What to put under Intex Pools – 4 ideas for longevity and one mistake to avoid

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Intex Pools are a great way to realize the dream of pool ownership without the mind-boggling costs of permanent above-ground or in-ground installations.

Intex Pools provide hours of fun and enjoyment for your family during those hot summer days. You can read our full Intex Pool Reviews article here.

If you are installing an Intex Pool, then one important consideration is what to put under the pool to protect the bottom from punctures.

No matter what style of Intex Pool you are installing, this decision can make a big difference in how long your pool will last.

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Here are 4 ideas of what to put under Intex Pools

1 – The Intex Ground Cloth

The Intex Ground Cloth is included with most Intex Pool sets. It provides added protection for the pool bottom from rocks, twigs, or other items that could potentially puncture the liner. However, even though Intex Pools, in general, receive good reviews from the owners, the Ground Cloth is generally described as a sub-standard item and is too thin to provide much real protection. This is why many Intex Pool owners decide to opt for another option.

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2 – Third-Party Pool Pads

There are many companies that manufacture alternatives to the Intex Ground Cloth that provide more thickness and therefore more protection for your liner. Make sure you choose the right size for your pool. If your pool is 15′ diameter, then choose the 15′ diameter pad. There is no benefit to having a larger pad than the pool, and in fact, the excess can be cumbersome to manage and you will just have to cut it off anyway.

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3 – Interlocking Foam Tiles

This is a good way to add a decent amount of padding under your pool bottom. Without lots of padding, you can feel every texture of the ground under your feet in the pool. This bothers some people and foam padding feels great under the pool. It also makes cleaning the bottom of your pool much easier since you have a more uniform surface without dips and divots for the dirt to get trapped.

You simply need to calculate how many squares you need for your pool. Here are some quick calculations using 2’x2′ foam tiles.

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4 – Old Carpet

This is another possibility for an under pool solution. We really like this solution since it can be FREE if you can find someone disposing of their old carpet. Just put the carpet down under the pool, with the plush side up. The carpet provides good protection from the stones and pebbles that could cause a tear in the liner, but it does not provide as much cushion and uniform surface for cleaning as the foam tiles do.

Can I use sand under my Intex Pool?

The folks at Intex are fairly clear that you should NOT put sand under your pool. The sand can easily wash away, causing voids under your pool and risking your pool leaning and even collapsing.

First, start with a level area for your Intex Pool

The most important point for choosing a location for your pool is that it must be a flat, level, and stable surface. That is the most important thing when choosing a location.

Can I put my Intex Pool on the driveway or patio?

YES. As long as your driveway or patio is level, this is a great place for an Intex Pool. If you do choose to put your Intex Pool on your driveway or patio, then we highly recommend the foam tile solution mentioned above as a way to provide cushioning for the bottom of the pool.

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