Choosing the right residential fence is important for any yard, as a fence should provide privacy and security without overwhelming the space. However, if you have a pool at home, your choice of fence becomes even more important, as you'll need to keep children and unwanted visitors out of your pool. You might also want more privacy around the pool area for your own comfort and as a courtesy to your neighbours. To ensure you choose the right pool fencing material, note a few mistakes to avoid, and this will ensure you end up with a fence that works for your home and pool in particular.
While you may want some privacy from neighbours when you're enjoying your pool or just lounging poolside, you also don't want to block the view of the pool if you have children in the home. Even if the pool fence has a solid and secure locking gate, it's still possible for a child to get into the pool area and fall into the water, which can easily lead to tragedy. A dark mesh fence can obscure your view of the pool, as can any type of solid panel. A better option might be a hurricane or glass fence, with thick hedges planted between you and your neighbour's home, but with an open view between your own home and the pool.
If you live in an area with lots of high winds and strong storms, note that those winds can cool the surface of your pool's water, and also blow lots of debris into the pool. This can mean added wear and tear on the pool's heater and filter and more work to clean the pool. Avoid mesh fences and opt for a solid panel fence that is either vinyl or glass to block those winds and help protect the pool, if this is a risk in your area.
Most residential fences will need some maintenance over the years, but a fence around a pool will be exposed to splashing pool water and its chemicals, which can easily damage many types of fencing materials. Wood especially may be prone to mildew and rot, and pool chemicals might easily damage the coating added to metal fences.
An aluminium fence won't rust or corrode, and vinyl and glass are also very durable and virtually impervious to this damage. Be sure you note this added risk of damage for any material you choose for a pool fence in particular so you don't face unexpected work in keeping the fence in good repair over the years.