Above Ground Pool Cost Breakdown For New Owners


Many homeowners dream of having their swimming pools, and when in-ground swimming pools are not an option they often turn to above ground pools. Such projects will certainly cost money, but exactly how much does an above ground pool cost? If you are wondering about the same thing, below we break down the cost of the above ground pool, its installation, and maintenance.

Above Ground Pool Prices

There are plenty of factors that influence the prices of above ground pools, including the size, height, and shape of the pool. There are also above ground pool packages and kits which are smaller and costs less.

Round Shaped Above Ground Pool Cost

Round shaped above ground pools is preferred by many homeowners since they are easier to install and costs less than an oval-shaped above ground pool. They are great choices for homeowners with small families and those who simply want to have a pool to spend the hot summer days in.

The smallest round shaped above ground pool (which measures 12 feet) with 48-inch walls typically costs about $1,200. The same pool with 54-inch walls can cost as much as $1600 or more. The biggest round shaped above ground pool which measures 30 feet can cost from $2,200 to $3,000.

Oval Shape Above Ground Pool Cost

Oval shaped above ground pools require bigger yard space than round shaped above ground pools. Because they are bigger in size and capacity, they allow for more opportunities which can’t be enjoyed in round shaped above ground pools like lap swimming, water volleyball, and other similar activities.

The costs for installing an oval shaped above ground pool which measures 12 ft. x 24 ft. is around $2,400, while the bigger version which measures 21 ft. x 41 ft. runs to about $4,400.

Above Ground Pool Kits and Packages 

Above ground pool kits and packages are often easier to set up and come with complete materials and accessories. You can get them from large outdoor retail stores or even online. They can cost somewhere between $700 and $8,000 depending on the size, shape, and brand.

Additional pool kits and accessories can be purchased for $700 to $1,500. The basic kit includes a filter, a pump system, a liner, and a pool ladder. If you can afford to spend more, you can get kits that include water jets, skimmers, and more durable liners and ladders.

The only issue with these kinds of above ground pools is their longevity. Although some of them are good, most generally last for only a couple of seasons before they need to be replaced.

Above Ground Pool Installation Cost

For the installation cost of the above ground pool, homeowners can expect to pay anywhere between $750 and $3,000. The price is generally determined by different factors including the size and shape of the above ground pool to be installed, ground leveling and preparation, tree roots and bush removal, and others.

For a round-shaped pool, installation costs start from $750 and can go as high as $1,800 while for oval-shaped pools it can be anywhere between $1,800 and $2,400.

Pool Deck Costs

Building a deck around your above ground pool has certain advantages. For one, the deck can provide extra support for your pool, thereby improving its structural integrity. Second, decks make getting in and out of an above ground pool much easier, while at the same time making it more accessible for cleaning. Lastly, decks around a pool can make it more appealing especially when you use beautiful pool deck paints and install additional features along the deck.

The costs for building a deck around your above ground pool will vary depending on a lot of factors, including the size and height of the pool, the materials to be used, the design of the deck, and the charges of the contractor. In general, though, costs for building pool decks are determined per square feet and can range from $15 to $30.

You also need to consider how many sides of your above ground pool will be surrounded by the deck. For instance, if you are planning to build a deck on only one side expect to pay at least $2800. On the other hand, building a deck on all four sides of your above ground pool will run you as much as $10000.

If you find the cost too high, you can get a deck system that you can put up on your own. Depending on the size of the deck, expect to pay anywhere between $800 and $3000.

Above Ground Pool Accessories

Above ground, pools will also require some accessories to enhance their purpose and aesthetics.

Pool Ladders

Pool ladders are necessary since they make getting in and out of your pool easier and safer. Even if you have a deck around your above ground pool, you’ll still want to consider having steps or ladders installed. Prices for above ground pool ladders typically cost about $15 to over $500 depending on their size and quality. Some above ground pool packages or kits come with their pool ladders, but you may want to replace them with something sturdier or bigger.

Pool Filters

Pool filters are vital to ensuring that your pool water is clean and free from contaminants. They are available in different types like sand, diatomaceous earth (DE), and cartridge. Typically, the cost for pool filters ranges from about $40 to $700 depending on the brand and the capacity of your above ground pool. It is also wise to invest in top-notch pool filters because even if they do cost more initially they can help you save money in the long run.

Pool Heaters

Pool heaters are great if you want to use your pool even when temperatures start to drop and those cold evening swimming sessions. There are different types of pool heaters you can choose from like electric pool heaters, gas-powered heaters, and solar-powered pool heaters. Prices for pool heaters will vary depending on the type and brand, but you can expect to pay more or less $2000 for the fixture and another $500 for the installation.  

Pool Cover

Pool covers are one of the essential things that every pool owner must-have. Whether it’s an in-ground swimming pool or an above ground pool, it must be protected with a pool cover.

Pool covers are necessary to prevent leaves, bugs, and other debris from getting into your pool water and contaminating it. Aside from that though, it also helps improve safety in and around your pool by preventing little children from accidentally falling into the pool. Some pool covers have certain features like solar pool covers. These types of pool covers help to heat the water so you don’t have to endure swimming in cold waters. The specialized fabric they use can also help you save water as it prevents evaporation by up to 90%.

Installing pool cover on above ground pool cost anywhere between $20 and $500 with the price varying depending on the size, shape, and brand or quality.

Pool Lighting

Pool lighting is one of those features that you may want to consider installing in your above ground pool. Adding pool lights enhances safety in and around your above ground pool, and at the same time helps to create a more relaxing or festive ambiance.

The cost of above ground pool lighting can range from $15 to $100. Keep in mind that the price mentioned can still go up depending on the brand of pool lights to be used, how many pool lights will be installed, and the contractor or electrician’s professional fees.

Fountains and Waterfalls

Although these features are not essential to the proper function of your above ground pool, you may still want to consider adding them to improve the appeal and ambiance. Depending on the type of fixture and the size, you can expect to pay anywhere from about $75 for basic fountains and waterfalls to $300 for the more elaborate and luxurious versions.

Above Ground Pool Maintenance Costs

As many pool owners know well, the costs of owning a pool don’t end with the construction or installation. You will still be spending money on maintenance, although there are several ways to save on swimming pool maintenance which you can employ to cut down on maintenance costs. Anyhow, below is a breakdown of the costs for properly maintaining above ground pools.

Pool Water Refilling Cost

You’ll need to drain your above ground pool and replace your pool water at least once every seven years. There are various options as to how you can refill the water in your above ground pool. You can use tap water and refill the pool with a hose, the cost of which can run to more or less $150, or you can have it hauled in which can run you anywhere between $600 and $1200. Don’t forget that the price will vary depending on the capacity of your above ground pool and the charges of the service provider.

Pool Winterizing and Closing Cost

Above ground, pools need to be winterized when it comes to close them during the winter season. Hiring a pro to do it for you will typically cost you about $125 to $175. Costs can rise depending on the service provider, the types of pool cleaners or chemicals used, and vacuuming your above ground pool before closing it.

Liner Replacement Cost

Above ground pool liners for above ground pools will need to be replaced at least once every 6 years. This particular service generally costs between $300 and $1500 which covers both the price of the replacement liner and the installation. The price will vary depending on several factors like the type and quality of the replacement pool liner and the fees of the contractor.

Electrical Maintenance Costs

Your above ground pool has several electrical components like pool heat pumps, heaters, and others. These will need to be serviced from time to time to ensure that they are in good working condition. For this particular task, you will need to hire a certified electrician which can cost you anywhere between $40 and $100 an hour. Depending on the electrical component that needs to be serviced and the size of the pool, expect to pay a total cost of at least $300 to $500.



Q: How long do above ground pools last?


Above ground pools can last for as long as 15 years when properly cared for and maintained. However, there are several factors that reduce or increase the service life of above ground pools like the quality of the pool and its materials for instance. Needless to say, low quality above ground pools can’t be expected to last very long.

Q: How much does it cost to install a 24 foot above ground pool?


Installing a 24 foot above ground pool cost anywhere between $1500 and $2500. However, the price can still change depending on several factors. For one, the installer’s fee will play a huge role in the total cost of installation. There’s also the quality of the pool materials, design and accessories that will be installed along with the pool.

Q: How much does it cost to open an above ground pool?


Opening an above ground pool cost anywhere between $175 and $225. The service will include removing water and leaves on the pool cover, de-winterize the filter and pump, and installing the skimmer basket. The service also includes shocking the above ground pool. Remember that prices may vary between service providers.

Q: How much does a 15 foot above ground pool cost?


The cost of above ground pool that measures 15-feet generally costs about $1600. However, there are plenty of other factors which can significantly increase the total cost of installing one like the contractor’s fee, the accessories included in the installation, the design of the pool, and others.

Q: Does an above ground pool increase property taxes?


No, above ground pools do not increase property taxes. Unlike in-ground swimming pools which are permanent structures, above ground pools are temporary and portable and can be assembled and dismantled at the owner’s whim. That said, it does not add real value to your property; hence, it cannot increase your property taxes.

Q: Does above ground pool affect homeowners insurance?


Yes, it does. But unlike the case of in-ground swimming pools, above ground pools are generally classified as personal property so they are usually categorized under a different type of insurance, with the categorization or classification dependent on the insurance provider.

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Above ground, pools are perfect for homeowners who are looking for an alternative to in-ground swimming pools. Typically, the above ground pool cost less than in-ground swimming pools but the estimate will vary depending on several factors such as those mentioned above. Nonetheless, the cost of the above ground pool and all the money you spent will all be worth it once it’s all done and ready to use.

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