How to Choose the Best Pool Fencing Material for Your Home

Posted on: 25 April 2016


A fence around a pool is usually legally required in most areas and something that homeowners should consider in any case. A good fence will protect children and pets from getting into the pool and also keep out unwanted neighborhood guests. When you're in the market for a new pool fence for your home, first start with any local regulations about its size and the like. Once you know those requirements, note a few tips for how to choose a good pool fence material. 

1. Glass

Glass pool fencing has the advantage of not providing any type of toe hold or means for someone to climb it. If you're worried about neighborhood kids or trespassers using your pool when you're away, glass can be one of the best choices. It's also provides a completely open look, which can be good if you don't like how a fence makes a yard seem cluttered and if you want an unobstructed view of the pool. Glass is also very resistant to the chemicals in pool water so it's virtually maintenance free.

2. Vinyl

Vinyl fencing is very durable and holds up well against the chemicals in pool water, but a short vinyl fence, a very common option, is also very easy to scale. If you're looking to keep out trespassers, choose a taller vinyl fence with vertical slats that don't provide a solid toe hold. Another drawback to vinyl is that the fence can look a bit busy and a bit plain. You might want to consider the ease of owning a vinyl fence against the overall look if this is your choice.

3. Chain link

One advantage of a chain link fence is that it's very affordable and relatively easy to install, so many homeowners can often do this on their own. However, it does often look a bit drab and industrial and the mesh of the chain link is somewhat easy to climb. If you need added security, choose a very tall chain link fence that might put off some trespassers and a small mesh that doesn't provide as much of a toe hold. The smaller mesh will also offer more privacy as it's more difficult to see through.

You might also opt for a chain link fence with a PVC or plastic coating, as the water and chemicals in the pool might cause corrosion and damage to plain steel or a thin coating that is prone to rust. The plastic can keep your chain link fence in much better condition when exposed to pool water and its chemicals.

For more information about your options, contact a local pool fencing company.