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Vinyl Pool Fencing
Vinyl Fences are a great fencing solution for your pool. They are easy to maintain and can withstand any weather conditions. A vinyl pool fence can protect your kids or pets from entering the pool and at the same time can increase your privacy. We offer pool code compliant fences that come in a variety of colors and styles. If you can’t find what you are looking for, give us a call – we are more than happy to help you.
What is the pool code for vinyl fencing?
When it comes to pools and vinyl fencing, international and local laws and regulations prevent you from slapping just about anything up and calling it a day. It’s called the pool code, and vinyl fences and other pool barriers must follow certain height and spacing requirements as dictated by the International Code Council (ICC), which used to be the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA).
It’s the ICC’s job to establish these safety standards for swimming pool fences, and many states and local communities have adopted them as part of the international effort to eliminate accidental drowning deaths in pools worldwide. But it’s not just for public pools and other community establishments. Private pools also need to follow the ICC’s pool code for vinyl fencing or any other fencing around a pool.
According to the ICC pool code, vinyl fences must be at least 48 inches tall to reasonably guard against unauthorized access. Furthermore, the distance from the bottom rail to the next highest rail must be at least 45 inches and the spacing between each of the fence’s pickets must be less than four inches to prevent slipping through. The distance from the bottom of the fence to the ground must also be kept under four inches so that small children cannot slide under.
The ICC also regulates gates, and the pool code mandates that vinyl fences come complete with gates that have self-closing hinges, as well as self-closing latches. All pool area gates must also open out and away from the pool area, and the latch and mechanism must be at least 54 inches from the ground to prevent children from accessing it. The gate may not have a cross brace on it, which may encourage standing or other risky activities, though any utility or service gates don’t need to have a self-locking or latching mechanism — but they must remain locked when not in use.
Around the exterior of the fence, there must also be a “clear zone” of 36 inches so that objects such as tables and air conditioning units can’t be used to hop the fence and gain access to an unregulated pool. As for the fence itself, it should be unclimbable and not have any indentations or protrusions that would make it easy to scale, and it can’t be less than 20 inches from the edge of the pool.
Some states, municipalities and even communities may have differing regulations that build on the ICC’s rules, so it’s best to consult your local community regulations before you order materials or install a fence around your backyard pool.
Pool Fencing Options
Compliance with the pool code is possible with vinyl fencing or any other type of material as long as it follows the rules set out by the ICC.
As the most inexpensive material, wood is a common option for pool fencing in both picket and privacy styles, but it’s not that great around water as continued exposure can lead to cracking, splitting and even rot.
Aluminum is a lightweight and increasingly common option that will not rust and is very strong, though aluminum fences are typically more expensive than their wood counterparts.
As a cheaper alternative to aluminum, vinyl is a low-maintenance material that comes in a variety of styles and colors, and it never has to be stained or painted. The best part is that it lasts forever with almost no maintenance, making it a great option for pool fencing.