Comparison: Swimming Pool Fence vs. Cover
Both fences and covers can increase safety and protect your swimming pool. They reduce the likelihood that you’ll find windblown objects, animals or uninvited people in the water. However, each option has different pros and cons.
Many insurance companies and some homeowners’ associations expect pool owners to install fencing. Even if you don’t have an HOA or home insurance, your state or local government may require this barrier. The authorities usually don’t make exceptions for covered pools.
A cover prevents tree debris from falling in the water and eventually sinking to the bottom. It can also keep lightweight animals out of the pool. On the other hand, fences often stop larger creatures and people from entering the area.
A regular tarp won’t hold heavy objects above water, but many specialized pool covers support more than 450 pounds. They can handle most humans and pets. However, you wouldn’t want a moose, cow or alligator to walk across this surface!
When it has a fence, the entire area surrounding a swimming pool becomes more safe, secure and private. A cover only protects the water, liner and filtration system. It doesn’t offer any privacy benefits.
Many covers last about a decade, but the electric motors in automatic systems may fail sooner. Pulleys and ropes tend to work well for around four years. Fences frequently remain in service for over 20 years with regular maintenance.
The process of covering a pool takes time and effort, especially if you don’t have an automatic system. It’s much easier to open, shut or lock the gate on a fence.
Basically, pool fencing is essential equipment that offers comprehensive protection regardless of whether you’re using the swimming area or not. Covering also provides certain benefits; consider combining a pool fence and cover for the best results.
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