How to Choose a Pool Fence
As a property owner, it is up to you to ensure that your pool is safe by installing a fence around it. Because there is no federal regulation on pool fencing you will find that different states have different laws and some states don’t even have any laws. That said, whether or not you live in a state where pool fencing is not regulated, you must secure your pool for the sake of children in your neighborhood.
Most pool fences are made of aluminum, vinyl or wood. All these 3 are super-tough materials that can last for a long time. They are also pretty affordable and they can be tailored to match the rest of the landscaping around your pool. So that you can know which one is best for you we will look at each material individually for pros and cons.
Aluminum is the most popular pool fence material. It comes preferred not just because it is tough and long lasting but also because it can be tailored to suit a wide variety of tastes. Don’t confuse aluminum fencing with wrought iron fencing – wrought iron is a lot heavier than aluminum. Aluminum fences are usually 6 ft high and they come with rails, pickets, rivets and screws so that all the installer has to do is dig holes and install the fence. The benefits of aluminum fencing are that it lasts a long time, requires no maintenance and it blends in. It comes with one con though – the fact that it doesn’t give much privacy.
PVC, or what is more commonly known as vinyl pool fencing, is becoming more and more popular among property owners. It comes in solid slats but you can also get it in spaced pickets. The advantages of vinyl fencing are the fact that it is great for privacy, it can be custom mad, it is low maintenance and it comes in a variety of styles. It does have disadvantages: it can sag over the years, some find it bulky and in wet and warm places, mildew tends to form on the slats. That said, it is still an excellent choice for a pool fence.
The last kind is wood pool fencing. People love wood fences because they are natural and they can blend in with almost anything. The advantages of using wood are that it is cheaper than the two materials already discussed, it can be customized and it can be painted or stained as desired. The disadvantages are that wood requires maintenance and it tends to degrade over time.