Which Comes First, The Fence or The Pool?

Generic small fenced swimming pool

When the weather is lovely, your first instinct is to go out and enjoy the sun. However, the scorching heat can be overwhelming. So, how can you go outside, enjoy the sun and still feel cool? Swimming in a pool can give you a quick, refreshing getaway together with your family and friends. Plus, spending time together under the sun doesn’t have to mean leaving the comfort of your home. 

Installing a pool

The excitement of having a pool can trick you into forgetting other aspects of owning a pool such as installing a fence around it. Every pool requires a fence. If you have an existing fence and you are considering installing a pool, you might be required to update it due to the various rules and regulations that come with owning a pool. So long as your fence is up to code with the regulations for your area, it won’t have to be replaced, just properly maintained and checked. If you would like to install a pool but don’t have the money to install a pool and a fence, install the fence first. 

What are the pool codes?

 You might want to add a pool later, if your budget allows it, so if you are installing a fence first, make sure you know the basic guidelines and pool codes. So when the time comes, you can install a pool without having problems with your existing fence. Here are the lists of pool code basics that you should know:

  • Pool codes can vary from places to place so make sure to check with your local guidelines
  • Any body of water with more than 24 inches deep is considered a pool and should meet the pool safety requirements
  • International Residential Code or IRC is the minimum standard
  • Fences must be at least 4 feet high and should cover the entire pool
  • All fence gates should be self-closing and latching and opens away from the pool for safety purposes
  • There should be an audible warning device attached on the doors leading to the pool if there are no other gate that stands between the pool and the house
  • For a pool above the ground, a wall that is as high as 48 inches will be considered as a fence.

Do I need to fence my pool?

Building a new pool outside your home is a large investment therefore, you should make sure that you are not breaking any rules to avoid problems in the future. Installing a pool first may seem like the best option for you, however by doing so you will be breaking important laws set for pool safety. 

The best option is to install the pool first but make sure to schedule the fence installation ahead of time even before the pool is built so when the pool is finished; your fence installation is already halfway done, securing your pool in the process.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.