With summer right around the corner, it is the perfect time to start thinking about having a pool installed at your new or existing home.
Adding a pool to your backyard design increases the value of your home, adds a sense of serenity and of course plenty of fun for the whole family. Since building a pool is a large job, we’ve provided some tips and information to keep in mind when planning for the addition.
First and foremost, there are laws and regulations that must be met before your pool can be installed. One is the national building code for pool barriers called B.O.C.A., while the other is the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act. The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act law requires Florida homeowners to take certain safety precautions with swimming pools. It was created to reduce the number of drowning fatalities in the state, so it is a serious matter.
The leading requirement is a fence or barrier around the pool. The Act states that all outdoor swimming pools must have a 4-foot fence or other barrier around the outer perimeter of the pool, with no gaps or breaks in coverage. The fence needs to be a suitable distance away from the pool’s edge. The entry through the barrier (gate) must open outward and have a self-closing and self-locking device that is out of a child’s reach.
Don’t take this lightly. If you fail to install a fence or safety barrier, it is considered a second-degree misdemeanor under Florida law. Do not hesitate to consult with your local fencing company such as Best Fence of Jacksonville, if you have plans to build a pool in the near future.
Now we’ve got the laws down, it’s time to mastermind your dream pool’s design and the fencing that will surround it. You can choose from many styles of aluminum pool fence engineered to meet and exceed national pool codes including B.O.C.A., while enhancing your landscape and creating the safety barrier required to pass inspection. The design options are endless with decorative fence post caps or arched gates for a unique addition to your outdoor living space.
Best Fence of Jacksonville is dedicated to providing each client with the best fence and value for your individual property. They will coordinate your fence installation with your builder, pool company and other contractors for your convenience. Your decorative pool fence is guaranteed to pass inspection and meet all code requirements.