A Pool Fence Can Keep Everyone Using Your Pool Safe

by Pool Builders on 01-06-2010 in Articles

So, you've just had a new pool installed, or installed it on your own. You've purchased your cover and pool supplies, some floaties and a few chairs. The question now is: how do you make it safe? The number one safety feature every that pool should have, is a pool fence. The installation of one protects children, animals, and adults from potentially tragic accidents. The addition of one may also protect a pool owner legally. The first thing you should do, even before installing your pool, is check with your local city government on codes specific to your new pool and what will be required.

The options for fencing vary in materials, pricing and installation. A wooden fence is an affordable option that you can install by yourself (and perhaps a friend or two) over the course of a weekend. You can purchase the materials from your local lumber yard or home improvement store. When looking at wood for an option, keep in mind it should be high enough that it cannot be climbed. A tall wooden fence also allows for some privacy from neighbors.

Tubular aluminum fencing is a popular and attractive choice as well. The powder coating can be colored black, white, green or another color choice. Once again, height and bar spacing needs to be considered. Your local government will be able to tell you what the regulations might be for this type. A glass pool fence is more expensive and generally needs professional installation, but it provides a more open, uninterrupted view of your swimming pool. Wrought iron is a great choice for a more historic style home.

Another option for a pool fence is a removable mesh fence. It can be called many things. Mesh pool barrier, kiddy fence, child fence, safety fence and many more. They come in sections anywhere between 6' to 15' long and are connected along the top by child proof latches. The mesh fencing comes in a variety of colors and the support poles often can be matched. The material is made to be see through so it doesn't block any views, either in or out. This style of fencing was specifically made for pool safety. While they are lightweight in looks, these fences are quite strong and secure. This type of fencing is usually best for in ground swimming pools.

There is a type of pool fence for every homeowner and pool type. Many designs and styles with work with your home and yard depending on what you chose to do. It's important to remember that the gate on your fence is equipped with a sturdy child proof lock, and even a pool alarm to sound an audible alert if anyone happens to get into your pool area. City Zoning will help you to figure out the height requirements, as well as if your entire yard may need to be fenced as well. These rules vary from area to area so it's key to find out the regulations so you do not get fined.

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