Swimming is one of the best parts of summer. On hot, humid days like we’ve been having lately, you can cool off in your Virginia Beach pool. While cooling off is great, it’s important to employ a safety first policy. The fencing around your pool has to comply with national standards to ensure that children and those who can’t swim can remain safely outside the parameters of your pool. In order for that to work, the space between fence poles or posts can’t be more than 4 inches and they must be at least 4 feet tall. When building your pool fence, you should consider which fence will work best for safety purposes!
- Wood fences – If you choose to build a wood fence around your pool, consider building one that is about 4-5 feet tall so that it meets standards but is still short enough to see over. A privacy fence will make it difficult to know what’s going on beyond your pool. It’s important to have an awareness of your surroundings if there are young children or incompetent swimmers at your home and around your pool.
- Ornamental aluminum fences – These types of fences will keep your pool looking sophisticated. The important thing to remember if you choose to go with an aluminum fence is that the space between posts cannot be more than 4 inches. Be sure to check with your Virginia Beach fencing company to find out what the standard space size between posts is so that you don’t accidentally end up with an unsafe fence.
- Vinyl fences – The great thing about having a vinyl fence around water is that it won’t rot, rust, or be in any way affected by the water (except that it might be a little bit cleaner). Vinyl fences can be built to look just about any way. If you want it to look like you have wood fencing but don’t want all of the hassle of the maintenance that comes with wood fencing, vinyl is the way to go.
Fences that are NOT recommended
- Chain link fencing – The problem with chain link is that it’s very easy to climb. The point of fencing around a pool is so that people can’t easily access the water. Climbing into the pool area poses a big problem. Along these same lines, other fences or walls shouldn’t have protrusions that are easy to climb.
Other than chain link and privacy fences, you can easily make most fencing options work for your Virginia Beach pool. If you have an questions about fencing regulations or having a pool fence installed, contact Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach at (757) 321-6700, drop in, or contact us on our website. We’d be happy to talk to you about pool fencing as well as your other fencing options!