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The pool fencing ideas you consider should reflect and align with why you want to enclose your pool in the first place. Is your pool fence primarily for decoration, privacy or utility? In every case, safety will factor into every design decision, but aesthetics and functionality need to be weighed as well.

Popular materials for pool fences are wood, metal and vinyl. Wood fences are typically made of cedar and pressure-treated pine. A swimming pool fence made of cedar tends to last longer, as its higher-density grain makes it less vulnerable to insects and moisture. Metal and vinyl, particularly wrought iron, have an even longer life span and require less maintenance. The rods should be no more than 4″ apart to prevent kids from squeezing through, and any horizontal framing members should be faced on the inside of the fence to prevent giving kids a foothold for climbing.

If you’re mainly concerned with purely functional fencing, chain link fences are a popular and seemingly straightforward choice, but regulatory restrictions in your area may not allow it. Chain link fencing is a safety risk for children, since the links easy to climb. Some codes require that links must be no greater than 1.25″, making it more difficult for kids to insert their feet. Another alternative for an above ground pool fence is split-rail fencing. A split-rail fence typically comes in two-rail and three-rail options, both of which must be covered with wire mesh at least 48″ in height. Split-rail fences offer the least amount of privacy, but conversely offer the best view or the surroundings.

For privacy fencing, a stockade fence with no gaps between its wood slats provides maximum privacy. Needless to say, this also provides no view of the surroundings, and no view of the pool from the outside, which may feel uninviting before long. Small gaps between slats give enough of a view to convey activity to outsiders, but no significant level of detail to encourage voyeurism. To discourage kids from climbing, solid wood plank fences should be at least 48″ tall. Some regulations also require that the bottom edge of the planks be no more than 4″ off the ground to discourage kids from crawling underneath the fence.

For decorative fencing, nothing beats an ornamental iron fence if your budget allows for it. Wrought iron fences are the most popular choice for ornamental fences, but hot-dipped galvanized steel can provide an identical look at a lower price, while being far more durable than aluminum fencing.

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