Spring is the Perfect Time for Ordering Your Pool Fence!

April 2, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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Have a pool? Make sure you also have a fence that surrounds it to meet state and county standards or run the risk of huge legal fees should something happen!

Planning to install a swimming pool on your property this year? Have an existing pool that got installed last fall and still needs a swimming pool safety fence to live up to code in your county?

If your goal is to have a pool fence in time for that July 4th celebration in your back yard, now’s the time you’ll want to get your pool fence order in so that you can host your party while meeting the guidelines within your county!

Why Now is the Time to Get Going on Your Pool Fence

Spring is the best time to order your pool fence, even if your pool won’t go in the ground until May or June.  If you wait to order your pool fence from a vendor after your pool gets installed in June, you’ll have difficulty getting the fence installed in time for your holiday celebration.

Why?

It’s a matter of scheduling.  Once the warm weather breaks, the busy season for fence installation kicks in.  Ordering a fence in early spring means a huge difference in getting placed on the installation schedule for any vendor.  This time of year, there are fewer customers in the queue waiting to get permits from the county where they reside as well as fewer homeowners waiting for a fence to get installed.

The longer homeowners wait to order the pool fence during warmer weather, the longer it can take to get on the schedule to get the fence installed. Even if your pool isn’t scheduled for delivery until late June, you need to get your fence order on the books now so that once you fill the pool with water, there’s a fence around it.  Failure to comply with having a fence around your pool means putting your investment at risk.

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Pool fences keep your family, friends and pets safe and can also keep out unwanted guests.

Why You Need a Pool Fence Before Taking Your First Dip

Every state and local government has its own set of pool fence regulations that all consumers and businesses must follow when there’s a pool on their property.  Failure to follow these guidelines means being subject to significant legal risks, such as being sued if there’s an accident. A great start for understanding the implications of pool ownership is to check out the guidelines the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes each year.

These helpful guidelines can keep you out of trouble and ensure that your pool area meets regulations and minimizes your legal risk should there be an accident.   Things you can do to minimize risk include:

  • Follow all home safety guidelines and laws for pool ownership in your area.
  • Always supervise your children and their guests—never leave a child unattended even for just a few minutes.
  • Keep your and your guests’ pets away from the pool area.
  • Make it a rule that no one swims alone—that includes both adults and children.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and pool time—if someone has had a few drinks, keep them out of the pool.
  • Keep your pool fence locked to keep uninvited guests out of the pool area; consider an alarm on the fence for maximum safety.
  • Make sure your homeowner’s insurance includes coverage for liability lawsuits as a result of pool injures or death. Some policies do not cover pools with slides or diving boards so before installing them, find out what your insurer covers!

 Thinking About a Pool Fence?

If there’s a pool fence in your future this summer, give us a call now and we’ll send one of our expert consultants out to your home to give you an estimate for the perfect pool fence solution.  Whether it’s wood, aluminum or vinyl, we’ll work with you to develop the ideal fence solution that maintains local regulations and works within your budget!

You can either click on our chat feature to the left, give us a call or visit our Contact page to get started.  You can even come by our showroom and look at samples of swimming pool safety fence options!

Just remember that if you want a fence installed by July 4th, you need to act as fast as possible to meet that date!

 

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Our Most Frequently Asked DIY Questions and Answers!

October 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

At Frederick Fence, we love it when DIYers choose to take on the task of building their own fence.  In fact, sometimes the most rewarding thing you can do as a home owner is take personal pride when you step into your yard and see the outcome of your own handiwork!

Sometimes, however, a DIY enthusiast needs a little help.  Even though fence installation seems like a relatively easy process, we often get the same questions time and again from folks looking to build their own fence.  To help you with your next DIY fence project, we’ve assembled our most frequently asked questions and answers!  Hopefully seeing them here will help you should you decide to take on the great outdoors and build a fence for your home!

arch topHow wide is the gate?

With the exception of a split rail style gate, all of our gates are made to fit an opening.  The gate itself is not the size listed.  For example, an aluminum 4’ wide gate Is actually 46.5”, which is designed to fit in an opening of 48”.

Do you sleeve a vinyl post over a wood post?

Not only is it not necessary, it’s also not recommended.  Our vinyl posts are structural and do not need reinforcement.  The only time you might need them are for gate posts, which use metal inserts.  Putting a wood post inside a vinyl sleeve makes it more vulnerable to problems as the wood post is likely to bend, twist, or warp inside the vinyl sleeve.

Do I need to call utilities?

Yes, before you dig any hole for your DIY fence post installation! Failure to do so may result in some expensive repair damage that any county will force you to pay for, along with some hefty fines.  Don’t risk it at all!  Call before you dig!

vinyl pool fenceWhat do I need to do in order to make my fence meet pool code?

Typically, with the exception being Montgomery county, swimming pool fencing should be at least 48 inches above the side of the barrier, facing away from the swimming pool. Some states have pool fence regulation indicating the fence needs to be at least 60 inches.  Openings in the pool fence should be no larger than 4 inches wide.

There should be no more than 4 inches of space between the pool surface and the bottom of your fence.  When a fence is comprised of diagonal rails, the maximum opening between diagonal pieces should be no more than 1 ¾ inches.  Pool fence gates should be self-latching, and open away from the pool. The gate should also be self-closing.

Why don’t you sell cedar posts?

Cedar is not recommended for ground contact.  It is susceptible to rotting.  We use pressure treated pine posts that are treated for in ground contact.

Is your aluminum painted?

No.  We use aluminum fencing that comes with a Dupont certified powder coating that surpasses a salt spray test of 10000 hours.  We use an Alumiguard product, which we feel is the industry best!

How tall should my deer fence be?

On average, a deer fence is 8’ tall.  However, deer can jump really high, so don’t be surprised if a deer ends up on your property from time to time!

How do you keep rabbits out of your yard?

It is often suggested that you install a wire fence, and “trench” or bury about 4-6” of the bottom of the fence.

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Planning on starting your own fence project? Stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive in Frederick, Maryland to get fencing information and everything you could possible need to build your own fence! Our fence installation experts are always on hand to answer your questions in person!  You can also use our online chat feature during regular business hours for a quick answer!

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A Pool Fence With a View

June 27, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Installing a swimming pool in your back yard this summer? Have an existing fence for your property and just need to meet pool code without breaking the bank? Want a fence that allows you to maintain your current view of your surroundings?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, consider the one fence that will allow you to meet pool fencing code, protect your family members and come in at an affordable price: An aluminum pool fence!

Many homeowners choose aluminum fence for enclosing a pool simply because they are decorative, affordable, durable and low maintenance—almost everything you would want from a fence! One of the distinct advantages of aluminum pool fence is that aluminum panels are made with pickets placed a few inches apart, allowing you to still see what’s on the other side of the fence at all times. If your yard offers you a magnificent view of the mountains or a lovely meadow beyond your property line, you won’t have to sacrifice function for form when installing an aluminum fence for a swimming pool. The great news is that in addition to maintaining your current view, you also don’t have to worry about your children climbing through the fence to gain access to your pool unattended as the pickets are placed just inches apart from one another.

Aluminum pool fencing is quite strong and made to last. At Frederick Fence, we use aluminum pool fencing products featuring a fade and scratch-resistant powder-coat finish that offers twice the strength of typical acrylic finishes – and never requires painting. Once you install It, the only thing you’ll need to do is clean it with a garden hose from time to time—wouldn’t it be nice if pools were that easy to maintain! Additionally, our materials come with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee which means you’ll have the fence for as long as you have a pool on your property!

The best thing about aluminum fence is that it’s not all that costly and is quite affordable when you compare it to other products such as wrought-iron or vinyl fence.

An aluminum pool fence allows you to preserve the view beyond the pool!

An aluminum pool fence allows you to preserve the view beyond the pool!

In Stock for Summer 2017: Aluminum Fence Panels!

Looking to install your own affordable pool fencing this summer and need supplies? Below are aluminum fence panels we currently have in stock to meet the requirements for pool code that you can use to install your own fence:

Residential Aluminum Panels

  • 48” tall 2 Rail (Series A)
  • 54” tall 3 Rail (Series A and C)
  • 60” tall 3 Rail (Series A and C)
  • 72” tall 4 Rail (Series A)

Commercial Aluminum Panels

  • 54” tall 3 Rail (Series A)
  • 60” tall 3 Rail (Series A)

Got questions about fencing around pools or pool fence installation? Simply call us or use our online chat feature and we’ll address any concerns you have about your DIY pool fence ideas or pool code regulations.

Want to see our panels in person? Stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive during regular hours and we’ll show you examples of our amazing variety of aluminum panels in stock as well as some custom options should you want a truly unique fence for your pool area! Since it’s summer, we’re now open every Saturday until noon!

Prefer doing this at your home? Feel free to schedule one of our fence consultants to come out and see your pool on your property to help you determine how much fence you’ll really need!   Give us a call or go to our Contact page and we’ll send someone out to work with you at your convenience!

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Install a pool fence this summer!

May 27, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Pool fence options are a summer essential if you are the owner of a pool. Without pool fence options, you may find unwanted guests going for a dip. Today we’re going to be talking about the ins and outs of why you should invest in a fence for your pool this summer. Are you ready to dive in? Well, then let’s get started and install a pool fence!

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The Most Important Pool Fence Regulations You Need to Follow

March 22, 2015 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Let’s face it, having a swimming pool in your backyard makes life a lot more fun.  After a hard day of work, there’s nothing more refreshing than coming home and taking a quick splash in the pool to start off your evening.  If you have kids, it’s a way for them to get some exercise while they’re on summer vacation; it’s also a great way for adults to exercise as well.  Owning a pool affords you a great way to connect with neighbors and friends as almost everyone enjoys a good cookout that turns into a pool party.  Read more…

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