Pool Fences St. Louis Trusts
There’s nothing better in last spring, summer, or fall than a pool. When it’s hot and humid, pools seem like an oasis. Unfortunately, those oases come with dangers of their own, and if you aren’t careful, they can turn deadly.
When installing a pool or buying a pool, it’s also important to buy a pool fence. Here in Saint Louis, it’s mandated by the state that all pools deeper than 26 inches (roughly 2 feet) must have a pool fence. Below are the requirements for your pool fence, as demanded by the state.
- The fence must be at least 4 feet tall, or higher
- The fence must be impossible for children to climb or squeeze through
- It must be gated, and the gate must be a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens away from the pool
The reason for these measures is the dangers of drowning. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists drowning as the second highest cause of death in children ages 14 and younger, and more than a third of those deaths occur in residential pools. The CDC states that isolating a pool with a fence brings the risk to children down 83 percent, an enormous difference.
And while you might think that you are safe because you have no children, think again! You can still get fined and/or charged if someone else’s child falls into your pool and drowns.
So if you’re considering getting a pool, you need to factor in the price of a pool fence, too.
Are Pool Fences Really Necessary?
Yes, pool fences are essential, not just for protecting your children (and the children of others). A pool fence is imperative to keep them from downing and/or using your pool as a litterbox if you have pets.
A fence around your pool also deters strangers from getting into your pool.
And don’t worry! We have lots of options to find the perfect fence for you that fits your aesthetic or the look of your yard!
What Pool Fence Type is Best for Me?
Here are the various types of pool fences.
Aluminum Pool Fencing
This is the sturdiest of the options. Aluminum pool fences are also relatively affordable to install and can be painted in various colors. They come in many styles and, in some cases, are some of the strongest fencing materials available. These are the types of fences you often see at neighborhood pools or pools at country clubs. They have a high level of durability and anti-rust properties, which is necessary for wet or humid areas like Saint Louis. If you get a good aluminum pool fence and take good care of it, it can easily last 30 years.
Another benefit is the looks – the slots between the poles allow for great visibility, so they don’t block out the rest of the yard or your view of your pool, which is nice if you have fancy landscaping or a fountain for your pool.
Vinyl Pool Fences
Vinyl pool fences can provide an unobstructed view of your pool and landscaping and are very useful for parents who have teenagers in the pool and want to keep an eye on them without sitting beside the pool. They are also very durable, and if built high enough, are difficult for children or pets to climb, since they provide no footholds whatsoever.
Vinyl pool fences are easy to maintain and quite strong, giving you peace of mind if you are worried about them breaking.
Our favorite part is that they are so easy to clean! Just give them a simple wipe down or spray off once a quarter, and you’re good to go! Vinyl resists chemicals and chlorine, which is another reason it’s one of our go-tos for pool fencing. It also lasts a long time!
Chain Link Pool Fences
If a poll were taken, this type of fence would probably rank as the second most popular. People like this type of fence because it’s relatively quick and easy to install, and depending on the type of mesh, can be on the cheaper side, which is perfect for homeowners looking to combine cost and effectiveness.
Chain link fences are typically woven steel (which prevents ‘fraying’ as you see in some plastic weaves) and are rust-resistant. They provide the benefits of being able to see your pool without blocking the breeze.
Chain link pool fences can also come in vinyl (a compounded plastic) and a few other materials, though they are slightly less study and have a shorter life than the steel mesh fences.
People also like this fence because you can buy ‘compatible’ mesh fences. That is, it can be taken down, such as when you move or you want to take it in during the winter or before a severe storm (such as a hurricane or tornado).
Wrought Iron Pool Fences
If you’re looking for traditional, look no further!
These fences were once quite popular for their elegant designs and durability. Still, they are often overlooked in favor of the convenience or price that chain link pool fences provide.
Wrought iron fences are designed so children cannot climb the bars, which is favorable for larger families who want to maintain the look of their property while protecting their children. The lifetime of these fences can be a lifetime, or even centuries if properly maintained.
These types of fences can be relatively difficult or costly to install, and the iron drives up the price. However, if you have money to spend and want the perfect fence covering both safety and aesthetics, this fence is for you!
Wood Pool Fences
This type of fence is even more traditional than the wrought iron fence and provides privacy that none of the other fences do. Wood pool fences come in various colors, designs, shapes, and sizes.
Wood pool fencing is also very durable and can last to up around 20 years if taken care of properly. Most of these fences require cleaning, along with paint and treatment once or twice a year.
Can I Install These Fences Myself?
Except for a collapsible mesh fence, no, and even then, we don’t recommend it. To make the fence perfectly safe, you need professional fence installers.
Instead, please call us. We can go over the best option for you and give you a free estimate! Give us a call now and let us know how we can help.