Make Your Pool Barrier a Feature, Not a Barrier to Landscaping

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When you have a swimming pool in your backyard, it may seem that a pool barrier would be an obstacle to ideal landscaping choices. Having a pool barrier does not have to cramp your style, however. There are numerous possibilities for safe, effective, and aesthetically pleasing pool barriers for your backyard and patio area.

Likemost homeowners with a backyard swimming pool, it is more than likely the centerpiece of the yard, and you may have concerns that a pool barrier would inhibit the aesthetic you desire. That does not, however, have to be the case. Pool barriers are available in numerous styles, from wrought iron and wood to the transparency of mesh. Depending upon the shape and size of the pool area, as well as the surrounding landscape, there are likely many more options than you may think for creating a landscaping design, and both your pool and the fence surrounding it can be attractive features.

The basic function of a pool barrier is, of course, to keep those out of the pool area who do not belong, as well as eliminating drowning risk. But even though this function is pragmatic, that doesn't mean your fence has to have an industrial or institutional look and feel. Beautiful pool barriers are available that can add aesthetic value to your backyard setting. It’s a matter of shopping for the material, color, type, and style that will fit with your visual preferences.

When choosing a pool barrier that reflects the overall feel of your landscape, regard the barrier as an enclosure, as well. Your patio, pool deck, and swimming pool are where your family and guests gather to spend leisure time on hot summer days and evenings, so incorporating lawn furniture, a grill, and other features should be considered. In addition, consider extending the fence to encompass the deck or patio area, as well as the swimming pool. Many people not only have a swimming pool within their enclosure, but a smaller spa or Jacuzzi, as well.

As far as outdoor vegetation is concerned, trees in the surrounding area can provide added visual luxury, and potted plants or raised beds are often preferred for adding a lush, garden feel to swimming pool areas.

Though laws do require pool barriers due to safety concerns, there is nothing to prevent you from choosing a fence that can accommodate and enhance your landscape, rather than work against it.

Jeff Larkin is the president of Global Fence, Inc. With 10 years’ experience in the fence industry, Jeff supervises all phases of fabrication, installation, and completion of fence projects for commercial and residential properties. Jeff is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Visit the Website

When you have a swimming pool in your backyard, it may seem that a pool barrier would be an obstacle to ideal landscaping choices. Having a pool barrier does not have to cramp your style.

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