Reducing your liability as a pool owner starts with responsible installation of a pool fence. This smart security measure keeps kids and pets out of the pool when they’re not supervised, but it’s also the law in many communities and your insurance company will probably also require it. So, how do you know which type of pool fence is best for you?
First, let’s clear up the law. Pool fencing is not something mandated by the federal government. Instead, that’s left up to the local and state governments. But even if your town doesn’t legally require a pool fence, your insurance company probably does. The requirements of height, type, gate and more will vary by community. Here’s what you should have in order to play it safe and to comply with the recommendations set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Height: The CPSC recommends a fence that is four feet high or taller.
- Structure: Must be climb-proof to deter children from entering the premises.
- Gate: These should open outward away from the pool. This is something all states require. They must also be self-closing and self-latching.
- Materials: Structures can be constructed from a variety of materials, such as mesh, wood, vinyl and aluminum.
Most Popular Fence Types
If you’re in the process of scouting out the right kind of fence for your needs, you’ll find that there are many types out there. These are the most common.
- Removable mesh pool fencing: This type of fence is easy to move and easy to install. Mesh is durable and versatile, as well as affordable. It’s also easy to reconfigure, remove and store when you don’t need it. Make sure your mesh fencing meets the ASTM International quality and safety standards. FYI, Guardian pool fencing, installed by Central Jersey Pools, meets these standards.
- Vertical bar fencing: These structures can be made from anything from wood and vinyl to aluminum and wrought iron. Whichever material you choose, make sure the spaces between the vertical bars is no more than four inches wide.
- Glass panel fencing: Durable and safe, these fences are made from tempered glass. In addition, they’re transparent and therefore don’t obstruct views or detract from your pool area’s appearance.
The material you choose can make all the difference in longevity, durability and safety. Let’s go over a few materials you can choose from:
- Mesh: Durable, lightweight and removable in some cases, mesh fencing can be a refreshing change from permanent, installation-intensive traditional fencing.
- Metal: Extremely durable and surprisingly affordable, metal fences also happen to be low in maintenance. Aluminum fences are a bit more expensive but won’t rust over time.
- Wood: Available in a variety of styles, wood can be painted or stained to match your home. It also provides a natural complement to any pool area, but it can rot or split over time if you don’t keep up with maintenance.
- Vinyl: Made in a variety of colors, vinyl is a long-lasting option with little upkeep, with the ability to last up to 30 years.
If you’re intrigued by mesh fencing, contact Central Jersey Pools at 732-462-5005. We are your trusted installer of Guardian products, a leader in mesh pool fences with a variety of models to meet your needs and budget.