Leslie: The Ultimate Guide to Pool Fences

The Ultimate Guide to Pool Fences

Thinking of installing a fence or safety barrier around your swimming pool? There are a few things you need to know before you start.

Legal requirements

Many states and localities have laws and ordinances in place that require fencing for all in-ground pools. Updated legislation in some areas also requires fencing for above ground pools or any body of water over 18 inches deep. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other safety conscious organizations such as the International Code Council (ICC) and the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) have developed minimum standards for swimming pool safety fences, which form the basis of most national and local regulations. laws.

When it comes to your new pool enclosure, fencing requirements vary by state and may have even stricter standards depending on your city. Before starting any pool fence project, be sure to do your research so you understand the minimum standards of the regulations in your area. Check with your local building and zoning department (city or county) for state and local pool fencing regulations specific to your property.

Some states require a minimum fence height of 5 feet, while others may require a minimum of 6 feet. In some areas, the three-sided property fence that surrounds the backyard is sufficient. But elsewhere, such as California, secondary fencing or alternative barriers are required in addition to property fencing.

Different types of swimming pool fences

A swimming pool fence can be made of several materials. The most important thing is to make sure it meets the minimum size criteria and is not climbable or passable (crossing/over/under). Structures or walls can be part of a fence, and hedges or vines can help soften or hide fences, if desired. Pool fence gates must open outward, and they must close and lock automatically with the latch installed at least 54″ above the floor.

During pool construction, the pool inspector will make the final decision on the suitability of the fence. If your new pool requires a permit, like most pools, there will also be a fence inspection. For a DIY pool fence, be sure to do your homework and call your local building inspector with any questions or to check pool fence plans before you begin.

Mesh Pool Fence

Also known as removable security fence, mesh pool fence meets all codes and has several advantages over other types of pool fencing. First and foremost, the cost of a lattice pool fence is often much lower than other types when pricing is by the linear foot, and installation is quick and easy. Many lattice security fences can be partially or fully removed to accommodate group activities or parties. The mesh fabric is transparent, allowing a full view of the pool. The matching automatic closure portal follow all codes. Lattice pool fences are usually only 4 to 5 feet high and are best suited as an interior perimeter or secondary fence around the pool.

Aluminum Pool Fence

A popular choice for style, durability and cost, aluminum swimming pool fences offer a wide variety of heights, lengths, colors and designs, and can be customized to meet any need. However, aluminum pool fencing is usually limited to pool perimeter fencing or restricting back patio access to the pool. Many aluminum fence styles are 4 feet tall or less, making them unsuitable for areas that require taller pool fences.

glass pool fence

Glass fence panels used as pool barriers are an idea that began in Australia, where pool fence laws are even more restrictive than in the United States. Like the aluminum pool fence above, glass fences are normally only used for internal pool perimeter fencing to separate the pool from the house on one or two sides. Glass fences are also appreciated to preserve a beautiful view, a must for perched houses with swimming pools. The limiting factor for glass pool fences is cost, being the most expensive pool fence to install.

Wooden pool fence

In a typical residential pool, a wooden fence is used to enclose the back yard, in what is often called a three-sided pool fence (the fourth side being the back of the house). In most states, a three-sided fence will meet all pool fence requirements. However, as mentioned earlier, some states require additional barriers and/or safety measures to isolate the pool from the house and yard. Wooden fencing may not be acceptable as a secondary pool perimeter fence, due to loss of visibility over the pool area.

Chain Link Pool Fence

Although it may not be at the top of the list of pool fence materials, chain link fence is a somewhat economical choice and can be installed quickly to meet pool fence codes. Chain link fence is available in galvanized steel or vinyl coated steel. Some panels come with privacy slats, which may be ideal for perimeter fencing at the property line, but is not appropriate for interior pool fencing. It may not be the most attractive choice, but this low cost pool fence option meets the important pool safety requirement.

Resin Pool Fence

A common choice for above ground pools, resin pool fences attach easily to the top rail of an above ground pool and are suitable for quick and easy DIY installation. Above ground pool fence Kits meet most requirements in areas where building code requires fencing for above ground pools. Instead of a portal, invest in a above ground pool ladder and an entry system that includes security mechanisms to prevent entry.
Some resin fencing options can also be an inexpensive alternative to wood or cinder block perimeter fencing, as shown.

Steel pool fence

Saftron Pool Fence is made of heavy gauge galvanized steel. It is coated with a proprietary polymer to withstand the elements even better than powder coating. Sign posts are either surface mounted or encased in concrete. There are also other steel fence options on the market, like the one pictured, if you are looking for a more unique or decorative aesthetic. Steel fence panels are typically 8 feet long and 4 feet high, so like other types of fencing, they may be best suited as an interior fence around the perimeter of the pool.

Ready to start?

When it comes to secure pool fencing, the options are nearly endless. Put your creativity to work and get the backyard aesthetic you’re looking for while creating a sturdy barrier around your pool. You don’t even need the same type of barrier on each side. As long as the entire perimeter of the pool is enclosed, the barrier meets all height and other standards required in your area, and access to the pool is limited by a self-closing, self-locking, lockable gate , you are good to go.

You don’t have to limit yourself to the options in this list. However, many of the preset options listed above are ready to purchase and install right away, and some don’t even require much extra effort to install. We’ve seen fencing materials like stone pillars paired with metal accents and decorative wood panels, as well as trellises covered in floral vines, to name a few unique examples.

If you have any questions about choosing the right safety fence for your pool, the professionals at At Leslie’s are happy to help. We even offer a installation service for our Protect-A-Pool inground security fence.

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