Georgia Pool Fence Installation

Pools are almost a necessity in Georgia during the dog days of summer and kids flock to them in droves. Unfortunately, this leads to a great many injuries that could have been avoided with the installation of a proper pool fence, and in most counties it’s a requirement to have a fence and gate around your pool.

How to decide which pool fence is right for you

All pools are not created equal. A hotel pool operates quite a bit differently than a standard backyard pool because the owners have different priorities. For example:

  1. A hotel is primarily worried about aesthetics and security. They want a pool that will attract travelers to their establishment and keep them safe while they are there.
  2. A homeowner with children might be completely focused on security and visibility but if you like to relax without worrying about the neighbors spotting you, you might be more interested in a privacy fence.
  3. A community pool is only concerned with security. They want to keep their visitors safe while they are in the pool and prevent unauthorized entry when the pool is not in operation.

Know the law about pool fences in your area

You always need to check your local code for pool fencing, our contractors are well versed in county codes across Georgia. Contact us to learn more about pool fencing codes in your area.

Many of these laws are surprisingly strict and can carry severe fines. These guidelines may change depending on where you live, but for pools in Atlanta, GA:

  1. Before a pool can be filled, a professional fencing company will have to get approval for the placement, dimensions, materials and elevation of the pool fence.
  2. The entrance to the fence will have to be constructed nearest the shallow end of the pool and it has to be free of any extensions or dips to make climbing impossible.
  3. To prevent access, a gate will need to be installed that uses a positive latching system and stands at least 45 inches tall.
  4. The fence will need to be at least 3 feet away from any object that could allow someone to climb over the fence. So stumps, rocks or trees will need to be cleared from the area.
  5. The fence itself cannot have any openings over 4 inches in diameter. This stops small children from accessing the pool when they are not supervised.
  6. The fence must be completely free of decorative elements and if chain link is used, the diamond shaped openings cannot be greater than 1.4 inches.

These are just a small sample of the guidelines you have to follow in the Atlanta area. Make sure you know the do’s and don’ts of your area before you make a costly mistake.

Your pool fence options

There is a wide selection of materials that can be used for a pool fence and each is useful for different situations.  You can have a pool fence built with:

  • Aluminum pool fencing – Aluminum pool fences can be beautiful and eye catching but their real strength is that they are maintenance free. They won’t rust or need painted like other fences will and you can make them look any way you want with a huge selection of customizable rings, finials and post caps.
  • Chain link pool fencing – If you want your pool to be highly secure then you should look into chain link. It is affordable and versatile so many backyard pools go with this option. You just have to be careful that the mesh is small enough so that children find it difficult to climb up and get hurt on it.
  • Steel pool fencing – These fences are normally constructed from panels in a variety of styles. They are similar to standard steel fences but the pool version utilizes the air space requirements specified by the BOCA National Pool Codes.
  • Vinyl pool fencing – These fences cost about the same as steel fences but they are much more durable. They can stand up to scuffing and incidental damage for years without fading, rotting or deteriorating. Just wash it ever once in a while to remove stains and these fences are good to go. They also can provide privacy for residential pools.
  • Wood pool fencing – Wood fencing is the right choice for pools in specific situations but it is not usually the best alternative. If you decide to use a wooden fence, you have to give it frequent maintenance because the damp environment around a pool can really cause problems for a wooden fence over time.

Get your Pool Fencing from the Professionals

Pool fences are a necessity for pool safety and it is required by law in many cities. So, if you want to make sure everyone is safe and happy in your new pool, call the experts at 770-452-9900 for a free quote.