Having your own pool is great and gives you a really wonderful place where you can spend quality time relaxing, hanging out with family or friends, or simply exercising. However, a pool does present some safety issues, which need to be addressed so you can use your pool with confidence, even when children and pets are around. This is one of the main reasons why a good pool enclosure is important; however, it does also offer other benefits.
Here, we take a look at pool enclosures and awnings and why they are such an important part of your pool area:
Why is Pool Safety Such a Big Concern?
Pool safety is a concern for absolutely every person who owns a pool. This is not just the case if you have children, or allow children to visit – even if you are a responsible single adult or couple who can handle your own safety, you still need to make sure your pool is well contained.
Why? Well, not only can wild animals fall in, which can be unpleasant to deal with, but you may also find that you are legally responsible for anything that happens to people using your pool even if they are unauthorised to be there. This means if some neighbour children decide to take a look at your pool when you’re not there and get hurt (or worse), you will be considered at fault. Additionally, keeping your pool well enclosed with a lock will mean you are less at risk of burglars or other criminals using it as a path of access to your home.
A pool enclosure with a door and lock.
A pool enclosure is the best way to make sure your pool is safe and secure, and you must make sure it has a sturdy lock or even a code lock, so only people you know are there and who you have explained any other safety rules you have about your pool to can get in!
What Are the Other Benefits to Pool Enclosures?
Roger’s swimming pool in his home in Sarasota, Florida. Most swimming pools in Florida have screened enclosures, to keep insects, leaves, and other debris out, and also for child safety. Photo Courtesy: Roger Wollstadt
A pool enclosure also keeps your pool cleaner. As well as keeping out people and creatures, it also keeps out a lot of plant debris and other general ‘stuff’ so you won’t have to fish it out of the pool before you take a dip. This is also kinder on your filter. A solid fence enclosure will do this better than a wire one; however, any kind of enclosure will help.
You can also get an awning for your pool which will also stop things blowing in, as well as making your pool area more versatile. You can make sure there is always shade for people lounging around the pool or swimming in it, helping avoid sunburn, and can also put it up when the weather is gloomier or there is light rain, meaning there are more days of the year when you can comfortably use your pool area.
You can get some really attractive designs in pool awnings that can work in different ways to suit your pool area or garden, and how much cover you want to be able to have.
Jenny Wadlow, the author of this post, is a freelance blogger who likes talking about topics that affect our daily life. She has given many useful home improvement tips such as using the right retractable roofs and pool enclosures. To know more, follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.