Insurance and Finance

A Pool Fence doesn’t just have to be Functional

By Eric Butterman 2.13.13

Pools are a staple of Texas living, and why not in the Lone Star heat? But many feel it’s also important to fence them in, especially if you have small children.

In fact, some Texas cities even have laws requiring a barrier – Coppell, for example, says you not only need one, but it also needs to be 48 inches above grade.

But just because you may need to fence in your pool doesn’t mean you can’t make the enclosure attractive.

Rick Leviton, president of Pool Guard Texas, says glass fences, for example, give the benefit of visibility. More popular in Asia, he says they’re also the safest.

“There pretty much isn’t a way for a child to climb it, so that’s serving its No.1 purpose,” he says. “But it’s also a permanent structure, which some may not like. Cleaning is also a factor because it gets dirty and smears quickly.” Leviton quotes it at $78 a foot, so it can be expensive.

Mesh is becoming more popular, says Leviton, partly thanks to the different colors it comes in. Costing between $13 and $15 a foot, it can be 100 percent see-through and include a UV coating. “Chocolate brown with tan is the most popular because it blends in,” he says.

But it’s easy to forget the fence supports. Fiberglass has become popular because if an adult runs into it then it flexes but doesn’t break off. But you also have to consider the heat — powder coating protects skin from the hot sun, while a painted pole can result in a burn.

Bottom line, it can be a costly to add a fence around your pool, but the level of safety one provides can make a difference in security and liability.