Best Above Ground Pool Ladders And Steps
When it comes to buying a pool ladder or replacing your old pool steps there are a few things you should consider before plunking down your cash. Budget, pool size and ergonomics are just a few things that can be factored in when closing in on your final decision. Future plans for your backyard as well as future plans for your family may also play a role in choosing the best ladder for your project. Of course preferences come into play based on individual likes making your selection different from someone else’s. Things like styling, color and brand loyalty my be a factor to you. So we did something a little different to help you out.
How we came up with our results was by asking everyone here at North Florida Above Ground Pools plus a few other pool pros to vote for their choice on the different types pool steps. We then counted the votes and wrote the comments below. So I’m going to give you the results for each category based on what seems to last the longest, feel best and will fit the majority of what most people are looking for. I will include links to the whole selection of ladders so you can compare all the different models yourself.
But before we get to that we should elaborate on the different types of ladders and steps and what makes them different. All pool ladders and steps typically fit into four basic groups. There is the A Frame Ladders, Deck Ladders, In Pool Steps and Entry Systems. Each group is used for a particular purpose and there are several brands in each group. This may sound complicated but it’s really not.
- A Frame Ladders are designed to allow bathers to go up and over the pool wall then down into the water. These types of ladders are used on pools that are completely out of the ground and both sides of the ladder are needed. Some A-Frame ladders can pull double duty and be converted into a deck ladder if future plans call for it. The right call here could save you from making a second purchase down the road.
- Deck Ladders are used for pools where a deck is the point of entry into the water. Deck ladders are one sided and only go from the deck down into the water with no outside ladder portion included. They are fastened directly to the deck and or pool top ledge for stability. These are good for someone with an existing pool deck or someone who plans to build one immediately upon completion of their new pool.
- In Pool Steps are much like a deck ladder in the there is no outside portion and the are also attached to the deck and or top ledge. The primary difference is that in-pool steps use steps instead of rungs for footing. This makes for a much safer entry and exit from the water as your feet cannot slip off the step like it can the ladder. Another advantage of the in pool step is that they tend to enter the water at a much more comfortable angle. Steps are usually less steep so climbing them is easier for many people. If using an in-pool steps in a small pool, consider how far the step may protrude into the pool and consume floor space.
- Entry Systems are most often a combination of in-pool steps with an outside ladder for entry. These are obviously used where the pool entry is from the ground level. The main reason most entry systems use a ladder on the outside instead of another step is safety and cost. Federal law mandates that access to the pool must be restricted when it’s not in use. The outside portion of the entry system of ladder must fold up, latch and lock, be removable or employ some other method of making the pool safe and prevent un-authorized access. There are a few entry systems available that have steps on both sides for the easiest of entry but these often become costly. Much like the A-frame ladder many pool entry systems have a removable outside entry portion if a deck becomes a reality.