In the state of Washington, built-in swimming pools must have a fence surrounding the pool or spa. The fence must be a minimum of 4 feet in height and have a gate that is self-closing, meaning the gate will fully latch behind you when you enter or exit the pool area. The latch on the gate must also be on the upper portion of the gate so the latch can’t easily be reached by a child.
If you have a built-in swimming pool and are trying to decide which type of fence will serve your needs the best, this post can help. The information here will educate you on the benefits of certain types of fencing for pool areas and provide you with other pertinent information.
Benefits of Wrought-Iron Pool Fencing
One of the reasons many homeowners choose wrought-iron pool fencing is the fence’s classic look that seems to always be in style. Wrought-iron fencing has a design that makes it hard for children to climb, making the fence a great barrier for a pool area. The open design also allows wind to blow through the fence without causing excessive stress or damage.
While wrought-iron fencing is not known for rusting easily, rust can form in certain areas, especially if the fence is damaged. However, you can easily remove rust by taking a stiff-bristled brush to the rusted areas until all signs of rust are gone. Wipe down the area until you have a clean surface, and then repaint that portion of the fence to match the rest.
Benefits of Vinyl Pool Fencing
One aspect of vinyl fencing that makes this type of fencing great for pool areas is that vinyl fences can take on the appearance of other types of fencing while offering the benefits of vinyl. You can have a vinyl fence installed that mimics the look of a wood fence or a wrought-iron fence.
Vinyl fencing is durable and easy to maintain. Once the fence is installed, you can keep the surface clean by spraying the fence with a garden hose and a high-powered hose nozzle. For stubborn stains, you can use a homemade solution made from vinegar and water. Mix a half a cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water and use the solution to clean the fence with a rag.
Since vinyl fencing will be the same color all the way through, you won’t need to repaint the fence. You can also choose from hundreds of colors, so you can match the pool fence to your home or landscape.
Benefits of Wood Pool Fencing
Homeowners who prefer the look of natural wood can choose a wood pool fence that holds up well. Cedar fencing can be chosen in many styles, so you can choose between a privacy fence, a semi-private fence, a swoop-style fence, and more. Keep in mind, if you choose a style such as the swoop style, the lowest part of the fence needs to meet the 4-foot height requirement.
Cedar wood is a preferable option for pool areas because this wood is more water-resistant than many other types. The natural oils help protect the fence from rotting due to water and weather damage and help to prevent insect damage.
Should you opt for a cedar pool fence, you can enjoy the fence’s natural look or paint the fence at any point in the future if you decide you want to change up the fence’s look. However, cedar has such a natural beauty that most people choose to enjoy the fence the way nature created the wood to look.
If you are ready to discuss your pool fence needs, contact us. We will help answer any questions you may have about the various types of available pool fencing and install your fence for you.