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Pool Fence Costs

A pool fence costs most homeowners $1,500 to $10,000+ to purchase and install. On average, you’ll pay anywhere from $15 to $25 per linear foot. The type of materials you go with determine price. Chain-link and mesh run $1,000 to $5,000 while wrought iron, aluminum, vinyl or wood are double that at $2,000 to $12,000. On the high end, tempered glass ranges from $7,000 to $20,000+.

Many states and municipalities require fencing around a pool, typically with an inward swinging, self-closing gate. Height requirements for in-ground units range from 4 to 5 feet. Above ground only need 2 to 3 foot barriers and cost half as much. Before you decide to DIY this project, talk to a professional about safety concerns and code requirements.

On This Page:

  1. Pool Fence Cost Calculator
    1. Mesh
    2. Black Chain Link
    3. Plexiglass or Lexan
    4. Vinyl or PVC
    5. Wood
    6. Wrought Iron or Aluminum
    7. Tempered Glass
  2. Pool Safety Fencing Costs
    1. Materials Per Foot
    2. Labor Costs
  3. Pricing Considerations
    1. Baby Pool Fence Prices
    2. Removable Pool Fence
    3. Privacy Pool Fencing
    4. Pool Gate
    5. Pool Safety Net
  4. DIY vs. Hire a Pro
  5. FAQs

Pool Fence Cost Calculator

TypeTotal for 100 Linear Feet*
Mesh$1,500-$2,500
Chain-link$1,000-$5,000
Wood$1,000-$7,500
Vinyl$2,200-$10,000
Plexiglass or Lexan$4,000-$10,000+
Wrought Iron Style Ornamental Aluminum$3,000-$10,000
Glass$7,000-$20,000+

* includes labor and materials.

The largest budgetary factors include material type and length. Also consider the safety and aesthetic of each material choice. Read on to discover more about each type.

Mesh Pool Fence Costs

Mesh fences cost $1,500 to $2,500 total. Materials and labor both make up about 50% of the total. This material makes up most removable styles.

  • Safety: One of the safest as it doesn’t offer children any hand or footholds to climb over. Can’t shatter like glass. Gives full view of the swimming area for easy supervision.
  • Aesthetic: Built for price and utility, not looks. Doesn’t increase the perceived home value.

For safety, there are a few brand names you’ll want to investigate before purchasing. Your local installation professional might have one they prefer or recommend.

  • Guardian Pool Fence Cost: $1,500 to $2,500.
    • Also offer a “no holes” type without the need to drill into the deck.
  • Protect-a-Child Pool Fence Cost: $500 to $5,000.
    • Also offer volleyball nets for the pools and pet enclosures.
  • Katchakid Cost:
    • Fencing : $1,500-$2,500.
    • Netting: $500 to $2,500.
  • Life Saver Pool Fence Cost: $1,500 to $2,000.
  • All-Safe:
    • Fencing: $1,500 to $2,500.
    • Netting: $600 to $2,200.
    • Offer both classic and a newer ultra-mesh fencing and netting.
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Black Chain Link

Black chain link fencing costs $1,000 to $5,000 on average for 100 linear feet. Vinyl-coated chain link helps prevent corrosion and improves the look.

  • Safety: Can be unsafe. Perfect diamond-shaped hand and footholds to allow easy climbing access.
  • Aesthetic: Vinyl coatings give a higher-end finish for a budget price. Allows full view of the pool.

Plexiglass or Lexan Fences Around a Pool

Using acrylic or polycarbonate sheets costs $3,500 to $10,000. Though only about half the cost of tempered glass, it’s not always an acceptable substitute when it comes to safety codes.

  • Safety: Safe when using thick, impact resistant panels.
  • Aesthetic: Scratches easily. Can cloud or yellow over time.

Vinyl or PVC

Vinyl fencing costs $2,000 to $5,000. White vinyl picket styles run $15 to $20 per linear foot. Privacy fencing, discussed below, comes in at double the price.

  • Safety: Easy to climb. Partially blocks your view.
  • Aesthetic: Come in many colors and designs. Fit with any architectural style or pool design.

Wood

Picket-style wood fencing costs $1,000 to $7,500. Privacy options which are two feet higher and completely obscure the view, double the price.

  • Safety: Can hide the swimming area. Easy for children and pets to get over or through.
  • Aesthetic: Highly customizable. Fits with any design.

Wrought Iron or Aluminum Fencing

Wrought iron fencing costs most homeowners $1,200 to $4,200. Most modern wrought iron styles are made from aluminum or steel.

  • Safety: Least safe option. Easy to climb.
  • Aesthetic: Ornamental metal provides a classic, high-end aesthetic.

Tempered Glass Pool Fence Prices

Glass fencing runs $7,000 to $10,000 or more. While it’s the most expensive, it’s also one of the best options for multiple reasons.

  • Safety: Very safe option. It doesn’t allow climbing. Provides the best view of your pool. Durable and impact resistant.
  • Aesthetic: One of the most desirable types. Can increase your home’s value. Talk to a realtor about what your return on the investment could be in your area.
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Pool Safety Fencing Costs

Your typical mesh safety fence runs $15 to $40 per linear foot for both the materials and installation. But if you’re planning on tackling a DIY install, you’ll need to know the material costs and labor.

Pool Fence Materials Per Foot

TypeMaterial Pricing Per Foot
Mesh$7-$10
Black Chain-link$5-$12
Vinyl$15-$20
Wood$3-$30
Plexiglass or Lexan$20-$30
Wrought Iron Style Ornamental Aluminum$20-$35
Glass$100-$600

Although most professionals price projects as a total amount, they typically find that figure by using linear feet measurements. You can cut costs by using already existing structures, such as running it between a garage and a home.

Pool Fence Installation Costs

Labor to install one can change slightly between types, but it usually runs $30 to $80 per hour. For most projects, estimate labor at 50% of the total price.

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Swimming Pool Fence Pricing Considerations

Beside the actual materials and labor, you’ll want to take a few other items into consideration:

  • Child and family safety
  • Stationary or removable?
  • Gates, Privacy and Netting options.

Baby Pool Fence Prices

Baby pool fences cost $1,500 to $20,000 depending on the what material you choose. For child safety fencing, there is nothing more child-proof than tempered glass or mesh. These two options don’t allow any gaps or any way to climb over. They also allow the best view of the pool area for parental supervision. However, they fall on opposite ends of the pricing spectrum.

  • Child Safety Mesh: $1,500 to $2,500. Designed specifically for family safety. Unlike glass, they’re soft in case your child runs into it. We discuss major brands in the above “mesh fence” section.
  • Tempered Glass: $7,000 to $20,000 or more. Provides an unobstructed view of the swimming area. Adds a modern, high-end touch.

Removable Pool Fence Pricing

Removable mesh fencing costs the same as the permanent type, or about $15 to $20 per linear foot for an average of $2,000 installed.

It comes in 10 to 20-foot sections. Each section has 3-5 posts spaced evenly between mesh panels. The posts sit, and sometimes lock, into holes in your decking. The panels hook together with child-resistant latches.

Privacy Pool Fencing

Privacy fencing typically runs $10 to $40 per linear foot. Vinyl and wood are the most common types, though metal or a metal and wood combination is gaining popularity. It’s not uncommon to want some privacy when swimming in your backyard.

Pool Gate Costs

Adding a gate typically runs from $200 to $500. However, glass can cost up to $1,000. Building codes almost always require that a gate be both self-closing and outward opening from the pool area.

Pool Safety Net Cost

Installing swimming pool covers costs $500 to $2,200 on average. Nets range from $1,500 to $2,500. Nets for spas and hot tubs range from $500 to $1,000. They work like covers, only using netting instead of a solid fabric for added safety. They stretch across the top of the water and attach to secure anchors spread evenly around the edge.

Pool Net Vs. Pool Fence
NetFence
Low profile3-5 feet high
Can’t swim with it in placeCan swim with it in place
Doesn’t block the viewSemi-transparent
Meets building code requirementsMeets building code requirements
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DIY vs. Hiring a Contractor

For safety reasons, you should always hire a professional installer. Most states and cities follow building code requirements for fencing. Improper installation is a serious safety concern. Even if you’re going to attempt this yourself, always have a professional inspect your work. Find a pool fence installation professional near you today for quotes and consultations.

FAQs

What’s the best priced material for temporary pool fencing?

Chain-link fencing, at $7 per linear foot, is the best priced material for a temporary barrier.

What’s the best low-cost child-proof fence?

The best child-proof fencing is mesh at $15 to $23 per linear foot, including materials and labor.

What’s the best, affordable pool privacy fence?

Wood fencing, costing as little as $10 per linear foot, is the best material for privacy.

How long does it take to install a swimming pool fence and deck?

Depending on the size of your pool, it’ll take anywhere from one-half to a full day to install professionally.

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