How to build an above-ground swimming pool


Above-ground pools provide homeowners with the same enjoyment and fun as an in-ground pool, but at a lower cost, greater convenience, and faster installation.

An in-ground pool takes up to three months and can cost thousands. However, an above ground pool can be built and filled with water in a matter of days. Above-ground pools are a fraction of the cost of in-ground ones.

Select the type of above-ground pool

There are three main types of above-ground swimming pools: rigid wall, metal or resin frame and inflatable.

  • Inflatable Pools – Inflatable pools can be the cheapest and most efficient type of pool that you can build. The majority are 42 inches tall. Inflatable pools can be less durable than rigid walls or framed pools.
  • Metal or Resin-Frame Pools: Above-ground metal or resin pool frames rely on an outer frame to keep the pool liner in its place. These pools can last up to a decade longer than inflatable pools and are moderately more expensive.
  • Rigid Wall Pools: Above-ground pool with rigid walls. The basin is formed by the pool’s metal walls. The water is held in the basin by a waterproof liner. Rigid walls pools, which are above-ground pools with the highest cost but are also the most durable, are the best.

Select the size and shape of your Above-Ground Swimming Pool

It is important to consider the size and shape of your pool. These factors will impact the cost and maintenance costs as well as the ability of your yard to accommodate it.

The pool’s size will depend on the space available. You should also consider the cost of water, as all municipal water users pay for treated water.

Above-ground swimming pool options include small wading pools and large oval or rectangular pools.

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Decide whether to hire a contractor or DIY

Above-ground pools are much easier to construct than in-ground pools. Do-it-yourselfers can build an above-ground swimming pool with just a few other people. Although larger pools can be DIY-installed, they are often installed by contractors.

Apply for Permits

A permit is required by many communities for the installation of above-ground pools. The maximum pool volume is usually a determining factor in determining the need for a permit. Many above-ground pools are within this range. For more information, please contact your local permit department. You will need a permit if you want to install a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet at the side of your house.

Select a location

For GFCI outlets, the pool should be at least 21 feet from the house. However, it shouldn’t be closer than 15 feet.

Avoid placing the pool within 15 feet of your house, power lines or trees. You may need to keep a buffer between your pool property lines and any other structures, depending on the local building code. Many communities require that the pool is no more than six feet from the property line, or 10 feet from the street. Safety fencing is required around pools in most communities.

Prepare the Base of the Pool

Your above-ground pool location should be level. It is important to level the base of your pool, as variations could cause it to collapse.

You may not want to do the above-ground pool installation yourself. Professionals can help you prepare the base. This can be done by a general contractor. Professional leveling services may be available in certain areas to help prepare the foundation for the pool.

Choose the right time to install the pool

For exterior projects, particularly above-ground pool installations, it is best to have dry, mild weather. The base must be clean and dry. The ground shouldn’t be frozen


It is very difficult to control wind when building an above-ground pool. The pool’s sides will become rigid if it is filled with water. However, the sides can be blown in by wind.

Install the Electrical Connection

Install a GFCI outlet near your pool and on the side. An exterior GFCI can be installed by a qualified electrician.

Assemble the pool

Pools with rigid walls

Installing rigid wall pools with a level bottom ring is key to success. Spacing blocks are usually included in the package and fit under the bottom ring to level it. The ring is supported by the upright posts and the rigid curved walls. The pool liner is only water-holding; it doesn’t provide support.

Framed Pools

The pool liner and outer framework are both important in supporting metal- or resin-framed pools. A belt runs horizontally around the center of some round pools. Rectangular pools with frames are more likely to have buttresses, which create a stable angle from the ground to its top rim.

Install the filter

Above-ground pools are equipped with filters and pumps. Attach the hoses to the pump and attach them to the pool’s side. Next, plug the pump in to the GFCI outlet. Finally, test the pump.


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