How Much Does an Above Ground Pool Deck Installed Cost?

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An above ground pool deck is usually made of wood and is built partially or completely around an above ground pool.  This allows you to have a way into the pool without using a ladder and can help hide what some people view as an eyesore.

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How much does it cost to build a deck around an above ground pool?

On average, the cost to have an above ground pool deck professionally installed can range anywhere from $2,500 to as much as $8,000, according to the numbers we had found online.  The costs really come down to the type of material being used, the size of the pool, the design you want and the contractor building the deck.  Materials, such as stone or a high-quality wood, such as fir or pine, for instance, can cost significantly more.  Since many factors can be involved, consider getting multiple quotes from licensed contractors in your area at

An above ground pool deck kit, if you were to do it on your own, will depend on the materials, the size of the deck and the company you’re purchasing from.  Without any professional installation, the costs of an above ground pool deck kit could be anywhere from as little as $800 for a simple three-by-five foot deck to as much as $9,000 for a full oval deck.

On Amazon, for instance, a taupe 5 x 13.5 feet resin deck retails for more than $2,600.

According to Popular Mechanics, one person spent $2,400 to make their own above ground pool deck.  This price was for a kit that required no professional installations.

A blog post on River Pools and Spas stated that an above ground swimming pool deck kit retails for $1,500 to $4,500.  The cost of installation, when factored in on top of the kit, would be around $1,000 to $3,000, bringing the grand total to $2,500 to $7,500. has 10 ideas for those who are considering a deck around their above ground pool.  With one example, a homeowner paid close to $10,000 to bring in nine trucks of fill dirt and a composite wood deck that was built around a 21-foot above ground pool.

Common deck designs


A platform deck will be smaller in size and will rise to the level of your pool so people can get in.

Single side

A single side deck will be constructed on one side of the pool only and will be seen in tighter-than-average spaces.

All around

An all around deck, as the name implies, will be the most expensive option and will wrap around the entire deck.


An oval deck will be built according to the oval shape of the pool.


Lastly, a round pool deck will be similar to an oval shape pool but will be designed for a rounded above ground pool.

What are the extra costs?

Most cities will require a building permit before the deck is being built.

Additional landscaping around the deck can be an additional cost.

If you have a sloping yard where the deck will be built, dirt fill may be required to level the area.  Any land that needs to be prepped or cleared could cost about $1 to $2 per square foot.

Tips to know:

An above ground pool deck can be made from many materials, but the most common materials will include wood, cement, tile or composite.  Decks can be either free-standing, a multilevel deck that connects to a porch of a home or can even be customized to your own personal preference.

Before you add the pool deck, think about the condition of the pool.  Is it in good condition?  Make sure its system is stable and does not need any replacement within the next year at least.

Identify the kind of decking materials you want to use.  Wood is often used but it may need the most maintenance in the future.

Do not attempt to use a saltwater system for an above ground poo as it can be a big risk since your walls will rust out over time.  The salt water can also affect the material of the pool deck.

Think about the children if they will be present on the deck.  It’s important to think about the safety aspect if they are able to access the deck without supervision. has 40 unique above ground pool deck designs to browse through if you need above ground pool deck ideas or plans.

Questions to ask a contractor

What type of material do you recommend?  Why?

Are you going to make use of a compatible hidden fastener system?

What colors and styles do you offer?

Can the decking be immersed in water?

What is included in the above ground pool deck kit?

How long will the texture of the decking and railing last?

How does the decking kit work?

How can I save money?

If you want an above ground pool that is really cheap, choose a “set and fill” pool.  It is usually sold in big box stores like Walmart and usually costs around $100 to $800.  This type of pool will not require a deck and can be taken down during the off-season.

If you are going to get the pool deck professionally installed, make sure that you get at least three quotes, but don’t focus on the cheapest price.  When receiving a quote, always make sure they licensed, insured and references.

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