What Is The Best Material To Use For A Pool Fence?

Which Material Makes The Best Pool Fence?

aluminum fence surrounding a pool

It’s time to install a new pool fence and you have discovered that there are dozens of options available. To narrow down your choices, it’s best to first choose a fence material, then you can research design options. 

The Top Materials Used To Build Pool Fences 

In this post, we’ll review the most common materials used to make pool fences and the pros and cons of each. 


Aluminum fences are quickly becoming one of the most popular and for good reason. Aluminum can provide a classic, wrought iron look while remaining lightweight. Despite being lightweight, aluminum is strong, stronger than wood and providing similar strength to steel. 

Aluminum will never oxidize and rust, doesn’t attract insects, is rackable, and customizable. It’s incredibly easy to maintain, only requiring an occasional cleaning. While some of our competitors might list “lack of privacy” as a con, the reality is that aluminum privacy fences are available in our online store. 

The only cons with regard to aluminum fencing is that it might not have the “look” that a home or business owner is looking for. 


Wood is the traditional fencing material. While wood is initially an affordable investment, the time and money that is required to maintain a wood pool fence makes a poor long term investment.

The pros of wood are that it is strong, attractive, and fairly customizable. It can be painted or stained to match any outdoor landscape. 

However, wood, even when treated, does ultimately absorb water. Over time, wood will rot, losing strength. Insects love to eat wood and make nests in it. Whatever paint or stain is chosen will need to be reapplied on a regular basis in order to prevent the fence from looking rundown. 

Pressure treated wood does last longer than wood that isn’t treated, however, when put in contact with the ground, the chemicals used to pressure treat the wood will leech into the surrounding soil over time. 


There’s no denying that frames glass fencing is attractive. It provides the safety needed around a pool while leaving the view of the surrounding area unobstructed. 

Unfortunately, glass is one of the most expensive fencing materials on the market. It is easily scratched or shattered, is difficult to clean, must be cleaned often (on both sides of the fence), and isn’t always seen by pets, children, or wildlife who may run or fly into it. 


Vinyl is a durable and attractive fencing material. It is easy to install and maintain. Vinyl fences come in many different sizes and designs. 

Some vinyl fences do, however, experience significant color fade over time. Vinyl is also not as customizable as aluminum. 

Overall, the team at Best Outdoor Living Products recommends aluminum fences for use as a pool fence. Aluminum fences that meet the B.O. C. A. code are noted in the product title. 

Other Ways To Maximize Pool Safety 

Here are a few other steps that pool owners can take to prevent accidents and reduce liability.

  1. Install a pool cover. Pool covers can help to keep unwanted visitors, children, and pets from accessing the water. 
  2. Install a gate lock
  3. Install a gate alarm. Get an instant alert when someone tries to enter the pool area. 

Never leave children or pets unsupervised around a pool. Be sure to invest in floating safety devices for use by visitors!

Learn More About Your Aluminum Pool Fence Options

Our team is happy to help you determine which aluminum pool fence is right for your property. Contact us today with your questions, sketches, and blueprints.