Selecting Fence Gate: HOAs, Pools, Multiple Fences

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on everything you need to know about fence gates. There are certain settings where fence gates are actually required by law, but others where they are simply desirable for fence and property owners for a variety of reasons, and also numerous different fence gate options available in terms of material, opening style and size.

At Utah Fence Warehouse, we’re happy to offer not only a wide variety of fence materials, but also numerous other fence supplies, including a robust selection of fence gates. While much of part one here was focused on the basic details of fence gates, such as their measurements and various materials, today’s part two will look into some various property or related considerations you might need to make when it comes to fence gates.

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A Word on HOAs

Quickly, for those who live in a neighborhood or area that falls under a homeowners’ association (HOA), it’s important to check with this group in advance of any fence installation – and the fence gate may be part of what’s included here. Some HOAs may include standard fence gate size regulations as part of their overall stipulations; these may be precise numbers or could refer to more of a general range.

However, if you do not check with this group in advance and end up building a fence or fence gate that does not conform to HOA regulations, you could be in for some major hassle and expense. In some cases you might be forced to tear the fence down and start over, where in others you may have to pay somewhat hefty fines.

Pool Fence Considerations

For most districts of most states, a fence and gate will be required considerations for those who have outdoor pools on their property. Local laws tend to be fairly strict here, including requirements that the fence gate is self-closing and is of a high enough height that young children cannot climb over it.

In addition, the lock and handle of a pool fence gate must generally be above the reach of a small child so they cannot open it themselves. Finally, the hinges must be rustproof in nature.

Multiple Gates

There may be certain settings where you either want or need more than one gate on the same fence. One common such situation is if you have a long fence around a horse or livestock paddock, or if you’re running a fence around the entire property in a rectangle and need access for not only yourself and guests, but also emergency services.

For more on choosing the ideal fence gate for your new fence, or to learn about any of our fencing contractor services, speak to the staff at Utah Fence Warehouse today.