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Pool Fencing: Everything You Need to Know

Pool Fence
A swimming pool can greatly enhance the ambiance of your outdoor spaces. However, this facility can present massive risks to children and adults. In fact, in the United States, drowning is among the top five causes of unintentional injury resulting in death. Fencing your pool can prevent such eventualities - and the good news is that your fence does not have to be dull.
Read on to learn more about fencing your pool without taking away from its beauty.
Texas Pool Fencing Requirements
According to the State Health and Safety Code, all homeowners must fence any pool in their premises. The main requirements set out by law are as follows:

  • A pool fence must be no less than 48 inches high.
  • An opening in the fence should not be big enough to allow a ball measuring 4 inches in diameter to pass through.
  • The gap between the fence and the ground may not be more than two inches.
  • The fence gate must swing out and have a self-closing latch.
  • Chain-link fencing and other easy-to-climb materials are prohibited.
The department of health services will inspect your new pool, including your fence, and will only issue you with a permit if both the pool and the fence adhere to the required standards.

Pool Fencing Types
Pool fences are available in numerous styles and materials. The most common materials are aluminum, vinyl, wood, and glass.

Aluminum 
Aluminum is a popular material for pool fencing because it is resistant to weather elements, and the panels can add an element of elegance to the pool area. Aluminum is also low-maintenance, light, and inconspicuous.
However, because of the picket design, this type of fence will not offer much privacy. Consider aluminum fencing if your home is in a relatively enclosed area where privacy is not a major concern. 

Vinyl
Vinyl fences come in a variety of styles and are easy to customize to suit your functional and design needs.
Opt for a vinyl fence for your pool if privacy is important. These fences come in solid slats hinged together. You can also get them as pickets if you are looking for a more traditional look.
Vinyl fences can, however, droop over time, and regular maintenance may be necessary to keep the fence in good shape. Compared to aluminum, vinyl might come off as bulky.

Wood
Wood has traditionally been the go-to material for fencing, but homeowners are increasingly opting for modern materials such as aluminum, glass, and vinyl.
However, wood fences are very customizable. You can paint, stain, and carve wood to create your desired fencing style. Bear in mind that wood is more vulnerable to elements of the weather and tends to be a high-maintenance fencing material.

Glass
Glass represents sheer elegance and can be a subtle way to boost safety around your pool. However, glass is expensive and may not always withstand extreme weather.

Pool Fencing Considerations
In addition to material and style, cost factors come into play when installing fencing for your pool.
While DIY might seem like a great way to save costs, a professional fencing contractor can help ensure that your fence meets state and municipal safety ordinances.
If you are on a tight budget, opt for a low-cost fencing option such as wood. Aluminum and PVC might be pricier but will pay for themselves in terms of durability and low maintenance.
A fence around your pool is not only a diligent safety measure but also a smart investment. In fact, many homeowner insurance policies require that you fence your pool to be eligible for coverage.
Whether you are building a new pool or looking for the right pool enclosure, let the fencing experts at Allied Fence & Security help you select, install, and secure your pool. Call us today for free estimates.