Pool Safety Fences: Everything You Need to KnowNovember 13, 2017
Pool Safety Fences: Everything You Need to Know
There is much to consider when purchasing and installing pool safety fences. We have put together this comprehensive guide to swimming pool fences to help you make the best decisions for your pool safety fence purchase and installation.
We will cover everything from general pros and cons of pool safety fences, types of pool fences, pricing, deck surface requirements, concrete footings, installation planning, mesh pool fences and additional considerations to think about.
All Safe Pool Fence & Cover’s Swimming Pool Safety Fences
All-Safe Pool Fence & Covers are attractive and durable. They provide you with a removable and transparent mesh pool fence that will serve as a layer of protection around the pool. Yet the secured gate will provide you quick and easy access to your swimming pool.
These mesh panels are resistant to abrasion, mildew, and sunlight, which means they will not shrink, rip, or fade, and also kids cannot poke through them.
We have a team of well-trained technicians who will install the concentric tension-based fencing system custom to your swimming pool. We can incorporate existing structures like exterior walls or freestanding. The fencing system can also involve self-closing, self-latching, key-lockable gates.
Pool Safety Fence Pros:
- Attractive unobtrusive natural colors are a available
- Can be incorporated into existing structures which helps in lowering the costs
- Design allows an easy and convenient access to your pool while keeping kids out
- It is ASTM F2286-05 Compliant, which means it is accepted in most county and city codes
Pool Safety Fence Con’s:
- The installation may be invasive
- Less flexibility in routing options for some pools
- There will be no barrier between a child and water if the fence is penetrated (as opposed to a pool safety net)
How Much does it Cost to Install?
Pool fencing has become a good investment because of their convenience and safety. You can expect to spend between $1,500 and $2,500 on materials and installation. There are a number of factors that can affect the final cost of the project. Some of these factors include:
- the height of the fence
- paint finishes
- the poles used
- the layout of the route
When you go for the consultation, the All-Safe Pool Fence & Covers representative will provide you with more information on the products and also help you choose the best option that will provide you with the safety and aesthetic needed while still staying on budget.
Most importantly, you and our technician will ensure that all access points in the pool have been locked during the process of planning installation.
Types of Pool Safety Fences
You will be provided with two options to choose from when it comes to safety fence installation. The two are A to B pool fence while the other is called an isolation pool fence.
Depending on your pool design you may only have one option. However, if your design allows for multiple options you can make your decision based on cost or aesthetic.
A to B Pool Fences
An A to B pool fence installation is the more economical option that will route the pool fence from a point A to point B. This will involve incorporating and attaching the fence to existing structures like a garage, perimeter fence, or house wall. (For them to be incorporated, the perimeter fencing should be of the required height and in good condition. The garage or house walls should be windowless) This type of installation will need about 40’ to 60’ of fencing plus the self-closing gate.
Isolation Pool Fence
An isolation pool fence will circle the entire pool and will need 60’ to 120’ feet of fencing plus the self-closing gate. This type of fencing has four sides like a box around the pool. This is why you will need more feet of fencing.
You can view images of both types of pool fences that we have installed for our clients in our Pool Fence Gallery.
Pool Fence Cost Additions & Variable:
- Fence height (this is 4 to 5 feet)
- Thickness of pole (All-Safe Pool Fence & Covers will install only premium strength pool fences)
- Paint Finishes you can expect to spend more on double painted hammer-tone than single powder coat
- Concrete work You might need this if the pool fence is routed over dirt yard or garden.
- Elevation changes and special panels pillars, unique features, steps, etc.
- Terminal post requirements reinforcement poles, end posts
Pool Fence Cost Ranges:
- You can expect to spend between $1,500 and $2,500
- The average pricing per foot is between $14 and $20
- Self-latching, self-closing will range from $350 to $450 dollars each.
The prices include the installation charges in the markets served by All-Safe Pool Fence and Covers and it provides you with a guideline to use when you want to estimate the approximate costs of the pool fence. If you want a more accurate quote, contact us for a free consultation.
The Path of a Pool Fence Planning a Pool Fence Installation
Below are some guidelines and tips you need to put into consideration when planning a pool fence installation. It is a common practice to have the fence a minimum of 24 inches from the edge of the water.
This is done to ensure there is enough space to walk inside the fence while retrieving a person or object or maintaining the pool. You should never have the fence any closer than 18 inches from the edge of the water; swimmers need to have enough space to pull out themselves from the water and sit.
Deck Surface Requirements
It is a good idea to have the fence path across a solid surface like paver stones, concrete, coated concrete decks and flagstone set in mortar. The fencing is tension-based, meaning it must be set into a rigid structure. The surface which it is set on should have a thickness of four inches thick and a width of six inches for proper installation and tension.
Accommodating Your Pool And Yard
Though many of us would love pool safety fences that go in perfectly straight lines, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes bends and turns need to be included in order to accommodate the curved nature of your deck or pool.
As such, it’s best to avoid the likes of S-turns, U-turns, tight or sudden turns, and 90 degree turns as much as you can when planning the installation of your pool fence. Otherwise, you may end up with problematic, opposing angles. All-Safe Pool Fence And Covers focused on 45 degree turns to create visually appealing fences that are both safe and strong.
In some scenarios, the required path for a fool fence might need to run across areas with pure dirt or grass. Whenever this is the case, concrete footings will need to be used for every fence post. The footings are generally placed no further apart than three feet. Gates should be installed onto sturdy decking with materials such as stone or concrete.
Installing To Pre-Existing Structures
In some situations, your pool safety fence may need to accommodate structures such as the perimeter fencing, a corner of the house, or walls in order to form a complete barrier around the pool. The potential varieties are quite varied, including wrought iron, stone, aluminum, wood, and masonry. Good condition is highly important, as is an elevation of at least five feet.
Additional Considerations For Pool Fence Installation Planning
- Do You Have a Level Surface? If the surface is level, the fence will be its safest. The aesthetic appeal will also be at its best.
- Does The Fence Need To Cross Any Steps?
- Do You Have Sprinkler, Electrical, Or Gas Lines Buried Along The Fence Path?
- Does The Fence Need To Go Along Large Surface Dips? In some cases, concrete decks have drains inside that allow for large slopes that could be potentially be crawled underneath by the likes of children.
- Do You Have Doors, Windows, Or Pet Entrances That Can Be Opened By Children To Gain Pool Access? In that case, your pool safety fence needs to block the entrance.
- Are There Any Nearby Structures That Children Can Use To Climb The Fence? Outdoor play structures, potted plants, trees, or small sheds that are located nearby could potentially be climbed. If you can imagine any scenario where a kid could climb up on something, you can trust that they’ll be able to come up with the same solution themselves.
- Are Any Bar Or Outdoor Cooking Areas Too Close To The Path Of The Fence? You have to consider the possibility of children climbing these common yard features as well. Cooking areas are also generally too short or troublesome for pool fence attachment given the materials used and design style.
- Is Your Installation Plan As Safe As Possible? You must also be sure that the fence isn’t routed anywhere over 36 inches away from outdoor features like rock formations, decks, or food prep areas.
Mesh Pool Fencing
1 – Why Choose Mesh? What Are The Advantages?
As it turns out, mesh fabric is the leading material for pool safety fencing. The number one reason for this is safety above all else. All-Safe Pool Fence And Covers’ fence panels are naturally designed to deter the possibility of children climbing over them. Mesh fabric pool fences won’t have any slats or crossbars, thereby making them imminently more difficult to gain footing or grab hold of in order to climb.
2 – Mesh Pool Fence Fabric Enhances Visibility
After safety, the visibility of the fence must also be considered. This is yet another reason why mesh fabric fencing is among the leading solutions for residential swimming pools. The mesh covering can be easily removed if you wish, but while left on the panels will allow sunlight through in tiny holes not noticeable by the naked eye. Looking through it is not unlike looking through translucent plastic, the result of which gives an unencumbered and safe view of the pool.
3 – Resilience of Mesh Pool Fences
Mesh pool fences are also the sturdiest. The specific material used has been found to be among the strongest in the industry. Mesh is also resistant to tearing and impervious to damage from the sun.
4 – Mesh is Cost Effective
Mesh pool fencing is also admirable given its affordable price point. After the installation, you’ll have spent far less than you would have for wood, glass, or chain link fences. Since there’s no compromise in safety, this makes a natural choice for most families.
5 – User Friendly Design
Mesh pool fencing is also incredibly user-friendly. Convenience is one of the core design principles. For instance, the mesh is fully removable and it can even be rolled up to store away until later.
When it comes to pool safety, you should never compromise. You have many decisions ahead of you in terms of your budget and particular yard layout. Regardless of what you decide upon, it’s apparent that mesh pool safety fences are one of the most viable options in most situations.
You can learn more about our mesh pool fence options by following the links below:
Alternatives to Pool Safety Fences
Although Pool Safety Fences are a great solution to protect your kids from falling into your pool, there are alternative options to consider. Below are a few of the pool safety solutions that All Safe Pool & Fence Covers offers:
Now that you have gathered all of the important information for your pool safety fence installation, it is time to get a free quote for your installation. Our local technician will come to your home, inspect and measure your pool while offering an initial consultation to understand your needs and offer the best solution.
Don’t delay, keep your kids safe, get your free pool fence installation quote today.