Intex pools are some of the most popular above-ground swimming pools available. Not only are they budget-friendly, but they also last a long time. But just how long can they last?
Intex pools last between 2 to 8 years, depending on the make and model. Metal-framed Intex pools typically last anywhere from 4 to 8 years, whereas the vinyl pools last between 2 to 4 years. You can make your Intex pool last longer by putting it on a concrete pad and maintaining the chemicals.
In this article, you’ll learn how to get the most out of your Intex pool and how long it should last if you take good care of it.
I’ll also explain whether Intex pools are worth the substantial investment, with comparisons between vinyl and metal-framed models. Let’s get started!
How To Make Your Intex Pool Last Longer
Intex above-ground pools should last up to eight years, but your maintenance schedule directly impacts their longevity.
Some Intex pools are designed to last longer than others, so we recommend checking the labeled lifespan.
Here’s how you can make your Intex pool last longer:
- Keep a routine maintenance schedule for your above-ground pool. Algae, bacteria, and debris that fall into the pool can puncture the liner and cause severe leaks. These leaks can be patched, but a patch is never as reliable as the original liner.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals in an Intex vinyl pool. It’s always better to use chlorine tabs, liquid chlorine, dry acid, and soda ash. These chemicals take a while to dissolve and typically don’t burn the liner. Avoid liquid muriatic acid and chlorine powder since they can discolor and deteriorate the pool. (I recommend checking out my complete guide on every chemical you need for an above-ground pool).
- Patch any holes in the vinyl as quickly as you can to prevent them from spreading. Try the Boxer Adhesives Peel and Stick Vinyl Patches. Each kit contains five 3-inch patches that work underwater. Unlike most vinyl repair kits, these patches don’t use sticky glue that can leach into the pool water.
- Make sure the pool is installed on a level surface. Use a leveler tool to check if your Intex pool is balanced. If the Intex pool is tilted, the uneven weight distribution will stretch and fold the liner. This process weakens the liner and drastically increases the chances of leaks and other issues.
- Put an above-ground pool pad under the Intex pool to prevent punctures and friction damage. I recommend using a Rhino Pad. These helpful pads come in multiple sizes. The extra insulation protects your vinyl pool from rocks, roots, sharp grass, and other debris. Choose the correct shape and size, and you’ll be good to go.
As you can see, Intex pools can last for quite a long time. These low-cost pools are easy to maintain, especially if you have a pool pad and a level surface.
Furthermore, the less harsh chemicals are cheaper, which saves time and money.
Let’s see whether or not Intex pools are worth the investment below.
Are Intex Pools Good Quality?
Intex pools are usually good quality, but some of them are only made to last for a couple of years. The thinner vinyl liner can’t handle strong winds, sharp debris, and strong chemicals.
That being said, the quality of Intex pools is always appropriate to the asking price.
So, what quality issues do Intex pools have that could shorten their longevity?
- The stock pumps sometimes leak from the unions and gaskets. Intex pumps are usually a bit lower quality than the pool itself. To keep your pool clear, you can upgrade to an Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter. This pump-filter combo is designed for above-ground pools up to 12,000+ gallons, so your pool will be as clear as can be.
- Intex pool hoses aren’t the toughest hoses in the industry. Make sure your hoses are tightly secured to prevent them from loosening or clogging. Replace any of the hose sections if you notice pool pump leaks or kinks since they’ll strain the pump and bring air into the system.
The good news is that Intex pools have more pros than cons. Here’s a list of the advantages these pools offer:
- High-quality vinyl liners
- Durable support beams
- Efficient salt systems (if applicable)
- Excellent customer service
- Long-lasting warranties (typically two years)
- Beginner-friendly built-in timers on the pumps, whether or not you upgrade to a new one
- User-friendly sand filters that don’t require too much maintenance
- A wide variety of shapes and sizes for all backyards
Do Intex Pools Last Longer on the Grass or Concrete?
Intex pools last longer on concrete than grass. Some sharp grasses can grow through a vinyl liner, not to mention the sticks, thorns, rocks, and other debris on the ground.
I recommend getting a concrete pad that’s at least 18 to 24 inches bigger than the pool on all sides. Level the concrete pad to prevent the pool and equipment from sliding around.
Splashes, leaks, and other spills can make the dirt under the pool turn to mud. The muddy terrain dips the pool liner and pump, breaking the hoses and vinyl.
Additionally, the grass will die under the vinyl liner. You can move the pool in the winter, but the patchy grass will die again the next time you install the pool.
Another reason you should choose concrete over the grass for your Intex pool is that the concrete lets you mount the pump to the ground.
You can’t drill retaining screws into the dirt. Many pumps need to be mounted to the pool equipment pad if they’re installed in an earthquake-prone area.
If you’re determined to install your Intex pool on the grass rather than getting a concrete pad, we suggest using the previously mentioned Rhino Pad, which protects the vinyl liner for a few years.
However, you should steer clear of placing tarps and blankets under the pool because they’ll get covered in mold and fungus (they also won’t protect the liner for more than a year).