Cost to Install a Pool Enclosure

Lydia Schapiro
Written by Lydia Schapiro
Updated January 21, 2022
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Highlights

  • Pool enclosures usually cost between $5,300 and $15,000 on average.

  • Size, type, and any extra requests will impact the total cost.

  • Pool enclosures are available in several different styles.

  • If your goal is to keep out debris, you can opt for a pool cover instead.

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Maybe you’re tired of fending off critters or want to childproof your pool. Either way, installing a pool enclosure can help. On average, it costs $10,000 to install a pool enclosure. Your total project cost will depend on factors such as size, material, and enclosure type.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Pool Enclosure per Square Foot?

On average, pool enclosures range from roughly $8 to $200 per square foot, depending on the materials and style.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Pool Enclosure by Size?

Pool enclosures can be broken down into different heights, and usually, the higher the enclosure, the higher the cost. Below costs are typical prices for the costs of installing a pool enclosure (labor costs) per square foot.

Low Pool Enclosure

A low pool enclosure typically costs roughly $24 to $75 per square foot, and usually solely covers the pool. These are the simplest option, made to offer security and help keep the pool clean.

Medium Pool Enclosure

Medium-sized pool enclosures on average cost somewhere between $8 and $100 per square foot, and are one of the most commonly picked enclosures. These enclosures may be screened in, only covering the pool, or can be larger enclosures and cover some of the deck and/or seating areas.

High Pool Enclosure

High-height enclosures tend to cost around $15 to $200 per square foot, and are usually as tall as full ceiling height. Homeowners often request custom paneling and parts that can be opened for airflow.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Pool Enclosure by Design?

There are a variety of pool enclosure designs to choose from, and we’ve listed some of the most common ones and their respective costs.

Domed Pool Enclosure

Domed pool enclosures on average cost $1,200, with a range of roughly $870 to $1,500. These can be simple and low, or more complex and large. They are available in a wide range of costs, sizes, and styles, but usually are made of polycarbonate.

Lean-To Pool Enclosure

Lean-to pool enclosures extend off your home and contain three walls. If you want to be able to go directly out of your home into your enclosure, a lean-to enclosure is a great option. A lean-to enclosure on average costs $5,000 to $20,000, and can be made of many materials such as screen, glass, and polycarbonate.

Retractable Pool Enclosure

According to HomeAdvisor, it costs on average $70,000 for a 700-square foot area, but can cost up to $140,000. Most of the time, these enclosures are made of polycarbonate, but some have glass panels or consist of a mix of glass and polycarbonate. Some have panels which slide from one end to the other, while others have motorized panels, which can increase total project cost.

Pool Enclosure Cost Breakdown

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Below covers some of the major costs that you can expect to factor into the total cost when installing a pool enclosure.

Pool Enclosure Door

The price of your enclosure door will depend on the type of door you pick. The most common pool enclosure doors are screen doors, storm doors, and doggy doors.

Screen pool doors are the most inexpensive option, usually ranging from around $50 to $500. These may be single or double doors, and can be decorative or plain. The frame is usually aluminum, but may sometimes be wood.

Storm doors are usually made of polycarbonate and tend to be clear or opaque which allows some light in. These on average range from roughly $100 to $1,000. Storm doors are usually a little more secure than screen doors and you can enhance security by attaching a security lock.

The most expensive option, a doggy door, typically costs somewhere from around $150 to $500. These are very versatile and can be made in several different sizes and materials.

If your main interest is to keep debris and critters out of your pool, you can just buy a standard pool cover instead. The three main types of pool covers are safety pool covers, solar pool covers, and winter pool covers. Pool covers start at $100.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Pool Enclosure by Brand?

There are a number of popular brands that create pool enclosures with varying costs and installation rates.

Libart

You can expect Libart enclosures to cost between $75 and $200 per square foot. These are available in several customizable styles, and you can choose the height of your liking. Plus, they’re available in different shapes and styles. These are made from aluminum and polycarbonate materials and are strong and long-lasting.

DynaDome

DynaDome enclosures also cost on average between $75 and $200 per square foot and also are available in a long list of customizable styles.

Roll-a-Cover

Roll-a-Cover pool enclosures are the slightly more expensive option, usually ranging from around $80 to $120 per square foot. These come in many styles and are lightweight, durable, and easy to transfer and maintain.

Labor Costs to Install a Pool Enclosure

On average, you can expect to pay around $35 per hour for pool enclosures that are screen and polycarbonate, while glass enclosures labor rates tend to be slightly higher at around $50 per hour.

Material Costs to Install a Pool Enclosure

Screen

Poll Screen enclosures typically cost around $8 to $15 per square foot. These are great for warding off bugs, leaves, and debris. There are various options for screen type such as fiberglass screens, pet screens (these are made to prevent pets gripping the screen), and “Florida Glass” (a screen with a clear plastic overlay offering protection from outdoor elements).

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate enclosures on average cost between $20 and $200 per square foot. These enclosures provide a line of defense against outdoor elements and keep out debris and intruders. Plus, polycarbonate offers protection against UV rays. Polycarbonate enclosures are also versatile, coming in all types of shapes and sizes.

Glass

As the most expensive option, glass pool enclosures cost roughly $30 to $75 per square foot. These enclosures are made of glass panels, which are usually tempered and insulated–this insulation and temperance offers more security and energy-efficiency. One downside is that these enclosures aren’t available in all shapes, like polycarbonate enclosures.

DIY vs. Hiring a Pro

Installing a pool enclosure yourself can be a difficult and time-consuming project, so unless you’re an expert DIYer, you should hire a professional.

By hiring a local pool enclosure contractor, you can ensure the installation is done correctly–plus, you’ll get a warranty on the separate parts and labor.

FAQs About Pool Enclosures

How long do pool enclosures last?

Your pool enclosure’s lifespan will depend on the type and materials, but on average, you can expect it to last 10 to 15 years. The climate and level of maintenance will also affect how long your pool enclosure lasts.

If you’re unsure of how your pool is doing in general, you can always get a pool inspection to make sure everything’s running smoothly.

What are the benefits of pool enclosures?

Pool enclosures offer enhanced pool security, keeping out dirt, debris, dust, insects, and uninvited animals and trespassers.

How do you maintain pool enclosures?

You should regularly clean your pool enclosure about every six months, but if you notice abnormalities such as algae, you should be cleaning more often. You can use a mixture of white vinegar and water and use a spray bottle to spray the enclosure and then scrub it clean. If you have stains, use a mixture of bleach and water (1:10).

How much does it cost to cover a pool?

A pool cover costs about $1,500 on average, with a typical range of $650 and $2,350. The minimum cost for a pool cover is $100, and the maximum cost is $3,800. Covering your pool is one of the most cost-effective methods of maintaining it. You should install a pool cover as soon as you close your pool for the season, such as in the fall or early winter depending on your local climate. Covering your pool when it's not in use will save you money by reducing the loss of water and energy through evaporation and reducing chemical consumption—by up to 60%.

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