You have choices about the type of materials you can use for a pool safety fence, when it comes to pool fence laws. Basic fence height requirements are 60″ high (5 feet). If it has slats with openings, the openings cannot allow a head diameter larger than 4″ to pass through. One more thing: no ‘hand holds’ to ease climbing.
But the materials you can use are variable. Your pool fence can be made of:
- plastic vinyl
or a combination of any of these materials.
Metal Pool Safety Fence Options
Metal pool fences are stronger than most other materials so will last longer. Instead of a ‘security’ or ‘prison’ iron fence, enhance the fence design with cast iron fence toppers. Toppers can easily break up a long run of fencing. Fence toppers can be fashioned with diamond, spires, balls and triads. Decorative inserts in the middle of a section or along the top of the fence make a traditional metal fence lovely. Metal fences are some of the most expensive fences out there. If budget is a concern (and when isn’t it?) a metal fence can be very effective enclosing a small area. And metal fences can be moved or removed by installing a pole hole into the pool deck to insert the posts. The sections are lifted out when you want to put the fence away.
Glass Pool Fences
When you want good visual access to the pool, glass is the way to go. A glass fence prevents the pool safety fence from breaking up the yard. This is a material well used in a modern pool setting. It does not need to be limited to a modern pool, though. Glass sliding doors can be used as a pool ‘fence’ in combination with a wooden patio/pool cover.
Vinyl Pool Safety Fence
PVC vinyl fence can look like real wood. The surface mold is generally taken from a real piece of wood and the imprint/coloration actually has knots. Vinyl pool fencing has the lowest maintenance of all types of fencing. And will look like a brand new fence for years. Pool fence styles available are traditional, Asian, modern – pretty much the gamut.
Wood Pool Fencing
Wood fencing has the warmest visual appeal for natural fencing for a pool. Added to a glass or metal fence, it transmits that extra bit of warmth to otherwise cold material. Wood unfortunately has the shortest lifespan of fence materials. It also needs a lot of maintenance to keep up its appearance and longevity.