Secure Your Pool and Add Appeal With Fencing
If you are a pool owner or planning to install a pool, securing your backyard oasis is an important consideration. Fencing is an essential component of a safe outdoor environment and can help provide you with peace of mind. It is also a great way to personalize your space and create the perfect area for relaxing and enjoying the company of your friends and family. When it comes to designing backyard fencing, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure you get the desired results.
According to a 2012 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recommended height for a fence around a pool is a minimum of four feet, and fencing that is five feet tall or higher is preferred. Also, a tall fence can create a more private space for you and your family by making it harder for people to see into your backyard. Additionally, it can serve as a sound barrier and add tranquility to your pool time. The benefits of higher fencing are numerous, in addition to securing your pool.
Consider the Composition
The material that makes up your fence is another important consideration. Depending on your needs, there are a number of options available. Wood fencing can be a great way to shade your pool area and add some privacy—and a durable product made from cedar, redwood or mahogany can be aesthetically pleasing while standing up to weather conditions. Transparent fences made of glass, acrylic or strong mesh can keep your pool secure while offering an unobstructed view of your surroundings. Ornamental steel or aluminum fences are another popular option, providing durability and adding elegance to an outdoor area. Chain link fences are economical and relatively easy to install. With all of the options available, you are sure to find the perfect look to complete and secure your poolscape.
Incorporate Fun Foliage
Working with the landscape design around your pool or patio, you can use new or existing greenery to complement your fencing. Depending on the weather conditions where you live, you can easily plant espalier apple trees, grape vines or orange trees against your new backyard fencing. As another option, you can train hedges or plants to grow on your fence and use the area in front to act as a bed where you can add a splash of colorful flowers.
Backyard fencing comes in many shapes, sizes and styles. So, you're sure to find something to transform your pool or patio into a backyard retreat that also matches your taste and budget.
1. 2012 edition of the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Committee’s “Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential Pools” report: https://www.cpsc.gov//PageFiles/122222/362%20Safety%20Barrier%20Guidelines%20for%20Pools.pdf