There can be any number of reasons to install a swimming pool
fence, but the primary one is safety (especially the safety of
small children). Even the most responsible parents can lose track
of their children for a moment, and this is often all it takes for
the worst of tragedies to strike your home. It takes only 5 minutes
under the water to cause brain damage and possibly death. This is
not something you fool around with, and swimming pool fences have
proved one of the most effective child safety features you can
Swimming Pool Fences: Childless Safety
Even if you don't have children, pool safety should still be a
concern. Swimming pools are attractive to more than just you, your
family, and your guests. No matter how many signs and warnings you
put up, some people (imagine brazen teenagers) may still end up
trespassing and using your pool. Someone swimming in your pool may
be unpleasant enough, but if they were to be injured or drown in
your pool, you can and probably will be sued for negligence. Even
when a lawsuit isn't a concern (laws differ from state to state),
you'll want to help ensure everybody stays safe: even those whom
you press charges against later. Plus, installing a safety fence
may be the difference between winning and losing your lawsuit or,
better yet, having the lawsuit thrown out of court.
Swimming Pool Fence Basic Design Options
Swimming pool fences are available with varying characteristics.
General strength is an important consideration, especially for
homeowners who live in regions with high winds. One of the biggest
factors in the quality of your pool fence is a resistance to sun
damage and rust. How long you want your fence to last and retain a
reasonably pleasing appearance and your budgetary resources will
determine just how far up the scale you go. For safety, a quality
lock is probably just as important as the strength of your fence.
While the required fence length also determines overall cost, the
shape of your pool and the fence enclosure does not. Most fencing
is designed to create a perimeter for any enclosure shape.