What Makes a Good Pool Fence?

What Makes a Good Pool Fence?
What separates a good pool fence from a bad one? Today, we'll show you exactly what to look for when determining the right pool fence for your specific needs.

The thing is, the process of buying a pool fence may be confusing to someone who doesn’t know about their various options. Let’s explore these factors so that you know what to look for when making this important purchase.  After all, a good pool fence can make a difference between life and death!

Choosing a Good Pool Fence

The Taller the Better

When considering the height of your pool fence, the most important task is creating an obstacle that your children and pets cannot overcome.  The thing is, both children and pets can be more resourceful than we sometimes give them credit for. It’s best to have a taller fence that takes away the possibility of their climbing onto a nearby object to help them get over it.

Also consider the fact that your children will grow.  You’re better off buying a tall fence to start, rather than purchasing new higher fences along the way. You want your fence to be four feet high at a minimum, but remember: taller is better when it comes to pool fences!

Strong & Durable Mesh

If it is easy to break through its mesh, your pool fence can only protect you for so long. You want your fence to remain strong if a pet jumps up on it with its claws, or a child pushes against it. You also want it to last the test of time and withhold wear-and-tear or harsh weather conditions. Tension-based support is an important aspect of choosing your mesh. A smooth vinyl coating is mildew resistant and easy to clean.

Proper Support 

A good pool fence should have enough support to ensure that it will remain impenetrable. For one, the fence should be held up by aluminum support poles that are triple-reinforced to keep it standing tall and strong.  These poles should be placed no more than 36 inches apart to provide optimal tension.  In addition, your fence should have a border surrounding it on all sides. This prevents the mesh from unraveling and provides additional strength support to keep the mesh from sagging over time.

Keep That Gate Locked!

Now that you have a protective fence surrounding your pool area, you still need a way to enter the area safely!  That means you’ll need a gate. Remember that a gate does create an additional access point for your children. After all, why have a fence up when they can get to the pool just by walking through the gate?

There are a number of choices for you here, but above all else, make sure that your gate is self-closing and self-latching.  This means that when you walk through the door, there’s no risk of it remaining ajar.  The gate will close and lock behind you automatically.

Not Your Only Line of Defense  

Drowning is the leading cause of death among children from ages one through four.  You want to exhaust every available preventive measure to avoid a tragic accident.  A fence is the most vital piece of this puzzle, but it isn’t your only line of defense against such a disaster.  Read through DIY Pool Fence’s blog for information about additional steps you can take to make your pool area safe, such as using active supervision and learning CPR.