Above Ground Pools

How Much do Above Ground Pools Costs?

How Much do Above Ground Pools Costs?

The above ground pool is either made of steel or polymer and installed above the ground. These are usually much more affordable than in-ground pools and come in a variety of different sizes and shapes. You can choose between round, oval and rectangular while buying them.

An above-ground pool serves the solution for at least 3 to 4 problems. Whether you are trying something to spend time with your family, finding a great way to relax or want to be fit and need something for exercise.

If you are thinking of buying an above ground pool then it is a great idea. The thought is itself very overwhelming and we are here to help you in this process. One of the first things you may consider is the price and that’s the topic of today’s article.

So, in this article let’s have a look at how much a pool costs and we will also tell you about the expenses you have to bear.

Types of above ground pool

Gone are the days when we have very minimum options nowadays you will find a large variety of above ground pools available. This helps you to determine the right one which fits your needs perfectly and also suits your budget. One of the most important things is to understand each type of pool available so let us check them out along with their pros and cons.

Inflatable above ground pool

These are a great option if you want something which is very portable and can also be used somewhere else than your home. Apart from this, If you live on rent and not allowed to do any changes in the property then also these are a great option. They have a ring around their top which inflates and allows the wall of the pool to rise once you start filling in the water. The installation is very quick and can easily be packed again. They are also very inexpensive and great if you are on a budget. However, they are hard to clean and cannot hold a large amount of water.

Traditional above ground pool

They are the most common ones and one of the best selling in supermarkets. You will find these in any range you might think of and comes in steel or aluminum walls. They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes such as round, oval or rectangle. The sizes vary from 12 inches and go all the way up to 33 inches or more and go around 48 inches to 55 inches deep. One of the major advantages of this pool is they last pretty long. You can expect them to last at least 15 to 20 years. However, the installation and initial cost of these pools are very high.

Cost of Installing above ground pool

Now that you have learned the most of things about above ground pools and ready to buy one and get it installed there is still one thing you should know which is the total cost. The expenses in above ground pool generally come in two-part, the kit and the cost of installation.

The above ground pool is usually much cheaper than the in-ground pool but you still have to spare a decent amount of money to buy one and get it installed in your garden or any other place you want.

Most of the retailers out there who sell above ground pools don’t include the installation in their price. You will find above ground pool kit costing around $1000 to $5000 and you will find a ton of variety between these ranges.

The higher the quality will be the more the price will rise. Usually, a pool with more resin and less metal will cost more as well as last much longer than other cheaper pools.

Now coming to the installation part, you have to spend around 30% of the total cost of the above ground pool on the installation. It is usually between $1000 to $3000 depending upon the size of the pool.

Also, keep in mind that oval-shaped pools typically cost more to install than a regular round-shaped pool and apart from this the kit is also expensive initially. Moving on there is also another style of the pool which is found in hypermarkets and called ‘set and fill’ which is usually inexpensive.

Installation and Maintenance

Installing an above ground pool is more like a DIY (Do it Yourself) Project. If you have enough time you should attempt to do it otherwise you can spend some bucks and hire a professional to do the same for you.

If you are buying the above ground pool from the supermarket then don’t worry you don’t have to go through any of the installation processes, Simply take out the pool and start filling the water. The rising level of water will do the job itself. Otherwise below are the steps involved in the installation of the above ground pool.

  • Start by Excavation and leveling the Ground
  • Now Preparing the bottom of the pool with sand or a hard bottom
  • Proceed with Laying out the bottom track of the pool
  • The Next Step is to Set up the wall of the pool
  • Now it’s time to install the liner and securing to the wall with the top track
  • You now have to attach the pool posts to secure the wall and liner
  • Attach the top caps to cover the different components such as connection points of the liner, top track, wall, and posts
  • Use a vacuum and remove any air between the wall and liner
  • Now Begin filling the pool
  • Cut out the skimmer and installing the skimmer plate
  • Now Install and connect the pump/filter system to the pool

You should compact the berm to ensure a layer of dirt is built on the outer edge of the pool. You should also do some backfilling if applicable to make it more secure. Finally, you should test your sand bottom by filling the water. Generally, it will take at least 5 to 10 days for the sand to become hardened.


The above-ground pool is a great option if you want something which is portable at the same time doesn’t cost a lot of money. You can buy an above ground pool as low as $100 from any hypermarket and get it installed in your garden.

Hopefully, you have found what you were looking for and we will be back with another update very soon.

Mel Bartholomew
Mel Bartholomew, a gardener with an illustrious career spanning over 18 years, is our go-to expert for Patio, Lawn, and Garden. He obtained his BA in Horticulture and has become an author on sustainable gardening practices. Joining our website, he has been a driving force in promoting eco-friendly and efficient gardening techniques. His prior experience includes managing a public botanical garden and hosting garden design workshops. His hobbies revolve around his love for plants, with a particular interest in cultivating rare orchids and bonsai.

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