If you're having a pool fence installed this summer, you'll need to discuss all the details with the contractor who is installing the fence. Before they put the first post in the ground, you'll want to know what the fence is made of, what it will look like and what maintenance it will require, along with lots of other details. Your contractor, however, isn't the only person you should talk to before you have a pool fence installed. Here are four other people you should contact and what you should ask them.
The President of Your Homeowners Association
If you living in a subdevelopment that has a homeowners association (HOA), you agreed to abide by all of the association's rules and bylaws when you purchased your house. Some HOAs have requirements about fences, including pool fences. If your HOA does and you don't follow them, you might be assessed a fine -- or even asked to take down the fence.
You can easily find out whether your HOA has any requirements regarding pool fences by contacting the president of your subdevelopment's HOA. There's a good chance that they'll either know or be able to quickly check for you. If they don't know, they'll be able to direct you to someone who is involved with your subdevelopment's HOA and does know.
Your Homeowners Insurance Agent
In insurance and legal parlance, swimming pools are called "attractive nuisances." Attractive nuisances are appealing to children and possibly hazardous to them. Property owners are expected to take reasonable measures to protect unsupervised children from easily accessing such hazards.
Homeowners insurance policies often have specific steps that homeowners who have pools must take to prevent unsupervised children from getting to their pools. Homeowners are frequently required to install a fence around the perimeter of their pool, and the fence might need to be a specific height. Additionally, the fence's gate may need to be self-closing and self-latching so it will close even if someone forgets to pull it shut.
While these requirements are common, every homeowners insurance policy is different. Your homeowners insurance agent will be able to review your particular policy's requirements so that you can make sure the pool fence you have installed will meet your policy's stipulations.
Your Local Government's Code Enforcement Agent
Your local government may also have requirements that pool fences must meet. Your city's, town's or county's code enforcement agent can let you know if there are any codes that your fence will need to meet.
Pools don't just provide a place to go for a swim, but they also look great -- especially when they're nicely landscaped. Talk with your landscaper before your pool fence contractor begins work, as they can help with the landscaping around the fence. Your landscaper might have suggestions on how you can
- reduce how much damage the fence installation equipment causes to your current landscaping
- choose a fencing material and design that will be conducive to planting flowers, bushes or shrubs next to it
- design an inexpensive and low-maintenance landscaping plan that complements the pool fence's appearance
- select plants to use in your landscaping that won't send out roots that disrupt the fence's posts
- create a beautiful walkway that leads from your home's door to the fence gate
As you consider what type of pool fence you want installed, don't just ask your pool fence contractor questions. Make phone calls or send emails to your HOA's president, insurance agent, local code enforcement officer and landscaper so that the fence you have installed meets all the requirements you must follow and looks great. For more information, contact a local pool fence company like York Fence.