Pool Fencing Has Standards
Your swimming pool should be your private oasis. But you’re going to end up in deep water if your pool fence doesn’t measure up. There are safety standards and laws for this, covering pool fences built from any number of materials. Let’s take a close look at some of the options available when selecting your pooling fencing.
Your Pool Fence Starts Here
Your local council is the place to start. It’s where you can learn all about the regulations governing pool fencing in your area.
Fences need to satisfy a minimum height requirement — no less than 1200mm in height.
Horizontal structural members on pool fences need to be more than 900mm apart to comply with strict Australian safety standards. Vertical members structural cannot be more than 100mm apart and any gap below the fence cannot be greater than 100mm.
Mortar lines in brickwork offer another opportunity for young feet to gain purchase in order to clamber up and over. There are provisions in the regulations for this, as well as for objects or landforms within the “climbing zone”.
All of these safety standards are, of course, in place to frustrate the efforts of curious children who might think the world revolves around them. (Bless.)
Fencing Assumed Legal…
With your council’s pool fencing requirements burned into your consciousness, it’s time to survey the landscape and make a shortlist from the many pool fencing options available.
Glass Pool Fencing
- Modern, minimalist look that unburdens your pool visually
- Easy enough to clean but can quickly look manky if cleaning is ignored
- People have been known to unexpectedly walk into a glass fence
- Blends well stylistically with many homes, especially clean, modern high-tech lines
Tubular Pool Fencing
- Rugged construction, designed with kids & pets in mind
- Popular for both design & colour options
- Relatively inexpensive & zero maintenance
- Easily adapted to varying landscape contours
Colorbond Pool Fencing
- Wide range of colours
- Match windows & guttering (darker colours tend to be less obvious)
- Affordable & long-lasting
- High level of security & privacy
Timber Pool Fencing
- Versatile look from traditional to modern — paint or stain to suit
- Regular maintenance comes with the territory
- Relatively inexpensive
- DIY installation & repair is feasible
Brick Pool Fencing
- Classic look with rough-hewn bricks
- Looks great with lush gardens & cottage-style buildings
- Allow plenty of space to avoid feeling claustrophobic
- Zero maintenance (unless painted)
Brushwood Pool Fencing
- Loads of character for garden settings & cottage-style homes
- Good screening for privacy
- Needs to be tightly packed to meet safety requirements
- Doesn’t last forever, so expect to replace section by section
Gabion Pool Fencing
- Stunning visual impact — greenery looks great against it
- Zero maintenance (expect 50 years-plus from the galvanised wire)
- Good privacy & windbreak
- Not suitable for families with children
Talk to Your Local Fencing Experts
On the Tweed Coast, for example, here are 2 fencing businesses that can get the job done for you:
With more than 30 years’ combined experience, Absolute Fencing fences pools from the Tweed Coast to the Gold Coast and beyond. In fact, going the extra mile is what this fencing business is known for.
- Frameless glass fencing
- Aluminium tubular fencing
- Gates with safe-latching
Custom fencing is a specialty at South Tweed Fencing, Timber & Aluminium. Servicing the Gold Coast as well as the Tweed area, this company can build and install your pool fence to suit your exact requirements.
- Timber pool fencing
- Aluminium powder-coated fencing
- Screens for privacy
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