Swimming pools offer a refuge for relaxation, but they can bring headaches if you don’t know the law.

For instance, the city of Houston, Texas requires fences around residential pools. “The height of the fence must be at least 4 feet in all sections, and all gates must be self-closing and self-latching,” its Department of Health and Human Services website states. Georgia state law also requires at least 4-foot-tall fences surrounding swimming pools.

Residential pool owners should verify any requirements that may apply to their city, state and county authorities.

Laws aside, for many home owners, the challenge is to make their pool a safe and stylish addition to their backyard area.

Whether you’re planning a modern, open space or a leafy garden paradise, the right pool fencing can keep your pool secure and look great while doing it.

Read on to learn about your options!

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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