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Hi, I’m Cherie – welcome to my blog! I have three children, all of whom like to bring their friends around to play in our garden. Sometimes I think the whole neighbourhood is out there! I can’t keep an eye on the kids all the time when they are outside and I have been worrying about what might happen with our pool. I’ve taught all our kids to swim, but not all their friends are confident around water. We decided that the best thing to do would be to upgrade our pool fencing so that kids couldn’t access the pool without someone letting them in. I started this site to share some of tips and advice we got when we were choosing the right kind of kid-safe fencing for our pool. Hope you find it useful!

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Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Your Home's Pool Fencing

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.

View

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.

Weather

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.

Maintenance

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.