Choosing the Right Fence in St. Louis for Your Pool

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Whether you’re a new homeowner or a homeowner veteran who’s looking to replace an old pool fence or put in your very first one, it’s important to know how to choose the right one fence in St. Louis. Some install pool fencing for safety purposes while others install them for privacy. Before you decide on what kind of pool fence in St. Louis that you need, first determine your main purpose for it.

Doing so ensures that your purchasing and installing process goes as smoothly as possible. Nothing is worse than purchasing and installing a fence only to realize that a different type would work better for your needs. What’s the best way to determine what kind of fence you need?

Below we offer a helpful guide on choosing the right fence for your pool!

Choosing the Right Material

There are several different kinds of fence materials. However, there are only a few select fence materials used for pool fencing. Below are three types of fence material worth considering for your new pool fence.

Steel Fence

ornamental steel fenceSteel pool fences are the best option for someone looking for optimal security. These types of fences are durable and strong, so they’ll last you for years to come. They come in an array of styles, so there’s something to fit everyone’s taste.

When coated with protective coatings inside and out, your steel fence will stand up against corrosion, making it a long-lasting and good investment.

Aluminum Fence

aluminum fenceAluminum fencing is both durable and elegant. Residential aluminum fence panels come in a variety of grades, so be sure to ask your representative about which section is right for you. These types of fences come in a variety of colors and styles, and picket spacing options as well.

This makes it an ideal option for someone who wants to match the fence with the exterior of their home or with their backyard space. These types of fences are also ideal in a setting where privacy isn’t a concern, but low maintenance is. If you live on a waterfront property or on a piece of land that has any kind of great view, then this is a great option for you as it doesn’t obstruct your views.

Because it requires just about no maintenance, it’s one of the better options for busy families.

Vinyl Fence

vinyl fenceVinyl fencing is popular around pools and is also very low in maintenance. When installing a vinyl fence, you have many options for style and color. If privacy is a concern of yours, then a privacy vinyl pool fence is a great option.

When choosing this type of fencing, you’ll also have the option of deciding what height you’d like it to be. How high you want the fence to be may depend on several different personal factors. This fence can come in solid panels, which is the better choice for privacy, or in semi-private and contemporary styles if you’re wanting a look where you can see through the fence and have air flowing through it.

With all of the many different options available for vinyl fencing, there’s no doubt that you’ll find something to match your needs and style. It’s not uncommon to immediately think of vinyl fencing in white, which is correct, but it’s also important to remember that this type of fence can come in multiple colors. Colors include CertaGrain, CertaStucco, and more. Colors include almond, clay, gray, and a variety of blended colors.

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Safety Concerns

Now that you have a better idea about what type of pool fence materials are available to you, it’s time to focus on the safety concerns that you might have. Not only is a pool fence great for child safety, but it’s good for pet and animal safety as well. This is important to know and remember if you don’t have small children in your pool and don’t believe that a pool fence is necessary.

If you have animals, then you’ll want to ensure that there’s no possibility of them falling into the pool and not being able to find their way out. It’s also good for keeping wild animals out of the pool as well. Below are some safety features to consider.

Height

First and foremost, you’ll need to contact your local relevant authorities to ensure that there isn’t a height requirement on pool fencing in your neighborhood. If there is a height requirement, then you’ll need to stick to those requirements. If there isn’t one, it’s still recommended to use a minimum height of 48”.

Are you trying to keep people out of the pool? If so, then you’ll want to have one that’s high enough to block easy access. If you’re installing a fence to keep small children and animals out, then you can go with a shorter height.

Ground Clearance

Always make sure that the ground clearance isn’t too high. If there is a large gap between the ground and the installed fence, then you’re leaving room for children, animals, and even adults to fit under the space and make it to the pool. You’ll want a fence that doesn’t leave much room or no room at all under it.

If you have an uneven grade, you may need to regrade before installing the fence. If you choose to have a fence installed over uneven terrain, you may need to fill in underneath the fence with topsoil, mulch, or decorative rock as most municipalities in the metropolitan St. Louis area require a space of no more than 2” from the bottom of the fence to the ground.

Hand and Footholds

It’s no secret that children have a way of climbing just about anything. If the reason why you’re installing a new pool fence is to keep children from accessing the pool without supervision, then you’ll want to make sure that the type of fence you purchase doesn’t have any way for a child to climb it. To prevent a child from climbing the fence, the fence shouldn’t have any gaps or places for a child to step on, climb on, or pull upon.

You will need to check with your local municipality to make sure that the horizontal rail spacing of the fence section you choose meets swimming pool code in your area.

Gap Width

If you are installing the fence to prevent children from entering the area, then it’s important to know that you don’t want a fence with wide gaps between the vertical slats. If the fence does have wide gaps in it, then you risk the chance of small animals and children climbing through the fence.

Most pool codes in the metropolitan St. Louis area require that a 4” sphere cannot pass between the pickets. Consequently, most manufacturers have designed pool compliant styles that have a 3-¾” (or less) picket spacing.

Connection

When installing a pool fence yourself, it’s always essential that you take the time to check the connection of the fence. All pieces of the fence should be well attached to one another. They should not be loose or flimsy.

If you are not confident in the installation of a pool fence, then don’t hesitate to opt for professional installation. Having a pool fence installed professionally gives you peace of mind that everything is connected correctly and safely.

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Pool Fence Styles

There are plenty of styles to choose from when purchasing a fence no matter what type of fencing material you choose. As long as you stick to all of the legal requirements in your area, you won’t have any trouble. Below are some fence styles to consider.

Flat-Top

The flat-top style is one of the most popular pool fence designs. This is where vertical slats or bars are connected to horizontal slats or bars on the top and on the bottom of the fence.

Double-Top

The double-top style is similar to the flat-top style in all ways except that there are other horizontal pickets terminate at the horizontal top rail. In some designs, there is some form of ornamental details that are added onto the fence between the two top horizontal bars.

Loop-Top

Loop-top fences are what their name suggests. Rather than having separate vertical bars on the fence, a loop-top fence is when a long piece of metal loops around at the top and comes back down to create another vertical bar on the fence. At the top of the fence, you’ll see a visible loop where the metal curves for the design.

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Choosing Your Pool Fence in St. Louis

Choosing the right pool fence in St. Louis for you doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. Know what your main purpose for installing the fence is and then have a good idea of what kind of material, style, and color fits you best. This is the best way to ensure a smooth and easy purchasing and installation process.

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