Whether you’re putting in a new swimming pool or replacing an existing pool fence, there are a number of factors you need to consider. From the design aesthetics to the legal safety requirements, there’s plenty to think about when it comes to pool fencing.
Let’s have a look at some of the most important things to consider when looking to install a swimming pool fence.
One of the main purposes of the fence is pool safety. Pool barriers are primarily designed to restrict children under the age of five from being able to access the pool area and prevent drownings and water accidents.
According to laws in Victoria, any pool or spa containing water with a depth greater than 30cm must have a compliant safety barrier. This includes in-ground and above ground pools and spas, indoor pools and spas, relocatable and inflatable pools and bathing and wading pools.
Swimming pool fences must comply with a number of requirements. The fence must be installed by an appropriate registered builder. It must have self-closing and self-latching gates. And it must comply with Australian Standard AS1926.1 – Safety Barriers for Swimming Pools.
The Standard outlines a number of requirements for the pool fence including height, the width of the non-climbable zone around the fence, the size of the gaps in the fencing, the closing and latching devices to be used and so on.
In December 2019, new laws came into effect in Victoria aimed at improving swimming pool and spa safety. The new regulations introduced registration, inspection and certification requirements for property owners. Swimming pool or spa owners must now:
- Register pools and spas with their local council
- Organise an inspection of your pool barrier by a registered swimming pool inspector
- Rectify any issues identified by your pool inspection
- Submit a certificate of compliance to your council
There are plenty of different styles and materials when it comes to swimming pool fencing. It’s important to choose a fence style that is not only safe and practical but also suits your swimming pool area and aesthetic.
The most common swimming pool fence styles are aluminium baluster, frameless glass fencing and semi-framed or fully framed glass fencing.
Aluminium fencing can be the most budget friendly option and is also quite versatile in terms of design options. It also requires less cleaning than glass pool fencing. However, full baluster fencing creates severe lines and can obscure the view around your pool area.
Glass pool fencing is available in framed, semi-framed or fully frame design options. It’s a great fencing option for the pool area since it won’t obscure the view and the sleek lines create a more open feel.
Maintenance and Cleaning
All pool fencing will require some cleaning and maintenance. However, the amount required can different depending on the type of fence you decide on. Aluminium baluster fencing will require occasional washing to remove cobwebs and debris. Provided it’s made from high-quality materials and installed properly it shouldn’t require much more maintenance than the occasional clean.
Glass pool fencing will have higher maintenance requirements as the glass panels will require regular cleaning to keep them looking great.
Regardless what materials you choose for your fence, they should be properly treated and prepared to stand up to the moisture, salt and chemicals that are common in any pool area. If you use fencing materials not designed for pool areas, the fence may start to corrode and require more active maintenance.
To find out more about the best materials and options for swimming pool fencing, talk to an experienced pool fencing supplier today.