It always surprises us how many pools do not have protective fencing.
Pool fencing provides safety, privacy, and peace of mind to the pool owner. Having a fence in place could lower your insurance costs and give you less to worry about when the kids are in the yard.
The pool fencing should be strong and durable, doing its job year in year out, keeping you and the family safe. When installing, or upgrading your pool fence, you should strive for the best one possible. To help you we’ve drawn up a list of safety requirements for a pool fence.
Any list of safety requirements for pool fencing should include:
- Build the fence of a durable material
- Do not have any footholds on the structure
- Be of the right height
- Have a self-closing gate
- Be firmly set in the ground or concrete
- Gaps of a maximum size
- An annual maintenance schedule
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Build the fence of a durable material
You want a fence which will stand strong for many swimming seasons.
A vinyl fence is very durable and modern manufacturing methods produce ones which will not shatter, crack or fall under pressure.
Aluminum is also very durable, but the kids could hurt themselves if they fall against it when playing around the pool.
A wood fence will last too, but may need a lot of maintenance, especially in and around the wet atmosphere of the pool.
Do not have any footholds on the structure
You don’t want the kids or animals climbing over the fence when adults are not around.
A pool fence must be clear of any extras, which clever kids will spot, to get into the locked enclosure.
A privacy fence is sheer and does not have any foot or hand holds.
Vinyl has the added advantage of being difficult to climb over.
Be of the correct height
Fencing regulations differ from state to state, and it is not any different with the pool ones.
We recommend a fence of at least four foot in height.
Some states have a minimum height of five foot and if you want to go up the that we will supply you with all the material.
Remember kids will always try to find a way around or over a fence, so the higher you build it, the safer it will be.
Have a self-closing gate
The gate may be a weak point of the pool fence.
You should have one which opens outwards, so kids won’t fall over an open one when playing around the pool area.
The gate must be at the same height and made of the durable and robust material as the rest of the fence.
Installing one with a self-closing mechanism, which also locks on contact, ensures that the gate is always firmly closed.
Be firmly set in the ground or concrete
There is not any point in investing in the pool fence and not securing it firmly in the ground or concrete.
Have ground-treated posts if using wood, and bury them with a layer of pea gravel beneath to aid drainage.
When the fence is on concrete use post holders and secure them with bolts of the correct length.
We also recommend Fence Armor around the base of the posts for extra protection, in what can be a wet area.
Gaps of a maximum size
You may prefer a picket fence so you can see what is happening around the pool and to let the cool air flow through during the summer
Make sure the gaps are only of the maximum size between the pickets.
The small gap will stop kids and animals slipping through, especially babies, who do not have any idea of how dangerous open water can be.
A privacy fence will eliminate the danger of gaps.
An annual maintenance schedule
Draw up an annual maintenance schedule and stick to it.
Make sure the gate closes properly and the lock mechanism is free of rust.
Check the posts and the rails for any sign of damage or weakness.
Treat a wooden fence with fungicide and apply a fresh layer of sealer every year.
Do an inspection at the end of summer and again when opening the pool in the spring.
At Fence Supply Online we believe strongly in safety.
Your pool fence does a vital job in the yard.
Our experts have plenty of advice on pool fencing.
Call us today for all your fencing needs.