How Much Does It Cost to Install a Pool Fence? We Break It Down

Kenneth Wilson

Do you frequently spend leisure-filled afternoons by your backyard pool? In that case, you may benefit from having your in-ground pool fenced. You’ll spend anywhere between $1,800 and $12,000 to have one installed.

Some regions also require in-ground pools to have a fence to ensure safety. Beyond that, it also provides privacy, given it is built high enough. Total costs will vary depending on the shape and size of the pool, along with the material, fence height, and gates. Local requirements and current labor rates will also determine the total costs of installing a pool fence.

Pool Fence Cost Factors

Your fence's height, size, and shape will influence the total costs. Accordingly, the price will increase the more linear foot you need to cover. The total costs will depend on whether you have inground or above-ground pools.

As such, consider these factors when budgeting for pool fence installation.

1. Pool Fence Cost by Type

Let’s start with the different types of pool fence material, which have a wide range of average costs. This includes the likes of mesh, chain link, vinyl, and glass.

Mesh Pool Fence

Average Cost

$8 to $11 per linear foot

One safety benefit of choosing a mesh fence is how it makes it impossible for children to climb, considering there are no holes or slats for footholds. These fences can also be removable, giving you free pool access when in use. Another thing to consider is how low maintenance it is.

Black Chain Link Pool Fence

Average Cost

$6 to $12 per linear foot

In choosing a chain-link fence, it’s better to have it coated in vinyl black to avoid corrosion. It’s most likely to be splashed with chlorine-filled water often. While this may increase the installation costs, this will be a worthwhile investment in the long run. You may want to note that children may climb a chain-link fence.

Plexiglass Pool Fence

Average Cost

$20 to $30 per linear foot

Considerably a cheaper alternative to glass, plexiglass is another pool fence material to consider. However, it may grow cloudy or yellow over time. It’s also likely that plexiglass won’t meet specific building codes. Nonetheless, it’s still a solid and sturdy fence.

Vinyl Pool Fence

Average Cost

$15 to $20 per linear foot

A vinyl pool fence is an excellent material if you already have a vinyl property fence at home. This will allow you to have matching design elements without the hassle. But if a section of the fence is damaged, you will need to replace the entire panel. A vinyl fence provides more privacy, especially when installed at full height. Naturally, this will cost you more.

Wood Pool Fence

Average Cost

$4 to $30 per linear foot

You’ll find that wood fences have various styles and sizes, but it is still considerably climbable for persistent kids. Regardless, they offer a lovely, rustic aesthetic to your home at a fair price. Total costs will vary depending on the type of wood and your chosen style or pattern. Keep in mind that wooden fences will also have higher maintenance costs eventually.

Wrought Iron Pool Fence

Average Cost

$20 to $35 per linear foot

Wrought iron material is another high-end fence material that will drastically improve the aesthetics of your pool. But, it’s not considered to be the safest option for families with children as it is relatively easy to climb over. This material will cost you almost the same as aluminum, as wrought iron fences are commonly made of aluminum or steel.

Tempered Glass Pool Fence

Average Cost

$100 to $600 per linear foot

If you don't want to limit the visibility of your pool perimeter, you'll benefit from tempered glass pool material. This is also impossible for kids to climb. The most notable downside is that a water splash or smear of the hand will be visible on the glass, so you'll need to have it cleaned regularly. Regardless, installing a tempered glass pool fence will improve your home's value and ensure your family's safety. (Related: 6 Things Every Homeowner Needs To Know Before Getting Glass Pool Fencing)

2. Pool Size and Shape

Large pools will need a more extensive fence, and that increased size translates to higher costs on your end. Another factor that can hike the price will be the shape of the pool. Pools with curved edges will cost you more than standard rectangle shape pools, which are ideal for fence installation.

3. Fence Material and Height

Naturally, the higher your needed pool fence is, the more you’ll have to pay as you will need to buy more materials. In-ground pool fences start from 4 to 5 feet on average, while above-ground pool fences only stand 2 to 3 feet high.

4. Type of Gate

Some pool fence gates may (or may not) lock. But, it would be best to check your local regulations to ensure you’re not breaking any unwittingly.

Ideally, a pool fence gate must not open toward the pool, with the latch positioned out of children’s reach. It’s also best to consider a self-closing or self-locking gate, as this will help you keep kids and pets outside the pool area when unsupervised.

5. Labor Costs

Expect professional labor costs to factor 50 percent of the overall fence installation costs, at around $40 to $90 per hour. The project will take at least half a day to a full day to complete the installation, depending on the size of the pool.

6. Pool Net Addition

A pool fence encloses the pool’s exterior vertically, while a pool net refers to mesh anchored to the pool’s edges and stretches horizontally across the top. Installing a pool net will cost you $1,750 to $2,500 (or more).

It serves as an additional security layer against falling into the pool. Many homeowners prefer a pool net (compared to a fence) as it’s more aesthetically pleasing and not so visible. Every pool net would need to be removed in place before you can use the pool.

7. Customization and Finishes

If all you want is to erect a low-cost pool fence that serves its purpose, there is no need for you to look into extra customization features. But, if you have the budget, you may want to add more decorative elements to your pool fence project to ensure it is visually appealing even from afar.

For starters, metal, iron, or wood pool fences are commonly customized to match the home's existing finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to install a swimming pool fence on average?

A simple swimming pool fence can be installed for as little as two hours. When you include concrete prep work, regrading, customized installations, and the time to work with different materials, installing a pool fence can take up to two full days.

What should I consider when installing a pool fence?

First of all, you must understand why you are constructing the fence. If safety is your primary concern, opt for mesh, tempered glass, or another difficult-to-climb material. Make wood your first choice if you want a privacy fence. If appearance is more important, choose a material that matches your preference.

How tall does a pool fence need to be?

The minimum height required for a pool fence is 48 inches. In other places, though, the minimum size is 60 inches, so check with your local planning authority. If in doubt, use the taller choice for added protection.

What is the best pool fence for safety?

Because they're difficult to climb, mesh and tempered glass are excellent pool fence options. It would be best to consider adding a pool safety net and ensuring that your pool is properly maintained. Consider installing a swimming pool enclosure that surrounds the pool.

Kenneth Wilson
May 17, 2022
Cost Guides, Pool

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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