Why you need a pool fence
The main reason to get a pool fence is for safety purposes. Those with small children know that little minds are more focused on having fun than staying away from dangerous things. They could wander outside and fall into your pool before you’re even aware they’re gone. The same goes for pets who may not be able to swim or can’t get out of the pool once they’ve jumped in.
The best pool fences create a barrier between your loved ones and the pool itself. These make it impossible for them to reach the pool, keeping them safe at all times. These fences can also keep those who enter your yard without permission from jumping in your pool and having a swim.
Another reason to get a pool fence is to meet any regulations set by your community regarding pools, as well as any stipulations in your insurance policy in regards to pool safety. Reducing the likelihood of damage or injury prevents you from dealing with any lawsuits or insurance issues.
Features to consider when choosing a pool fence
When choosing a pool fence, there are a few features to consider, to ensure you’re getting the right type of fence, as well as the right size. The following sections should help get you started.
Dimensions of each section
The dimensions of each fence section are one of the most important features you need to look at. The width of the sections tells you how long it is, which will help you determine how many sections you need to purchase to surround your entire pool. The longer the sections are, the fewer you’ll need. For instance, the WaterWarden 4’ x 12’ Pool Fence is made up of five poles with 3-foot sections of mesh between each one, for panels that are a total of 12 feet long. The WamBam Yard and Pool Vinyl Fence Panel is 7 feet long, so you would need more of them to get around your pool area.
Another thing to look at is height. Most of the pool fences in our reviews are four feet high, though the WaterWarden 4’ x 12’ Pool Fence offers a 5-foot option as well. This is a good height or in-ground pools since they are high enough to prevent almost anyone from climbing over them. Above-ground pool fences that attach right to the pool, like the GLI Above Ground Pool Fence Base Kit, don’t need to be as high to do the same job.
How many sections you need
The number of sections you need for your pool depends on how large your pool is. The larger the sections are, the less of them you’ll need to purchase to create the barrier you’re looking for. You’ll also want to put your fence up about 3 feet away from the edge of the swimming pool, so keep this in mind as you’re measuring the distance around your pool. This way, you’ll leave some room to walk around the pool when the fence is up. Some fences come in different size options, such as the GLI Above Ground Pool Fence Base Kit, which comes in kits of 8, 3, and 2 feet. This makes it easier to get the number of sections you need for your pool fence.
The materials used to build the pool fence need to be sturdy and durable, otherwise, they could buckle or break under pressure. The removable fences in our reviews use aluminum or stainless steel for the tubing and posts, with breathable mesh in between. The posts are strong enough to handle a child pushing on them, plus let the breeze through. Of course, these are also see-through, so they aren’t great as a pool privacy fence but they give you the barrier needed to keep little ones or pets safe.
The two permanent fences on our list are both made of vinyl, which is also durable and low maintenance. They don’t need to be painted or stained and are easy to clean with a pressure washer or garden hose.
When checking out new pool fences, you should be aware of what’s included in the box. Most models include the hardware needed to put the fence together, as well as a set of instructions to explain the process. Some models also add some extras, like the WaterWarden 4’ x 12’ Pool Fence, which also includes a measuring template and an instructional video to make the installation process even easier. The more there is included in the box, the less you need to purchase separately, saving you some extra time and money.
The warranty on the best pool fence covers you if any of the parts are missing or pieces are damaged before you install them. Of course, not all warranties are equal, so it’s a good idea to see what’s covered and for how long before you buy your new fence.
For instance, the XtremepowerUS 4′ x 12′ feet Swimming Pool Fence has a 30-day limited warranty for returns and exchanges and a 60-day warranty on parts replacement, which means you need to check out the fence to be sure everything is there and working properly before the 60 days is up or you’ll have to pay to replace them. The WamBam Yard and Pool Vinyl Fence Panel has a limited lifetime warranty, so you’re covered for the life of the fence.
There are a few extra features that make these fences even more worthwhile. One is multiple color options. Most fences come in white, though some models include black or beige colors as well. The more hardware that’s included, like post sleeves and hook-and-eye connections, the easier it is to put the fence up without running to the hardware store in the middle of the installation. Though most models don’t include a gate, having one available to add to the fence is also a bonus.