Every iron pool fence needs a gate. Not only is the gate a necessary component to allow you to get in and out of the pool area, but most gates offer a decorative touch that adds to the overall look of the fence. The gate often has an arch on the top, and it may include some other decorations in the area of the handle. Metal pool fencing gates are about function first and foremost, but they can also make your fence more visually appealing at the same time.
Since a gate is designed to open and close, allowing people to enter the pool area, it is an obvious point of concern from a safety perspective. You need to let people in when they are supposed to have access to the pool, but the gate needs to keep them out at certain times as well. This is certainly the case for children. Most pool fences are designed specifically with protecting kids in mind. If kids can easily open the gate – or if the gate is simply left open – the fence as a whole will fail to provide the kind of security that it should offer.
Fortunately, iron pool fence gates are designed with security in mind. For one thing, they should always include a self-closing hinge or spring, which will prevent the gate from being left open accidentally. When combined with a gravity latch, this means that the gate is always going to be closed and latched unless someone – or something – is holding it open. A quality metal pool fence gate is going to close itself each time it is opened, meaning you don’t have to worry about someone absent-mindedly leaving the gate in an open position. As a point of safety, never prop the gate open with an object that you may forget to remove. Doing so would take away the safety features of the fence, and it would leave the pool area open for someone who is not supposed to have access.
Metal pool fencing gates need to be maintained to ensure proper functionality. You should periodically check that the self-closing hinges or spring and latch are working properly. Quickly address any problems if you spot any signs of trouble. If there are issues beginning to pop up, fix them sooner rather than later. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding care of the fence gate, and bring in a professional for help if you aren’t sure how to complete a needed repair or gate adjustment.
Once all of the safety concerns have been met, you can think about the style of your gate. You could go with a traditional all-metal look, or you could go with a wood and iron gate for a unique appearance. As long as your style choices don’t get in the way of the function of the gate, you are free to be creative and come up with a look that meets your unique tastes and preferences. You are going to use this gate each time you enter and exit the pool, so it should be something you love.