A swimming pool fence is not just an option, it is a necessity. Choosing the right fence for your pool project can sometimes be overwhelming. The following will outline the different fencing options and their advantages and disadvantages.
Aluminum Ornamental Fencing: This is the most popular kind of pool fencing; known for its durability and pleasing aesthetics. Most people choose the black aluminum fencing, but it also comes in white, green and bronze. The finish is powder coated rather than painted, which makes it more able to withstand the rigors of the outdoors.
Pros: low maintenance, durable, comes in different styles to match your overall design
Cons: no privacy
Wood: Wood panel fencing is commonly used when people are seeking privacy. It is a good barrier to keep children and pets away from the pool as well. If you are willing to do the upkeep to keep your fence looking good, it is a good choice for you.
Pros: can be customized, less expensive, can be stained or painted, allows privacy
Cons: can warp over time, requires maintenance
Vinyl or PVC: This type of fence is relatively new in comparison to the other two types listed above. Very similar in appearance to a wood panel fence, yet tends to be bulkier.
Pros: easy to maintain, comes in different options and colors, not subject to rot
Cons: more expensive than wood, bulky
When installing any kind of fence around a pool, you want to check your local zoning regulations and be sure you are meeting the code requirements. Most municipalities require that a pool fence be at least 60″ tall, have a self closing- self latching gate that is either mounted on the inside of the fence, or at least 54″ from the bottom of the fence. The fence shall not produce a ladder effect to prevent children from climbing over it. The regulations are in place to protect the safety of children.