Last Updated on May 27, 2021

Having a pool means you need to think about safety first. This means getting a pool fence.  Nobody wants a pool fence, it ruins the design and landscape, but you will need a pool fence to keep children and pets safe. There are several different styles, designs, and materials available for pool fencing, so which do you choose? And, do you install it yourself or have a professional do the job? These are common questions for pool owners and we have the answers here. Before you decide who will install the fence, there are 6 factors to keep in mind when deciding on a pool fence.

Do I Get Professional Installation or DIY For My Pool Fence?

1. Material Options

You get a choice of materials for pool fencing, including mesh, wood, steel, and glass. All are different in price and availability and each has benefits and drawbacks. Be sure to consider the pros and cons of all materials and choose the material that best fits your budget and needs.

2. Design and Style

You want to pick a fence that fits the ambiance of your house and yard. Mesh pool fences are made specifically for swimming pools. They come in different colors and sizes to match your outdoor design. Steel is durable and can be painted in any color but it is expensive. For a less obtrusive design, glass works best, especially if you will keep the glass clean which can be a chore. If you like a countryside vibe, wood is natural and relaxing.

3. Cost Consideration

The design and materials of fencing will vary, so your budget is an important consideration. Do you have all your construction equipment? Plan ahead for how much you want to spend and make sure both materials, equipment and installation costs are included. Installation costs are lower with a DIY approach of course. 

4. Removable or Permanent?

It comes down to preference and needs when it comes to choosing a permanent or removable fence. If you need to make space in the yard, a removable fence allows you to do this, but if you have kids, a permanent fence is the better option for around-the-clock security. For building codes, you might need to build a permanent fence.

5. Installation

Without proper installation, a pool fence can be a hazard. Having a professional installer do the job is more expensive but you can be assured the fence will keep your pool safe as intended.

6. Regulations

Every municipality has regulations and standards for pool fencing for safety. You need to make sure you adhere to these to avoid fines and to keep your loved ones safe. Ground spacing, self-latching gates, and fence height are all factors that are regulated. Having professional help will ensure you get a fence that meets all requirements.

Benefits of Professional Installation

Hiring a professional company to install your pool fence is the best way to ensure all safety requirements are met. This is going to be more expensive too, but there are several advantages that make the cost worthwhile.

  • Professionalism: A professional company has workers with knowledge, skills, and reputation to get the job done professionally, so you get legitimate work.
  • Material: Hiring a professional means they will take care of getting the materials and tools for you, leaving you one less thing to worry about.
  • Authenticity: Pool fence installation can be difficult, but when you hire a professional, you get authenticity as well as peace of mind.

Benefits of DIY Installation

There are also advantages to installing a pool fence yourself.

  • Save Money: You will definitely save money with a DIY installation, but you need to know what you are doing. A poorly installed fence can be a real hazard that can cost you dearly, financially, and in terms of safety.
  • Experience: If you have previous construction experience, you may feel confident installing the fence yourself. This will save you money and get a properly installed fence. Just be sure you know everything about the materials and design you will be using.


Security is the top priority for pool owners, and having a pool fence is a necessity. Choose your design, choose your materials, and then decide who will do the installation. As long as it is done correctly, there are benefits to professional and DIY approaches.