Baby/Child Pool Fence To Guard Your Pool

The shimmering water and the splashing fun is an intriguing and exciting environment for babies and toddlers to investigate more closely. Taking the necessary precautions can save many lives, such as taking basic swimming lessons, closer supervision of children, and wearing life-jackets.

Pool barriers are regulated at the state and local level, but there are no standard requirements. However, depending on where you live, insurance companies may require it.

Baby/Child Fence To Guard Your Pool

According to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is among the top causes of accidental death, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. Swimming pools are the most common areas where children under age 5 drown. For people with pools without some form of barrier to keep young children safe, is one of the top factors linked to toddler drownings.

When a baby pool fence is erected to help guard your pool and to help prevent toddler drownings, there are recommendations to be considered, which includes the following:

  • pool fence should be 4 ft. tall or higher so that children can’t climb over it, which includes the exclusion of any handholds or footholds.
  •  a pool fence gate should open outwardly away from the pool area.
  •  pool fence should completely enclose the entire pool area.
  •  pool fence should be self-closing and self-latching.
  •  the material can be made from a variety of materials, including the popular aluminum fence

Pool fence standards are governed by the international American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) organization. ASTM is the global standard by which products are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. Pool fence manufacturers should carry the ASTM International safety standards.

Pool owners are not stuck with the original color of black. Coloring is now a customized feature, with colors that consists of brown, beige, green, grey, bronze, and other special order colors.

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Top 7 Tips for Wood Fences: How to Make Your Gray Fence Look Great

Before and After If you live in Michigan, you know that we have thousands and thousands of gray and ugly fences everywhere. The problem is that wood fence cannot withstand the extreme temperatures of our state. People often think nothing can be done to make their gray and ugly fence look bright and beautiful for years to come, but there are many solutions. As the leading Michigan fence company, we have learned some things over the years. We hope our insights can help you and hundreds of home owners, housing complexes, businesses, and landlords/renters know how to turn the tide on the sea of ugly gray fences to something we can individually and publicly be proud about. An ugly gray fence can be a nagging concern and even an embarrassment. But a fence makeover, replacement and/or restoration project can be a permanent solution. A properly done fence makeover can make you proud when you drive up to your house, look out your windows, sit on your patio, and have family and friends over for a backyard BBQ, picnic, or a family party/event. Here are our helpful and proven tips that apply to a fence makeover and restoration project…

#1 – Replace rotting wood fence with a new vinyl fence that will last a lifetime

The prices of wood material has been increasing over the years, so much that a vinyl fence can cost the same amount as a wood fence, if not less. Unlike wood, vinyl fence will never rot or mold also most fence companies, including Anchor Fence have a lifetime warranty on vinyl material as opposed to wood material which normally comes with no warranty and does not hold up too well in Michigan weather.

#2 – Restore your wood fence Some fences, even those 15-30 years old can be made to look like new with a 2-3 day fence makeover restoration.

Years and even decades of gray/black mold, mildew, nail/screw black drip stains, and peeling paint, or old stain can be power washed away in one day on a typical fence!

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#3 – Power wash the fence before you stain it.

Professional power washing (also known as pressure washing) will clean away years of gray/black mold, mildew, nail/screw black drip stains, peeling paint, and old stain. Stain will also more easily adhere to a fence that has been properly power washed. Power washing is very affordable to have done by a fence makeover and restoration company. But if you choose to do the power washing on your own, you should use a pressure washer machine with 3000 to 3600 psi. Smaller home model pressure washers normally will not have enough power to adequately clean the fence before it is stained. If you don’t have access to a commercial pressure washer, you can rent one from Home Depot or an equipment rental stores for usually under $100 per day.

WARNING: When using a pressure washer be extremely careful because it is easy to permanently damage your fence by putting noticeable cut marks into the wood. If the spray accidentally hits your hands, arms, legs, or feet you can also experience serious cutting injuries since the powerful spray will quickly cut through clothing and skin. Be sure to wear safety goggles because splinters and dirt can easily get into your eyes. Wear very old clothes when power washing because you will get caked with layers of black gunk. Also be sure to power wash using the 25 degree tip for your sprayer. Smaller tips will burn cut marks in your fence and larger tips will not adequately clean the fence in preparation for staining. If you have never done power washing before, be sure to practice on some old throw away boards to get a feel for it before starting on your fence.

#4 – Don’t use cleaning products on your wood fence.

There are a number of products on the market that promise great results to clean your wood fence. While some manufacturers may be unhappy with our experience, we have tried a number or products and not yet found anything that is worth the time, money, and hassle to use them. We have not yet found anything that works better than plain old fashion garden hose water coming through a commercial grace pressure washer to clean your fence and get it ready for staining. Fence cleaning products tend to be messy, add to your costs, are frustrating to apply, the chemicals can sometimes destroy the vegetation or grass around your fence, and frequently they just don’t work well. The only exception we have to this rule is that we do use a cleaning gel and scraper on fences that have old peeling paint. After the gel has been applied and the fence scraped, the power washing will get your fence ready for staining.

#5 – Be sure to check with your city or homeowners association about stain colors.

Some municipalities and homeowner associations have very specific restrictions on what color stain you can use on the fences in your neighborhood.

#6 – Don’t use a clear-coat finish, semi-transparent stains, paint, or poorly-rated solid stains.

When you use these type of products they will not cover over blemishes and nail/screw drip stains, variations in the old and new wood will be obvious, and normally the fence will only look good for a couple of years. This means that if you want a good looking fence you will need to spend the time, effort, and money to do it all over every 18 months to 3 years. Avoid using paint because over time paint will begin to peel in the high humidity and harsh winters of Michigan. Consumer Reports did a 3 year, 6 year, and 9 year study on fence and deck wood stain products and the hands down winner was Behr solid color wood stains for fences, decks, and siding. Many of the stains by other manufacturers didn’t even last 3 years. Behr stains provide quality, durable, and long-lasting results.

#7 – Work with your neighbors.

Many fences in Michigan are not stand along fences but instead are commonly shared fences with your surrounding neighbors. Work with your neighbors to avoid any disagreements on fence style, color and/or material.

Fence Regulations, Fencing Ordinance and Permits for Fences

If you are thinking about installing or having a professional company install your fence, it would be best to check local ordinances on fence before you plan a style, material, height and color. If you are in a subdivision or association, it would be best to check what kind of regulations they may have as well. Fencing regulations vary from city to city, for example some allow 6 foot tall privacy fence while others do not. If you would like to know what your city allows please visit our website for a list of cities in the Metro Detroit, Michigan area.

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If your city is not listed, or does not have ordinance information on our website or their’s, the city building department can answer any questions on fence rules and regulations if called during their business hours.

Most cities require a permit to be pulled to install a fence and charge a fee to apply. In order to pull a permit, most cities require the homeowners to have a mortgage survey/plot plan, a signed association/subdivision approval letter and written, sometimes notarized, approval from neighboring homeowners. Neighbor approval forms can be notarized at city hall. You can find out if your city requires these paper works by checking our website.

If you are not able to locate your mortgage survey or if you have never received one when you bought your house, there are several options.

1. Contact City Hall – Some cities keep mortgage surveys or plot plans on file.

2. Draw Your Own Mortgage Survey/Plot Plan – If you choose Anchor Fence to install your fence, we have the proper forms on file and would happily supply them to you by email, fax or mail. Instructions to measure are available on our website and also on the forms that we provide.

3. Contact the Fence Company Installing Your Fence – If you have selected Anchor Fence to install your fence, we can draw up a mortgage survey/plot plan for you.

Dealing with the city can be a headache, but if you chose Anchor Fence to install your fence we can take care of the permit for you, all we need from you is the mortgage survey, neighbor approval letters and association/subdivision letter of approval, if you live in an association/subdivision.

What is CertaGrain Textured vinyl?

With the launch of Bufftech® Chesterfield with CertaGrain® texture, CertainTeed is bringing more color options and alternative to wood that mimics the look and feel without the maintenance to its line of vinyl privacy fences.

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Making use of an revolutionary texturing method, Chesterfield with CertaGrain attributes an authentic wood-like physical appearance in an easy-to-keep vinyl design and style. The material is now available in Honey Blend and Natural Clay — 2 colors that complement the natural surroundings of a property or building. Obtainable in 4, 5 and 6 foot heights, Chesterfield with CertaGrain is an best resolution for enhancing the privacy of commercial, multi-household or residential buildings.

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As portion of the Chesterfield merchandise line, the new colors and texture join CertainTeed’s present colors of White and Tan, which are offered in a smooth finish.

Chesterfield with CertaGrain is a tongue-and-groove fence produced from premium top quality polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which gives resistance from the decay, molding, warping or splinting that is frequent with wood fences. The resilient design has ColorLast™ fade safety for superior color retention.

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Galveston with CertaGrain is backed by a lifetime limited warranty featuring unique SureStart™ protection that covers replacement fees, in the unlikely occasion a manufacturing defect takes place inside of the very first 5 many years following installation.
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