A private swimming pool gives any house a lavish look and is an exquisite spot for the entire family to spend lazy afternoons. A swimming pool is the most aesthetic sight in your house and needs proper protection. A pool fence may not appear absolutely necessary, but there are various reasons to get one.
- Dirt, garbage due to aggressive breeze or storm.
- Pesky neighbors, random intruders.
- Keeping out stray animals or neighbors' pets.
A picket fence is made of durable rail steel, being a collection of steel poles joined at fixed distances with metal wires or mesh. It forms a series of Y ,T shaped structures all around the fence. Mostly for agriculture use, this option is in the home-owners section too.
The more popular tubular steel pole fence is done using tubular steel poles attached at fixed distances, with metal railings or small steel rods. A similar one is the aluminum tube fence, which is almost the same, done using aluminum. The advantage of having an aluminum fence is that it doesn't corrode for ages.
Also the robustness of steel is brilliant. For a durable steel fence, choose stainless steel, but remember that it looks cheap and tacky. Iron fences come in options like wrought iron, iron tube structure, or mesh perimeter fence. For an elegant old world look choose wrought iron fence.
Wrought iron's most important feature is its ductility. It offers less chance for outsiders to break in, and gives an aesthetic look to the pool. Ornamental wrought iron fences are used since the 17th century in palaces, castles. Another form of iron fencing is a mesh fence, interlocked-ironwork in a pattern.
A mesh fence offers better protection, as it is difficult to intrude. A rare choice is topping the mesh fence with barbed wire. This is best for agricultural and industrial sector. A welded iron mesh fence is also an option, where ironwork interlocking is done mechanically with a welding machine, forming a high-strength mesh.
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 pool fences come in many varieties -the most popular being 'semi-frameless-glass fence'. It has same sized glass sections embedded between heavy duty metal posts (usually aluminum). Another option is frameless glass fencing. It provides seamless barricading but is very expensive. An advantage of having a glass fence is it's tidy and contemporary look.
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 the worst nightmare.
Another problem is that while a glass fence offers proper protection against kids or animals, it is brittle. A way to solve this problem is by choosing 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.
This fence is difficult to break into. You can have barbed wire for extra security. This can be an eyesore on your property, but if privacy gets priority over luxury, this fencing is worth it. For 'fancy' lovers, a brick wall has many options. You can use flagstone or natural stone for an elegant yet simple look or paver bricks for European look.
If a rustic look is what you are aiming at, 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 fences are easy to install, are of less prices, and have options to modify the fencing. You can opt for a shutter fence, a picket fence, or a simple 3-pole barrier. A shutter fence has large, thick, same-sized sheets of wood, attached using clamps or strong wood poles. It is tall and 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.
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 vary as desired. For a little aesthetic value, try mixing leaves. Add cherry blossom mulch or violets and daisies in the hedge. These do 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.