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Planning To Install a Pool? Don’t Overlook the Fence!

You’ve meticulously planned and budgeted for every detail pertaining to your new pool installation, from the design, permits, landscaping to the dimensions, and even the pattern of your pavers. You figure you already have a fence, so that aspect is covered, but … is your fence pool code compliant?

In New Jersey, a homeowner with an in-ground pool must fully enclose their backyard. Pool fencing is vital as it ensures compliance with all safety regulations as well as the safety children and pets. When choosing a pool fence, a homeowner must consider both aesthetics and budget, as pricing may vary depending on the style of fencing. Moreover, regulations require that the fence must meet certain criteria in order to be pool code compliant.

The International Code Council (I.C.C.) sets forth safety standards for pool fencing. While there are a number of regulations, typically:

  • (i) the fence panel must be at least 48” (four foot) high,
  • (ii) the distance from the top of the bottom rail to any other rail should be at least 45”,
  • (i) the fence panel must be at least 48” (four foot) high,
  • (iii) the vertical picket spacing should be less than 4”,
  • (iv) and there should be no more than 4” of space between the ground and the bottom of the fence.

There may be other considerations depending on the material. For example, chain link fencing may require a smaller mesh, whereas shadow-board wood fencing may require specific picket spacing (BOCA) to avoid exposure of the mid-rail.

Likewise, gates also have certain requirements. Gate should be the only point of entry, must have self-closing hinges and latches, and must open away from the pool area. The latch from the gate should be at least 54” above the ground. You may wonder, if the lock has to be 54” inches above the ground, then how does that work if the fence is only 48” (4 foot) high? There’s a solution in a latch called the Magna Latch, where the latching mechanism extends more than 6” above the top rail of the gate.

Magna Latch DD Technologies 1
Magna Latch (D&D Technologies)

With these guidelines in mind, it is critical for any homeowner to check their local township ordinances to determine whether a fence is pool code compliant, as regulations may vary from town to town.

Carl’s offers a variety of fencing options for pool fencing. Some options include ActiveYards Greenbrier Haven fence in vinyl, and Activeyards Granite Droprail fence to name a few.

Call Carl’s today to discuss your pool code fence installation with one of our seasoned sales professionals and Stay Surround By The Best.

Activeyards Granite 54” Droprail
Activeyards Granite 54” Droprail
Activeyards Greenbrier
Activeyards Greenbrier

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