Let’s talk about pool fencing. When it comes to pool safety, we often think of practical solutions like life jackets, pool rings, arm floaties, or even the pool-guarding gator (yikes!). Preventative measures such as fences and covers are great at keeping children and animals at bay when no one is around. Here’s an in-depth look at one of those safety measures; no, not gators, we’re talking fencing.
Mesh fencing is one of the most common and affordable options around. It’s see-through for when you’re watching over from inside your home or busy tending to the grill. The material also prevents children and animals from climbing the fence, but mesh also easily deteriorates and must be maintained well to keep it in tip-top shape.
If you’re looking for an easily removable fence, this is the way to go. Although, make sure you pay particular attention to the mesh fence set up instructions as improperly resetting after removal can result in gaps between panels.
While chain-link fencing provides a fairly unobstructed view of its surroundings, its design would allow for easy climbing. Perhaps you could make an investment in a security camera system, or keep a good ol’ fashioned eye on the pool. The argument for using this type of barrier is that chain link fences are affordable and less susceptible to corrosion and any other wear and tear.
Choosing wood fencing will afford you many options considering the many types of wood and finishes you could choose from. It’s sure to compliment virtually any environment your pool finds itself in and it could even match a design detail found on the back porch or inside your home. This type of fencing also offers privacy in exchange for unobstructed views other types of barriers provide – it’s all dependent on what your wants and needs are! Depending on the type of wood chosen, maintenance and durability varies, so choose wisely.
The three most popular types are: cedar, pine, and redwood. Cedar wood is known for its rot-resistant properties and a lovely red pine oil sent which keep insects away. It’s considered to be medium-range in both cost and longevity. Pine is best if you’re on a budget and although, it’s not expected to last as long as Cedar, you should still be able to get a good decade of use out of it. It’s usually treated with a chemical that helps with durability and pests, but the substance can leave a stain. Redwood rounds out the list as the most expensive, but it gives you the highest value for your money. It’s the most rot-resistant, the strongest, and its charmingly striking in appearance.
Vinyl fencing is a good alternative to wood. It similarly offers the ability to hide the pool area and customize the style of the vinyl according to your liking. The material also has the added benefit of low upkeep and not being as vulnerable to the elements and other concerns when compared to wood and mesh.
Vinyl is susceptible to temperature change; contracting and expanding throughout the year if you live in temperate regions. Make sure to consider your area’s climate to determine if vinyl fencing is right for you.
Some of these options can be unsightly (especially the gator). Glass panels are on the rise because they combine the peace of mind needed with pleasing, modern aesthetics.
These panels let you keep the gorgeous views you might have or at least, an unobstructed view of your kids and those veggies on the grill. Glass fencing is also said to hold up very well over time. With an ability to withstand extreme weather and corrosive environments, this type of fencing gives pool owners more time to make a splash. Also consider plexi-glass which is seen as a substitute to glass panels. Plexi-glass offers similar aesthetics to glass and while not as strong, it is much more affordable.
Glass panels lend themselves to any home, no matter your style. Whether it’s a simple, suburban yard or a luxurious, secluded escape, your new fencing will blend right in! Manufacturers also offer ways to customize the look of these safety barriers with different types of frames to better suit your tastes.
No matter which fencing option you choose, make sure you’re following your local codes and laws. Let’s be proactive in securing our pools while also adding to and enhancing its look!