Above-ground pools solve two problems for people who want one. They are considerably cheaper than inground pools, and they take up considerably less space. Orange County pool remodeling companies can quickly and easily install your dream pool.

They’re a perfect solution for people with limited budgets and space. Inground pools cost tens of thousands of dollars, but the average cost for an above-ground swimming pool is $2,850.

Experts in Pool Remodeling in Orange County Offer More than Installations

Above-ground swimming pools can be integrated into your existing landscape to enhance it. This surprises some homeowners who picture above-ground pools as ugly blue standalone circles—occupying yard space that could be used for an inground pool.

The truth is that it’s very easy to make your above-ground pool look like it was built as part of a landscaping project. For instance, building a pool deck with space for loungers and planters—and steps leading down into your tidy backyard can do the trick. In addition, your kids can expend some of their limitless energy running and playing in the area.

Above-Ground Pool Costs

If you’re not afraid of a little hard work, you can buy a DIY above-ground pool kit for $750, and if you want something fancier, you can spend up to $11,200 for a big, sturdy, saltwater pool.

Several factors go into calculating above-ground pool costs, including the shape, material, and the actual type of pool. A brief breakdown of costs follows:

Shape and Size

  • Round – These pools are the cheapest because installation is easy. Depending on the size, they cost from $750 to $3,000.
  • Oval and Rectangular – These are a bit more expensive because their installation isn’t as simple as round pools. Depending on the size, oval and rectangular pools cost from $1,000 to $4,000.


Liners for all above-ground pools are vinyl, but there are three liner types that vary in price.

  • Overlap – Overlap liners are the cheapest because installation is easy. The edge of the liner fits over the edge of the pool. They cost from $100 to $700.
  • Beaded – Beaded pool liners are held in place by a specially designed part. They cost from $150 to $500.
  • Expandable – Expandable liners can expand to any size. Another benefit is that their lifespan is longer than the other two liners, going up to 15 years. That’s longer than a lot of inground pool surfaces! They cost from $200 to $700.

Material for above-ground pool frames includes steel, resin, aluminum, and hybrid.

  • Steel – Steel frames cost from $500 to $3,000.
  • Aluminum – Aluminum frames cost from $1,000 to $4,000.
  • Resin costs bridge the two.

One reason resin and aluminum frames cost more than steel is they don’t rust, even in extreme weather.


Installation costs vary according to size and shape, starting at $750 and going up to $3,000.

Another great thing about above-ground pools is that they are easy to remove. When winter comes, instead of going through a laborious winterizing process, all you have to do is remove and store your pool somewhere dry and safe from the elements.

It also means that you can take your pool with you if you move house. Inground pool owners can’t do that.


Filling your pool is probably the most exciting part of the process. It’s important to bear these costs in mind when creating your budget. In general, a 2-ft pool costs $80 to $160 for 14,700 gallons of water. You can truck in the water for $600 to $1,200.


Decking for rectangular pools costs from $2,500 to $11,200. It works out to about $15 to $30 per square foot.

You needn’t worry if you want a deck but don’t have the budget for a professional pool-building company because some DIY above-ground pool kits include a patio.


That round up the basic costs that apply to all above-ground pools. However, you have plenty of optional extras you can add to customize your pool.

  • Ladder: up to $650
  • Lighting: up to $120
  • Pool heater: up to $2,000
  • Water features: up to $130
  • Fence: up to $1,500.

A Note on Fences

A fence is highly recommended if you have small children and pets. Fences on above-ground pools are installed on top of the walls and are reinforced—you could also choose to fence in the area around the pool. If you go with a deck or patio, you’ll need to add a fence or barrier that will deter kids and dogs but isn’t so heavy it’ll break the deck.

A pool cover is also highly recommended to protect your pool in winter.


Maintenance costs for above-ground pools are significantly lower than inground pools, even if you hire a pool cleaning service. 

  • DIY maintenance costs are from $5 to $15 per month.
  • Professional service costs are from  $80 to $150 per month.

One-off maintenance costs include the equipment necessary for the initial setup, including skimmer baskets, brushes, and vacuums.

Installing Above-Ground Pools

Many people opt for above-ground pools precisely because they can install them on their own. There are some practicalities that need to be considered. For example, you might need a building permit to install your above-ground pool.

You’ll also need to comply with electrical safety codes, although hiring a professional electrician to install the electrical system is highly recommended.

Typically, it takes seven days to 10 days to DIY the installation of a pool. Professional pool installers, on the other hand, can do it in one day to two days.

The biggest and most important job is to prepare the installation site, as the ground needs to be level and clean. This means no weeds, roots, leaves, twigs, or other debris.

Once the ground is debris-free, you must stamp it down so that it forms a solid foundation. You can add a layer of sand as the base, but commercial pads, foam, carpet padding, or flooring underlayment are good options.

Orange County Pool Remodeling Companies Provide Expert Advice

The remainder of the installation process is as simple as following the instructions on the kit. However, it’s not always that easy.

Instructions can be confusing or indecipherable. You might find that the spot you picked for the pool requires more ground removal than you thought. In any of these instances, you shouldn’t hesitate to consult experienced professional pool remodeling in Orange County for advice.

Our above-ground pool specialists can turn your backyard showpiece into a captivating and relaxing getaway. We will be there for you every step of the way, from the initial design idea to the stunning final product.

We have the skills and knowledge to turn your vision into a reality, whether you want something straightforward and inexpensive or an exotic backyard resort. Contact us at 714-235-3294 at Calimingo Pools today!