clear.

We are happy to advise the best options available for your pool.

Q. Do your pools come with a warranty?

Yes, all Sterns Pools come with a minimum 10 year warranty. This warranty is a testament to our confidence in producing modular pools of the finest quality and durability.

Q. Can I install a pool light in a Sterns Pool?

Absolutely. In fact, we recommend the addition of a pool light. All our pools have a light option listed for a Spa Electrics colour change model. These lights will make your pool look remarkable at night time with some really great effects. 


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