A fence is a crucial component of a safe swimming pool. It’s so important, in fact, that your local government might even insist on a fence surrounding your pool! Regardless of whether a fence is legally required, you should think about it when you have your swimming pool initially constructed. The good news is that you have lots of options to pick from depending on your specific priorities, just like with everything else pool-related.
A pool fence has certain additional features that set it apart from other fences, even if it may not often appear to be all that different from other backyard fences.
Requirements for Pool Fence
The specifications for a pool fence are linked to its main objective, safety, as you could have guessed. Pool fences are made to keep kids away from the pool when no adults are around, rather than to keep dogs in the yard or to merely provide a visual barrier between your property and that of your neighbors. As a result, the majority of localities have specific regulations for pool fences, which often include the following: a fence that is at least 4 feet tall, a self-closing gate, and a self-latching gate. Ask your pool installation specialist if you’re unsure of the specific pool fence regulations in your local area.
Pool Fence Design
Without a doubt, a fence could detract from the great aesthetic aspect of your pool. But because a pool fence is a must-have, your best course of action is to diligently look into your possibilities. There are many different materials and designs to choose from. For all styles of backyard fences, wood is a popular material. Although they can provide seclusion and are aesthetically pleasing, you should be aware that wood fences do need maintenance from time to time. PVC, aluminum, or vinyl would be preferable options if you’d want a significantly lower maintenance option. You can then think about several styles depending on the material you select. Posts and panels are the two most common; posts let you view into or out of the pool area, while panels provide more seclusion.
Glass is a different type of fence choice; while it has an unobtrusive aesthetic appeal, it needs to be cleaned quite frequently. On the other end of the scale, chain link fences are functional but can also look unattractive. You can give your chain link fence more aesthetic appeal and privacy by concealing it with a row of hedges. Of course, the simple climbing access provided by the link design may prevent that particular form of fence from complying with local regulations.
Pool Fence Location
You might not be aware that there are various types of pool fences in terms of where they are situated in relationship to the pool area. Perimeter fences and internal fences are the two main classifications. True to its name, a perimeter fence completely encloses the yard. The majority of the time, it will attach to the house and skim the property boundary. This kind of fence serves as both a backyard fence and a fence around a pool. An interior pool fence, on the other hand, encloses a much smaller space, focusing on the pool itself. This type of fence can be the best option for families with young children who are allowed to explore the backyard unattended. Other choices to consider (based on regional requirements) may include pool screen enclosures and even removable pool fencing.
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