Which Type of Pool Fence Is Best?Contributed By: BAG Editors
Whether you have an inground pool or an above ground swimming pool, installing a pool fence is important for safety reasons. In some cases, in order to get a permit from your township or local municipality so that you can install the pool, you are required to install pool fencing. But, even if the installation of swimming pool fencing is not a requirement, having a fence installed provides safety, as well as privacy, and is an important addition to your swimming pool design. This is especially important if you have an inground pool, although an above ground pool fence is a smart investment as well.
If you are in the market for pool safety fences and are trying to figure out which type is best for you, consider some of the different types of pool fences available. Different types of fences have varying characteristics so that you can find the type of swimming pool fence that best meets your needs and budget.
Pool Fence Types:
Aluminum Pool Fence – Aluminum pool fences not only provide safety, but can be an aesthetic addition to your backyard space as well. Aluminum fences are extremely durable and will last for years and years. If the fence has a polyester powder coating, then it will resist rust and other corrosion that could otherwise occur from being exposed to the elements and excessive moisture. Aluminum pool fencing can offer a decorative touch and can be selected in a wide variety of designs. They also usually come with a lifetime warranty and require almost no maintenance.
Vinyl Pool Fence – A vinyl pool fence, or one made from PVC, is a versatile fencing option. Vinyl pool fencing comes in many different designs and styles and requires virtually no maintenance. Vinyl pool fences are also a more economical alternative than some other types of swimming pool fences and the material is a great choice around water.
Glass Pool Fence – There is nothing as elegant, or as seamless, as a glass pool fence. Glass pool fences are made from tempered glass so that the fence is durable and safe, yet because it is glass, it does not detract from the look of the pool in any way. Glass pool fencing is one of the pricier pool fence options, but many people that install them say they are well worth the added expense since they maintain the beauty of the pool area. One issue with glass fencing is that is needs to be cleaned more often than other pool fence types, since dirt that builds up on the glass is more noticeable.
Mesh Pool Fence – Mesh pool fencing is a very popular option for many reasons. For one, mesh fences are removable since they are not permanently installed in the ground, so when they are not needed they can be taken down. Mesh fences are durable and are not easily climbed over, which makes them a great swimming pool safety fence. Even for homeowners that install another type of more permanent fence around their yard, having a removable pool fence made of mesh directly around the pool provides added security against children and pets accidently falling into the pool.
Wrought Iron Pool Fence – Another more decorative option is a wrought iron pool fence. Wrought iron is an extremely durable material, and can last a lifetime. It can also provide a more upscale look than aluminum or vinyl. Like aluminum pool fences, those coated with a protective polyester powder coating will resist rust and other corrosion and will require virtually no maintenance.
Chain Link Pool Fence – A standard chain link fence can be used as a safety pool fence as well. This is a fairly economical option, but one hazard is that chain link pool fencing can more easily be climbed over than some other options.
Wood Pool Fence – Wood has always been a material often used in fencing. It can be used as a pool fence as well, although wood will require a bit more maintenance than the other pool fence choices, especially since it is near the water. Wood pool fences, however, can offer an attractive option when it comes to a swimming pool safety fence.
There are many different types of pool fences. Each comes with various benefits and some disadvantages, which are best weighed by each individual homeowner. Before selecting a fence, it is best to first check with your local municipality to see if there are any specific pool fence regulations that you must adhere to. Some localities place requirements on the types of pool fencing you must use, the height of the fence, how far the fence must be placed in proximity to the pool and other rules and regulations.
Once you have decided what type of pool fence is best for your needs, it is then best to do some research to find the best pool fence prices and options. Some fencing will also require additional labor, so be sure to factor all supply and labor costs into your pool fencing estimate.
No matter what type of pool fencing you choose, it is always best to have some type of pool safety fence around your pool to provide an added measure of safety and security. Drowning can occur within seconds of a young child or pet being unsupervised. All it takes is a little one trying to get to some attractive looking pool toys and winding up in the pool by accident to cause a disaster, so investing in your family’s safety, as well as the safety of others, is a wise investment.