Your brand new fiberglass pool is a thing of beauty and you no doubt can’t wait to start enjoying it. But before you don the swimsuit and ask the Toronto neighbours over for a christening party, there’s one more thing you’ll need to make sure you address. Safety. Pool safety starts with smart behaviour around the pool and should extend out into the landscaping of the surrounding area. We at M.E. Contracting, your premier Toronto landscaping company, are strong proponents of pool safety. Here are few tips to keep in mind.
Ways Your Landscaping Contractor Can Help Improve Pool Safety
Pool safety is a must. But how do you ensure the safety of your family and guests without enclosing your pool in a locked building and having a lifeguard on duty 24 hours a day? Here are some ways pool safety can be built into the surrounding landscape.
- Fencing – Your Toronto landscaping contractor doesn’t need to build an enormous wall around your pool to make it safe. The right type of fence will do the job while not ruining the look and feel of the area. Different types of pool fencing include:
- Wooden Fences
- Vinyl Fences
- Aluminum or Steel Fences
- Removable Fences
One fencing solution that is becoming increasingly popular is the glass partition fence. The impact resistant glass allows you an unobstructed view of the pool while at the same time limiting access and greatly reducing the chances of an accident.
- Decking – Decking is more than just a way to enhance the look of the pool area. It’s also a method of increasing safety in subtle but real ways. One way to do this is to use interlocked pavers that have a rougher, more slip-resistant surface than, say, flagstone. These should also be a lighter colour to prevent them getting too hot when exposed to direct sunlight.
- Landscape Lighting – Swimming in your new fiberglass pool after sunset is potentially dangerous, not only for what could happen in the pool, but what can happen on your way to and from the pool. A robust lighting scheme will help eliminate any such danger and beautify the whole area at the same time.
- Steps – Any steps in the landscape around the pool area should be carefully considered by the landscaping contractor from an ergonomic standpoint. Often people who’ve spent time in the pool are fatigued when they get out. If there are steps in the pool area that are of an unusual height or depth they could lead to missteps and accidents by weary pool goers.
- Retaining Important Sightlines – A proper landscaping design should be mindful of sightlines between the house and pool area. Regardless of your safety efforts near the pool, you’ll want to retain an unobstructed view of the pool from inside the house as well. Landscaping elements like shrubbery therefore should not be placed between windows that provide that view and the pool itself.
None of these safety tips, if properly implemented by your landscaping contractor should interfere with the beauty of your pool or even make themselves known in any obvious way. They are the preventative measures that stay quietly in the background of your experience, ensuring everyone gets the most from your new fiberglass pool.
For Pool Landscape Advice from the GTA’s Leading Landscaping Contractor Call Today
M.E. Contracting has helped scores of Toronto area homeowners reap the benefits of having a beautiful inground fiberglass pool without having to worry about safety concerns. Our designers have years of experience and know the job of the landscaping contractor is more than simply making a property look good; it’s also making it useful, designing it to last and making it safe. Call us on 416-238-6700 to talk with one of our fiberglass pool experts about the many ways of making your pool area beautiful and safe for everyone.