Research Various Pool Fencing Setups

Fencing is one of the most important details that pertains to pool ownership. A fence will protect your loved ones from falling into the pool and prevent people from taking advantage of you and using your water feature when you are not at home. The type of pool fence that you choose can be reflective of your style or the style of your home, but it should also contain the level of privacy that you prefer and require the amount of maintenance steps that you are willing to fulfill. Here are some factors you should consider.

A Closed or Open Design?

A closed design that consists of wooden or metal components that interlock and form a solid barrier will make your pool area seem like a safe fortress, but are you willing to eliminate your ability to see your home or property while you are spending time inside of the pool?

If you appreciate being able to keep an eye on your home or yard, you may want to use an open fencing design, which either contains glass panels that will allow full visibility or metal, wooden, or plastic fencing materials that are spaced out. With this type of fencing, your view won't be obstructed and others will be able to see into the pool area. This type of setup may be suitable if you are waiting for your children to come home from school or if you are waiting on a visitor and will be spending time inside of the pool until the arrival. 

Easy to Clean or More Specific Maintenance Needs?

A flat surface will be much easier to clean than one with grooved edges, but you may not be willing to compromise the fencing style that you have in mind. Learn about pool fencing materials and their respective maintenance needs. Some materials can simply be sprayed off, with a steady stream of water, but wood that contains deep grooves or a metal fencing style that contains ornamental trim will require a more focused cleaning approach.

One way to minimize the need to perform laborious cleaning sessions is by minimizing the amount of foliage that is planted in the vicinity of the pool or by having a hardscape border installed next to the fencing. Since grass trimmings, dirt, and other loose particles won't come into contact with the fence, you may only be required to hose down or scrub the fencing on occasion. You also have the option of hiring a groundskeeper who will tend to the fencing maintenance requirements for you.

For more information on your options for a pool fence, contact a local pool contractor.