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Aesthetic Fencing Designs For Yards & Pools

A sparkling beautiful swimming pool is the crowning jewel of a good landscaped yard. However, if not properly fenced, it can be dangerous. Since pool fences are never attractive, designers struggle with this safety element. You may not need such a fence if it is an all-adult community. However, if the backyard is frequented by children and pets, the fence will be necessary. There are various ways to make the pool fence in your backyard look better and blend into the surroundings. This should be done professionally that will adhere to governmental standards. You can hire a skilled designer who will assess your lifestyle and the site to decide the best way to install a swimming pool safety fence. The following are three basic strategies:

  1. Perimeter Fence: A perimeter fence can be used as a pool safety fence around the yard. Such a fence must meet the gate and height requirements as stipulated by the safety code.
  2. Interior Fence: This is a fence that leaves the yard open to personal as well as general use. It encloses the pool area.
  3. Removable Fence: This fence can be removed partially or entirely for a short time to allow access to the pool. This solution is great for parties when the pool and house become one large space. When the children are young, it provides pool security. However once they are old enough, the fence is removed and the code requirements are met by a perimeter fence. If there is concern for pets or children who may have access to the pool, the fence should be designed in a way that it can be reinstalled anytime.

Regulations for a Typical Pool Fence

This applies to non-portable spas, swimming pools and hot tubs. Regulations may vary by city and state. Before constructing a fence, you must verify with the local building department.

  1. The top of the fence should be about 48 inches above grade. The gap should not be more than 4 inches between the bottom of the fence and the finish grade.
  2. Openings in that fence must not allow for the passage of a four-inch diameter sphere.

III. Solid fences must not have protrusions or indentations.

  1. Spacing between the vertical members should not be more than 4”
  2. For chain link, the maximum mesh size should not be more than 1-3/4”
  3. Gates should open outwards, away from the pool. They should be self latching and self closing.

VII. The fence should be clear of any structure that might be used to climb over.


Majority of the pool safety fences are made of powder coated steel or aluminum. Fences constructed with aluminum are the best to surround your pool. The aluminum construction protects …

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