In addition to pool covers and accounting for other risk factors related to unintentional drowning, a safety fence can be a significant barrier against drowning. Depending on where you live, you may actually be required to have a fence surrounding your pool; either way, though, it’s definitely worth considering. A pool fence is distinct from other back yard fences, and any pool owner should know the important elements in a pool fence.
Pool Fence Basics
There are several characteristics that a pool fence must include in order for it to accomplish its primary purpose. Unlike typical back yard fences, the goal isn’t simply to designate a property line or to keep pets in the yard: it’s to keep those in and near your household safe from the most significant cause of death in the U.S. today: drowning. As such, pool fences are designed to be able to keep young children away from the pool when adult supervision is not available.
The typical requirements for a pool fence include the height (which must be a minimum of 4 feet) and the inclusion of a self-closing, self-latching gate. (If you want to make sure your local municipality has no additional requirements, you can always ask your local pool installation professional.)
Pool Fence Types
Once you have the basics down, it’s time to choose from the two primary types of pool fences: interior and perimeter. An interior pool fence is intended to fully enclose the area immediately surrounding the pool. This 4-sided fence is ideal for those who wish to allow their children freedom to explore other areas of the yard. (Removable pool screen enclosures and fences can also accomplish this purpose.) A perimeter fence encircles the entire yard, including the pool. Typically a 3-sided fence, a perimeter fence goes up to the house on one side and otherwise runs along the property line.
Pool Fence Styles
Beyond those basic requirements, you have plenty of options when it comes to your pool’s fence. We understand that you might feel like any fence will cramp your style and disrupt the design motif you desire. However, look at the bright side: from materials to styles, you still have plenty of choices.
For those going with a more natural appeal, wood is of course a popular option. Wood fences also offer the added benefit of providing privacy. With periodic maintenance, your wood pool fence can last many years. For those with a more modern preference, glass can provide the safety you need without inhibiting the view. However, glass fences will of course require constant cleaning.
If you’d prefer something maintenance free, though, you could choose aluminum, PVC, or vinyl. After you select the material, you can choose the style. The two main style types include panels and posts. Panels will offer a bit more privacy, while posts will allow you to see beyond the pool area — and for those beyond it to see you.
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