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Pool Fence Installation Cost

Having a pool at one's home can be a great luxury, especially during those scorching hot days of summer. Being able to relax poolside or take a refreshing dip in the water is certainly something to look forward to after a long day. However, being a pool owner also comes with a great deal of responsibility and liability. After all, pools need regular maintenance and can pose a potential danger if not properly maintained. Specifically, a pool can be a liability if it is left without any fencing around it. For this reason, all homeowners with pools should consider having fencing installed. In fact, some cities and homeowner's associations even require it.

Without proper fencing around one's property, it is possible that young neighborhood children or even pets could get into the pool without anybody else knowing. As a result, serious injury or death by drowning could occur.

  • The cost of pool fencing can be as low as $100 or as much as $9,500.

  • The average cost of a 40x40 glass pool fence fence ranges from $10,000 to $20,000.

  • The cost of a wooden pool fence is typically between $5,000 and $10,000.

  • Homeowners should expect to spend around $5,000 for an average-sized aluminum pool fence.

Costs of Installing a Pool Fence

Some homeowners are reluctant to install a pool fence because they believe a situation such as the one described above could never happen to them. However, anyone who lives in an area with even distant neighbors is at risk for such a tragedy occurring on their properties without the proper fencing. Fortunately, having pool fencing professionally installed does not need to be as costly as some think.

The total cost of pool fencing installation can vary dramatically based on a number of factors. It depends on:

  • The type of fence one wants to have installed

  • The size and shape of the pool

  • The durability of the materials used

In general, the CDC recommends that pool fences be at least 4 feet tall. This is seen as the minimum height for keeping children out of the pool area, according to many research studies that have been done in the past. For additional safety, homeowners may want to consider a 5-foot fence or higher.

Many homeowners worry that installing a pool fence will detract from the aesthetic appeal of the pool itself, but this does not have to be the case with the right fencing material and design. There are many different types of pool fencing to consider, such as:

  • Glass

  • Wood

  • Aluminum

  • Mesh

For those who want a more elegant appearance, a glass fence can be a great choice. This type of fence is barely noticeable but is still effective in keeping the pool area secure because glass is very difficult to climb. On the other hand, this type of fencing tends to be among the most expensive and can also crack or accumulate mold over time.

A more popular style of pool fencing is that of wood; this material can be cut into just about any style and stained to look aesthetically appealing around the pool area. So long as the wood is sealed for outdoor use, it will be durable and long-lasting as well. This type of pool fencing material does require a little more maintenance, but it also tends to be less expensive than glass and is even more durable. Some common types of wood used in pool fencing include redwood and cedar, both of which are resistant to water absorption. 

Aluminum is another popular material for pool fencing. This is one of the least expensive options available, and it can still be constructed in a manner that is visually pleasing and non-obstructive to one's view of the pool itself. However, this type of fencing tends to be the easiest to climb, thus making it not quite as safe as some of the other options available. Furthermore, aluminum can become rusted and corroded, so parts of the fencing may need to be replaced as years go by.

Finally, mesh fencing is a viable option for those who are less concerned with aesthetic appeal and more concerned with budget and safety. Mesh fencing can be as inexpensive as a few hundred dollars and can still do an adequate job of keeping children out of the pool. Mesh fencing comes in a variety of colors and can be easily taken down as well.

Generally, the best thing to do when deciding on pool fencing is to hire a contractor to perform the work. This way, homeowners will know that the job is completed correctly and in a timely manner. The best time to have a pool fence installed is usually in the spring, slightly before the pool is opened for the summer. Requesting a quote from a contractor prior to having fence work done is always a good idea, especially for those who are on a tight budget and want to make sure they are getting the absolute best deal.

There is simply no understating the importance of having a safe pool area on one's property. Homeowners can avoid the possibility of an injury or drowning by having a quality, durable pool fence installed on their properties in the near future.

    Last updated on Jul 2, 2014

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