Swimming Pool Fence Cost

How much does it cost to install a swimming pool fence?

In many areas it is an absolute necessity to install a swimming pool surround or fence. The laws are usually in place to prevent children and animals from accidentally falling into a pool. Clearly this also means that such fences will have to be durable and impervious to serious attempts at scaling or digging. While some homeowners manage to successfully complete the installation of a swimming pool fence on a DIY basis, for the purpose of this discussion we will consider it a job strictly for a fencing contractor.

According to InlandEmpirePoolFence.com fences designed specifically to surround pools will cost between $15 and $19 per linear foot. Some installers offer bulk discounts when the area to be enclosed is significantly larger than normal, and generally fencing is going to be installed at lengths between 30 and 60 linear feet. Once the project exceeds these average lengths the cost per linear foot may decrease. This implies that the average cost for a fence installation is going to be around $1120 (including a single self-closing gate).

Enhancement and improvement costs

Slope or dirt work - when fencing is installed along a slope, or inserted into soil rather than masonry or concrete, it is going to increase the labor costs substantially. This is simply because most swimming pool fencing is designed to be installed in much more rigid and durable substances rather than dirt. Installers will have to use a different set of lock in devices and will also have to spend a great deal longer on this sort of installation process

Additional considerations and costs

Some additional costs and issues to consider include:

  • Height of the fence - contractors may have to offer only the approved height for pool fencing in the area, but some homeowners may have the option of selecting between 4.5' and 5' in height;
  • Self-closing gates - in most areas at least a single self-closing gate is going to be necessary, though more than one is fairly common. The average cost per gate (installed) is $325;
  • Removable - many styles of swimming pool fencing are easily removable for seasonal storage, but this would mean that the installation of a sturdy and reliable pool cover would be required once the fence is down. These can average between $350 and $500 and may require a custom construction for some pools. If a removable surround is selected, however, the homeowner will also have to consider the following requirements:
    • Lock in deck features that create a simple and reliable way to install the fencing in only a few minutes' time;
    • Patio caps which cover the lock in mechanisms into which the sturdy poles are inserted; and
    • Tear proof mesh fencing that will not rip should a child or animal attempt to climb it;
  • Child-proof latches - even the self-closing gates cannot always prevent a determined child from entering a pool area, and this is the reason that it is always a good idea to consider the use of child-safe locks and latches. Additional considerations: