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Poolside Safety: Selecting the Perfect Fence for Your Pool Area

There are around 10.7 million swimming pools in the U.S. 15% of homes have added pools to their spaces to allow for some rest and relaxation (not to mention some fun in the sun). But with fun comes responsibility, especially for our little ones. 

We won’t beat around the bush. Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children aged one to four. This means that in just one year, around 390 lives are lost due to pool or spa drownings. Worse, proper pool fencing could have avoided many of these deaths.

This topic is no laughing matter. Pool safety is non-negotiable, and at BarrierBoss, we want to help you keep your loved ones safe and secure.

The Need for Pool Fencing

Pool fencing is an integral layer of protection. This is especially important on a continent with millions of swimming pools. While cooler temperatures in Canada may lessen the likelihood of outdoor pools, they are quite common in the south. And sadly, the U.S. lacks a federal pool fence law.

Despite the lack of true federal regulations, it is widely understood that pool fences must be at least 48” in height. And at BarrierBoss, we agree. Fortunately, you can choose from plenty of options for your pool fence. 

Think corrugated metal for stylish privacy, traditional chain link to keep uninvited little ones away from water without supervision, and vinyl fences popular in HOAs (homeowners associations). 

So, why invest in pool fencing if it isn’t obvious enough?

  • Safety: Fencing can protect your pool from guests who aren’t invited or supervised.
  • Legal Protection: You can face severe legal consequences if someone drowns or is injured in your pool, even if they entered without invitation.
  • Choices: You have choices. Consider materials such as metal, privacy, chain link, and vinyl.
  • Modern Looks: Fencing can look like more than a fence. With metal fencing choices from BarrierBoss, you can create a statement.
  • Privacy: Select corrugated metal fencing or vinyl fencing for privacy to keep those prying eyes on their side of the fence.
  • Strength: Corrugated metal fences are made from 26-gauge galvanized steel. 

Easy to Maintain: All you need is eco-friendly soap and a garden hose to cleanse away environmental debris.

Corrugated Metal Fencing for Pool Safety

Our preferred choice for pools is our corrugated metal fencing. Unlike wood fences that come with inherent drawbacks such as a shorter lifespan (5 to 10 years) and susceptibility to fungus, dry rot, and termite infection, corrugated metal stands can stand the test of time.

Corrugated metal is impressively strong. It’s resilient against weather conditions (including rain, sleet, snow, and strong winds), rot, and insect damage. Our fencing materials resist rusting and corrosion. They are constructed from galvanized steel and finished with PVDF/ NoFade paint. 

Plus, a properly installed corrugated metal fence can last 20 or 30 years, often longer. And BarrierBoss corrugated metal fence panels have a warranty of 40 years!

Beyond its strength, corrugated metal fencing looks great and can give your property that modern touch. The ridges and grooves create a contemporary appearance that will protect your pool and improve your curb appeal.

Privacy Fences for Pool Areas

Beautify the space around your pool with the added seclusion that privacy fences provide. These fences can seriously change the look of your pool area into a secluded retreat. Keep those prying eyes away.

At BarrierBoss, we offer two privacy fence options, allowing you to find the perfect fit for your pool space. 

  • White vinyl panels are a popular choice for those living in an HOA with limited fencing options. Thankfully, these fences look great as an addition to any home and work well with any house color.
  • Corrugated metal fencing framed in cedar is another great choice. Select from stain options ranging from unstained to chestnut, slate grey, black, and walnut. These panels are all available at 8' height for maximum privacy.

Pool fences create more than just security and concealment for security. When fashioning your latest swimsuit apparel, you don’t necessarily want everyone in the neighborhood to see you. So, privacy fences are a great way to keep you safe and give you the respect you deserve when enjoying your pool space.

White Vinyl Fence Panels - Poolside Safety

White Vinyl Fence Panels

Chain Link Fences: Pros and Cons 

While specific regulations can vary and be confusing, the law does mandate the installation of a pool fence. Most people choose the 4-foot high chain link fence with a one 3/4-inch mesh opening. This meets most requirements and regulations. Higher fences five feet or more, with smaller mesh openings, can provide even better security and safety.

Note: in some states, such as California, a five-foot or higher fence is required for pool enclosures.

Affordability and strength are key factors in choosing chain link fences for pools. 

  • Chain link fences are often more budget-friendl. Wood alternatives have higher material costs and take longer to install install. 
  • Add-ons like gates, vinyl coating, or fabric screens can increase the cost, but the overall cost is typically less than that of other options.

Rumors often circulate that chain link fences are not permitted for pool enclosures. Contrary to this belief, regulations vary. Check local government and homeowners' association guidelines for accurate information. Where permitted, the cost-effectiveness of chain link fences makes them an excellent option for pool areas.

Vinyl Fences: Great Looks and Impressive Strength

Vinyl fences are also an excellent choice for pool areas. The modern vinyl look creates an inviting and stylish atmosphere. For those living in an HOA, this might be the only option for your pool enclosure.

Regarding strength, vinyl fencing is a long-lasting solution. With a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, and even longer for the best brands (aka BarrierBoss) with proper maintenance, vinyl is built to perform. Maintenance is hassle-free, requiring only occasional light cleaning with eco-friendly soap and water.

Choosing vinyl is practical, looks great, and will keep your pool area safe. Vinyl provides a secure barrier, especially when complemented by adults nearby when the pool is open.

Safety Regulations and Compliance

Compliance with safety regulations is a non-negotiable when it comes to pool fencing. State and local regulations and building codes dictate specific requirements for swimming pools. The International Building Code is a general guide, while the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) provides more detailed regulations.

ISPSC states outdoor in-ground pools require a fence or barrier regardless of depth. Above-ground pools exceeding a certain depth must also have a fence. Not complying with these regulations can result in legal consequences, not to mention heartache, should a pool tragedy occur that could have been prevented with a fence. Penalties may range from warnings to fines.

Don't dismiss the significance of regular inspections and maintenance either. A well-maintained fence will meet legal requirements and provide ongoing protection.

Poolside Beauty: Blending Safety with Style

Transforming your pool area into a personal sanctuary involves more than just the pool itself—it's your chance to create a unique blend of safety and style. Think beyond a simple concrete patio and a fence. Consider the following:

  • Landscaping and edging both inside and outside the fence wall where possible
  • Comfortable seating such as lounge chairs, and high and low-tables
  • Overhead awning to provide areas of shade when the sun is at its strongest

The pool fence you choose will impact the visual aspect of the pool area. As we shared earlier, fencing options such as corrugated metal, privacy, chain link, and vinyl are all equitable options. Choosing the right one depends on your area's rules, the look you are going for, and the price you can afford.

Consider BarrierBoss Corrugated Metal Fencing For Your Pool Enclosure 

BarrierBoss is all about safeguarding your pool with our corrugated metal fencing. We know that selecting the right pool fence is necessary for safety, and we think you’ll fall in love with our recommendation. 

However, other metal materials, such as deep groove and chain link or even vinyl art, are great choices. Take your pool experience to the next level of safety with BarrierBoss—choose BarrierBoss today!

Be sure to browse our range of corrugated metal fencing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a fence around my pool?

While the actual height requirements vary depending on local geography, it is generally accepted that you should have a four-foot fence to surround your pool. Ensure tht there are no gaps exceeding four inches that small animals, pets, or children can make their way through. Check with your local government and the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) for more detailed regulations.

What happens if I don’t have a fence around my pool?

In most areas, you will be unable to gain a permit to build your pool without showing plans for a fence enclosure. Aside from that, fencing your pool area is the responsible thing to do. Every year, there are countless injuries and drownings that could have been prevented with proper supervision and the presence of a fence.

Is corrugated metal fencing a good choice for my pool enclosure?

At BarrierBoss, we think corrugated metal fencing is an excellent choice for your pool enclosure. Steel fencing is very strong and our product is made from 26-gauge galvanized steel. However, be sure to check with your HOA to see if there are any limitations or restrictions on fence type or style.