Save money when installing a pool fence

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Pool owners know that getting a fence is an investment, often costing thousands of dollars. But since pool season is coming to an end, now is the time to save big.

So far this summer, 14 children have died from accidental pool deaths in the Houston area. Prevention is key to making sure this doesn't happen in your backyard.

Houston homeowner Cheryl Fojt says having grandkids made her backyard with a pool change from a place of pure enjoyment to one of high anxiety. But since the grandchildren are only over occasionally, she wasn't sure if she wanted the huge expense of installing a pool fence.

After a little research, she found there are several different types of fences to choose from. Wrought iron is permanent and usually the most expensive at around $20-$100 a foot. A mesh fence will run about $16-$20 a foot.

Life Saver Pool Fence of Houston offers another cost-cutting solution. Based on the setup of a backyard, owner Wayne Cannon helps customers design low-cost options for fences that don't go all the way around the pool, but still keep kids safe.

If you purchase a fence in the off-season, you can save an additional $100 or more off professional installation fees.

If you want to save even more money, there is a do-it-yourself option that runs about $7 a foot. You buy the materials and rent a hammer drill.

"As long as you are good with a tape measure or a ruler and you don't mind drilling concrete out, take your time, it can be done," said Cannon.

Whichever option fits your budget, the peace of mind can be priceless.

"Probably the best decision we've ever made with this backyard," Fojt said. "Now they can come in this section, ride their scooters, and we can sit down and not worry about this pool all the time."

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