Enclosing your in-ground swimming pool with a fence can not only provide an elegant accent for your backyard retreat, but also a safety wall for entry by children and pets. In fact, in many states it is required by law to enclose your swimming pool with a permanent barrier that meets national pool safety codes and the requirements of your local municipality.
Pool Fencing Requirements
Pool fencing requirements can vary from municipality to municipality so it’s best to contact your local permitting office to verify what codes pertain to you. If included with your Anthony & Sylvan new swimming pool contract, we will ensure that your fence meets both national and local code requirements. Below are some of the barrier requirements from the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (v2012):
- The fence must be a minimum of four feet in height.
- There may be no areas where the clearance between the bottom of your fence and the ground measures more than two inches.
- All fence gates must open away from the pool and must be self-closing and self-latching.
- Gate latching must be a minimum of 54 inches off the ground or three inches below the top of the gate on the poolside, as long as the latch can only be opened by reaching over the gate.
- If your fence adjoins the house, you are required to install door alarms on all doors leading to the pool area. (Door alarms are available at various Anthony & Sylvan retail locations.)
- Openings in the fence cannot allow the passage of a four inch diameter sphere.
Your homeowner association (HOA) may also have requirements regarding pools and fences, including the types and colors of fencing that can be installed. If your property is governed by an HOA or has other community rules, it is important that you verify that your pool and fence complies with all HOA requirements.
Pool Fencing Options
Depending on your aesthetic preference, your budget and restrictions by local code and/or your homeowners association, there are several different types of pool fencing options, including wood, aluminum and vinyl (PVC).
Wood fencing is a more economical option for enclosing your swimming pool. It provides the option for low or high level of privacy with different alternatives for styling, including picket and post tops cut into the wood. Wood fencing typically needs to be replaced every 7-12 years and requires regular maintenance such as semi-annual sealing, painting and possible picket replacement.
Aluminum fencing offers the same beauty and protection of wrought iron without the extra maintenance. With aluminum fencing you can enhance the beauty of your backyard with a variety of color options such as black, bronze, white, sandstone and hunter green. You can also choose to add accessories such as finials, post caps and scrolls for additional customization and design. Aluminum fencing requires little to no maintenance and can outlast most other fencing options.
Vinyl (PVC) Fencing
Vinyl fencing, also known as PVC fencing, is a great low maintenance alternative to wood fencing. Available in white, tan, gray and mix & match colors, PVC allows you the flexibility to choose the color that complements your backyard retreat. With regular washing, PVC fencing can last up to 20 years.
Schedule a free consultation to learn more about different types of pool fencing options.