Above Ground Pool Installation Guide – Cost Considerations

The term “above ground pool” is not far from anyone, thanks to its provision for the most comfortable swimming pool for your kids and family members, especially in the summer. However, due to the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been stuck at home and that leads to an increase in demand, while the industry experienced unprecedented labor and raw material shortage, delays in manufacturing, and shipping. This resulted in heavy prices in above-ground pool installation these days and longer wait times.

Because manufacturers couldn’t keep up with this high demand, you should purchase ground pools as soon as possible. For example, if you want to book builders to install an above-ground pool now, you’ll have to wait at least 3 – 6 months beforehand. If luckily, you just need to wait for several weeks, but usually longer than anticipated. Although many builders have improved the inventory flows in 2022, it’s better to buy your above-ground pools now instead of waiting for the next season.

In general, the above-ground pool cost is less expensive than the inground pool walls. But remember to note that the price would increase paired with the increased demand due to the pandemic. In this article, we will show you all aspects of above-ground pool installation, whether it’s a DIY project or hiring labor.

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On average, pool installers usually charge you between $1,000 and $3,000, with the typical price of $2,850. Depending on your settings for the size and shape of the pool wall, this price can vary differently. Some high-quality ground pools can cost even $11,500 for installation in total. If you can do it yourself, you can save your budget a bunch of dollars on labor costs.

Ground Pool Installation Cost by Material

aluminum ground pool

In terms of the pool wall material, it includes steel, zinc, aluminum, or a hybrid of galvanized steel. In general, steel is the cheapest option with a typical range of costs from $500 to $2,500. However, it could be oxidized and corroded when exposed to rain, sunlight, or other outdoor elements.

Resin or aluminum is the opposite. They are the best materials for an above-ground pool since they will not rust. Therefore, the price of aluminum goes up by $1,000 – $4,000 on average, and resin lies between those two price ranges.

Above Ground Pool Cost by Liner

pool liner

In addition to the materials of the ground pool, any round above-ground pool needs a liner. It is usually made of vinyl. There are three typical installation types of pool liner, including overlap, beaded, and expandable. On average, liners cost from $100 to $700 depending on your settings for liners.

With overlap liners, they are the most common type with the least expensive cost between $100 and $400 because it is easy to install an above-ground pool with this liner type.

overlap liner

For beaded liners, this type doesn’t extend over the pool edges. You would expect to pay from $100 to $500 for this popular choice. They can cause some difficulties for you when installing rather than overlap liners, hence they cost a little higher price. Its line could be held in place inside the pool interior by its component.

beaded liners

The last one is the most expensive: expandable liners – with a cost of between $200 and $700. Because this liner could be stretched anywhere, any size to fit your ground pool size, its convenience makes the installation cost much higher. Also, this liner is so durable that can last up to 15 years.

expandable liners

Above Ground Pool Maintenance Cost

With an above-ground pool installation, you will not only pay for one time. Any homeowners need to purchase maintenance costs every month to keep the pool in the best condition. If you do maintenance by yourself, the cost can vary between $5 and $15 per month. But if you hire a professional installation, this cost is from $80 to $150 every month.

cleaning pool

Pool maintenance includes cleaning its interior, testing the chemical level inside the pool area, and adding more chemicals if required.

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As we mentioned above, the average cost of above-ground pool installation is about $1,000 – $3,000 but can go up to $11,200. This is because of several factors during the construction process. You will need to consider all elements related to the installation, such as shape and size, landscaping condition, the location where you live, and labor cost.

Also, you must remember that whether you want to add a large deck or replace a hot tub to make room for a ground pool, this also adds up your bill thousands of dollars!


Choosing the most convenient location is an important factor in deciding your final installation cost. For some pool installers, you have to pay additional travel costs for those who work away from your areas. You would expect to pay for the average range between $60 and $200, depending on the distance from your home location. This is considered standard for almost above-ground pool installation companies when they have to travel outside their immediate work areas.

Also, you need to imagine where you should place your future above-ground pools. It must be a place which closes to power, a grounded GFI outlet, and water resources to fill the pool easily. Moreover, round above-ground pool requires an area that can reach the sunlight without the shade of nearby trees but with good drainage.

Installation Labor Cost

Labor cost is one of the most prerequisite factors to your cost. Depending on your settings and your yard size, this cost is set at around $750 for a standard 24′ above-ground swimming pool.

You can save money when installing an above-ground pool by cutting down this cost. Instead of hiring a professional company for the installation, you can install an above-ground pool on your own in just a few hours. With designated kits and some basic directions, you can easily have a perfect pool at the least price!


The bigger the pool size, the larger the installation price! If you want to spend a large space for your pool to swim with your family, you would expect to pay more at a high-cost rate – it’s obvious! It is because of the materials and work required to install large above-ground pools. Also, different shapes of pool walls can affect the total cost when installing.

For example, a round above-ground pool costs less than oval and rectangular pools since it is easier to install. Moreover, round pool kits are available in any store at budget-friendly prices while equipment for an oval pool is harder to find, and more expensive with accessories.

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You can expect to pay between $750 and $3,000 for installing round pools, while the cost for oval and rectangular pools is from $1,000 to $4,000 on average, and can even up to $12,000 if you want to add a large deck.

So, carefully consider what size of the pool you want and which shape you need to serve your needs to save cost.

Landscaping Required

Before you start putting your pool into the area, you must do your landscape, including excavation of the land. This will help level surface ground and get rid of bumpy spots which make your pool uneven.

landscaping work

Landscaping requires you to excavate and clean all debris available on your land. Although it can be a simple DIY project, in case you want to hire professionals, this landscaping cost can vary from $0 to $500 depending on the equipment required for each particular work.

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Above Ground Pool Add-on

Adding more features will increase your cost, such as fences, waterfalls, decks, etc. Some features, such as fences and covers, are required while others are your additional choice, such as lighting, waterfalls, decks, fountains,…

pool with lighting

  • If you want to add a heater to above-ground pools, it can cost between $300 and $2,000.


  • Fence installation costs from $900 to $1,500

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  • Fountains and waterfalls: $30 – $150

  • Lighting: $30 – $120

  • Steps and Ladders: $15 – $700


For sure, you must pay for high-quality ground pool kits beforehand to be ready for a DIY project. You can find them in your local big-box stores. Investing in a higher-quality pool kit will cost you upfront expense at the beginning but over time, you can get its advantages! Installation is not just an immediate expense, hence a low-quality kit can cost you much more money when there is any damage during the process.

high-quality ground pool kit

Then, you need to level the surface, starting at the center of the pool and marking out all the areas where the pool would reach to. Walking around the perimeter and marking it by using spray paint or tape.

level ground

Once your area is level, start assembling the bottom wall rim and attaching pool walls. Then, to best protect the pool wall, add a pool liner, starting at the bottom of the pool and attaching the top rail.




For the best result of an above-ground pool installation project, it’s better for most homeowners to find their local business. They have experience and the right tools for each work of this project. You can easily search the list of professionals near you with a large number of comments on the Internet.

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