Most homeowners pay between $1,350 and $6,985 for pool fencing, with an average cost of $4,170. Pool fence installation costs can be as high as $20,000 or as low as $750, depending on the project size, type of fence, type of pool, installation method, and other safety additions.
Pool fences are crucial for keeping swimming pools safe for your family, pets, neighbors, and wild animals. They also may be required by your local municipality or homeowners association. This cost guide will go over various cost and safety factors so you can get peace of mind and stay within your budget.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- Average Costs
- Cost Estimator by Size
- Other Factors That Affect Cost
- Related Services
- Pro Cost vs. DIY Cost
- Cost by Location
- FAQ About Pool Fences
Average Pool Fence Costs
|National Average Cost||$4,170|
|Typical Price Range||$1,350 – $6,985|
|Extreme Low-End Cost||$750|
|Extreme High-End Cost||$20,000|
These costs are based on national averages and standard fence heights from various pool fence companies.
To save money and pay closer to the low end cost, choose an affordable material like chain-link in the shortest standard size allowed (typically 4 feet, though it may be 5 feet). You also can prep the area yourself to save on labor costs. The high-end price reflects expensive fencing materials like glass with unusual shapes, curved to follow a round pool’s edge or stepped to account for uneven ground.
Pool Fence Cost Estimator by Size
Most fencing companies will charge by linear foot for pool fencing. The prices range from $15 to $30 per linear foot, with an average cost of $22.50 per linear foot. Here’s how much it would cost on average for different fence lengths:
How can you know what length of fence you need? Fencing should be at least 2 feet from the pool’s edge, but many homeowners leave more space, so there’s more room to walk and sit near the pool. Measure a rectangular perimeter around your pool, or follow its shape if you’re willing to pay more. You can shorten the amount of fencing needed by connecting it to existing structures, such as the wall of your garage, shed, or home.
Most pool fences come in two standard heights: 4 feet and 5 feet. The price difference between the two is about 20%. You’ll need to let the fencing company know if you want something different. A custom fence height usually increases material costs by about 50%.
Other Factors That Affect Cost
Length and height can only account for so much. Many other cost factors sway prices significantly, so you’ll need to consider them to get the most accurate estimate.
Type of Pool
Most pools have a 4- to 5-foot rectangular fence around them. However, your pool type may affect the shape and height of your fence. For example, curved or unusually shaped pools can increase costs if you choose to follow their shape.
Above-ground pools need smaller barriers (about 2 to 3 feet tall) to protect them since they’re already tall and hard to climb. Your main concern would be securing the ladder or steps. Fencing on the ground surrounding the pool should still be 4 to 5 feet tall to prevent children or pets from scaling it.
Your pool fence could be purely for safety reasons, but you also should consider its visual appeal. Striking a balance between function and style will leave you with a fence you’re satisfied with.
Your fence should provide visibility on any side facing your home or yard so you can easily spot anyone in the pool area. However, you can use privacy fencing on the sides facing neighbors to block prying eyes.
Here are the most common pool fence designs and their installation costs per linear foot:
If you have young children, consider specialized fencing to keep them safe. Child safety mesh fences can range from $1,500 to $2,500 total, with an average cost of $2,000. Baby pool fences made of tempered glass are another great option, though they can cost up to $20,000. These fences prevent kids from climbing, crawling under, or breaking through while providing maximum visibility.
Pool fence materials should be sturdy enough to withstand rowdy kids and the occasional (or frequent) pool water splash. Here are some popular choices for pool fencing and their costs:
Some material types are more commonly measured by square feet because of their varying thickness. Here are their costs per square foot:
|Fence Material||Cost Per Square Foot|
Finish and Customization
You can paint practically any fence type for protection or aesthetic appeal for an average additional cost of $1,850, or $9 per linear foot.
Metal or wood fences need protective coatings to protect them from water damage. Powder-coating metal costs around $3 per square foot. Bamboo and wood stains protect natural materials from the elements and extra moisture from the pool. Staining costs an average of $1,855, or $9 per linear foot.
Want to save money and time? Some fences come with protective coatings or colors. For example, vinyl and composite fences don’t need paint because they’re already colorful and water-resistant.
Metal fences also often come with protective coatings. Fence experts often recommend vinyl-coated black chain-link fences for pools because they look better and last longer than standard chain-link fences. They cost slightly more than regular chain-link fences at around $25 per linear foot for labor and materials.
Pool Fence Brand
Some brands specialize in pool fencing. These companies carefully design these fences to meet safety requirements and provide peace of mind. Some homeowners find it easier to only focus on these companies to be sure their fence meets their needs. However, they may have more limited material or design options, as most only offer mesh pool fences.
Here are some pool fencing brands and their average costs:
|Fence Brand||Total Project Costs|
Of course, you don’t need to choose a brand specializing in pool fencing. Many other fence companies have experience building pool safety fences and may better meet your needs or budget. Get quotes from several companies in your area to weigh your options.
Removable or Non-Removable Pool Fencing
What if you don’t need a pool fence 24/7? A removable pool fence is a good option if you don’t have small children or pets of your own. Removable fences cost between $1,750 and $4,100, with an average cost of $2,925. This cost is lower than many permanent pool fences, which fall between $1,500 and $10,000, for an average price of $5,750.
However, removable fences don’t work well on slopes or steps. They also aren’t as secure as permanent fences and require more frequent inspections. If you have children or pets, non-removable or permanent fences are the best options. Don’t sacrifice safety for savings.
Fence Installation Method
Permanent fences can be installed in two ways: with concrete bases or directly in the ground. Concrete slabs cost around $6 per square foot and provide stability. If you need your fence installed directly into the ground, labor costs will increase by several hundred dollars due to the time needed to dig.
Pool Fence Gates
It goes without saying your pool fence needs a gate, but what kind and how many? Standard gates cost between $200 and $500 each, with an average cost of $350. However, glass gates can cost up to $1,000 due to the expensive material.
Local laws often require you to install a self-latching or closing gate. These gates are much safer than regular fence gates because they minimize your risk of accidentally leaving them open. They also make your life easier when juggling floaties, beach balls, towels, sunscreen, and excited kids — there’s no need to reach back and shut the gate after you. Self-closing gates cost between $425 and $625, with an average price of $525.
No good contractor will leave you without a gate, so the cost should be included in their full quote. You can always ask to be sure. However, you need to let them know if you want a particular kind of gate or multiple gates so they can give you an accurate estimate.
Want even more peace of mind? Here are a few more safety products you can pair with your pool fence.
Pool Safety Nets
These strong nets cover the entire pool’s surface, catching anything that falls in. Even if small children or animals make it past your fence, they’re less likely to have an accident. The American Society for Testing and Materials requires nets to hold at least 435 pounds. They cost between $1,530 and $2,670, with an average cost of $2,100.
Swimming Pool Covers
Covers are virtually the same as nets, except they use solid material instead of netting. They cost between $1,200 and $3,200, with an average cost of $2,200.
Spa or Hot Tub Nets
Though hot tubs and spas are smaller, they can still be dangerous for little ones. Cover them with a net or cover for between $550 and $1,000, with an average cost of $775.
Gate Latches and Locks
Most pool gates come with latches or locks for security. After all, what’s the point of a safety gate and fence if your child can easily open it? Latches cost between $10 and $100, with an average cost of $55. Locks cost between $200 and $600, with an average cost of $400. Ask the fence installer what latch or lock the gate comes with so you can decide if you’d like additional locks.
Do you want to be sure no one sneaks in when you’re not looking? Install an alarm so you can hear anytime someone opens the gate. Prices vary between $20 to $200, with an average cost of $110.
Obstacles Around the Pool Area
Your yard’s landscaping might make pool fence installation trickier. You’ll need to trim any trees, bushes, or hedges, which will likely add a few hundred dollars to the overall cost. In some cases, you’ll need to remove the plants entirely. Tree removal costs around $639, and bush removal costs $653. You can save money by trimming or removing them yourself.
Uneven ground is the other big landscaping issue. You’ll need to tell the fence contractor about your yard’s terrain so they can select the best fence for your sloped yard. The additional labor cost for elevation changes is about 50% of the project costs.
When fence contractors give estimates, a decent chunk of the price accounts for the workers’ labor. Labor costs per hour tend to fall between $40 and $74 per hour, with an average hourly rate of $57. Installations can take anywhere from two hours to two days.
Building Codes, Permits, and HOA Requirements
There’s nothing worse than building a fence only to be fined or have to tear it down because something’s wrong. To avoid that, look up your local building codes and homeowner association rules ahead of time. Fence companies often will help or do it for you, so make sure to ask. Fence building permits cost around $75, which includes the paperwork and inspection.
If you’re considering pool fence installation, these other pool and fencing services may be of interest to you.
Maybe you looked at pool fences to help you decide whether to get a pool in the first place. Pool installation costs vary by type of pool. Here are some common options and the average total project costs:
Pool Enclosure Installation
If only a pool fence could keep out the bugs, wind, rain, and falling leaves. Well, you’re in luck — a pool enclosure can do that and more. A pool enclosure costs between $2,233 and $61,033. Above-ground pool enclosures are smaller and cost $635 and up.
Whether you have an old fence in disrepair or are simply thinking ahead, fence repair can reinforce the security of your existing fence. A repaired fence can give you newfound confidence in its safety at a fraction of the cost of a new fence. Fence repair costs around $495 but can range anywhere between $50 and $1,600, depending on the severity of the damage.
Pro Cost vs. DIY Cost
The handy homeowner in you may think, “Can I do this myself?” Maybe. Many companies offer DIY pool fencing kits, and many general fence types like chain-link and wood are relatively DIY-friendly. Some types, like wrought iron, are best left to the pros, but you still have several design and material options. If purchasing a DIY kit, look for fences with warranties and endorsements from safety agencies.
However, you should carefully consider your confidence in building a safe fence. If there are any rules and regulations surrounding pool fencing in your area, you should hire a pro or get a professional inspection of your installation. Improperly installed fencing can have life-threatening consequences at worst and, at best, could land you a fine. It also could damage your pool deck, which would pile on additional repair costs and headaches.
If you decide to build your pool fence, here are the supplies you will need:
|Tools or Materials||Average Cost|
|DIY pool fencing kit||$270|
|Rotary hammer drill||$150|
|50-pound bag of fast-set concrete||$6|
Because of all the specialized materials needed, DIY pool fences can cost upward of $1,000. Consider the quotes you’ve received from fencing contractors and the time you’ll spend installing your fence to decide whether that price is worth it.
Cost of Pool Fencing by Location
Pool fence prices may be affected by local factors. One example is demand. Are there a lot of pools in your area? Are there new developments with pools? Have new local pool fence laws just gone into place? Increased demand for pool fencing in your area will drive up prices and wait times.
Other cost factors include proximity to suppliers, taxes, and transportation costs. Homeowners in rural areas tend to pay less than those in urban areas.
FAQ About Pool Fences
Is it illegal to not have a fence around your pool?
It depends on where you live. No federal laws specify pool fence requirements, but many states have created laws surrounding them. For the most accurate information, you should search for pool fence laws in your state, county, or city.
The required fence height varies by state. Local laws may also limit the fence styles you can use. For example, chain-link fencing may be banned since it’s climbable. Many municipalities also require self-closing and latching gates.
Regardless of the laws, you should consider installing pool fencing if you have small children to keep them safe. Older adults also may benefit from pool fencing, since falling into the pool could cause injury.
Do I need a fence around my pool if my backyard is fenced?
It depends. If your backyard fence meets all the pool fence requirements, then you likely don’t need a separate fence. However, it would be best to consider who you need to protect. Are you only worried about neighbors or intruders, or do you have loved ones at home with ready access to your back door? In the latter case, you should probably install a fence.
Should a pool fence gate swing in or out?
Pool fences should always swing out. Why? If the fence latch doesn’t work, someone could (purposely or accidentally) push it open. Leaning or falling into the gate could be dangerous, especially if the pool is only 2 feet away from the fence.
When to Hire a Pool Fence Pro
Pool fencing is smart investment for safety. There are fencing options for many budgets, ranging from $750 to $20,000. Once you’ve researched local laws and considered your preferences, Pool Gnome connects you to the best pool pros near you.
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Lauren Bryant is a freelance writer based out of Eugene, Oregon, with a B.A. in English and a minor in comics and cartoon studies. She is excitedly awaiting the day when she can grow her own edible garden.
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