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Pool Fence Code in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Tue, Aug 24, 2010

Amazingly, pool fence codes are similar in VA, MD and NC.

 pool fence code

Three basic things to remember about meeting pool fence codes. 

  1. 4 ft. in height
  2. Gates must be self-closing and self-latching
  3. Fence can be no higher than 2” off the ground i.e. very small bottom gap

There are three common styles of fencing for pools.

Wood –Pool Code states that the fence verticals must have gap spacing of no more than 1¼ inch apart when the space between the back/horizontal support rails is less than 45 inches. This restriction is meant to keep someone from gaining a foothold, and then climbing the fence.  The self-closing and self-latching gates along with the 2 inches off the ground spacing conditions will apply.

Vinyl –A good choice for moisture related applications due to its maintenance free quality and lifetime warranty.

The three basic vinyl styles that meet pool code are:

  • Privacy, providing you complete seclusion, ranging in heights from 4 to 6 feet high
  • Semi-privacy, giving you 80% privacy, ranging in heights from 4 to 6 feet high
  • Picket fence would be chosen for its great look with heights that can vary depending on back rail spacing (45 inches) and specific picket style. Heights are commonly 4 to 5 feet high

Note:  All styles come in white or tan. And, the self-closing and self-latching gates along with the 2 inches off the ground spacing conditions will apply.

Aluminum Fence – A popular choice for sharply-dressed pool enclosure. It too, is maintenance free with a lifetime warranty.  With a wide-ranging of styles and heights to meet pool code. Like the wood and vinyl selections, the fence verticals must have gap spacing of no more than 1¼ inch apart when the space between the back/horizontal support rails is less than 45 inches.  Aluminum specifically must have a closed top and bottom rail with no pickets protruding through the rails. This will prevent anyone climbing over or crawling under the fence from getting impaled.

Note:  Aluminum styles come in plenty of colors for you to choose from. The self-closing and self-latching gates along with the 2 inches off the ground spacing conditions will apply.

Chain Link Fence –chain link fence is requires that the fabric must to be 1¼ inch diameter diamonds. This will also prevent a foothold for climbing. All heights, self-closing, self-latching gates and 2” spacing off the grounds restrictions will apply.

Topics: Specifications, Code, Pool Fence, Regulation

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