Pool Fence Installation
If your swimming pool is un-fenced, you should seriously consider changing that situation. An un-fenced pool offers anyone the opportunity to enter, which puts them at the risk of drowning.
Most of our customers install their own fences, so if you are reasonably handy, you should think about installing your own aluminum pool fence. Your pool fence DIY project will look great and protect your guests and others from danger. Aluminum is a great fence material for self-installation because it is light and easy to maneuver.
We offer a variety of fencing styles for your pool fence. In addition, we have finishing touches such as ornamental rings to customize your fence. Finally, we offer many colors that are available in two finishes, depending on your selected color.
Pool Fence Regulations
Local governments and homeowner associations subject fences to various regulations. The rules for pool fences typically go far beyond those for other fence projects due to safety considerations.
Homeowner associations are normally concerned with the aesthetics of fences. They might dictate the materials used to construct a fence, and they also may be concerned with fence colors and design elements. If you have an association, check with them for guidance.
The primary source of pool fence regulations is the Building Officials Code Administrators International (BOCA). Local communities often base their requirements on the BOCA code. Check with your local authorities for specific regulations applying to your pool fence DIY project.
The BOCA code includes the following specifications. The gate and fence surrounding a pool should be at least 4 feet high. The code requires that horizontal rails be at least 45” apart. Picket spacing should be less than 4”. The code specifies no more than a 4” gap from the ground to the bottom rail. To prevent small children from reaching gate latches, these must be placed at least 54” high. Gates must open away from the pool area, and they must be self-locking and self-closing.
Options to Enhance Security
You can never have enough security, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t exceed the requirements of the BOCA code. We offer several options to add more security to your DIY pool fence project.
To lock your gate, consider the Magna Latch. This optional gate lock is self-latching, and the lock itself sits far up – atop the pool gate – out of the reach of small children. The Magna Latch can be secured by a key, and it will resist force and remain locked. Most US jurisdictions require this industry pool gate lock.
We offer a self-closing gate hinge that is spring-loaded. While pools typically have a single-swing gate, you can use this even if you have a double gate. It’s not hard to install and perform an initial adjustment on this sturdy hinge. Additionally, you do not need to be concerned about sagging, rusting or staining.
Self-Installation of Aluminum Swimming Pool Fences
We design our aluminum fence panels to make them easy to install, and most of our customers erect their fences themselves. Aluminum is quite sturdy and light, making it easy to maneuver and carry around. Consider doing the work yourself with a friend or associate on hand to help out.