Fencing professionals can install a new fence or replace an existing one around a pool. Fences provide safety and style for pools at homes, businesses, apartments and condos. Pool fences protect children, keep guests safe and add elegance to a pool area. Contractors can install a fence around an in-ground or an above-ground pool. The height, specific style elements, number of gates and other factors all affect the overall cost of a pool fence installation.
Installing a fence into a landscaped yard is less expensive than installing one into a concrete deck that’s already been laid. Soil is easier to work with and less labor intensive than removing concrete. Luke Beerman of Freedom Fence Builders in Raleigh, North Carolina, says that costs increase if they have to work around existing stonework rather than install a fence in a flat yard around the pool landscaping.
In-ground pool fences
The cost of installing a pool fence varies based on size, whether it’s new construction and any custom requests the customer has. "We can give estimates over the phone or via email based on the style of fence a customer may want," says Beerman of Freedom Fence Builders, “but because of the specific nature of each job, we don’t offer a written contract until we are able to see the job site in person.” Typically pool fences are made of black aluminum, Beerman says. Here are some cost examples from Freedom Fence Builders:
Basic, 4-foot-tall, black aluminum fencing: Approximately $20 per linear foot, including installation
These specialty pool fences meet safety codes because they have less space between bars and a smaller gap between the ground and fence bottom.
Pool fence sizes range from 200–350 feet, making the total cost $4,000–$7,000 for a standard home
A recent in-ground, 350-foot pool fence installation took two workers two days to complete at $21 per foot = $7,350 total cost.
To upgrade a $4,000–$7,000 basic fence project with custom arched gates would raise the overall price to $5,000–$10,000.
The type of gate installed in a pool fence affects the total cost. Materials for gates cost more than fencing and must be secured by two strong gate posts. "For the most part, we’ll include one or two gates in the $21 price per linear foot fence cost," says Beerman of Freedom Fence Builders. However, requesting arched gates raises costs at least $175–$200 per gate.
Above-ground pool fences
Above-ground pools typically have fences similar to guardrails that encircle the edges of the pool if it is freestanding or safely enclose a deck area built around the pool. They are commonly 24 to 36 inches in height. Most often these fences attach directly to the above-ground pool. These types of fences have lower materials and installation costs than in-ground pool fences. Consumer prices for DIY materials start at approximately $150.
Most regions have residential pool safety requirements that may be designated by the municipality, state or local building codes. In North Carolina, says Beerman of Freedom Fence Builders, if you’re building a new pool, before you can get the final inspection approved, you have to put a fence in. To meet code requirements, the gate must have self-closing hinges, open outward and be 52–54 inches in height from the ground. If the fence encloses the pool as well as an entrance to the house (meaning the house door is the final barrier to the pool), then that door will need an alarm. Fencing professionals should know the local requirements and what type of pool fence and pool safety measurements are required.