Pool Fencing Ideas to Keep Prying Hindrances at Bay

Pool Fencing Ideas
Pool fencing is not only to secure your swimming pool, but it also adds to the beauty and look. There are many lovely pool fencing plans you can adopt.
Nothing says luxury like a swimming pool. Having a private swimming pool gives any house a lavish look and becomes an exquisite spot for the entire family to spend lazy afternoons at. A swimming pool is easily the most aesthetic eye-pleaser in your house and needs proper protection. A pool fence may not appear absolutely necessary, but there are plenty of reasons why you should get one.

✔ Pesky neighbors, other random intruders.
✔ Dirt and garbage, that an aggressive breeze or a storm could bring in.
✔ Keeping out stray animals or your neighbors' pets.

Pool fencing can be done in many ways using different materials. The material and style to use while building your pool fence largely depends on the aesthetics, and the budget you have allocated for the purpose.

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Metal
Metal fences can be of many types - aluminum, steel, iron, etc. It is important to opt for the material that suits your requirement.
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A steel fence has two types - a picket post fence or a tubular steel pole fence. A picket post fence is made using durable rail steel and is a collection of steel poles attached at fixed distances, using metal wires or a mesh. This tends to form a series of 'Y' or 'T' shaped structures all around the fenced area. Though mostly used for agricultural purposes, there are takers for this fencing option in the home-owners section too. The tubular steel pole fence, which is more popular among the two, is done using many tubular steel poles attached at fixed distances, using metal railings or small steel rods. A fence similar to the tubular steel pole fence is the aluminum tube fence, which is pretty much the same design done using aluminum instead of steel.

The advantage of having an aluminum fence is, of course, that it does not corrode for ages. On the other hand, the robustness of steel is unquestionably brilliant. For a more durable steel fence, choose stainless steel, although keep in mind it almost always looks cheap and tacky.

Iron fences come in a variety of options, such as a wrought iron fence, iron tube structure fence, or even a mesh perimeter fence. For a rather elegant and old world look, opt for a wrought iron fence. Good looks apart, wrought iron's most important feature is its ductility. It offers little chance for an outsider to break in, at the same time allowing a proper look of your beautiful pool. Ornamental wrought iron fences have been in use since the 17th century in palaces, castles, etc.

Another form of iron fencing that can be used is a mesh fence. It is basically interlocked-ironwork in a pattern, diamond being the most popular pattern. A mesh fence, owing to its design, offers better protection, since a mesh is difficult to intrude into. A rare preference is topping the mesh fence with a barbed wire. However, such a design is best left to the agricultural and industrial sector. A welded iron mesh fence is also an option, where the ironwork interlocking is done mechanically using a welding machine, which helps form a high-strength mesh.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
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Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is used for its strength as well as flexibility - a hard to come by combination! A PVC fence is a great alternative to wood fencing; it bears a wood fence look without threatening to weather a few years after installation. You don't have to be worried about painting a coat every 2 years either. In addition, you will not have to worry about blisters on the wood.

A PVC fence is perfect in terms of cost, quality, durability, and strength. PVC fences can be built in a variety of patterns and shapes. Colors can be of your choice and you get full freedom on what surface you want to install them on!
Glass
Using glass as a pool fencing option has become increasingly popular, although glass is mostly used around the pool, rather than cordoning off the entire property.
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Glass pool fences come in many varieties - the most popular being 'semi-frameless-glass fence'. A semi-frameless-glass fence consists of same-sized glass sections embedded between heavy duty metal posts (usually aluminum). Another option, of course, is frameless glass fencing. It provides seamless barricading, but is very expensive.

Another major advantage of having a glass fence is the tidy and contemporary look it lends to your property. Glass fencing is stylish, exudes class, and is a statement of exuberance with just a touch of vanity.

However, glass fencing is prone to cracks that can worsen to fragmenting. A fragmented, distorted fence around your pool can be your worst nightmare. Another problem is that while a glass fence offers proper protection against neighbors' kids or stray animals, it is easily broken. A way to solve this problem is by opting for unbreakable glass sheets, but these are very expensive and you may end up overshooting your budget by a pretty penny. Rather, you use glass fence around the pool and use another layer of sturdy protection fence for the property as a whole.
Concrete/Brick
For the best protection against intrusion, go for concrete/brick fences. A concrete/brick fence is very difficult to break into, and for extra security you can even opt for barbed wire on top of the fence. Of course, this can be an eyesore on your property, but where privacy takes priority over luxury, this type of fencing is worth it.
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For the lovers of 'fancy', a brick wall has plenty of options on offer. You can use flagstone or natural stone for an elegant yet simple look, or use paver bricks for a more European look. If a rustic look is what you are aiming for, you can even use gravel.

Italians have used stone fences for years. Boulder chips are the most popular material, followed by natural stone, limestone, and flint. Most of the old constructions are drywall, but landscaping contractors these days use mortar and brick. If you want your stone fence to look modish, try opting for fancier materials like Diorite, Gabbro or Monzonite. They may be a little heavy on the pocket, but using them takes the look of your backyard up notches!
Wood
Wood lends a lovely rustic feel to the yard and is worth a shot if you are designing your yard in a country theme. Wood fences for pools are easily the cheapest and simplest options. Wood fences are easy to install, do not come at earth-shattering prices, and have options to modify your fencing. For example, you can opt for a shutter fence, a picket fence, or a simple 3-pole barrier.
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A shutter fence consists of large, thick, same-sized sheets of wood, attached using clamps or strong wood poles. A shutter fence is tall, and hence good to keep intruders away. Picket fences and pole fences manage to keep livestock away from your pool, although they are not very useful if your neighborhood witnesses a lot of robberies, since they are easy to climb over, or even kick down with brute force.
Hedging
Hedging has long been used in lieu of fencing in country homes. The abundance of trees and shrubs around led home-owners to form topiary-like blocks of plant strings and stems or branches, called hedges. A hedge fence can be separate similar-sized blocks placed in succession or a large block to cover one dimension of the yard's perimeter. The height can be varied as desired.
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For a little aesthetic value, try mixing your leaves. Add cherry blossom mulch or violets and daisies in the hedge. Of course, these tend to dry out over time, but can be cleaned and replaced easily. Hedge fencing is preferable used around the pool rather than for the entire property.

A pool fence not just protects your pool, but also adds a lot of aesthetic value to it! What material you use and how you use it is a personal opinion and depends largely on your taste and budget.