Above Ground Pool Decks

above ground pool deck

Did you know that every year ten thousand above-ground pools end up in backyards all across the country? No matter whose backyard an above ground pool lands in, they all serve the same purpose, to bring loved ones together and create memories!

Adding a pool is a great idea but getting into the pool is pretty important! Any above ground swimming pool needs a deck to make accessing the pool easier. In this post, we show you various options for a pool deck that will help you get more out of the swimming pool in your backyard.

Why Get A Pool Deck? 

Above ground pool deck with railing

Having a pool deck for your backyard pool has many benefits. Getting in and out of your above-ground pool can be difficult if all you have is a ladder to access the pool. A pool deck for your swimming pool will provide you with easy access in and out of the pool. Making it more convenient and fun for you and your loved ones.

A beautiful above-ground pool deck can increase enjoyment by giving you the space to lounge and do other activities. You can build a large pool deck that give you space for chairs and a way to get in and out of the pool with ease. A pool deck designed for your specific needs can bring you years of enjoyment and beauty.

Types Of Above Ground Pool Decks

There are different types and designs for above-ground swimming pool decks. These decks come in various materials including wood, composite, and PVC. Here are a few of the options.

Wooden Pool Decks

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The most popular deck types are wooden pool decks because of their natural look and warm feel. Wooden decks can be designed to match the style of your home and be customized by painting or staining to match your color preferences. But be aware that wooden decks require regular maintenance and can rot and decay more quickly.

Composite Above Ground Pool Decks

composite above ground pool deck

Composite decks are made from a mixture of wood fibers and plastic materials. These pool decks are known for their durability and low-maintenance requirements. Composite swimming pool decks are resistant to moisture and pests.

They also come in different colors and styles. However, composite decks can be more expensive than wooden decks. Making them a great choice for homeowners who want a deck that will last them for a long period of time. It also requires a lot of caution because above-ground composite pool decks can be slippery when wet. 

PVC Above Ground Pool Decks

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PVC decks are made from plastic materials and are also known for their low maintenance requirements and durability. They are slip-resistant and come in different colors and styles. 

The downside of a PVC above-ground pool deck is that it can be more expensive compared to other types of pool decks. They can also become brittle over time, especially in extreme temperatures.

When deciding on what type of pool deck to get, it is advised you consider your needs and your budget. Ultimately, the best above ground pool deck for you depends on your needs and preferences.

Prefab Pool Decks

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Pre-fab pool decks can be built in an off-site location and then delivered to your home and setup next to the swimming pool. The advantage of a portable pool deck is that they are ready to use in less time and will often come in a lower price point. These types of decks are affordable and constructed with durable materials.

Pre-fab decks can accommodate any above-ground pools regardless of their make or model. Note the large above ground pool deck above. There is plenty of space for chairs, the kids to play on and room to lounge with friends and family.

Benefits of Above-Ground Pool Decks

Just like everything else, there are pros and cons. Above ground pool decks have their own pros and cons, and it is important to consider them before making a final decision. 


  • Cost-effective: One of the biggest advantages of an above ground pool is that it costs less than an in-ground pool. Not only is the pool less expensive, you will also find that an above ground pool deck is also less costly especially when you opt for a portable pool deck.
  • Easy to Install: Portable above ground pool decks are a quick solution for your pool and with an easy installation process. They are built in a shop off-site and delivered ready to use.
  • Customizable: Above ground pool decks come in different shapes, sizes, and materials so that you can find your perfect pick. Whether you want a simple deck or a more elaborate design, you can easily find a solution that works for you. 
  • Easy maintenance: Above ground pool decks are easier to maintain than in-ground pool decks. They are less prone to damage from water and weather. They can also be easily cleaned and repainted as needed.


  • Less stability: Above ground pool decks can be less stable than in-ground pool decks. They can also shift or tip over if not installed properly.
  • Limited design options: Unlike in-ground pool decks, above ground pool decks have limited design options. They are also limited in size, which can limit the amount of deck space you have. 

Measurements & Kinds of Above Ground Pool Decks

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Before we go any further, first, you need to know what kind of above-ground pool you own. Knowing the shape and size of your pool is very important when it comes to building a deck for it. Different shapes of pools can use different sizes and designs.

Make sure you consider the width, length, height, and radius of your above-ground pool and then your deck before selecting from your options. The shape of an above-ground pool deck can greatly impact the look and function of your pool and backyard environment. Some of the most popular shapes for above ground pool decks include Circular decks, rectangular decks, octagonal decks, multi-level decks, and wrap-around decks.

Circular Or Round Deck

Circular above ground pool deck

Circular decks are great for creating a symmetrical and balanced look in your backyard. They can be used in multiple ways, to either surround a round above-ground pool or they can be designed as a separate circular deck space for lounging and entertainment. The average standard deck size for a circular deck is often 12 to 14 feet in diameter.

Rectangular Above Ground Pool Deck

Rectangular above ground pool deck

Rectangular decks are a versatile option that can be used to create a classic functional deck space. The average standard deck size for a rectangular deck is typically 8 to 10 feet wide by 16 to 18 feet long.

Octagonal Above Ground Pool Deck

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Octagonal decks are a unique option that can provide a characteristic look for your above-ground pool deck. Octagonal pool decks may have different standard measurements depending on the specific design.

For Above Ground Pool Deck ideas, check out this Pinterest Board. 

Portable Decks from EshCo Portable Structures

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Do you live in Tennessee or Kentucky and are looking for an above-ground pool deck? EshCo Portable Structures is a deck builder that builds portable decks for Mobile homes, Rv decks, Pool decks, and pavilions. They offer customization and upgrades for wooden decks and vinyl decks. 

To learn more about EshCo Portable visit our Portable Decks Page.