Maintaining a Pool Includes Having a Solid Fence

In Uncategorized by Jim Randall

Most commercial buildings such as apartment buildings, condominiums,and hotels have a pool on the premises.  And to stay within local and national regulations, those pools require fences.  A pool safety fence in Cleveland, Ohio must be at least 6 feet in height, must completely surround the pool, and have a self-closing and a self-latching gate.  By law, a pool safety fence requires immediate repair if for some reason it is damaged, especially if the damage permits open access to and from the pool.   Fortunately, repair of the most common typeof a pool fence (aluminum) is simple.   If the damage is to the rail, repair can be focused on just the broken part or, an even easier solution is to remove and replace that whole section.  A wobbly post can be stabilized with some concrete, and if the locking mechanism gets sticky, some oil or WD-40 will leave it good as new.

The gates should offer additional safety precautions.  In a commercial building, a public pool should have a lock that requires a key for access.  A fence built around a pool at a private residence in the Cleveland area should have self-locking/child-proof latches on the top part of the gate.  Although metal fencing is the most common type used, other materials are available for pool security.  A vinyl fence offers more variety and can better be matched to the style of the house and its backyard.  Chain link and wire mesh fences are also used to increase pool safety.  They are less costly and easier to erect but are not as strong or durable as an aluminum or a vinyl fence.

At Northeast Ohio Fence and Deck, lifetime warranties are available on vinyl and ornamental fences.  Chain link and Cedar fences come with a 15-year warranty, and a limited warranty comes with treated wood fences.