Three Things to Keep in Mind When Deciding on the Best Pool Fencing

Privacy chain-link fence enclosing a swimming pool

Swimming pools add elegance, beauty, and fun to your home. They are also a great way to build beautiful memories that last a lifetime. Sadly, despite their positives, pools could pose a real danger. Your kid could drown if they accidentally fell into the pool while playing. You could also be attacked by animals like alligators or mountain lions, which might be roaming around your property in search of water and food. Many things could go wrong if you have an open, unattended pool. Fortunately, a simple chain-link pool fence solves most of these challenges. It keeps your pool safe while adding visual appeal and value to your property. 

 Several US states, including California, have laws that make it mandatory to have a fence around swimming pools. The primary reason is to increase user safety and minimize accidents. Therefore, if you plan to have a swimming pool in your California home, you should already be thinking of the best pool fence to meet the state’s pool code and match your aesthetic preferences. A chain-link pool fence is an excellent option for any pool size. Here are three tips to help you choose suitable fencing for your swimming pool.  

1.  Ensure That Safety Is Given Top Priority

Although swimming pool fences come in different shapes, sizes, and styles, the primary consideration should always be safety. As much as you’d want an elegant fence, you must ensure it guarantees you the safety envisioned in the Swimming Pool Safety Act of the California Safety Code. 

For instance, if you go for a chain-link pool fence, the gap between the bottom of the fence and the floor must not be bigger than 2”. That ensures toddlers cannot crawl into the enclosure. Further, most pool codes require a 60" minimum height, but Californa places it at 54”. Also, if your fence has horizontal rails, they should be placed on the poolside of the fence. Decorations or ornamental work that make it easy to climb the pool fence are prohibited. Openings in the fence, if any, must be smaller than the space needed for a 4-inch diameter sphere to go through. These should make the pool safer for you and your family. 

2.  Chain-link Makes Some of the Best Pool Fences

A high-quality chain-link pool fence provides security around your pool. It can also offer privacy if you settle for a privacy chain-link fence. Privacy would be a key consideration if your pool is close to the road or has houses nearby. Your family would need that barrier to feel secure and isolated while having a nice time at your home pool.  

chain-link fences are also highly durable, longer-lasting, and less expensive than wood fences. Besides, they are the only fences that require absolutely no maintenance. Chain-link pool fences meet and exceed pool code requirements and have been a popular choice for many homeowners. 

To comply with the pool safety codes, ensure your chain-link fence has a maximum mesh size of 1 ¼ inches. It should also have self-closing or self-latching gates that open away from the pool. 

Chain-link pool fence with self-latching gate


3.  Hire a Licensed and Trusted Fencing Contractor

As illustrated above, the California pool code has strict specifications for what constitutes the best pool fence. Accordingly, while erecting a pool fence, it helps to use a contractor who knows exactly what needs to be done on a pool fence in California. It would be awful to spend your money erecting a chain-link pool fence only to realize it does not meet the pool safety code and must be redone.

At All American Fence Erectors, we have been helping homeowners and businesses install quality chain-link fences for over 35 years. We have been nominated for Best of the Desert multiple times, including this year. We’ve installed thousands of chain-link pool fences and know precisely what California state law requires of an excellent pool fence. We have a wider variety of fences than all other companies within a 60-mile radius. In addition, we offer competitive prices, superior craftsmanship, and great customer service. 

If you have a pool project coming up, contact us for a free written estimate. Our team of experienced artisans is always at your service. To learn more about our chain-link fence installations, please check out our gallery

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