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Cost of a Pool Enclosure

If you aren't getting as much use out of your pool as you had hoped, an addition that can increase the utility of any pool is a full enclosure. Unlike a more traditional and inexpensive pool cover, these full enclosures keep the water warm and protect the pool from debris. However, they do come at quite a cost, and the expense of the enclosure may rival even that of the entire pool construction and installation. Use these guidelines to better understand the various costs associated with enclosing your residential swimming pool.

National Build a Swimming Pool Enclosure Costs

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National Build a Swimming Pool Enclosure Costs
Average reported cost $9,490
Number of Cost Profiles 29 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $150
Maximum reported cost $35,000
Most homeowners spent between: $6,324 to $10,942

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Average Cost of a Swimming Pool Enclosure

While many homeowners are eager to pin down the exact price of a swimming pool enclosure, the cost of such a big project depends on a number of factors including the size of the pool, the type of enclosure you desire and the quality of the labor and materials. While it is impossible to know the exact price of the project until it has been completed, expect to pay somewhere in the average range of $10,371 to $13,951 for an enclosure that covers an inground pool.

Choosing Portable or Permanent Enclosures

The biggest decision you will need to make about the enclosure for your inground pool is whether it should be permanent or portable. Permanent enclosures made entirely of glass are ideal for colder climates, but a portable option is best for warm climates that merely have occasional bad weather. The glass can also be retractable to allow for direct sunlight, and including a screen will still protect the space from bugs and debris while allowing fresh air into the pool enclosure.

Cost of Above Ground Pool Enclosures

All of the information included in this guide so far has been about enclosures for pools built into the ground level. However, above ground pools are very common today, and their affordability makes them perfect for budget homeowners. Enclosures are certainly less common for these pools, but they can still be a great way to keep the water heated and free from leaves. These dome-shaped enclosures, often made from nylon and including zippered doors, can cost as little as $400 each.

Last updated on Jan 12, 2017

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