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How Much Does An Above Ground Pool Cost?

Most homeowners spend between $3,650 to $15,000 nationally.
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Nothing feels better on a hot day than a dip in a refreshing pool. Adding an above ground pool to an outdoor space is an affordable option for warm-weather relief and provides opportunities for bonding with family and friends. Before installing an above ground pool, it helps to know about the costs for materials and labor and the pros and cons involved with the project.

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National Install an Above Ground Pool Costs

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$16,926

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$62,211

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National Average Cost $16,926
Minimum Cost $200
Maximum Cost $62,211
Average Range $3,650 to $15,000
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Table of Contents

  1. Above Ground Pool Prices
  2. Above Ground Pool Cost Factors
  3. Above Ground Pool Sizes
  4. Above Ground Vs. Inground Pools
  5. Other Cost Considerations
  6. Advantages Of Above Ground Pools
  7. Disadvantages Of Above Ground Pools
  8. Above Ground Pool Maintenance
  9. Above Ground Pool Construction
  10. Find A Swimming Pool Pro

Above Ground Pool Prices

Most homeowners spend between $600 and $3,000 to purchase an above ground pool, which doesn't include costs for professional installation. This is considerably less than the cost to buy and install an inground pool. The final cost for installation of an above ground pool depends on a variety of factors.

Above Ground Pool Cost Factors

While location sometimes affects the price of an above ground pool, size is the key factor that influences costs for this project. In addition, homeowners who opt for professional installation should expect to add from $1,000 to $3,000 to the total price, which includes labor for leveling the ground, dumping and spreading sand, and running electricity. Additional factors that affect pool installation costs include any required permits, tree or bush removal during site prep and higher insurance rates.

Above Ground Pool Cost Factors

Above Ground Pool Sizes

Above ground pools are limited to two styles. While some people prefer round pools, others opt for pools in oval shapes. Round pools are easier to install, and they make a good choice for singles, couples and small families. Oval pools make better use of yard space and allow more opportunities for lap swimming and water games like basketball or volleyball. The table below shows an average cost comparison of round and oval pools in varying sizes:

Pool Shape

Pool Size

Average Price

Round

12 ft.

$1,030

Round

15 ft.

$1,650

Round

18 ft.

$3,000

Oval

24 ft. x 12 ft.

$2,400

Oval

33 ft. x 18 ft.

$3,200

Oval

41 ft. x 21 ft.

$4,400

Many homeowners appreciate the easy installation and price point of an above ground pool compared to an inground pool. While a built-in pool may add more value to your home, inground pool costs are considerably higher and the installation process takes much longer.

Above Ground Vs. Inground Pools

Adding an above ground pool to an outdoor space is much more cost effective than installing an inground pool. Depending on the type of pool, professional installation of an inground model ranges from $20,000 to almost $80,000. In addition to higher costs for purchase and installation, you can expect more expensive repairs with an inground pool. Some advantages of inground pools over above ground products include longevity, improved curb appeal, deeper water levels and better opportunities for exercise.

Above Ground Pool Sizes

Other Cost Considerations

A few extras help make splashing around in an above ground pool more comfortable, but they add to the final price of the project. These include pool heaters, heavy-duty pool covers, pool lighting, decking, slides and water toys. Additional purchases include tools for maintenance, such as a pool pump, a cleaning brush, a pool vacuum and a skimmer.

Advantages Of Above Ground Pools

When comparing above ground pools to their inground counterparts, the former offer many advantages. Older kids get lots of exercise climbing in and out of above ground pools, and they are easy to safeguard for families with small children or pets. Additional advantages of above ground pools include:

  • Lower cost
  • Easier and less-time-consuming installation
  • The smaller size accommodates a wider variety of outdoor spaces
  • Pools can move from house to house
  • Ease of maintenance and repair
  • No increases in property tax

Advantages Of Above Ground Pools

Disadvantages Of Above Ground Pools

While the installation of an above ground pool offers many benefits, it also comes with a few disadvantages. The availability of above ground pools is restricted to round and oval shapes and these pools are more susceptible to wear and tear than inground fiberglass pools are. Because of their size limitations, above ground pools do not provide as many opportunities for exercise as inground pools, and they may require a separate deck or steps for easy access. As with inground pools, if you plan to use a pool pump and filter, your pool will also require electricity. Lastly, if you leave it on your property, an above ground pool may actually reduce the number of potential buyers if you list the home for sale.

Above Ground Pool Maintenance

Just like other outdoor features, pools require regular maintenance for long-lasting use. Complete these five tasks to help keep pools functioning properly:

  1. Skim Pools on A Regular Basis. Dirt, leaves, insects and other debris can clog pool filters, lead to contamination and decay, and detract from enjoyment.
  2. Deep-Clean the Pool. With a soft-bristled brush, loosen dirt and debris from the sides and bottom of the pool. Remove all material completely with a pool vacuum.
  3. Clean Out Filters. Clogged filters may prevent pool pumps from working properly, which makes water unsafe for swimming.
  4. Ensure Safe Swimming with Water Testing. Handy kits allow you to test the pool water to determine the proper chemical balance. Ratios of chlorine and other chemicals need to be just right for optimal safety. Follow the directions provided with a pool test kit to get accurate results.
  5. Add Chemicals if Needed. If conducted properly, a water test indicates what chemicals need to be added for safe swimming.

In addition to expenditures for a pool brush, skimmer and vacuum, costs for pool maintenance run about $100 per year or less. If you prefer to avoid the hassle, opt for professional services for pool maintenance, which typically costs between $75 and $150 per month. In addition to regular maintenance, this service usually includes preparation for summertime use and winterizing the pool in the fall.

Above Ground Pool Maintenance

Above Ground Pool Construction

The above ground pools of today are stylish and durable. Typically made of resin, aluminum, steel or wood, the supporting frame holds an interior liner. While metal construction offers effective durability over wood, resin frames don't get hot to the touch, and they're less susceptible to rust and corrosion than metal frames.

Pool Depth & Design Possibilities

Generally, above ground pools feature walls that measure 48” or 54” in height. While most pools come with ladders for entry, you might prefer to add stairs. To give the appearance of an inground pool for a much lower cost, many homeowners surround an above ground pool with decking.

Find A Swimming Pool Pro

A backyard pool offers unlimited possibilities for hot weather relief and outdoor fun. Advantages of an above ground pool include affordable costs and ease of installation. If you're ready to take the plunge and purchase an above ground pool, ImproveNet can help you connect with local swimming pool professionals for quick and easy setup.

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Last updated on Apr 12, 2017

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