When you have a pool in your backyard, you want to prevent that pool from becoming a hazard by putting up adequate pool fencing. Here, you will learn of some recommended safety tips along with some popular types of pool fencing.
The regulations for pool fencing can change your region, but there are a few recommendations that cover all regulations and should be followed if your end goal is truly safety. You must make sure that the fencing you choose cannot be climbed by children. For example, fencing with horizontal rails is much easier for a child to climb than glass pool fencing, as glass gives a child no foothold.
Gates need to open away from the pool area. This means that the gates will not simply click open from a child pushing enough weight onto it. Your gate should also swing shut and lock into place by itself. This will mean that even if you are forgetful, your pool will still be safe.
Make sure that you choose materials for your fencing that will withhold under weather damage. You should also choose permanent materials as permanent materials are always more durable than temporary materials.
You have three main options when it comes to fencing: glass, mesh and vertical fencing. Glass fencing can be a great option, because it is very hard for children to climb. This type of fencing is very resistant to the elements and does not detract from your pool's beauty. However, this type of fencing has very few places for wind to pass through. This means that you will not feel a breeze as wind passes by. Your glass fence might also rattle from the strong wind.
Chain link fencing can be a less expensive option. It will also provide you with a more private pool area and allow the wind to pass through more easily. However, chain link fencing can also be easier for children to climb. You may need to make it higher or thicker to avoid this. Also, remember that chain link fencing rusts more easily.
Vertical fencing can be made from vinyl and should have very small spaces between the bars so that animals and children cannot get stuck. They are resistant to the pool's harsh chemicals and do not rust. Also, they provide a steady breeze and an easy view of your pool. This option is commonly used in public pools.