The Main Options You Should Consider for Your Pool Fence
So you finally took the plunge and built yourself a pool. Now you can take a long, leisurely dip when the sun is out, or swim a few laps before sunrise and get some washboard abs. Maybe you’re more inclined towards pool parties and poolside barbeques. Or maybe you just want a nifty backdrop for your Instagram photo shoots, #Blessed.
Whatever the case, you still need to separate your pool area from the house. If you have kids and pets, it’s a safety issue. You need a clear demarcation to reduce the likelihood of poolside accidents. In some areas, pool fences are part of your residential regulations, while for others, it might just be a décor preference.
Balustrades have always been a popular choice for poolside fencing. These enclosures can stave off the pool from the rest of your yard, and it’s a nice design feature. It can also help to keep the pool area clean by locking it away when necessary.
Poolside balustrades can either be glass or metal. Glass balustrades are good when you have kids because it keeps them out when they need to be. It also gives you a clear unobstructed view when you need to supervise them from the other side of the fence.
At such times, it has the added advantage of protecting you from getting wet as they splash about, squawking and cannon-balling. The glass enclosure will keep grass, leaves, and dust out of your pool. These can easily be blown in from the rest of your yard, so the glass helps to reduce the load on your filter.
If you’d prefer a metal balustrade for your swimming pool, you can get it in stainless steel, wrought iron, or aluminium. The tubes can be squared, rounded, twisted, or elaborately carved, and they come in a large variety of powder coated colours. These materials are all resistant to rust, so they’re safe for use with a pool.
Another popular choice for pool fencing is mesh. Some public pools use the basic option of chain-link, which is flexible, convenient, affordable, and easy to install. The downside of chain-link is that it’s very easy to scale, so while it may help with safety, it’s not much use in terms of security.
Of course, by the time someone is climbing a fence, they’re deliberately trying to get over it, so a chain-link fence still passes the test of preventing the kind of accidental pool access that can lead to drowning.
That said, there are specific types of pool mesh designed with both security and safety in mind. They have a fine mesh that doesn’t offer enough foot-hold to latch onto. The fine width of the mesh also enhances visibility, so there’s a clear view of the pool for optimal supervision. These types of fences have self-latching automated gates as an added feature.
If you live in a tropical area, you can surround your pool with a live hedge. It gives your pool a beautiful one-with-nature ambience which can be quite romantic. The downside is your pool might get a little too attached to said nature, with insects and pests from the fence accessing the pool. Even if you don’t end up swimming with bugs and small rodents, the fence is likely to shed a lot of leaves and debris into the water.
A more comprehensive solution is to build a wall around your pool. You could use concrete, bricks, or stone. It gives complete privacy and guaranteed security, especially if you have a solid, lockable gate. If you’re particularly security conscious, you could top the wall with an electric fence and install motion sensors and floodlights. Of course, the key disadvantage of hiding your pool behind a wall is that you have to be on the right side of the wall if you want to watch your kids.
A compromise between see-through fences and opaque walls is to install a wooden fence. It could be made of solid wooden planks, bamboo reeds, or faux-wood panels. Either way, as you review your pool fencing options, consider style, access, safety, security, and functionality in addition to cost.