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.