Pool Fencing Options

Enclosing your in-ground swimming pool with a fence can not only provide an elegant accent for your backyard retreat, but also a barrier for protection from entry by kids and pets. In many states, it is required that you enclose your swimming pool with a barrier. Although, Texas is not one of those states. 

Pool Fencing Requirements

Pool Fencing requirements can vary from municipality to municipality so it is best to check with your local permitting office to verify you what codes pertain to you. 


Below are some requirements that  from the international Swimming Pool and Spa Code 

  • The fence must be a minimum of four feet in height 
  • There may be no areas where the clearance between the bottom of your fence and the ground measures more than two inches 
  • All fence gates must open away from the pool and must be self-closing and self-latching
  • Gate latching must be a minimum of 54 inches off the ground or three inches below the top of the gate on the poolside, as long as the latch can only be opened by reaching over the gate. 
  • If your fence adjoins the house, you are required to install door alarms on all doors leading to the pool area 
  • Openings in the fence cannot allow the passage of a four inch diameter sphere.

Your Homeowner association may also have requirements regarding pools and fences, including the types and colors of fencing that can be installed.

Pool Fencing Options

Wood

Wood fencing is the most economical option for pool fencing. It provides the option for low or high level of privacy with different alternatives for style! Wood fencing typically needs to be replaced every 7-11 years and requires regular maintenance such as annual sealing, painting, and possible picket replacement.  

Aluminum

Aluminum fencing offers the same beauty and protection of iron without the extra maintenance. You can enhance  the beauty of your backyard with a variety of color options and accessories such as post caps and scrolls. Aluminum fencing requires little to no maintenance and can outlast most other fencing options.  

Vinyl

Vinyl fencing, also known as PVC fencing, is a great low maintenance alternative to wood fencing. Available in various colors, PVC fencing allows you the flexibility to choose the color that complements your backyard retreat. With regular washing, PVC fencing can last up to 20 years.