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Pool Fence Laws in Florida

People planning a pool in Florida often forget one of the most important items required by law – a pool fence. Florida law requires every pool owner to install a barrier at least 48 inches in height for any pool that’s 24 inches or more in depth. It can’t have any gaps, openings or other entrances that a curious or unattended child could climb over, crawl under, or push through.

The pool fence must be installed in such a way to ensure it surrounds and blocks off the entire pool and it can’t have any protrusions or indentations that a child could use as a handhold. Pool fence laws apply to in-ground pools and above-ground pools. There are a number of associated laws that govern night swimming, pools and decks and similar situations, many of which new pool owners aren’t aware of until they’ve already contracted for the pool to be installed.

When selecting a pool fence, there are multiple options from which to choose. Many people automatically think of chain link fence because it’s cost effective, can be installed quickly, and is the option of choice for location near lakes and waterways. It’s a good choice and also comes with a bottom cable to prevent unwanted wildlife and pets from entering.

SimTek is another choice that provides beauty, safety, and stylishness. It’s extremely durable and easy to maintain, is available in textures that mimic wood and stone, and provides exceptional sound absorption. It’s also eco-friendly. PVC fencing is another option that is long-lasting, resistant to hurricane winds, highly decorative, and has a lifetime warranty.

For a luxury look that combines elegance with functionality, aluminum fences are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to chain link that’s available in multiple colors and styles. It’s a great way to meet pool protection laws. The rails and gates can be customized for complete safety. Wood stockade fencing is also available.

A pool is a wonderful way to cool off and a focal point for entertaining. It’s also essential that pool owners be in compliance with laws for the safety of small children that don’t understand the danger.

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Fence Longevity

Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, you want to get the best value for your money. The longevity of your fence will depend on a multiple elements. You’ll have to compare costs and contrast them against factors such as materials, intended purpose, aesthetic value, and ability to customize.

Wood

The longevity of a wood fence will depend largely on the type of wood used in its construction. Untreated cedar will last anywhere from 15-30 years, spruce can endure for 4-7 years, while pine can weather the elements for 5-12 years. Treated cedar can last 25-40 years, and treated spruce and pine can last for up to 20 years.

Even the treated wood utilized in today’s fencing is subject to moisture from the ground and weather. Wood fences should be inspected regularly for splitting, splintering and rusting of hardware. The wood can also be stained or painted to accommodate its surroundings.

Chain Link

Cost effective and easily installed, a chain link fence will serve its purpose for about 20 years, a vinyl coating will extend its lifespan by several years, and it won’t rust. Chain link offers security and requires little maintenance, but doesn’t provide privacy. Color options are limited and doesn’t allow for much customization.

Aluminum

An aluminum fence is durable, doesn’t rust, and can be customized. It’s available in an array of colors and provides security. Aluminum fencing can last for 20 years with almost no maintenance. It’s an elegant and stately look that adds value to any property.

PVC

The average lifespan of a PVC fence is 20-30 years and many come with a lifetime warranty. PVC fencing is fire-resistant, won’t attract pests, and is unaffected by weather and UV rays. Over 30 decorative and unique options are offered, it requires very little maintenance, and it’s available in a myriad of colors. It doesn’t rot, won’t attract pests, and is non-toxic. PVC fencing is also recyclable.

SimTek®

This is the king when it comes to style, texture and color options, and will last about 25 years on average. It resembles the look of stone and wood grains. SimTek® is resistant to impacts, is noise dampening, and provides security. It’s one of the most durable fencing materials offered and almost completely maintenance free. It’s able to withstand hurricane force winds of up to 110 mph and gusts up to 130. It’s unaffected by sun and extreme temperatures.

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Fences have Come a Long Way

The purposes for which fences are erected and the materials from which they’re manufactured have changed dramatically over the years. Fences are being put to new uses, new styles are available, and eco-friendly materials now exist that require nothing more than a quick rinse twice a year to maintain them in pristine condition.

For millennia, fencing was typically nothing more than brush piled together to form a barrier to keep animals in and prevent people and wild animals from entering. As civilization progressed, logs were used and mud placed to fill in the cracks. Stones and rocks became the preferred method later on, followed by bricks, concrete and metal.

The primary uses of a fence were for safety, protection and defense of people and animals that were a family’s livelihood. Fences served a variety of purposes, from keeping people from falling from heights to preventing trespassers from entering construction sites. Barbed wire was introduced in the 1870s.

Today, fences are available in a wide variety of styles and materials and new uses have emerged. One of the most common reasons for erecting a fence is to hide unsightly items from view that includes trash cans and dumpsters, electrical boxes, air conditioning units, and generators. Fences are used to keep things from view ranging from large vehicles and swimming pools to patios and deck areas.

Today’s fencing encompasses a variety of materials that are almost completely maintenance free and can withstand hurricane winds of up to 110 mph and gusts of 130 mph. Fencing is offered in molded panels that replicate the look and texture of stone or wood, along with a wealth of colors to accommodate any style or preference. Eco-friendly options are offered that are manufactured from recycled materials and can be recycled in turn at the end of their life span.

Fencing has come a long way from its origins. It can still protect and provide privacy, but it’s also a stylish option and being utilized in new and innovative ways. Today’s fencing is highly durable, resistant to graffiti, blocks sound, and is a cost effective way to beautify properties.

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Are there Fence Laws in Florida?

Fences provide privacy, mark borders and add value to property. No matter what type of fence is erected, there will be some requirements that must be met. Florida has laws and regulations that individuals must adhere to when they install a fence. If they don’t, individuals can be fined or even required to take it down.

Individuals can install a fence without the consent of their neighbor. Regulations vary among locations and governmental units and can be governed by if the property is an empty lot. It’s imperative that home and business owners have a recent survey of exactly where their property lines are before installing any fence.

Most communities require a permit be obtained before a fence is installed. There are also laws against how high the fence can be and in some instances, the fence can’t be built directly on the property line. Individuals may be required to erect it a specified number of inches or even feet away from the actual property line.

Tree branches are an issue that most people don’t consider after they’ve erected a fence. If healthy tree branches encroach on the property or fence, individuals have the right to trim them back. If dead branches from a neighbor’s property fall on the fence and damage it, the neighbor is responsible and can be liable for repairing or replacing the damaged fencing.

In many areas, if an individual installs a fence directly on the property line, the adjoining neighbor could be liable for a portion of the installation and maintenance costs. If the neighbor doesn’t want the fence, it can lead to disputes and even legal action. Having a fence installed by a professional is critical. They will know the laws, will be able to pull any permits needed, and explain what is required.

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Commercial Fencing for Protecting Your Business

If you’re a business owner, there may come a time when you may want or need temporary fencing for your enterprise. There are a number of options that can be employed singly or in conjunction with others when you need temporary fencing to protect your business.

Temporary Fencing

Chain link fencing offers a good temporary solution for a wide variety of properties. It provides security, can be installed quickly, and offers a cost-effective solution. It deters trespassers and is an excellent way to protect your customers, employees, and vendors from potentially dangerous situations such as construction work.

Another benefit of chain link fencing is that it can be equipped with barbed wire or razor wire at the top for additional security. A cable can also be installed at the bottom to prevent pets and unwanted wildlife from entering.

When specific notices must be posted, it’s easy to display them on chain link and the fencing is effective for containing activity during promotional events. They’re equally effective for restricting access to property during demonstrations, parades and similar events.

Privacy

The unique weather in South Florida means that restaurants, bars and similar establishments can extend their customer space through fenced in patios for al fresco service. There are several types of fencing, including PVC and SimTek, that provides privacy for consumers while aiding in blocking street noise. They’re aesthetically pleasing, impact resistant, almost maintenance free, and eco-friendly options.

Commercial properties such as housing complexes and equipment rentals can also benefit from privacy fencing. On a smaller scale, privacy fencing is a sound investment for hiding unsightly electrical boxes or dumpsters that increases curb appeal.

Barbed Wire

Most people immediately envision a farm or ranch when they think of barbed wire fencing, but it has other uses. It can be added to other types of fencing as an added deterrent to potential trespassers. However, you need to be aware that there are very stringent laws governing the use of barbed wire in any capacity.

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Tips for Choosing the Best Fence for your Home

Homeowners have a variety of choices when selecting fencing for their homes and there are multiple factors to consider. It has to meet your specific needs, but it must also conform to any local laws and regulations. You’ll want a fence that fits in with the character of your home and the neighborhood and your particular lifestyle.

There are also maintenance requirements to consider. Depending on the material, some need periodic painting, while others are almost maintenance free. The slope of your property will affect the installation of the fencing and its cost. People install fencing for one of several reasons that include:

  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Protect and contain children and pets
  • Safety from falling into pools or off bluffs and cliffs
  • Enhance property values
  • Establish boundaries
  • Conceal trash cans, generators or central air units
  • Dampen road noises
  • Stop encroaching weeds

The reason for installing your fence will have an impact on the type of fencing you choose. Chain link fencing is great for containing children and pets, but it’s not as aesthetically pleasing as aluminum fencing. Chain link and aluminum fencing enable kids, pets and homeowners to see through it and into the outside world.

Aluminum and chain-link requires very little maintenance and are handy for marking property boundaries and preventing individuals from approaching dangerous areas. Either type is appropriate for security concerns and to prevent trespassing.

SimTek and PVC fencing provide a solid barrier against road noises, provide security and privacy, and delineate boundaries. They’re also ideal on a small scale for concealing unsightly trash cans or valuable generators and central air units. Available in multiple colors and styles, they’re almost maintenance free. The fencing is effective for stopping most encroaching weeds.

Traditional wood fencing can be erected as a solid barrier or with small spaces between the boards. They can be painted or stained and the hardware should be examined regularly.

The most important step before contacting a fencing specialist is to determine why you want a fence. Once that’s decided, your fencing specialist can assist you with the type that best fit your needs.

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Solid or See Through?

Fencing is available in so many colors, styles and materials it can be difficult to decide what to choose. Fencing materials run the gamut from wood, aluminum and PVC/vinyl to SimTek, chain link, and wrought iron. One characteristic will be fairly easy to decide – if the fence will be solid or see-through.

The materials can be utilized in a variety of ways to create solid or see through fences, though some perform best when used in specific ways. Much will depend on the reason the fence is being erected, local regulations, and taking into account personal preferences.

There are advantages and drawbacks to each type of material. Wood will need to be stained, painted, or replaced periodically. Aluminum and PVC/vinyl won’t rust and doesn’t need painting. It’s a relatively low-maintenance option that’s also economical. SimTek is eco-friendly and one of the most versatile and durable materials available.

See-Through Fencing

A stand-alone see-through fence can provide security, safety for children and pets, and doesn’t prevent natural light from entering. The biggest benefit of see-through fencing is that it enables people see out. It can keep intruders and unwanted wildlife out. The fencing styles have the advantage of being decorative and aesthetically pleasing.

Solid Fencing

A solid fence has a variety of benefits, not least of which is privacy and the ability to completely block activities from neighbors and the street. They provide increased security to prevent wildlife and intruders from entering and it’s equally effective for keeping children and pets inside and safe.

Solid fencing can be used in a myriad of situations to address specific problems. It buffers street sounds and noises for a more tranquil environment. It’s also effective as a windbreak and for coastal dwellers as a barrier against blowing sand and debris.

Pick the Purpose

One of the most important decisions individuals can make is why they want a fence. It doesn’t have to provide privacy, safety or a barrier against noise. It can simply be ornamental, decorative, and enhance the aesthetics and value of the property.

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Fences Don’t Have to be Ugly

Fences are no longer the ugly and utilitarian constructs used in the past. Today’s fencing options offer colors and technologically advanced materials to accommodate any preference and to do so in a decorative and stylish manner. Fencing for security doesn’t have to be unattractive and aesthetically pleasing fencing doesn’t have to sacrifice security.

Modern day fences add curb appeal to homes and increases property value. Wood rail and rustic fencing is a popular choice for creating an open and inviting demeanor that brings to mind farms, ranches and is popular in rural areas. It’s particularly attractive for properties with large yards that cover extensive space and can be configured in multiple ways.

The traditional picket fence popularized in TV and films is no longer a simple combination of posts and stakes. They can be customized in multiple ways, are available with a variety of caps and posts, and can be equipped with decorative lighting. The fences are offered in multiple colors, materials, and can even be paired with metal mesh for a unique look.

Chain link fencing has been popular for decades to protect property, ensure the safety of children and pets, and provide a see-through barrier. The fencing is strong, durable, resists corrosion, and is one of the most cost effective fencing options available. It can be paired with vines, bushes, and flowering plants to soften its appearance and provide cover and food for birds and pollinators.

Stockade fencing is one of the most often used solutions for privacy and security, but it’s come a long way from the plain, featureless fences of decades past. Individuals can choose from stockade fencing constructed from SimTek, PVC and vinyl, all of which is highly decorative and low-maintenance. Stockade fencing is offered in an extensive range of colors, styles and textures that imitates natural stone.

Today’s fences are beautiful and add significant value to the properties they occupy. With the wide range of materials available and optional features, fences are elegant, functional, and can be customized in various ways to capture the unique character of any property.

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Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

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How High? Considering Fence Height

Bigger isn’t always better when considering how high a fence will be. There are a multitude of factors to consider whether it’s a property’s first fence or an upgrade to an existing barrier. Individuals will need to consider the height, material and purpose, along with local rules and regulations governing fencing in the community.

Residential and commercial fencing typically have different requirements and those can vary depending upon specific locations. For residential customers that are contemplating the installation of fencing, the primary concern should be the purpose the fence will serve.

Security

Whether it’s to keep children and pets out or unwanted people and wildlife out, a fence can accomplish all those goals. Solid fencing and those with vertical rails will aid in discouraging trespassers from trying to climb it and security gates and systems can be added. The height will be determined by what individuals are trying to keep in or out.

Privacy

The height of a privacy fence will depend on the slope of the land and the size of the area to be shielded, such as a patio, pool or hot tub. Homeowners may want to have a barrier that provided privacy in one place or throughout the entire property. A privacy fence will typically be constructed of material with little or no space between sections. A fencing professional will be able to ensure that the fence meets local regulations, and provides the privacy required for the desired area.

Noise Barrier

Living on a busy street can be extremely noisy, making it difficult to listen to music, watch TV or even sit outside in a peaceful atmosphere. Solid fencing materials are available that dampen noise and can be installed for any desired height. They can be solid or have small spaces between the boards to let light filter in, and can be paired with plantings if desired.

Wind Block

Fencing does more than beautify properties. It’s also very effective at blocking or interrupting wind from areas where homeowners entertain, especially if they have a fire pit or other outdoor flame. A fence can be especially beneficial for those that live in coastal areas as a means of preventing sand from blowing into the yard and are usually no more than three feet in height when used as a sand barrier.

Swimming Pool Safety

Most communities have very specific laws that require pools to be fenced, gated for safety, and state minimum height requirements. They should have an automatic locking gate, no handholds with which children can climb, and security systems can be installed to alert owners when the gate is opened.

Before Fencing

It’s best to hire a fencing professional that is knowledgeable in local laws governing fencing heights and if there’s a required setback on the property. A professional can help clients choose the right type of fencing for their needs that also conforms to community specifications.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

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