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Considerations for Pool Enclosures

It's the best time of year to start thinking about getting a pool. One thing you may not be thinking about with your plans is the fence that is required to enclose your pool area. There are specific requirements for these types of fences to ensure safety around the water. We have several options that meet these requirements.

5' Flat-Top Aluminum Ornamental with Decorative Rings
5' Flat-Top Aluminum Ornamental with Decorative Rings

Chain Link

This is going to be the most affordable option. Chain link provides an enclosure that does not impede with visibility of the rest of your property. Chain link is available in galvanized (silver) or in colored vinyl-coated (black, green, brown). See our products page for more information.


We also offer wood privacy or picket options for pool enclosures. Wood privacy comes in 6' height with a variety of face board cuts to meet your desired aesthetic. Wood privacy fence is going to be the most private option for a pool enclosure. Wood picket fences come in 4' or 5' heights and are available in the same variety of face board cuts. For more information about these options, visit our products page.


Our most aesthetically appealing option is ornamental fencing. Available in either aluminum or steel construction, ornamental fences are a beautiful option for a pool enclosure. There are a variety of design options for ornamental fencing, from smooth top to spear top, to more decorative panels. They do not impede the visibility of your property, but will provide a safe enclosure for your pool. Ornamental fences are required to be either 5' or 6' tall for this application to meet the minimum distance requirements between horizontal railing. Check out our products page for more information about the ornamental options.

5' Spear-Top Steel Ornamental Pool Enclosure
5' Spear-Top Ornamental (photo credit: Alexandru Caprariu)


All gates for pool enclosures must open outward and be self-closing and self-locking. We have the proper self-locking latches for any of the styles listed above to meet the standard requirements. According to the type of fence that you want, there are special mechanisms that we can install for the self-closure, including special hinges or springs that automatically pull the gate shut behind you.

One thing you need to make sure of as the owner of a pool is that the ground is flat and level across your gate openings. This can be done easily during the grading portion of the construction/installation of your pool. In order to meet the requirements of self-closing and self-locking, the gates cannot have anything that impedes its ability to swing freely.

Another helpful tip for compliance after installation is to keep your grass cut around the gate. Overgrown grass can also impede the gate's ability to function appropriately.


Pool enclosures can either be just around the perimeter of the pool or they can be attached to a house. If there you decide to attach the pool to the house, there may be additional requirements for the doors and windows within the enclosure to provide security and safety. You will need to check with your insurance provider for any of these requirements to make sure you are in compliance.

We are here to help

Conyers Fence is here to help our customers in any way we can. We have been installing fences for over 35 years and have found countless solutions to meet the needs of our customers. If you have questions about the best way to lay out your fence or what sort of fence would best fit your needs, give us a call today to schedule a free estimate.


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