Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pool Fence Ideas

In just about every municipality in this country, if you have a swimming pool that is at least 4 feet deep, you need to have it secured with a fence and a locked gate that is of a certain height. Check the building codes to find out the exact requirements for your particular area. Although security is your main concern with pool fencing, the other three areas to consider are privacy, functionality and aesthetics. Does this Spark an idea?

Privacy Fencing

When it comes to pool fencing, privacy is always a key concern. Nobody wants to be lounging in the pool with the whole world watching. The level of privacy you desire will most likely be motivated by how exposed your pool area is. If you live in the middle of the woods with no other houses around, then your privacy concerns will be minimal. However, if you live in a crowded neighborhood with numerous houses in your view, you will want a fence that has the ability to restrict the outside world's view, without completely alienating your neighbors. The best type of fence for this application is a solid wood plank fence that is at least 4 feet tall. A stockade fence, which has no gaps between the slats of wood, will provide the ultimate privacy, though it may be a bit imposing, especially for a small yard. A wood fence with a thin gap between its slats will provide adequate coverage and maintain a natural feel with the surrounding landscape.

Functionality Fencing

If creating privacy is not your main concern, then you may want to consider a fence that is functional but still allows you to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors. The best type of fence for this effect is a spit rail fence. Your best bet would be to use a three-rail fence, as this will be more sturdy and secure than a two-rail fence. You will need to cover the outside of your fence with wire mesh that is at least 4 feet tall. The nice thing about this combination is that the wire mesh blends in nicely with a split rail fence while still providing the safety and security that is required of a pool fence. Use a solid grade of wood. The two most common woods available are pine and cedar. Pressure-treated pine is OK, but it will not last as long cedar. Cedar is much more durable and resistant to rot.

Decorative Fencing

If cost and privacy are not real concerns, then the ultimate pool fence would be ornamental iron fencing. Although this type of fencing is far more expensive than regular wood fencing, it is aesthetically pleasing and will not only blend in perfectly with the surrounding environment, but it will actually enhance it. Because it is usually made with wrought iron, it will be much more durable than wood and last for many years. You can also find ornamental fencing that is made of hot-dipped galvanized steel, which is not as expensive a true wrought iron but will provide the same look and durability.

See the fence companies listed in the Resources section to help you visualize your ideal look.

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