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Residential pools are a wonderful stress reliever and the perfect place to entertain summer guests, but for anyone with small children or pets, they also pose dangers due to injury and drowning. According to the national Pool Safely PSA campaign, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4. Even the most diligent parents can use help keeping their kids and animals safe from pool-related accidents. Installing a swimming pool fence is one way to provide extra protection.
The size of your pool and type of fencing material you choose has the biggest impact on cost. You also need to factor in labor for installation. The national average range is between $3,000 to $10,000, with most homeowners paying around $6,500 for a 100-linear-foot metal pool fence.
|Swimming Pool Fence Costs|
|National average cost||$6,500|
Naturally, you want the style and look of your safety fence to complement your yard and home. The good news is that there are plenty of materials to choose from at prices to fit every budget. Here is a cost breakdown:
|Type||Total Cost Range (for 100 linear feet)||Total Average Cost (for 100 linear feet)|
|Mesh||$1,500 - $2,500||$2,000|
|Chain Link||$1,000 - $5,000||$3,000|
|Vinyl||$2,500 - $10,000||$6,250|
|Metal||$3,000 - $10,000||$6,500|
|Plexiglass||$4,000 - $10,000||$7,000|
|Wood||$2,500 - $13,000||$7,750|
|Glass||$9,480 - $21,550||$15,515|
Mesh fences are the safest and most affordable pool fencing on average for materials and installation. They are difficult to climb, and the soft material is kid-friendly. Mesh is low-maintenance, and unlike other fencing materials, a mesh fence does not completely block your view. Choose mesh if your focus is on getting the best function at the lowest price. Mesh fencing costs $7 - $10 per linear foot. For a 100-linear-foot installation job, expect to pay $800 - $1,500. Your total costs will be between $1,500 - $2,500.
Chain link fences are a less-common pool fencing option. The advantage of a chain link fence is that it is relatively low-cost. Standard uncoated chain links are prone to rust, but vinyl-coated chain links are also available. The vinyl coating protects and extends the life of this fence. The disadvantage of a chain link fence is that it is very easy to climb, so children are more likely to make it over the fence and into the pool area unsupervised, although most pets will be safe. Chain link fencing costs about $5 - $12 per linear foot. For a 100-linear-foot project, expect to pay $500 - $3,800 for installation. This works out to a total average price range of $1,000 - $5,000.
Vinyl pool fences are less common than wood, but they share similar visual characteristics and come in many designs and colors. Installation is labor-intensive, but these fences are low-maintenance and can last for up to 30 years. The sectional design of vinyl fences means that gaps can form if a section of fencing fails. This type of fence is also relatively easy for children to climb. Vinyl fencing costs about $15 - $40 per linear foot. For a 100-linear-foot installation, expect to pay materials plus $1,000 - $6,000 in labor for a total of $2,500 - $10,000.
Metal pool fences are strong and durable, although not the most inexpensive or safest choice. They are usually made from aluminum, galvanized, steel, or wrought iron. The fence material is generally moderately priced at $7 to $35 per linear foot, although more pricey custom options are available. The bulk of the expense with metal fencing comes from higher labor costs for installation. Expect to pay between $2,300 and $6,500 in labor to have 100 linear feet of metal fence installed. That puts the total metal fence cost in the $3,000 to $10,000 range.
Plexiglass or Lexan offers an impact-resistant and climb-proof pool fence solution. While this material starts out clear, it can yellow and become scratched and cloudy over time. A new Plexiglass or Lexan fence offers a glass-like look for half the price of a tempered glass fence. Material costs are $20 - $30 per linear foot, and installation is $2,000 - $7,000 for 100 linear feet, bringing your total to $4,000 - $10,000.
Wood is a traditional fencing material that continues to be used due to its aesthetic versatility. You can paint a wood fence to match your home, and there are multiple patterns and heights to choose from. A solid design is preferred over slatted to reduce the risk of a child gaining access through a faulty slat. Solid wood fences also offer visual privacy. The downside of a wooden fence is the time-consuming maintenance of repainting. The wood for your fence costs $14 to $20 per linear foot. Add in $1,100 to $11,000 for labor, and your total cost for a wood pool fence comes to about $2,500 to $13,000.
Perhaps the most visually appealing of pool fencing materials, tempered glass is also the most expensive. Glass offers a clear view of the pool area, and with its durable, impact-resistant, climb-proof design, it is also a very safe choice. Glass material pricing averages $88.50 - $195.50 per linear foot. Installation costs are lower, costing $630 - $2,000 for a 100-linear-foot job. If you opt for a glass fence, plan for a total cost of $9,480 - $21,550.
The professional installation rate for a swimming pool fence varies depending on materials, location, and the complexity of the project. The average hourly labor cost for pool fence installation is $30 - $80.
If you hire a professional, expect it to take between a half and a full day, depending on the length of fencing being installed. A good guideline for estimating labor is to plan for up to 50% of the total price, with the exception of glass because it has a much lower labor cost due to ease and speed of installation.
In addition to your material choice, the following factors impact the cost of your swimming pool fencing:
When it comes to child-proofing a baby pool, the most secure options are tempered glass or mesh since these materials do not have any gaps or provide a way for a child to climb over. They also give nearby parents the best view of the baby pool. Pricing is the same as for other tempered glass or mesh fencing and ranges from $1,500 to over $20,000.
Removable pool fences are an innovative and economical pool safety alternative to automatic pool covers. They offer a means of security and protection without the price tag of a permanent installation. Check that your removable pool safety fence meets or exceeds building codes and rules in your area. Average costs are between $2,500 and $3,200.
Swimming pool nets are a second layer of security to protect children and pets in the pool area. Safety nets are stretched over the top of the pool and attached to anchors around the edge. They form a horizontal barrier directly over the water’s surface as opposed to the vertical barrier of a fence surrounding the pool. Even if a child or pet makes it through the fence, the net can keep them from falling into the pool. The combination of a pool fence and pool safety net is the most secure possible setup. Average costs for a net and installation are between $1,500 and $2,500.
Check your building codes prior to choosing a pool gate. Most codes require pool gates to be self-closing and to open outward from the pool area. These requirements also align with national safety standards. Expect to spend $200 - $500 for most non-glass pool gates. A glass gate can cost up to $1,000.
Many states and insurance companies require homeowners to fence their private pools. The federal Pool Safely grant program, which provides education and information to help reduce the number of pool-related deaths, produces Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential Pools as a starting point for planning your fence installation.
While regulations vary by state and city, these are some of the national recommendations from Pool Safely:
No matter what material you choose for your fence, you need to perform periodic maintenance and upkeep. Some fencing materials are low-maintenance, while others require special or more frequent care and attention.
A pool safety fence is only as secure as its entry points. If your fence door is left open or unlocked, the fence does no good. Avoid the human-error component by installing a self-closing gate. Self-closing gates use springs and magnets to make sure that the door closes on its own and stays closed. Some areas require self-closing gates for all pools. Average costs for a self-closing pool gate are $200 - $500 for non-glass and up to $1,000 for glass.
The average cost for a pool fence is around $6,500, but your cost can range from $1,000 to over $20,000, depending on your choice of material, the size of your pool, and the labor rates in your area.
Residential and public pool fencing laws vary by state. Check your state’s fencing requirements. Also, contact your homeowners insurance provider and confirm what their pool fence policy is.
According to Pool Safely, “the top of a pool barrier should be at least 48 inches above grade, measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. Some states, counties, or municipalities require pool barriers of 60 inches.
Consult building codes and regulations regarding what qualifies as a pool fence in your area. Much of this depends on your unique setup and the location and height of the pool relative to the wall.