That’s it! You have finally found the pool of your dreams! Whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, existing or new, it is essential to ensure that your installations are regulatory and safe to prevent drowning.
You can take some precautions to ensure the house’s safety with the pool; by laying a fence around the pool. Pool Fences prevent the inside from being seen from the outside. They are essential to prevent anyone from entering the pool without your permission or to prevent children from falling.
Above Ground Pool Fence Ideas
Depending on what functions the pool fencing performs, you can choose between different possibilities for an above ground pool. If its most important task is security, it is worth betting on solid and durable solutions that will not fail. If, however, it is mainly a decoration and part of the arrangement of the area, a good idea for fencing the pool will be necessary. Here are some ideas:
Mesh Pool Fence
A rather traditional fencing mesh in modern houses with a swimming pool is not a good solution for aesthetic reasons. However, there is so-called protective pool fencing made of modern vinyl-coated fiberglass mesh. They are a solution used especially directly at the pool casing. As their manufacturers assure, they will effectively protect the swimming pool from children entering it. They are lightweight and can be set up quickly.
Glass Pool Fence
Glass pool fencing can be attractive and enhance your pool landscape, although still a niche solution. Its main advantage is that the transparent glass does not obscure the view and, using current technologies, is very durable. However, it can limit the movement of air, which, especially on hot days, is not well tolerated by everyone. In addition, they need to be cleaned regularly on both sides to look aesthetically pleasing. Over time, exposed to weather conditions, they may have minor scratches that will disturb the aesthetics.
Wooden Pool Fence
Wood is also used for fencing a swimming pool adequately. This material adapts well in many contexts, particularly in outdoor environments full of greenery, such as a garden with a swimming pool.
However, the type used in this case must guarantee natural durability against atmospheric agents or be subjected to specific treatments that increase its resistance. Furthermore, this solution also performs a protection function, showing a more compact appearance.
Aluminum Pool Fence
Aluminum has characteristics that make it one of the most suitable materials for the construction of enclosures for swimming pools. It is light, resistant to corrosion, and easily workable. Added to this is also an excellent reflective capacity. It also has a long life and does not require any protective varnish.
Aesthetically, aluminum is pleasant and does not need further finishing, even if its surface can easily be treated with a wide range of coatings, and this is why it is excellent as a pool fence.
Acrylic Pool Fence
Acrylic is presented as a light material, very resistant, adaptable to the desired shape, and with a reduced thickness. Furthermore, as a transparent thermoplastic material, acrylic is often preferred for costs and handling.
Its resistance to sunlight and atmospheric agents is excellent and lends itself to being colored, shaped, modeled, drilled, and cut. Today it is used in various fields and applications thanks to its transparency, workability, and particularly glossy finish.
At the end of its life cycle, acrylic can be recovered, recycled, or disposed of safely, which is why this material is also ideal for constructing swimming pool enclosures.
Inground Pool Fence Ideas
Chain Link Fence
You could opt for a pool barrier of mesh chains (frost). It’s not the prettiest, but this type of fence has some advantages. It disappears and gives way to greenery, provided you opt for a dark color, black or brown.
If you choose pool fences offering transparency, you could pay particular attention to the design of the balusters and the handrail. Think about your current yard layout: rounded lines are primarily associated with classic structures, while linear profiles are favored in contemporary spaces.
Glass Fences for Inground Pool
And then there are the glass railings, which are great for staying in the way of pool views or scenic landscapes.
Wood Fences for Inground Pool
Wooden pool fences are timeless. Of course, several species and designs are available on the market, and you can stain the wood of your choice to give it the desired color. However, you will have to wait a year before applying the dye.
How to Fence an Inground Pool?
The walls surrounding an in-ground pool must be 1.2 m high. However, a fence is not necessary if the walls of your above-ground pool are at least 1.2 m high (or at least 1.4 m in the case of a removable pool). You will enclose the enclosure (the adjacent terrace), which allows access to the swimming pool. The enclosure door leading to your swimming pool must have a safety device allowing it to close and lock automatically. Any object (or structure) that would allow a person to climb over the fence (such as swimming pool equipment) must be 1 meter from the enclosure.
Types of Pool Fences
Fixed Pool Fence
The fixed pool fence requires a more demanding design and installation and can be made of different materials, such as:
A fixed fence becomes an integral part of the pool itself. It can resist bad weather and sunlight and allow maximum visibility. The main advantage of this type of fencing lies in adequately protecting children attempting to access the water without the presence of an adult.
On the other hand, the fixed pool fence has a higher cost and requires careful planning and maintenance over time.
Portable Pool Fence
Mobile pool fences are produced in modules to allow maximum adaptability to any space. They can be:
- A barre
- Acrylic panels
- Tempered glass panels
Compared to the fixed ones, the fences for portable pools are simpler to assemble and disassemble and certainly have a lower cost.
Do You Need a Fence Around a Swimming Pool?
Those who have small children and pets should decide to fence the pool. Safety considerations dictate this, and every foresighted parent can see the dangers that free access to the swimming pool may pose to their little children. Similarly, pets may be at risk as they often go to a water source to quench their thirst. A fence is also a good idea, even if there are no children or pets in the yard, to avoid wild animals or uninvited guests will use it.
More reasons to fence a swimming pool:
- Among other things, making an in-ground or semi-in-ground pool safe is mandatory and the owner’s duty and responsibility. It is possible to choose between different security systems based on the type of system, personal needs, and available budget.
- Enclose the pool for the safety of the little ones
How to Make a Fixed Fence for a Swimming Pool
- First, measure the barriers with respect to the pool using a rope and mark holes for pegs.
- Then you have to drill a hole in the ground with a unique auger and screw the pegs into the ground and then align the stake to have a fixed and precise path for the pool fence.
- Once this is done, the support posts must be aligned, ensuring they are about 10 cm higher than the fence to be installed so as not to risk losing space.
- Screw and bolt anchors to fix the posts to consolidate the pool fence well.
- After the screws and bolts, the L-shaped supports must be fixed for the pool fence, marking the point where to make the hole and then fix the fence, which must be positioned at least 5 cm above the ground and always 5 cm lower than the to the highest part of the support posts;
- Now you need to fix the fixed pool fence between the support posts, using two countersunk screws for each L-shaped support.
- Finally, the gate must be positioned and ready to be integrated to complete the fixed pool fence.