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    Aboveground Pool Steps and Ladders Buyer's Guide

    April 25, 2016
    Matt Spencer


    Aboveground pools need a sturdy way to safely enter and exit. Pools with a deck area can use ladders or steps, but pools without any deck at all use an A-frame style of double ladder, or in-pool steps combined with a ladder.

    When thinking about a new aboveground pool ladders or steps, the ways to compare them is by adjustable height, weight capacity and safety features.

    Adjustable Height: For this comparison, you'll need to know the floor to top rail measurement, taken with a rigid tape measure. Most steps are adjustable from 48" to 56", but some will go to 58" or even 60" overall heights.

    Weight Capacity: Maybe not a concern for all, but if you have swimmers that are exceedingly heavy, and maybe more than one, you'll find that pool steps have a higher weight capacity than ladders, as high as 400 lbs.

    Safety Features: For aboveground pools without a deck, where an A-frame style, up and over ladder/step combo is used, the outside ladder must be lockable. The Safe & Secure step system has a self-closing gate.

    Steps or Ladders?

    Steps have wider treads which are safer and easier to use than ladders, which require more strength to pull yourself out of the pool. This is because ladders are more vertical than the wider more horizontal pool steps.

    Ladder systems are an A-frame design composed of two ladders, one on each side of the pool. Economy versions are a little shaky to use, whereas the better double ladders are wider with a more stable footprint.

    Economy step systems utilize a wide in-pool step, which is great for ease of entry and exit, and serves as a nice place to sit in the pool - but come with a steep exterior ladder, which can be difficult for some folks to climb.

    Deluxe step systems have wider treads on both sides of the pool, an easier to use dual step system, rather than the aforementioned in-pool step with external ladder.

    Pool Steps & Ladders Buyer's Guide

    Here's my picks from the current crop of over a dozen aboveground pool steps and ladders. My favorites, broken down into 4 categories, good, better, best and better than best!

    GOOD: Slide-Lock A-Frame Ladderslide-lock-aframe-ladder

    • Lockable slide up ladder treads
    • Extra tread for easy climbing
    • Anti-skid tread and top platform surfaces
    • 300 lbs. load capacity
    • Adjustable from 48 to 56 inches
    • Match marked for easy assembly

    BETTER: Roll Guard A-Frame Safety Ladderroll-guard-aframe-safety-ladder

    • Sliding tread cover for safety
    • Extra wide 5x18" treads for sure footing
    • Water filled frame provides ballast
    • 300 lbs. load capacity
    • Adjustable from 48 to 56 inches
    • Stylish design and taupe color

    BEST: Deluxe Step Entry with Gatedeluxe-step-entry-system

    • Outward opening gate is self-closing, self-latching
    • Extra wide 7.5"x20" treads for sure footing
    • Optional In-Pool Light
    • 300 lbs. load capacity
    • Adjustable from 48 to 56 inches
    • Meets most pool safety codes

    BETTER THAN BEST: Confer Double Step Systemconfer-step-entry-system

    • Easy opening gate is self-closing, self-latching
    • Extra wide 10"x27" treads for ease of use
    • No sand needed, steps fill with water
    • 400 lbs. load capacity
    • Adjustable from 48 to 54 inches
    • Meets APSP/ANSI Standards

    Above ground pool steps - we have a full stock of over a dozen models and configurations to choose from. If you have any questions on adapting or installing ladders and steps on your aboveground pool - give us a call!

    We have many of these steps set-up in our store and can answer nearly any question you have!

    Matt Spencer
    SPP Pool Expert

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