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How much does a Pool Fence cost?

$200 - $600 per m2

    How Much Does a Pool Fence Cost?

    An average cost for pool fence installation can range between $200 and $600 per metre, depending on the material used. Pool fence installers in Australia may have different costs for labour only, depending on the region of service.


    Fence Installation Costs Across Australia

    State Averaged Pool Fencing Installation Costs
    New South Wales $160 per metre
    Victoria $250 per metre
    Queensland $180 per metre

    Australia Pool Fencing Safety Regulations

    The Australian Standard for Swimming Pool Fencing (AS1936) offers guidelines nationally. Further, each state can have more detailed rules. These regulations are set in place to help prevent the number of accidental deaths reported each year. The categories of importance include:

    • Pool fence dimensions
    • Building material
    • Construction of gates
    • Surrounding matter and objects
    • Maintenance

    Pool fences must be a required height of 1200mm from ground level. Durable material, such as timber, steel or glass is required as a building material. Gates must be built to swing outward and fitted with a self-closing latch. No objects can be positioned closer than 900 mm around the perimeter of the fence. Proper maintenance, such as gaps or torn material needs to be repaired quickly.

    Glass pool fence.

    Glass pool fence. | Source: Melbourne Glass Pool Fencing

    Factors Impacting Pool Fence Costs

    Certain factors, like glass quality and thickness, can impact the cost of building a glass pool enclosure. Here are more details on how these factors affect fencing costs: 

    Thickness – Pool fence installers recommend an 8mm to 12mm thickness due to the chance for impact or strong winds. A frameless glass pool fence cost can range from $65 to $80 per glass panel depending on the thickness. While it is acceptable to use a 10mm glass thickness, a 15mm will provide better safety. Aluminium pool fencing prices also vary according to the quality of materials used.

    Size of your fence – The length and height is another factor that plays a part in the cost of a pool fence. Adding structures, such as pool houses or sunbathing areas, will increase the amount of fence that is needed. Adding a wood lattice or wrought iron for decorative purposes always adds time to the cost of labour.

    Price Estimates for Different Types of Pool Fences

    There are a variety of materials that are used in pool fencing prices. All material has to be approved by the Australian Standard for Swimming Pool Fencing (AS1936), plus any local regulatory agencies. These materials can include:

    Types of Pool Fences Averaged Reported Cost Per Square Metre
    Glass $200 – $275
    Frameless Glass $280 – $600
    Semi-frameless Glass $200 – $280
    Aluminium $95 – $155
    Chain link $55 – $95
    Steel rod $115 – $140
    Mesh $75 – $85
    Vinyl $75 – $120
    Wood $75 – $150
    Wrought iron $115 – $140

    A pool glass fence cost can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the quality of the glass and the complexity of the project. A single panel can cost as little as $20 or as much as $80. Add installation, gates, posts and spigots, and the cost can be much higher than that of other types of material. Stainless steel spigots are often used with frameless glass pool fencing, which is more expensive than aluminium.

    How to Hire a Pool Fence Installer

    The main thing to remember about hiring a pool fence installer is to make sure they are experienced and familiar with the safety regulations and codes of the area. Here are a few questions to ask a potential fence installer when conducting your interviews:

    1. Do they use subcontractors?
    2. Is there a written guarantee offered?
    3. Can they provide copies of insurance and licensing?
    4. Are they well-versed with regulations and codes in your area?
    5. Can they provide a list of referrals?

    The right fence contractor will have a spotless reputation in the community for many years. Also, ask to see a list of past clients so you have the opportunity to see the installer’s past work.


    Tips on How to Get an Accurate Estimate

    Tip #1 – The quotation should begin with the potential installer taking a detailed measurement of the area. Get a breakdown of the materials and labour. Have them include separate specific items, like gates and toppers. If they cannot itemize costs, you may not be receiving an accurate quote.

    Tip #2 – Ask about the suppliers for the materials that they use. Substandard materials will be unlikely to give you high-quality results.

    Tip #3 – Get a minimum of 3 estimates so that you have a good comparison. Check out the referrals and look online for feedback from customers.


    * The cost data is based on Oneflare and third-party sources


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