As summer approaches, everyone’s minds turn toward the water. If you aren’t lucky enough to live near a beach, you may have gone the extra mile and had a pool installed in your backyard. However, rules and regulations dictate that a pool enclosure must surround your private body of water due to the risks of accidental drowning; before you can go diving in, you need to make sure that you comply with these important safety standards — but just what type of fence should you build? Here are three popular types that will get the job done.

  • Aluminum: Classiness can be hard to achieve with fencing, but aluminum fences do a great job. While this type of fencing is relatively maintenance-free, it doesn’t provide much privacy. It’s simplicity also tends to be overshadowed by the fact that it is not that strong, either, but it sure looks fantastic!
  • Wood: As the most popular type of fencing in the country, wood fences provide privacy and an attractive appearance all at once; they’re often associated with a warm and welcoming aesthetic due to their natural look. Though they aren’t the cheapest option available, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank to purchase and install them.
  • PVC: If you’re looking to enclose your pool in the cheapest way possible, PVC fencing is the way to go. Although they’re not nearly as sturdy as wooden stakes or pickets, they serve their purpose; if you don’t have little ones running around, this simple fence is perfect for pool enclosures. Even better, it’s extremely customizable; PVC fence comes in a number of different heights and colors, and — as a bonus — is very resistant to the elements.

Legal codes require that pool enclosure fences be at least four feet tall and have at least four feet of clearance on the bottom. The extra work may seem superfluous, especially if you don’t have children, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. As long as you choose a fence that you enjoy or don’t mind looking at, your pool experience will continue to be refreshing and fun.