Summertime brings lots of fun in the sun, and many homeowners look to a dip in their pool to keep cool and refreshed. Although it an excellent source of entertainment over the summer months, there are dangers inherent to owning a pool. As such, looking at pool fence installations should be a priority before your pool party begins.
Even if you don’t have small children, many states require that residential pools be surrounded by a fence. Careful thought is given the sizing and space of fences, ensuring that children can’t easily climb or navigate through the design. All poor fences should be a minimum of 48 inches above the ground level of the pool. If your fence has wooden planking, the spacing between boards should not exceed an inch and a half in width, as to keep a child from sliding an arm through the fence. Metal fencing requirements vary, but bars should be no more than four inches from one another.
As seen from the safety requirements, pool fence installations can occur with a variety of materials. Most homeowners opt for an aluminum fence because of cost, durability and ease of install. It doesn’t rust like a wrought iron fence, and it won’t rot like a wood fence. These other materials also require more maintenance and upkeep than an aluminum fence. Because it is an important safety feature, choosing the material of your pool fence is just as importance as choosing the installation specifications.
Add Some Beauty
Your fence doesn’t have to be an eye sore in the backyard. Although it is a safety feature, aluminum and wrought iron can be a nice touch to a landscape. A quality fence can actually add to the value of your property while meeting the safety needs for your family.
Make the right choice with a pool fence because the safety of your children, pets and friends depend on it. Work with an experienced contractor to meet state requirements but also create a visually stunning addition to your yard.