If you have a swimming pool, especially an in-ground pool, you need to have it properly fenced. There are many fencing options available. Here are some tips to help you navigate the pool fence installation process.
Personal Needs and Wants
Before choosing a pool fence, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions about your personal wants and needs. Do you have pets or small children that you’ll want to keep away from the pool area at times? Do you have nearby neighbors, and if so, how concerned are you about privacy? Will you be enclosing just the pool, or a larger area?
Safety and Compliance
Your city and state most likely have safety codes which may require your fence to be a minimum height, have self-closing gates, safety latches, or other features. Your homeowner’s insurance policy and/or property owners association, if you have one, may impose additional requirements. A professional pool fence installation company can help you navigate these regulations.
Materials and Maintenance Requirements
Ornamental metal or chain link fences are virtually maintenance-free. These types of fences don’t provide much privacy, but they do allow good visibility of the pool area, so they’re a good choice for pool fences that enclose the pool only. They’re also a good option for homes in a scenic location, since they don’t obstruct views.
Wood or vinyl fencing options offer much more privacy and security than metal or chain link fences, creating a backyard oasis where you don’t see or hear your neighbors. They can be customized to match the look of your home and landscaping. They’re a good option for enclosing your entire yard, or a part of your yard beyond the immediate pool area.
In any case, it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation with a pool fence installation company. These professionals can walk you through your options and make sure that whatever you choose is a good fit for your pool, home and lifestyle.