A backyard pool is fun way to keep cool on those hot, dog days of summer in Georgia, but you should have a fence around your pool to keep those dogs, and more importantly, people out of the pool without your permission. Pool safety is the main concern. While pools are a great way for our family to enjoy the outdoors, they can quickly become a source of danger if not properly enclosed by a proper fence. The function of the swimming pool fence is increased safety and decreased liability to the property owner. The pool fence is not to keep people in the pool area. Rather, you want to ensure that you keep small children and non-swimmers out, as they are at risk of drowning in an unsupervised pool. The pool fence can also function as a safeguard against vandalism. In most communities, a pool fence is required by law and usually your insurance company.
There are certain codes in each state and a county’s local ordinances that set the standards for pool requirements. These codes establish the specifications for appropriate pool fence height. There are some instances where local regulation may be different, such as homeowners’ association covenants. Be sure to verify that your plans meet local requirements. Those rules are there to ensure the protection of the homeowner and bystanders. Your pool fence must be adequately constructed pool fence to satisfy the provisions of your homeowner’s insurance and your HOA, if applicable. When professionally installed and properly maintained, your fence and gates offer you the security of knowing that your swimming pool is safe from accidents of your children or any uninvited person without your knowledge.
It is crucial to fence in the entire pool area and should be tall enough to discourage unsupervised or unwanted activity. If you opt for a picket-style fence, there should be no more than 4-inch spacing between slats to prevent young children from wandering into the pool area and unwanted visitors. Fences need to be constructed of sturdy material and maintained against weather and water damage. Along with a good strong fence, you will need a strong gate that will close and latch automatically. Also, the gate should open toward the outside of the pool area. When considering your pool plans and fence, make sure there are no nearby outside objects that someone could easily use to climb on to get over the fence.
A quality fence can accentuate your pool and add elegance to your yard. Many homeowners think a fence will distract from the appearance of the pool. On the contrary, it can add style and class in addition to the all-important safety benefits. With so many styles to choose from, there is sure to be a fence to enhance the exterior of your home and meet the required standards of your area. Aluminum and vinyl fences are a durable, rust-proof, low-maintenance choice. Wooden fences are lovely around a pool and, like vinyl, offer the best privacy and are difficult to climb over. A chain link fence and lattice panel fencing are very easy to climb but is simple to remedy by planting shrubs around the fence. These bushes offer some privacy and beautiful foliage, too.
If you need a pool fence that will offer peace of mind and maintain the beauty of your backyard oasis, Central Fence is here for you. We have over fifty years of experience and are happy to provide a FREE estimate for all your fencing needs. Contact us today!