Owning a pool is a huge responsibility. Not only do you have to clean and maintain it, but you also have to make sure that young children, animals, or passersby aren't able to access your pool without permission. That's why it pays to invest in a pool fence -- a fence that wraps around your pool to prevent accidents.
Are pool fences a requirement?
Generally speaking, to have a swimming pool on your property you need some sort of enclosure that prevents outsiders from accessing it. Now, that fence doesn't necessarily need to be a pool fence. Often you'll fulfill that requirement by virtue of having a fenced-in yard.
But while a fenced-in yard might prevent outsiders from hopping onto your property and jumping into your pool when they shouldn't, it won't be enough to protect the people who live in your household. If you have young children, a pool fence is practically a must. The same holds true if you're worried about a pet getting into your pool when you're not paying attention.
Keep in mind that a swimming pool is already considered an attractive nuisance -- a feature on your property that could draw in young trespassers and expose you to a world of liability. Putting up a pool fence could help protect you from lawsuits, not to mention help avoid horrendous accidents in your backyard.
Pool fence options
Though many pool owners opt for a permanent pool fence, some prefer a removable fence -- one that can be put up quickly to accommodate visitors with young children and be taken down after the fact. But if you have your own children or pets, you'll most likely want a permanent pool fence.
From there, you can choose from a few different materials. Metal fencing is a popular choice because it's durable, though some homeowners prefer wood because it's more attractive and blends in more seamlessly with its surroundings. You might also consider a glass fence -- another aesthetically pleasing choice.
Mesh is another option to consider. Mesh fences make it difficult for kids to climb over, though some homeowners don't like the look of mesh.
If you're not sure which pool fence material is right for you, do some research and also get estimates on cost. Wooden or mesh fences will generally be your cheaper options, while glass and metal can get much more expensive. Wood in particular will need maintenance, though.
Pool fence requirements
Depending on where you live, there may be certain requirements your pool fence needs to fulfill. For example, your fence may need to be a certain height, and generally, it'll need to come with a gate that locks. Talk to your building department to find out what you need to do.
The last thing you want is a tragic accident on your property because your pool was too easy to access. Investing in a pool fence is a good way to prevent that from happening -- and buy yourself some much-needed peace of mind.