How Much Do Above Ground Pools Cost to Buy and Maintain?

Above ground pools are an affordable alternative to the in-ground pool for many homeowners today. Even renters in single family dwellings can often install an above ground pool in a backyard without violating their lease. Even the cost of maintaining above ground pools is comparatively cheaper than their in-ground counterparts.

If you’ve been thinking about making an investment into a swimming pool this year, then here are the monetary figures you’ll want to consider.

What Is the Cost of an Above Ground Pool?

Above ground pools can range anywhere from about $50 to over $2,000. It all depends on the size, features, and construction materials that are used to create the pool. Simple inflatable pools are the cheapest type of above ground pool, while pools that have braced walls and structures tend to be the most expensive because they are intended to be permanent.

In-between these two options is what would be called a “ring” pool. As the pool fills up with water, the sidewalls will lift into place to support the water pressure. These pools tend to be shorter in height, wider at the bottom, and shaped a bit like a flask.

Framed pools tend to be sturdier, but will cost more to maintain. Inflatable pools cost very little, but typically need to be replaced every season. Ring pools can last for multiple seasons and offer portability. That’s why each has an advantage.

What Are the Maintenance Costs of an Above Ground Pool?

Inflatable pools are generally small enough where you just dump out the water after every use. You’ll just need to factor in your local water costs.

Ring pools and framed pools typically provide filters so the pool water remains free of organic materials. Chemicals are usually required to maintain the purity of the water as well. Some pool owners with large framed pools may prefer to have a saltwater system incorporated into their pool. Each has ongoing costs that must be managed.

  • Filters: Cost between $15-$50 on average. They can be purchased individually or in 6 packs.
  • Chemicals: If you are using chlorine or bromine for your pool, then the average chemical cost is about $10-$15 per month. Some smaller ring pools may see prices in the $5-$10 range.
  • Saltwater: The biggest cost of a saltwater system is the pump required for it. The initial cost is usually in the $250-$400 range. From there, it typically costs $5-$10 per month for even large pools to maintain water purity.

Then there are the costs to clean the liner and the exterior of the pool as well. If you invest into a robotic pool vacuum to handle these tasks, you’ll experience a one-time cost of up to $700 for a top quality model. You can also scrub and skim the water on your own for a fraction of the price, but have weekly work to do with your pool. The exterior of the pool needs to be maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions, so costs and tasks vary greatly.

Owning an above ground pool can be a lot of fun, but only when all of the costs have been planned for with the purchase. Use this guide to help finalize your budget to make sure the maintenance of your new pool doesn’t create surprise costs.

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