Removable pool fences are an ideal solution for providing security for your kids and peace of mind for yourself when your pool is not in use. Rather than encompassing the entire pool area including patios or decks, removable pool fencing is typically installed within a foot or two of the pool itself. This cuts down on the amount of fencing required, reducing costs. The Fencing is lightweight yet rugged, strong enough to prevent access to the pool but light enough for one person to remove it and set it back up. The mesh is climb-resistant too.
This page of the Fence Guides website will provide you with important data so that you can make an informed decision about using removable pool fencing to safeguard your property. But feel free to also check out our page on 10 Inground and Above Ground Swimming Pool Fence Ideas or our Pinterest board below.
The regulations pertaining to swimming pool fencing will differ slightly state by state so it’s important to check your own state recommendations to ensure that you’re 100% clear on what your local regulations are – see the Residential Swimming Pool Fence Regulations. However, the following regulations will give you a guide of what sort of things you need to consider when choosing your swimming pool fence:
- The top part of the fence must be at least 48 inches above the grade.
- There should be a gap of no more than 4 inches between the bottom of the fence and the grade upon which it stands
- Gaps or openings within the fence should prevent the passage of any sized sphere exceeding 4 inches in diameter
- The fence should not have protrusions or indentations
- Any gates within the fence should be self closing once let go and must open in a direction away from the pool
- There shouldn’t be any objects or structures close by which would allow an individual to scale or climb over the pool fence
This fencing is very affordable. From most manufacturers, the 6’ to 10’ sections of fence cost $90-$135 with gates costing up to $250. If you don’t own a hammer drill, one can be purchased for less than $100 or you might be able to rent one locally. Installation will likely cost between $3 – $5 per linear foot but can depend on the contractor you choose and various regulations within your area.
Table 1: Comparison of Removable Swimming Pool Fencing Costs Fencing.
|Fence Type||Cost Of Materials (including 1 gate)||Installation Cost||Total Project Cost||Cost Per Linear Foot|
|Removable Swimming Pool Fencing
+ 1 gate (priced at $250)
|$2245 – $2464||$492- $820||$2737 – $3284||$16 – $20|
|Note: Our pricing data are carefully calculated from industry averages as well as submissions from our own readers. This allows us to provide you with the best idea of the likely cost for your fence project. The above data is costed on an average of 164 linear foot|
Considerations for Installation
Professional installation is offered by many local fencing contractors. In most cases, the job can be completed in less than one day. If you’re comfortable using a hammer drill and can measure hole distances very precisely on center, installing removable pool fencing can be a do-it-yourself project. The fencing and all supplies required can be ordered online. However, since the majority of the cost is in the materials, you might want to get several estimates before doing it yourself. You can then weigh the cost savings of doing it yourself against the time it will take you to do the work.
The fencing is typically made from narrow-gauge wire mesh, coated with UV-resistant powder paint or vinyl. Material used is often non-corroding aluminum or other material. The mesh is strung between aluminum or lightweight steel posts 4’-6’ apart with assembled sections from 8’-12’ long. Holes from 5/8” to 3/4” are bored into the deck using a hammer drill and masonry bit. A measuring template is usually provided with the fencing.
Non-metal, non-corroding fittings are placed in the holes and pins on the posts fit snuggly into the fittings to hold the removable pool fencing securely in place. When the fence is removed, most types can be rolled up for storage. Caps are provided that can be placed in the holes to cover them and keep water out of them.
Gates are available from most brands too. Fence heights range from 4’ to 6’. The fencing meets codes for safety in most communities, but you may want to check with your code department before installing one.
Common Uses of this Fence Type
If you’ve got a pool, local ordinances likely require you to fence it in. Regardless of ordinances, parents of young children will want to protect them from straying into the pool. The fencing will keep pets and other critters away from the water as well.
Removable pool fencing is popular with homeowners who want the security it provides but also want to remove the fencing while family and guests are enjoying the pool. It allows for unrestricted access to the pool from all directions and is ideal for those who enjoy throwing backyard parties in which a pool is part of the fun.
This is low-maintenance fencing. Spraying it off with the hose periodically will be all that is required for many years. If the paint eventually begins to deteriorate – in 12-20 years depending on conditions in your area – then you will need to repaint it or replace it.