Beyond Vinyl: Less-Common Fencing Options For Your Swimming Pool

If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, fencing the area can be very important for safety. Many homeowners opt for vinyl panels because the panels are easy to install and vinyl requires little maintenance. If you are hoping to find a different fencing option that provides aesthetic appeal and fits with your backyard design, there are a few options to consider. 

1. Stone or masonry fencing.

Stone fencing is one of the most labor-intensive and costly options, as the preparation and finishing work can take much longer than simply erecting prefabricated panels. However, this type of pool enclosure offers some unique benefits:

  1. The stone will not be affected by pool chemicals. Some other types of fencing finishes will be affected by long-term exposure to chlorine and pH balancers. Brick and stone fences, however, will not become bleached, nor will they need to be painted.
  2. Stone options work for specific pool finishes. If you pool is built with slate finishes, a stone fence made from similar stone will blend seamlessly with the pool deck. Stone fences will also be best for historic homes that feature brick or stone exteriors -- they will help naturalize the pool area and make it blend in more easily with the rest of a historic home.
  3. Stone fences are sturdy. A stone pool enclosure is less likely to be affected by inclement weather like freezing or high winds.

2. Contemporary glass enclosures.

Fencing made with glass may seem to be fragile, but using clear panels for a pool enclosure is a great way to preserve the flow of a backyard entertaining space. It can also be an added measure for safety. For example, if someone is swimming alone, clear panels make it easy for an observer in the house or yard to witness an accident and call for help.

Pool glass, like the glass for zoo enclosures or aquarium tanks, is very strong, so you do not need to worry about it breaking. This fencing type is also the most versatile, because it adds safety and boundaries without imposing a design into an existing backyard design or home style. Some clear glass pool enclosures are moveable, allowing for the pool deck to be expanded or for the fence to be removed entirely, should the need arise. 

3. Cable fencing.

Cable fencing can be a good option if you are trying to provide a barrier around the pool without the need for any strong vertical lines. Just keep in mind that while cable fencing will provide a modern, almost industrial finish to your pool design, it can be easy for children or pets to climb cable fencing. Use this fencing type for deck designs that will be used by older children and adults who can understand that the fence represents a boundary rather than preventing entry. Cable fencing, like glass panels, provide almost uninterrupted pool visibility. 

4. Bamboo privacy fencing. 

Cedar fences are typical for pool enclosures, but you can have a more unique look by hanging bamboo fences instead. Bamboo fencing is great for privacy because it features small reeds that are knit together for a textile-like finish. To hide any vertical posts, you can hang the panels on both sides of the fence to provide a seamless, continuous finish that appeals to people within and without the fence. This option is great for contemporary homes and Asian-style designs with square angles, low-profile seating areas, minimalist lighting, and sleek wooden pool features (like benches and fixtures). 

When building your pool fence, you have more options than just vinyl panels. For more information on building a pool enclosure, click this link or contact a fence contractor near you.