Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I order a Protect-A-Child Pool Fence or other products?
- What types of Pool Fences do you offer?
- How strong is the Mesh used in a Protect-A-Child Pool Fence?
- What size and color options do you offer?
- Where should the fence be placed on my patio?
- How should I measure my pool?
- What if my fence is crossing the yard? (installation in grass or dirt)
- What parts come with the fence?
- What we will need to know when you order?
- What equipment is recommended for installation?
- Should I attempt to install a pool fence myself?
- Do you offer shipping and payment for DIY?
- How should I prepare for a hurricane?
- How do I remove my mesh pool fence?
- Can my child knock the fence over?
- Can my child climb the fence?
- Can my child lift the posts out of the holes?
- Can my child unlatch the sections?
- Can I lock the fence sections together if I want to?
- How should I clean my fence?
- How do I re-install my pool fence?
Protect-A-Child Pool Fencing should be ordered directly through your local distributor where installation can be accomplished for you. The cost and operation of a stand mounted diamond core drill can make self installation impractical where installation services are available. Visit our Pool Fence Dealer Locator page to find your local dealer.
If you live in an area where no Protect-A-Child distributor is listed, please contact us for help in ordering your pool fence. We specialize in the export of our pool fence to all who need this valuable protection anywhere in the world. We will consult with you as to what fence and how much of it you need as well as making sure your order is correct and that you understand how to install it. Below are details that will help you decide what Protect-A-Child Pool Fence or pool cover system would be the best choice for your use. Please take the time to review the pool fence options and ordering instructions as this will help ensure that your order is both accurate and complete. Don't hesitate to call, email or fax us with any questions!
Protect-A-Child Pool Fencing is available with two different support post options. The fence posts are the most important part of your pool fence because they provide all the support to the fence. Click here to watch our instructional video of mesh pool fence post strength to gain an understanding of how critical post strength is. Posts not engineered to withstand the impact of children falling against them and the constant strain of fence tension itself can become bent and crooked as well as knocked down and rendered ineffective. The stronger the posts, the stronger - and safer - the pool fence. The advantages of each are as follows:
Fiberglass Post Mesh Pool Fence
Our unbreakable, unbendable composite fiberglass fence posts.
This fence incorporates our top quality "quad-bilt”, “solid core” composite fiberglass posts and moldings. In this fence both the fence support posts and molding strips that attach the mesh to the post are made of space age composite fiberglass.
The advantages of this type of support post include the following:
- The posts are unbreakable and can never become bent. This means you never have to worry about a child or adult falling against the fence and bending or breaking the fence posts leaving your pool unprotected. The fact that these posts cannot become bent also means your fence never become bent or crooked so it will always remain straight and attractive.
- The color of the post is built-in with colored resins so it won't flake or peel off.
- The fence is 100% non-metallic so will not conduct electricity. This will be a requirement to pass your swimming pool final electrical inspection.
- These solid core fiberglass posts are backed with an unlimited* lifetime warranty against bending and breakage.
Aluminum Post Mesh Pool Fence
- Our aluminum post fences are stronger than most competing mesh pool fence posts. They are "double wall" thick with 2 - .063” “thickwall” aluminum tubes - (the post and an insert) reinforcing them at the critical bottom fulcrum point where the post exits the patio.
- This double wall aluminum support makes our aluminum post fence among the strongest aluminum post fences on the market.
- Durable electrostatically applied color finish.
- Warranted for life against defects in materials and workmanship. (Warranty does not include post breakage or bending)
We use the strongest 1000 denier PVC coated polyester mesh available. We can't say enough about this mesh. We have used it continuously for over 29 years on tens of thousands of mesh pool fences with zero failures. This is the strongest, most transparent, most durable, weather proof mesh available. Proven in climates from the cold winters of Canada to the hot southwest deserts. Our mesh is bordered with a heavy duty, 14 oz., marine grade vinyl border and the highest UV resistant marine grade thread to bind them together. We have used this mesh, binding and thread combination exclusively for 29 years also with zero failures. Covered by our lifetime warranty it is available in the top selling colors of black, tan, and brown.
|6' (1.83m)||3 posts attached at 36" intervals||Black
|9' (2.74m)||4 posts attached at 36" intervals|
|12' (3.66m)||5 posts attached at 36" intervals|
|15' (4.57m)||6 posts attached at 36" intervals|
*White is only offered in the 3-1/2' and 4' Fencing.
To measure the amount of fencing you must first decide the best path for your fence to follow. Keep in mind the following:
- Block off all exits from the house to the pool. It is usually best to surround the swimming pool however sometimes you can tie in to existing fences enclosing the pool with an "L" or "U" shape.
- Minimize frequent adult traffic through the fence. Your goal is to need to open the fence only when using the pool. i.e., do not block off areas you must pass through daily. Constantly having to go in and out of the fence means gates could be left open.
- Consider that you and your child will now be able to use the outside patio area everyday as an extended play area– but the swimming pool is used less often. For this reason it is usually preferable to maximize the usable patio area outside the fence by placing the fence closer to the pool. Any patio area left inside the fence by the pool is only usable generally during pool use.
- Remember that one of the best features of this fence is that it is easily removable. If you need more patio area while using the pool, all or part of the fence can be quickly removed exposing one side, two sides or the entire patio.
Once you determine the best route for your fence you will need to decide:
- Where you wish to place any gate openings.
- Whether you wish to use a self closing or manual gate system.
- The mix of section lengths you will need to enclose the pool taking into consideration where gates will fall.
If the fence will encircle the pool. Start your measurement from the center of your main gate opening and measure clockwise around the pool until you come to where you may want a second gate opening (if any). Note that distance and continue measuring back to where you started.
If the fence will not encircle the pool. Start your measurement on one end and measure to where the gate will land. Note that distance. Now do the same from the other end of the gate. Try and start the fence on the end that allows you to use standard 3' lengths to reach the gate. (ie. a length divisible by "3") You will want to order sections that do not need to be altered to span this distance if at all possible. The remaining side will likely require customization so you will order the closest length sections available.
Fencing is available in the length sections specified above. Order the correct lengths of sections to land your gates where necessary and then to finish off the remaining length of fencing using the maximum number of the longest sections possible. Remember that self closing gates will use up 3’ of length so can be subtracted from the total.
For example: If the required length of fence is 100' (30m), we recommend you order as many 15’ (4.57m) sections as possible and make up the difference with the necessary shorter length. Final customization is easily accomplished on the patio deck.
We manufacture special aluminum tubes designed to support the fence in the grass or dirt. These “dirt spikes” can be driven into the ground to a depth necessary to provide good support to the fence. They are available in 4’ lengths and can be cut to the length necessary depending upon how hard the ground is. Generally 2’ is sufficient to support the fence post.
All fencing comes fully assembled (posts pre-attached to the mesh), and is shipped with 1 polyvinyl sleeve per pole, 1 latch per section, and 2 lock in deck screws per section to enable you to utilize this feature. This is sufficient to install the fence in a normal configuration that would encircle the pool. Installations that do not encircle the pool will require an additional latch to complete the installation.
If you feel you will need additional parts (such as additional sleeves for extra layback holes at the manual gate, additional latches, or additional lock in deck screws), please specify this at the time of order.
***With each export order we will supply a US standard “feet and inches” tape measure to help make installations of the 36” spacing sections easier to accomplish.
Note: We do not manufacture fencing with fence posts attached on 1 meter centers. In our humble opinion spreading out the fence posts that additional length creates an unacceptable loss in rigidity.
- Your name, telephone, shipping address, and email.
- The height of fence. 3 1/2' (1.07m), 4' (1.22m), 5' (1.52m)
- Fence post type: Unbreakable Premier Line fiberglass or SILVER SERIES aluminum.
- Color of post, border, mesh. (ie, “tan post, black mesh, tan border” or “all black”, etc.)
- The number and length of each section necessary (ie. 5 – 4.57m sections).
- How many self-closing gates (if any).
- Color and number of patio caps desired. (Tan, white, brick red, grey)
- Any additional parts? (ie. extra posts, sleeves, latches, dirt spikes, etc.)
- If you need a diamond core bit.
Installation of Protect-A-Child Pool Fencing in a concrete patio is best performed using a stand mounted core drill. This machine uses a garden hose hooked to it to supply a trickle of water running through the hollow diamond tipped core bit. Diamond core bits are available from Protect-A-Child, size is 1 ¼” or 32 mm.
It is recommended to take advantage of the experience and training of an authorized Protect-A-Child distributor. Like any unique product, installation of a removable mesh pool fence has procedures that must be followed to attain the safest and most attractive installation. Self installation is typically not cost effective due to the need to rent a stand mounted core drill and purchase the necessary 1 ¼” (32 mm) diamond drill bit. (Drill bits are available from Protect-A-Child). Visit our Find A Dealer page to locate your local distributor. In export situations when there is no dealer available we will provide necessary installation instructions so that you will be successful installing the fence. These instructions will be included with the fence order.
- We specialize in exporting our fence to customers around the world who need this valuable safety fence. Our experienced shipping department will make sure the fence is delivered to your door and we will help you get it installed correctly.
- We ship within 3 days via UPS, FED EX airfreight, or your specified carrier once payment is received. Please let us know your shipping preference when ordering.
- Box size is approximately 52”x15”x15” (132cmx38cmx38cm). This size box will contain (4)-4.57m (15’) sections or a maximum of 60’ (18.3 m) of fence per box.
- Weight of a full box is approximately 80 lbs or 36 kilos per box containing 60’ (18.3m) of 4’ (1.22m) fence.
- Export fencing orders must be prepaid via wire transfer. Contact us for instructions.
While the strength of Protect-A-Child Pool Fence posts make them the strongest mesh pool fences available, if a hurricane approaches we recommend that you remove the fence to prevent unnecessary damage just as you would with any other removable object on your patio. Protect-A-Child Pool Fences are not warranted against acts of nature such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
First, it is a good idea to number each section of fence starting at your gate and number the first post of each section working clockwise around the swimming pool. This will make reinstallation easier after the storm has passed.
Next, unlatch all the sections to remove tension. Then, working counter clockwise, lift out each post and roll the section up. This will leave the numbered post on the outside for easy identification during reinstallation. If your fence is equipped with the lock in deck feature, remember to remove it by twisting the post such that the screws on the post line up with the groove visible on top of the deck sleeve. This will properly align the lock in deck screw at the bottom of the post with the groove and allow you to lift the post out of the hole. It may take a little wiggling to line it up for it to release.
Prior to reinstalling the fence it would be a good idea to take this opportunity to flush any dirt out of the holes with your garden hose to remove any debris that might have settled in the fence post holes.
To reinstall the fence, note that each section begins and ends where two holes are 2.5” (6 cm) apart. Start your sections at those locations and note that the molding on the post always faces away from the swimming pool. If you numbered each section as recommended above it will be easier. Each section should begin and end where two holes are 2.5” apart.
If your fence was left in place during the rush to prepare for the storm and damage has occurred, please call your local distributor and they will be glad to assist you.
Also, let us know how well your fence made it through the storm. We enjoy reading the many testimonials of how well our fence has withstood tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. Many of these testimonials can be read on our website.
Protect-A-Child Pool Fencing has been helping prevent children of non-swimming age from reaching their home swimming pool for over 26 years. During that time it has become one of the most effective pool safety devices for one reason. It does an effective job of preventing children under age 5 from reaching the pool. At Protect-A-Child, we have the advantage of 26 years field experience protecting children around swimming pools. From our experience with thousands of families and children we know what strength our posts need to be to provide a good strong fence for you. As a result, Protect-A-Child's aluminum posts are approximately 30% stronger than competitors and our composite fiberglass pool fence posts are as much as triple the strength of many competing aluminum fence posts. We go to these lengths to provide you with a safer and more attractive pool fence. For 2011 we will provide an "Unlimited unbreakable and unbendable warranty" on our Premier Line fiberglass posts. Producing a fence with such strong posts minimizes the need for repairs on your fence. This saves you (and our distributors) time and money. While we don’t want to foster any false sense of security that might lead you to believe you can leave your child unsupervised at any time, Protect-A-Child Pool Fencing can help bridge the gap left by momentary lapses of supervision. Our promotional video includes footage of children running into our fence to help you gain a perspective of just how strong Protect-A-Child Pool Fencing is. Remember, this is an important buying decision as you will likely only purchase a pool fence once. Choosing a fence with strong posts will eliminate the maintenance headaches that come from weak fences that continually break.
The mesh surface of Protect-A-Child Pool Fencing will not allow finger or toe holds thus making our fence one of the least climbable fences available. However, parents must continue to supervise their children because you never know if they might try and pull a chair up to the fence to gain a height advantage.
Proper installation of the fence provides a “tension fit” that pulls the mesh taut and "binds" the fence post into the hole. With very young children this is sufficient to prevent them from lifting the pool fence out and gaining access to the pool. However, this tension fit does not mechanically hold the pool fence into the patio. For complete peace of mind Protect-A-Child offers our patented Lock-in-deck feature. This feature mechanically twist locks the fence posts into the patio preventing their removal by children. Yet the pool fence remains removable by an adult.
To prevent this we offer another patented safety feature. Our patented Point Lock Secure Latch was invented to improve safety by preventing children from unlatching the simple safety gate hook latches found on most mesh pool fences. The Point Lock Latch, with it’s patented double locking mechanism, is the safest section latch available for children. It dramatically increases safety by preventing a child from unlatching the sections. In addition it is lockable (without the need for padlocks), adjustable, and easier to use (once you understand the intricacies of its functionality).
Yes. We offer two types of section latches that can actually accept a keyed padlock if you wish to keep access to your pool under lock and key. In addition, our self closing gate latch is also key lockable.
Pool fences constructed with dark mesh such as brown and black are very transparent and rarely show dirt. This explains their popularity. However if you have a lighter color pool fence mesh or just wish to clean your fence, soap and water with a sponge, rag, or scrub brush work fine. If there happens to be any pressure washing taking place around your home the fence can easily be pressure washed using minimum pressure.
Note the pattern of small holes in your patio. Every 12'-15' you will see two holes together approximately 2” apart. These designate where fence sections begin and end. The pool fence is made in 12'-15' sections so that it is easier to handle when removing and reinstalling. For this reason, two sections come together and are latched 2 1/2" apart. Start a section where you see the two holes together placing the molding side of the pool fence opposite the pool (facing the child side). Note that while the majority of sections are 12’ or 15' in length (12.5' or 10’ in the 5’ height) your fence may have 9’, 6’, or even a custom length section tailored on one end. Noting the position of the customized section and the number of posts in it will help you ascertain its’ correct position. Make sure that each section goes in properly and begins and ends where two holes are 2 1/2" apart so that another section can start next to it so they can be latched together for safety.