With all the benefits that owning a pool brings, you also have a few responsibilities regarding pool safety. First and foremost, you have to make sure that nothing can accidentally fall into the pool. Small children and animals are the most vulnerable, and a reliable pool fence is the best way to keep them out.

When choosing a fence, functionality comes before looks. It’s an element that could potentially save lives, so you want a product that is really tough to go around (firm and tall enough). Additionally, the best pool fences are also fairly easy to install, allowing you to put them up yourself.

Even if you don’t have kids or small pets, you might be obligated by state or county regulations to put up a fence. To help you find the best swimming pool fencing, we’ve created a buying guide where we discuss all the important aspects. But first, take a look at our list of top pool fences that will significantly improve the overall safety.

How To Choose The Best Pool Fence – Buying Guide

Type of Pool Fence

Most of the products we’ve talked about in our reviews are mesh fences. The reason for this is that mesh has a very high degree of safety and can be easily removed when you don’t need it. However, there are many different types of fences, and each one has something different to offer to your pool.


Mesh fences are very common for several reasons – they are affordable, easy to install, and work well in most situations. As we’ve mentioned, most models can be removed and reinstalled when you want. On the other hand, mesh fences are not the strongest type and won’t be enough for larger kids.


While it’s a bit more expensive, aluminum provides a higher degree of safety. In addition, powder-coated aluminum has excellent weather resistance too. On the other hand, they might require professional installation and some people don’t like the looks.

Chain link

The main problem with chain link fences is that they often aren’t safe enough. They are easy to climb, and a larger child or pet can get over without much trouble. Sometimes it’s prone to rust, so the durability is questionable too. Still, some people choose it because it’s very affordable.

Wrought iron

A wrought iron fence is the type of fence that you often see outside of luxurious homes and buildings. It can be made with intricate details so it makes the pool area look great. It’s very durable but needs some maintenance so it doesn’t rust. On the downside, it can be very expensive to buy.


Wood fences are great for gardens and look fantastic when they are done in the right way. They are budget-friendly, significantly reducing fencing pool costs. If you’re looking for a permanent solution for your pool, this could be a good option. However, there is a good chance that the water will damage the fence over time, so you need to think about upkeep.


Glass is the only option that gives a clear view of the pool while providing excellent protection. However, glass fences can be grossly more expensive than mesh products. Also, glass gets stains from water easily, so you’ll have to clean it often.

Ease of Installation

Installing a mesh pool security fence is fairly simple and you can usually do it yourself. The main thing you need to know is how many fence panels you need and where they need to go. You also need to plan where the swimming pool gates are going to go. Here’s how to do it in a few simple steps:

  • Cut a stick that will have the same length as the width of each fence section (between the pins)
  • Use the stick to go around the pool and mark the drilling holes on the concrete
  • Make sure the drill bit is the same width as the plastic inserts that go in the deck
  • Drill the holes in the marked spots on the concrete, make sure they are deep enough
  • Clean the holes in place the plastic inserts in them
  • Start placing the pins in the holes and work your way around the pool


Color is usually a matter of personal preference. Most often you’ll just want to match the color of your fence with the color of your pool surroundings, so it blends nicely.

However, color can impact some other things, for example how hot the material is going to get (a black material is going to absorb more heat than any white material). On the other hand, white can be harder to clean and has the potential to change color over time.

Fence Safety

Pool safety is the main reason why you’re installing a pool fence, so it’s important to consider what a fence can do. All the types that we talked about can protect your pool, but there are significant differences between them.

For example, mesh fencing has plenty of strength for keeping small children out of the pool area. It also doesn’t have too many gaps, so even small animals can’t get in. On the other hand, it’s won’t be very effective against adults. If you’re building a fence against intruders, you’ll need something made of stronger materials (steel or aluminum).

Strength and Stability

Strength is obviously a key feature of any pool fence. If it’s not strong enough to hold itself up then it’s not going to be of much use. The best pool safety fence needs to withstand not only kids and pets pushing on it, but various weather conditions too. Metal fences are the strongest, but they are also the most expensive.

This was a big consideration when choosing products for our list, so the ones that we talked about are very strong and stable in every circumstance. In relation to this, mesh fences can be easily removed to prevent any damage if a storm is about to pass through.

UV Resistance

This isn’t the first thing you look for when it comes to fencing, but it can still make an impact over the long term. UV rays can damage metal rod coating and cause deterioration on mesh materials. Having UV protection is an added plus to ensure that your fencing is going to last for a much longer time.

Removable vs Fixed

All the in-ground fences that we have reviewed here today are removable (even though they might look permanent to anyone passing by). The drilled holes will be able to keep it securely in place so you can even leave it there permanently if you wanted. However, if you only need it during the offseason or when children are around, this type gives you a choice.

With fixed fencing, there is no choice. Once installed, it stays there until you cut it. While these can be very tough and look fantastic, they don’t offer the versatility of removable fencing. Of course, your choice should be based on your needs and your pool area.


The standard height for pool fences (in most states with regulations) is 4 feet. This is more than enough to prevent a small child or animal from climbing and going over the fence. Of course, if you’re protecting your pool from older kids or adults, taller pool fences are available too. Keep in mind that we’re talking about in-ground models here, and that fences for above ground pools are usually shorter.

Ground Clearance

A fence should completely block access to the pool, including going under it. For this reason, you want to ensure that any distance between the ground and the fence is kept to a minimum. This will prevent kids and animals from crawling under it. A mesh fence does a great job of covering this space so that nothing can get past it.


When putting your fence together, the connections can often be the weakest points. Because of this, make sure that they are solid (preferably made of metal). Additionally, the best pool fence has no sharp pieces pointing out that could cause injuries. Connections need to be tight and solid, unable to be taken apart easily by anyone you’re trying to keep out.


Concern about ruining our beautiful pools with an ugly fence is real for most of us. This is why style is important when choosing, and needs to fit well with our pool decor. 

Mesh fencing doesn’t rank very highly on the style scale, but some models can still look pretty nice. Wrought iron fences are generally the most detailed ones, while glass fences give a very sleek look. Unfortunately, both of these options are very expensive.



Q: Can I Install A Pool Fence Around A Swimming Pool That Has Dirt, Sand, Or Grass?


Yes, but this isn’t ideal. It won’t be as secure as concrete, which can compromise the stability of your fence. The looser the material that you’re trying to build on, the longer you will have to spike your poles into the ground.

As your pool will probably be built on a solid surface, it’s more than likely that you can find a hard spot to install your fence. If you are placing fencing up around an above ground pool then this won’t be an issue as the fencing will be going onto the upright supports and the top rail.

Q: Is A Pool Fence Easy To Remove Once Installed?

A: It depends on the type of fence you have. For example, a mesh fence uses only metal pins to stay in place, so it should be fairly easy to remove. On the other hand, a wooden or iron pool fence takes time and patience to put in so it requires a lot of time to remove.

Q: How To Remove A Pool Fence?


One of the biggest advantages of mesh fences is that they can be easily removed when you don’t need them. Most of them use a similar design, so these steps should apply regardless of the model you get. Here’s how you do it:

  • Unlock the connectors that hold the sections together (usually has a screw)
  • If needed, unlock the post pins from the sockets at the bottom (twist it)
  • Roll up the sections one by one, beginning with the poles
  • Store the pool fence in a dry space away from direct sunlight
  • If you have them, close the pole sockets with caps so nothing gets in

Q: How Big Can A Pool Be Without A Fence?

A: It depends on state and local regulations. If you’re wondering whether you’re required to fence your small pool area, we advise checking the laws that apply to your area. This being said, in some areas with strict fencing laws, 18 inches is the maximum depth allowed with no fence.

Q: How Tall Does A Pool Fence Need To Be?


As a general rule, the fence needs to be at least 4 feet (48 inches) tall. This is the norm with pool safety standards in most states. Pay attention that it needs to be even taller if the distance between horizontal rails is small because this could potentially compromise safety.

Q: How Tall Does A Pool Fence Need To Be?


As a general rule, the fence needs to be at least 4 feet (48 inches) tall. This is the norm with pool safety standards in most states. Pay attention that it needs to be even taller if the distance between horizontal rails is small because this could potentially compromise safety.

Q: How Much Does A Pool Fence Cost?


 It depends on the type of fence you get. For an average-sized pool, a mesh or chain link will set you back several hundred dollars. If you want a wooden, aluminum, or wrought iron pool fence, you’ll need several thousand dollars to cover the fence itself and installation costs. Finally, tempered glass is the most expensive option that can go over ten thousand dollars in some cases.

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If you want to prevent toddlers or animals from falling in the pool, a lifesaver pool fence is your best bet. While it may seem like a nuisance to buy and install, top rated swimming pool fencing could potentially save a life. If you don’t have the money for an expensive fixed fence, even a removable mesh pool fence can do a great job. Getting one is a good idea even if you’re not obligated by law, because it will give you peace of mind and make your pool a safe environment.

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