In general, an above-the-ground pool deck is built completely or partially around an above-the-ground pool and is made of wood. This will let you have access to the pool without using a ladder and also, will hide what your neighbors may see as ugly.
How Much Does an Above Ground Pool Deck Installation Cost?
According to many online posts, the average cost to professionally install an above the ground pool deck will be anywhere between $2,800 and $8,500. This price is influenced by many different factors such as the contractor that builds the deck, the types of material being used, the design you want, and the size of the pool.
For instance, you will have to pay much more for materials like stone or high-quality wood such as pine or fir. As there are so many factors that will determine the costs, take into consideration getting more price offers from licensed contractors in your area and choose the one that fits your needs and budget the best.
In case you want to build a deck around an above-ground pool, you can purchase a kit specially designed for this job. Its cost will depend on the place of your purchase, the size of the deck, and the materials. Expect to spend only around $850 for a simple three-by-five feet deck and more than $9,100 for a full oval deck, in case you don’t want to use the services of a professional contractor.
For example, you can purchase a taupe 5 x 13.5 feet resin deck from Amazon for around $2,800.
Also, from an article on the Popular Mechanics website, we found that an individual spent $2,500 to build his own above-ground pool deck. This cost was for a kit that didn’t require professional knowledge.
According to a post on the blog River Pools and Spas, the price of an above-ground swimming pool deck kit is anywhere between $1,600 and $4,600. When also taking into consideration the cost of installation, it would be anywhere between $1,100 and $3,100, resulting in a total cost of $2,700 to $7,700.
To get an idea about how much you would have to spend on a deck around an above-ground pool, the Pool Products website gives the example of a person who spent around $11,000 for a composite wood deck that was constructed around a 21-foot above ground pool, which also required adding nine trucks of fill dirt.
Popular deck designs
- Round – A round pool deck is specially designed for a rounded above-ground pool.
- Platform – A platform deck is built to the level of the pool so people can get in and it will be smaller in size.
- Oval – This type of deck design is made for oval shape pools.
- All around – As its name implies, an all-around deck will wrap around the entire deck and will be the most expensive option.
- Single side – This type of design will be seen in the tighter-than-average spaces and will be built only on one side of the pool.
What are the extra costs?
In case the deck will be built in a sloping yard, you will have to budget for the dirt needed to level the area. Expect to spend anywhere between $1.5 and $2.5 per square foot for any land that has to be cleared or prepped.
Before building the deck, most cities will require a building permit.
Also, you will have to consider the additional landscaping around the deck.
Important things to consider
You can choose between many different materials when building an above-ground pool deck, but the most popular are composite, wood, tile, or cement. Also, you can customize the deck according to your preferences, or this can be free-standing or multilevel and connected to a porch of a home.
Choose the materials you want to use for your deck. People choose mostly wood, but this needs the most maintenance in the future.
Avoid using a saltwater system for your above-ground pool because you will risk destroying the walls of the pool due to the rust. Also, the material of the pool deck may be affected by the saltwater.
Evaluate the condition of the pool before adding the pool deck. Check its system and make sure that it is stable and does not have to be replaced or repaired within the following year.
In case there will be children present on the deck, take into consideration their safety when not under supervision.
What to ask a contractor?
- How is the decking kit working?
- What is included in an above-ground pool deck kit?
- Can the decking be immersed in water?
- What type of material do you recommend for the deck and why?
- How long will the texture of the decking and railing last?
- Are you going to use the compatible hidden fastener system?
- What styles and colors do you have to offer?
How can I save money?
If you really want to have an above-ground pool in your backyard, but you are on a tight budget there is a much more affordable option. You can purchase a “set and fill” pool from stores such as Walmart for only $110 to $850. This type of pool can be taken down during the off-season and will not require a deck.
On the other hand, if you want to hire a contractor to professionally install a pool deck make sure that you get at least three price offers. However, do not focus only on the lowest price and make sure that the contractor you choose is insured, licensed, and has good reviews.