Aboveground Swimming Pools: Great Sizes, Benefits and Prices

Aboveground swimming pools constitute about 50% of all pool sales in the United States. 

Aboveground Swimming Pools


More and more people are choosing above ground swimming pools than a regular in ground swimming pool due to their durability and variety of options.

Others turn to these pools due to their low installation cost. Installation is fairly easy, if you're not the one doing the pool installation. Some concern must be taken into consideration.  These pools do need a certain level of competence installing them. Take your time, read the directions, and do the job right the first time around. Don't rush or cut any corners because you could have a dangerous mess on your hands if you're not careful.  

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How To Buy A Used Above Ground Swimming Pool

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Benefits of Aboveground Swimming Pools

  • Fun for you and your family
  • Socialize with friends and neighbors
  • Easier installation, maintenance, and repairs
  • Easy swimming pool lights installation
  • Less debris in the pool from leaves and grass clippings

It's also more difficult for animals to gain access, especially dogs, cats, and even skunks.

  • Great solution for a smaller backyard or where the water table seems a bit high.  Locations such as the Northwest where 35-40 inches of rain per year is not uncommon, so many people prefer above ground pools.
  • In many cities an above ground pool in not considered a permanent structure so your property taxes may not go up

Check with your local officials for your specific rules and regulations.

Disadvantages Of Aboveground Swimming Pools  

  • May not be right for serious swimmers
  • Size restrictions
  • "Deep end" is no more than 4-5 feet
  • Usually no diving board, slide, or fancy waterfalls
  • Harder to lap swim due to its restrictive size
  • May not be able to have an above ground swimming pool designed to match your backyard or the design of your house
  • More difficult to see inside the pool at ground level

If you are an aboveground swimming pool owner, you may find this style of pool offers a certain flexibility that you may not find in a regular in ground swimming pool.

Recommended Reading For You

Above Ground Filters - Choosing above ground swimming pool filters can be an issue, but which one to pick. 

Above Ground Swimming Pool Liner - A new above ground swimming pool liner is exciting. Take care and consideration about the vinyl liner repair and pool liner wrinkles.

Used Pools - Discount & Used Swimming Pools. Used Above Ground Swimming Pools.

Portable Pools - Portable swimming pools and exercise swimming pools.

Pool Covers - Above ground swimming pool covers and great pool tarps.

Pool Ladders - Above ground swimming pool ladders and accessory parts.

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Installation Cost For Aboveground Pools

The installation cost for a quality above ground pool can range from $1,000–$3,000, depending on the size and type of pool.  Oval pools will normally cost more to install than round pools.  Total cost for a quality aboveground pool such as Kayak Pools can be around $10,000.

You can find smaller and less expensive above ground pools at larger retailers like Walmart.  In season, the #1 seller they have is Intex.  These types of pools are much less expensive, can be set up within a matter of minutes, and usually cost between $100–$800.  Being they're inexpensive you can only count a limited number of Summer uses, usually between 1–3 swimming seasons.

Remember when buying an aboveground pool, especially a used one, the most expensive component will be the liner.  If the vinyl liner is fairly new, say less than 2 years old, it might be worth your while and try to install it with a back-of-your-brain assumption that you will need to buy a new one.  Even minor shrinking that can occur may cause wrinkles and the liner might not fit as it was.

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