Pool fencing is very important when it comes to pool safety and protecting your child from the water. Permanent pool fencing has been used for many years to help prevent drowning from occurring. Pool fencing, whether it be removable or permanent, creates a strong barrier between your home and your swimming pool while still leaving the pool in clear view. Here is some information about permanent pool fencing and why it is important.

Importance of Permanent Pool Fencing

If you own a swimming pool, it is probably a good idea to install a pool fencing system around it, especially if you have children. According to Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential Pools: Preventing Child Drownings, nearly 300 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools each year across the United States. Additionally, about 4,000 more children in that age group need emergency treatment after falling into a pool. The majority of these types of injuries and fatalities occur in pools owned by the child’s family, friends or relatives. Therefore, pool owners will be entertaining children should consider having a permanent pool fence installed to keep their loved ones safe.

Types of Permanent Pool Fencing

There are many permanent pool fencing options available. These options include:

Wrought Iron Fences

Wrought iron fencing is one of the most costly pool fencing materials, but also one of the most sturdy. These fences are welded and dipped, so they have long-lasting life. They also come in a variety of different style options. It is important to keep in mind that iron does rust, so regular maintenance to protect the material is necessary.

Aluminum Pool Fences

Aluminum pool fences are very similar to wrought iron fences, except they will not rust. They are less expensive, but also extremely sturdy. Aluminum slates or tubes, horizontal or vertical are some of the options involved. Although aluminum fencing does not rust, in some environments, such as close to the coast, regular maintenance will need to be performed to prevent corrosion. Hot sun and salty weather can rough the material up over time, even with the durable powder coating.

Wood Pool Fences

Wood pool fencing is great for those who want added privacy. This is because you cannot see through it like other materials. Although additional privacy may sound great, it is important to consider that is more difficult to keep an eye on your pool. One of the biggest problems with wood fencing is that it can warm and deteriorate when it gets wet. This can be a problem, especially if it is too close to the swimming pool. Because of this, regularly treating of the material with stains and waterproofing is necessary to prevent rotting.

Glass Pool Fencing

Glass pool fencing is a popular options because of its attractive appeal, while also not necessarily being one of the most expensive either when being compared to wood and aluminum fencing. They are make of a thick safety glass, virtually non-breakable and shatter resistant. It can be installed simply by hanging the glass fence panels between the upright posts. In Australia, glass pool fencing is used extensively as an internal pool barrier because it makes an excellent secondary safety fencing for inground pools.

Vinyl Pool Fencing

Vinyl pool fencing comes in a variety of different patterns and styles, while also be easy to install and weather resistant. From traditional picket fences to large textured fence panels, vinyl pool fencing also comes in many different colors as well. Vinyl pool fences usually wear well too, but can deteriorate in the hot sun and begin to crack over time. Also, the view of the pool can be obstructed more in comparison some of the other fence materials.

Above Ground Pool Fencing

Although above ground pools may be more difficult for a child to gain access to, installing a fence is advisable. These resin fences provide a strong barrier while also be extremely easy to install. These fences simply bolt onto each pool upright and connect to each other. If your are considering a fence for your above ground, consider the taller fence to make the pool even more difficult to access. Always be sure never to leave items that can be used as a step for your child or pet to climb over the pool fence.

Installing a fence for your swimming pool may not be a necessity, especially if you do not have young children around your home, but they are definitely a good idea. Contact Paradise Oasis Pools for more information or to get a fence installed around your pool today.

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