Pool fencing is an essential safety feature for any property with a swimming pool. Not only does it help prevent accidents and drowning, but it can also add property value to your outdoor space. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at pool fencing and its benefits.
First and foremost, pool fencing is a safety feature that is designed to prevent children and pets from accessing the pool area without adult supervision. Canada sees about 400 accidental pool drownings per year and one of the more recently accidental drownings happened close to home in Cambridge when a 2-year-old drowned in her own backyard swimming pool in 2021.
You'll come across a variety of material options including wood, vinyl, metal and chain link fencing - pool enclosures are no exception. Wood offers a natural aesthetic, but depending on the wood species and water repelling treatment or lack thereof, it may not hold up as well against the additional moisture exposure. Vinyl and aluminum fencing are popular choices due to their lower maintenance requirements.
The style is also important. For example, if you choose wood fencing, the City of Cambridge states explicitly in its fence by-law that if you decide on a lattice style, the lattice on the top of the fence should not exceed 300mm to 600mm in depth for 1.5 meter to 1.8 meter high enclosures, respectively. A minimum pool fence should also be 1.5 meters tall.
Pool fencing is a must-have safety feature for any property with a swimming pool. Not only does it help prevent accidents and drowning, but it can also add aesthetic value to your outdoor space. When choosing a pool fence, consider the material, design, and safety features to ensure that you're making the right choice for your needs.
Keeping up with fence maintenance is an important part of property ownership. Regularly checking your fence for damage or wear, and making necessary repairs in a timely manner, can help extend the life of your fence and ensure it looks great for years to come. Read on for helpful tips from the professionals on how to maintain your fence.
Clean Your Fence Regularly
Regular cleaning with the appropriate materials can help keep your fence looking good and preserve it for years to come. Be sure to use a cleaner that is suitable for the type of fence you have, and carefully follow manufacturer's instructions. Cleaning regularly will help remove dirt, grime, and mildew that can build up on your fence and cause damage. Doing this will also help protect the paint or stain and keep your fence looking its best.
Repair Loose Connections or Worn Sections Immediately.
Loose connections and worn sections on your fence can pose problems if left unchecked. Make sure to inspect your fence regularly for any signs of wear-and-tear or damage. If you spot any broken or loose pieces, make sure to repair them immediately to avoid further damage. It may also be a good idea to invest in replacement parts or materials for maintenance or repairs.
Check for Signs of Rot and Wear in Wooden Fences.
Maintaining a wooden fence requires regular checking for signs of rot and wear. Due to the nature of wood, it’s susceptible to deterioration over time due to exposure to moisture, sunlight, snow and ice. It’s best to conduct yearly inspections of your wooden fence, paying particular attention to the bottom rails and posts where rot can first appear. If you spot any discoloration or decaying wood, carefully remove the affected area as soon as possible with an appropriate repair kit or with assistance from a professional.
Treat Wooden Fences With Sealants for Maximum Longevity.
Protect your wooden fence from the elements by treating it with a sealant that’s designed for outdoors use. This will help to minimize cracking and warping due to extreme temperatures, while also making the fence more resistant to decay. Sealants come in various forms, including easy-to-apply stains and varnishes that can be applied with a roller or brush.
Use whichever product you find most suitable and make sure you are re-sealing every couple of years for maximum effect. You can easily find sealants at Home Depot (35 Pinebush Rd), Home Hardware (200 Franklin Blvd, 718 King St E or in Westgate Centre), Lowe's (575 Conestoga Blvd) or Canadian Tire (65 Pinebush Rd or Highland Shopping Centre) to name a few. If you're interested in purchasing online, a strong option is the Ready Seal Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer which you can find on Amazon.
Monitor Metal, Chain Link And Vinyl Fences For Weaknesses and Flaws.
Regularly inspect metal, chain link and vinyl fences to identify any rust spots or other visible weakness that can cause fence failure or damage. Address problems as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming bigger issues. If you notice nuts and bolts that are loose, or structural parts that have shifted, they should be tightened and reinforced. Check for signs of corrosion on metal fencing and if needed recoat the area with fresh paint or an anti-rust product. Vinyl fencing may require cleaning to remove dirt particles that stick to its surface over time.
Our fencing experts at Cambridge Fence will inform you about proper maintenance procedures and recommended products after the fence installation has been complete. However, feel free to send us follow up questions if you're in need of more assistance.