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Pool Fence – Choosing The Right Style For Your Needs

By Tabitha Jones

So, you’ve just had a new pool installed, or installed it on your own. You’ve purchased your cover and pool supplies, some floaties and a few chairs. The question now is: how do you make it safe? The pool fence is the first and foremost safety feature that every homeowner should have, and sometimes must have. These are essential for protecting you, your children, and your pets. In some areas it is even required by law that you lay a fence around your pool in order to prevent accidents. It is recommended that you find out if that is indeed the case in your state or county.

The options for fencing vary in materials, pricing and installation. Those that re made of wood are relatively affordable all-around, and it is also the most easy to install without any or much help. Most home improvement or hardware stores carry this type of fencing for low prices.

Wood is also the material to use if you are looking to have a tall fence, especially one that is not easily climbed nor seen over. A tall wooden fence also allows for some privacy from neighbors.

Tubular aluminum fencing is a popular and attractive choice as well. The powder coating can be colored black, white, green or another color choice. Once again, height and bar spacing needs to be considered. The governmental regulations for this variety vary, so you will need to check before purchasing a tubular aluminum fence. A glass pool fence is more expensive and generally needs professional installation, but it provides a more open, uninterrupted view of your swimming pool. Similarly, those made of wrought iron are also relatively expensive.

A mesh fence is also a popular choice, and there are several different ways to approach getting or installing a so-called “mesh fence”. There are several names for these, such as: Mesh pool barrier, kiddy fence, child fence, safety fence and many more. Most are between six and fifteen inches long, and are most often connected by childproof latches for extra safety. These do not have the serious look that other styles do, and they can be found in a whole array of colors as well. The mesh is see through so that you can see in from outside or outside from in, which is an important feature for parents. These fences are special in that they were specially made simply to be set up near pools, which may be something that will push you in their direction. That said, they work best for in-ground pools.

There are more choices for pool fencing than most homeowners expect. Some styles are more attractive than others, while others will focus more on functionality. Paying attention to the type of gate that comes equipped or can be equipped is essential as well, especially if you have children. As each county has different laws pertaining to pool fences, be sure that you research the height requirements in your area. Depending on where you live, you may have to keep your entire yard fenced in as well. Staying in line with these rules will avoid having to pay a fee later on.

In many areas, the pool fence is a legal requirement, but even if your local area does not dictate that you must have one, you can still spruce up your back yard with an attractive fence.

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Jones, Tabitha "Pool Fence – Choosing The Right Style For Your Needs." Pool Fence – Choosing The Right Style For Your Needs. 26 Jun. 2010. uberarticles.com. 13 Sep 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/home-and-family/pool-fence-choosing-the-right-style-for-your-needs/>.

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