Pool Fencing is required in most areas of the country, and your local pool fence code is usually very specific about what is acceptable and what is not. The BOCA pool fence guidelines are a common starting point for what your city or county adopts into their own pool fence codes and ordinances. To complicate matters however, each individual inspector may have their own requirements, and in order to pass your final pool inspections, you have to build your pool fence accordingly.
Generally speaking, a pool fence must be an effective barrier, that is non-climbable and non-passable. The gates must be self closing and self latching. Your local county will have height requirements for the fence and width requirements for the gate. Space between slats is generally limited to no more than 4 inches, the same for the gap under the fence, above the ground. And, nothing near the fence line, like trees, stumps or hills, that would allow someone to climb over the fence.
For maximum safety, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety barrier guidelines recommends that inground pools have a 4 sided, or complete surround pool fence. Many city or counties are adopting this as a requirement. Check with your local building and zoning commission to find out if a 3-sided fence (with the fourth side being the house), is permitted. In these cases, they may require alarms on doors and possibly windows on the fourth, house side.
With that said, here's some pool fence ideas that you can install yourself, or hire a local fence contractor to help you design and install.
Wood Pool Fences
Wood pool fencing is a product that most homeowners are comfortable installing, although it can be more work to install than other pool fence options. If you're looking for a unique design, or a custom design, wood will allow you the most flexibility, while still meeting the requirements of the pool fence code.
Vinyl Pool Fences
Vinyl pool fencing is a popular choice, with low cost, durability and many styles to choose from. Solid, picket or even simulated stone can be crafted from heavy gauge vinyl. Weatherproof and never needs staining or painting.
Glass Pool Fences
Glass pool fencing is very popular in Australia, and it offers an unobstructed view of the pool. Instead of being an eyesore, glass pool fencing can add to the appeal of your swimming pool. Glass pool fence is commonly used on the two sides of the pool facing the house, adjoining with a perimeter fence on the other two sides.
Aluminum Pool Fences
An aluminum pool fence has the look of wrought iron, without the rust and constant painting. Lots of styles and colors to choose from, these fences are manufactured in panels that you connect to adjoining fence posts, made of aluminum, brick or stone.
Mesh Pool Fences
For a removable or temporary fence, a mesh pool fence is often used as a secondary internal fence, in addition to the fence encircling the backyard. They can be removed, partially or fully, for parties and events, or can be stored away during winter, when a safety pool cover takes its place. SPP carries removable pool safety fence by Eskott at a low price of under $9 per linear foot, making a mesh pool fence a most cost effective option.
For more information on our aluminum or mesh pool fences, contact us here at SPP - We can help you design a pool fence with a combination of materials, discuss ways to camouflage your fence or otherwise hide it, or advise on terrain challenges around the pool.
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