Estimating the Cost of an Above Ground Pool

A swimming pool is a great addition to any home, but it can be difficult to gauge the expense involved in putting in an above ground pool. Luckily, there are some key factors that should always be considered. Swimming pool contractors in Atlanta can help you make a detailed estimate and give you a quote, but it’s a good idea to initially have a ballpark figure. Given the space and conditions of your yard, you may even be able to save yourself some money along the way.


Obviously, before your above ground pool can be installed, you need to have a place to put it. In most cases, this will be your backyard. Of course, most backyards aren’t ready for a pool. Some landscaping is necessary. While this can be expensive in some cases, it doesn’t have to be. Clearing away a few stumps and rocks is a project that you could probably tackle yourself. A few friends or family members might help provide a bit of assistance, as well.

The landscaping could be tackled for practically nothing or a few hundred dollars if you have to rent equipment. If the landscaping project is bigger and more involved, it could be significantly costlier. It’s not unheard of for landscaping to be $2,000 or more. Landscaping is arguably the biggest factor in terms of expense. However, it does allow for some flexibility.


If you already have a large deck in place, you may simply need to set aside a portion of it for the pool. This will incur a minimal cost, so it’s not a large issue in terms of the price tag. Otherwise, it’ll depend upon the size and complexity of the deck that you want. A small deck that gives you easy access to the pool shouldn’t be too expensive. A larger deck that allows for lounging, a fire pit, and other extras will deliver a larger price.


It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the size of the above-ground pool directly impacts its price. However, it does typically surprise people how small the change in price can be. Depending upon the model of the pool and the liner, it could be no more than $50-100 to go up a size.


This is an area where you don’t want to focus on saving money. Investing in a more durable pool does raise the price, similar to going up a size. However, a more durable above ground pool requires less maintenance, and the liner will last longer. This means you won’t have to get it replaced as quickly or as often. The additional upfront investment should save you money over time.

Safety Features

Do you have pets or small children? A surface alarm is a smart choice for kids and pets. It sounds whenever the surface of the pool is broken, such as by a child or animal jumping into the pool. Perhaps the most common safety feature is a fence. You may think of a fence as adding privacy, which is true, but it provides safety as well. It offers a much-needed barrier to prevent unsupervised on unpermitted use of the pool.

With a little bit of forethought and the assistance of swimming pool contractors in Atlanta, you shouldn’t have any trouble staying within your budget. A fantastic above ground pool isn’t as expensive as you might imagine. Speak with Hilltop Pools and Spas at 770-471-3889 if you have any questions or would like to learn more.

We have had the privilege of being awarded more than 60 Design Awards in every award category, including custom residential concrete pools, commercial concrete pools, in-ground vinyl liner pools, and major renovations. Hilltop was named one of the “Top 50 Pool Builders in the USA” by Pool and Spa News in 2013-2017. Pool builders across the United States were evaluated in several areas, including the total number of pools built, customer service, certifications, industry involvement, employee retention, as well as advertising and social media presence. Our company was also nationally recognized for customer service and social media. We were the only Georgia company on the list in 2016 and 2017!

We would consider it a privilege to design and construct your project and have you as a member of our “Hilltop Family.”