Keeping your pool safe and secure is a top priority. It is much easier to build to suit when you understand the local regulations in your area. The following example outlines common requirements; however, prior to installing any pool perimeter fencing, be sure to check with your local municipality to ensure that you are adhering to the safety requirements in your community.
Typical Pool Fence Regulations *Applies to swimming pools, hot tubs and non-portable spas. Regulations may vary by state and city. Verify with local building department before constructing a fence.
- Top of the fence must be at least 48 inches above grade. No more than 4 inches gap between the finish grade and the bottom of the fence.
- Openings in the fence should not allow passage of a 4-inch diameter sphere
- Solid fences should not have indentations or protrusions.
- Spacing between vertical members should not exceed 4″
- Maximum mesh size for chain link should not exceed 1-3/4″
- Gates must open outward away from the pool and should be self-closing and self latching.
- Fence must be clear of all other structures that could be used to climb over. Via Landscaping Network
Should your local codes require a fence and you want a hedge, install an inexpensive chain-link fence, then plant an evergreen hedge right up against it so the foliage grows through and hides it on both sides. — Catriona Tudor Erler, author of Poolscaping: Gardening and Landscaping
Around Your Swimming Pool and Spa
State and local codes require a fence around pools for safety. It is a mistake to site it too close to the pool or try to camouflage the fence. When sited too close it appears that the pool is in a cage. — Kerman Raines, Neave Group Outdoor Solutions in Wappingers Falls, NY
Your new pool fence can be enhanced with some simple solar lighting or electrical lights that utilize a timer. Adding some ambiance and visibility for night time dips is essential. Opting for an attractive fencing solution will not only add peace of mind but increase your property value as your backyard will be suitable for kids, pets and adults to safely enjoy. Seacoast Home and Fence has an elaborate variety of fencing materials available to work with any budget and aesthetic vision.
Pool fences are one of the more common ways to ensure safety and are usually gate-locked and childproof. Many pool fences are designed for ease of use and restrict the occurrence of broken or sticking hinges and mechanisms. Alternatively, a temporary and removable pool fence can also be used to be set up only whenever children visit the household; though, a more permanent fence is recommended.
Four-sided Isolation Fences
A four-sided isolation fence is the best barrier as it completely surrounds the pool or spa. It is different from a property line or “perimeter” fence that keeps neighbors’ children from accessing your pool. Isolation fencing separates swimming pools or spas from the house. They are specially designed so that children cannot easily get over, under, or through them. Code compliant pool fences can be built from many different materials, but some are better suited to the task than others.
Aluminum is a lightweight, low maintenance fencing material that is an excellent choice for pool fencing because of its physical attributes; it is strong and will not rust.
Steel is a sturdy fencing material that is a popular option for pool fencing. The look and feel of steel fencing closely matches that of aluminum, but it is heavier and stronger. When choosing steel fencing, make sure to choose a product with a high quality coating that will protect your fence from rust.
Wood can be used to make a secure pool fence in either picket style or privacy style. Wood is relatively inexpensive when compared to aluminum, composite, and steel fencing. However, wood is higher maintenance than other materials, requiring periodic painting or staining.
Composite fences feature the look and feel of natural wood but without the maintenance. A premium fence material, composites not only offer protection, but can enhance the visual appeal of your property. Composite fences are a component system created from boards, rails, and posts, so they can be designed to meet local and national pool codes.
Chain Link is an extremely affordable, low maintenance fence material. Made from galvanized steel tubing and a mesh of steel wire, chain link is strong, durable, and secure. Chain link can also be an effective privacy fence with the addition of privacy slats. One drawback of chain link fence is its industrial look and feel, which may be an issue if you are looking for a pool fence that also adds to the visual appeal of your property.
Vinyl is an attractive, low maintenance fencing material that comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. Slightly more expensive than wood, vinyl fence eliminates the need for staining and painting, and has a long life span.
Perimeter fencing encloses a backyard pool but allows ready access through the house. It is better than no fencing for risk reduction, but children usually have no problem letting themselves into a backyard from the house interior. If you choose to install perimeter fencing, you should also have an alarm on the door in case a small child gains access to the pool area without adult supervision.
Removable Pool Fencing
Removable Pool Fencing is a popular choice of many pool owners. This fence, made of mesh material, is left in place when there is a possibility of access to the swimming pool by young children, but removed when adults are present or for parties. It can be rolled up and stored away during occasions when a barrier is not needed. This mesh fencing has a “transparent” nature allowing you to have a clear view of the pool at all times. The only drawback to having this type of fencing is that it does not meet compliance codes for backyard safety in all areas. A pool professional can provide information for your specific area. Read more at Swimming Pool.com