Fencing and related property marking types are important themes across several areas you may not have considered previously, and a great example is the use of fences for swimming pools. Both for public and private pools, including those in back yards within family homes, both fencing and other signage are vital for safety, hazard prevention and general operation.
At Utah Fence Warehouse, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of fence materials and solutions, from classic wood fences to modern, versatile vinyl fences and many in between. We’ve assisted numerous homeowners with their needs for fencing that surrounds or otherwise marks off a swimming pool or related area on their property – why might this be important on your property, and what are some of the areas you should be considering? Here are some general tips we’ll offer in this area.
Homeowners and Pool Liability
First and foremost, it’s important to understand that all pool owners – even those in private homes – carry some liability risk with their pool ownership. If someone is injured on the property in a way related to the pool, whether due to slipping, hitting a hazard or some other reason, the homeowner could be found liable for these damages.
However, erecting a fence and including signage and other markers limits this risk significantly. For instance, if someone is trespassing on your property and is injured around your pool, you might have actually been liable if you didn’t have a fence in place signaling private property – but if you do, your chances of being found liable here drop significantly. Through a combination of maintaining a safe area plus using fencing and other methods to mark private property, you avoid such liability risks altogether.
Proper Height Considerations
If you decide it’s prudent to install a fence related to your pool area, whether for liability issues or simple safety and security, one of your first decisions should be regarding the fence’s height. The fence should be tall enough that children using the pool cannot climb on or over it, especially not to jump into the pool – this can present major hazards. At the same time, though, the fence should not be too high, where it will block out the sun or a breeze.
There are several materials you might choose for such a fence, but our top general recommendation here is a vinyl fence. For starters, vinyl is extremely durable and resistant to water and forms of corrosion – it will not buckle or split, and the color will not fade or chalk in the sun. It also comes with virtually no required maintenance and is available in a huge range of styles and colors.
For more on building a fence near or around your home’s swimming pool, or to learn about any of our fencing supplies or services, speak to the staff at Utah Fence Warehouse today.