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By law, all pools are required to have security fences to prevent accidental drownings but, many are not aware of the regulations that govern pool fencing. Take a closer look at the regulations and what exactly they are. You will be able to decide whether your existing pool fence complies with the laws or not. If you are thinking about installing a pool, you need to know ahead of time what is required regarding the fence installation around the pool
By law, pool fencing and gates must be well maintained at all times and must comply with rules and regulations. If there is any damage to a fence that will compromise the structure, it must be repaired quickly. Latches on gates must work properly in order to securely lock the gates. You must also check for any rusting or loose hinges, if these conditions exist you must repair them quickly.
Fence Height Requirements:
It is required that a fence surrounding a pool must be at least 1200mm from top to bottom. Additionally, any branches that are able to be climbed, that are over the pool, must be cut back. If there is a garden that will cause a reduced height of the fence, the garden must be move away from the it.
Fences With An Adjoining Boundary:
If there is an outside fence that can be climbed, it is not compliant with pool regulations and must be replaced with one that meets these requirements. At its lowest point, the boundary fence must be at least 120mm in height.
Any window that opens directly into the pool area must be secured with a security screen so children may not access the pool through these windows.
Strength & Durability:
First and foremost, pool fencing should be safe and must be constructed with materials and built within certain standards in order to ensure the structure is solid. Construction must ensure it will not fall over and cannot be easily broken or damaged. A fence that is weak and not constructed properly will not pass safety regulations.
Get In Touch With Experts:
If you are uncertain whether your fence or new pool proposed fence will pass regulations, get in touch with an expert. Eline Fencing Perth will give you the most up-to-date rules and regulations that cover pool fencing and will advise you how to ensure your pool fence is compliant. Ask for a quote and these people will make sure the construction or repairs are done properly and will meet government standards while offering a beautiful, secure pool fence.
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Whether you are in the process of putting your home up for sale or just want to secure your surrounding
area, making sure your property looks great is very important. Even though you might have the greatest garden in your neighborhood, there are other steps you can take to give a nicer look to your property. Adding a new gate or a surrounding fence just might do the trick.
First off, you want to choose a fence or gate that accentuates your home and will add value to your property. There are many types of fencing materials to choose from, including, slat or Colorbond fencing, aluminium or wood-looking material. Keep in mind, installing a new fence should be done by professionals as it’s a very difficult project for those who are unskilled.
Styles Of Fences:
Some of the most popular styles for fences to look into:
Aluminium Wood-Looking Slats
The first thing you need to do is consider the “look” you want in a fence. How much privacy you expect to have, the colour that will be best for your home, the materials you want to use and the area the fence will surround. All these factors should be taken into consideration before making a final decision. You also need to consider your budget when making a selection, some are more expensive then others but there are fences that are perfect for everyone.
How To Go About Choosing The Right Fence:
Some people will prefer a lower fence that accentuates the entire area and blends with nature while others want higher fences for more privacy and security. Whatever style you choose it should fit your own personal preferences. You might want to conduct some research before making a choice. You want to choose a fence that will give you value for your money and a style that works for you. Also make sure your choice will be strong a durable in all sorts of weather conditions. Contact the professionals at The Fence King for expert advise or research online for other great ideas and suggestions.
Many people opt to have a gate installed along with the fence for a finished look. A gate can add functionality and a nicer appearance to your property. You should first consider how secure you expect the gate to be. Depending on your space, do you want the gate to open outward or inward? These are preferences that vary from individual to individual.
Here is a list of different styles of gates that might work with your home:
A gate in the front of your premises that controls who is allowed onto your property
A side gate that leads to your back garden
A gate that blocks off the garden from your swimming pool
A gate giving you access directly to an outdoor areas, such as a shed or your rubbish bin
These gates come in short or tall and offer additional security features including padlocks.
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Australian Standards are in place to keep unsupervised children out of the swimming pool area. Many of our customers have questions regarding fencing regulations in Western Australia. It’s extremely important that you are aware of all current regulations in regards to pool fences while avoiding fines and preventing the chances of an unforeseen tragedy.
Statistics have shown that over the past ten years, more than a dozen toddlers drowned in Western Australia, due to poor installation of fencing or negligence by the builders. Approximately 94% of these accidents took place in domestic swimming pools in or around their homes. Sadly, a great deal of these deaths could have been prevented.
Most drownings happen when there is no protective fence between the swimming area and the house. In the 1990s, stricter regulations have been put in place to keep unsupervised children from entering a pool area.
The Australian Standard AS1926 has been designed to deny access by unsupervised children (especially under the age of 5) from swimming in the pools.
When A Pool Fence Must Be Installed:
Pools and spas that are 300mm in depth must have a fence. If your pool was installed after July 1992, you must have a fence separating your house and the pool area. Keep in mind, you must have a building permit in order to install a fence, barriers, windows and gates. Once you have received your permit and the barriers have been built, you may then fill your pool with water, but not until then.
Pool Fencing Requirements:
The outside of the pool fence must be an effectual barrier against young children having access.
The pool fence must be permanent
The fence will not allow for young children to enter by crawling under or over the fence, by foot or hand.
The pool fence is not less than 1.2m in height.
There must be a 900mm non-climb zone (NCZ) from the top of the fence.
Note: The NCZ is defined as a zone consisting of a barrier as well as the associated space with 900mm of the barrier and is intended to inhibit children from climbing the barrier. This also includes any points along the length of the barrier and any associated space.
Gate Requirements Must:
Gates may only swing outward from the pool area.
Must be self-closing from any position.
Must have a fitted latch that is out of the reach of small children; generally 1.5m from ground level.
The gate must open outward, must have an effective minimum height of 1.2m. Must return to the closed position and engage from any position and cannot be reopened without using a manual release. The latch must be at least 1.5m above the ground level. Alternatively, glass pool fencing measurements must be 1.2m from the outside and 300mm down on the inside; you will have to reach over the gate to open the latch.
External walls of the building can only be used with the provision they do not have doors that can open into the pool enclosure and windows must be treated to prevent access. Child-resistant doors are not considered adequate safety barriers.
Doors & Windows:
Doors from any dwelling are totally prohibited to open into a swimming pool enclosure. The only exception are doors opening into a swimming pool within an enclosed building.
Can Not open far enough to create an opening of 100mm.
Have a lowest opening panel no less than 1.2m above the ground
Have a firm fixed fly wire installed, or a totally enclosed grill.
Pool fencing is the most important safety barrier of any pool area. Pool fencing is a legal requirement in Australia and glass pool fencing has become the most popular choice on the market to date. Pool fencing can become a perfect center point just like the pool is. Here are a few tips you should know before constructing your pool fence.
Start Your Designing With A Good Plan First:
Wanting a beautiful pool fencing is never going to be inexpensive, but you can save some money within your design. Far too many pools are built or renovated without taking into consideration the fencing requirements, mandated by local councils, state governments and Australian Standards.
Government regulations are often overlooked and the requirements are not included in the design and functionality of the fence. Down the road, the fence will become very expensive and difficult to install. In turn, this leaves customers cutting back on price, design, appearance and functionality.
In many cases, the finished product will have to be changed when the pool inspector shows up and denies the issuance of a pool safety certificate.
Always start with a clear plan and well thought out design that will ensure a beautifully, functional, safe and compliant pool fence that will save you money. You can save yourself a lot of stress, headaches and costs if you consult with Eline Fencing from the beginning.
Using Your Boundary Fence & The Requirements:
Providing your backyard fence is at least 180cm high from the inside of your pool area, you might be able to use it to form a portion of your pool fence.
You must make sure there are no areas, along the fence, for children to climb over.
Horizontal rails must be at least 90cm apart
Your fence must be rigorously constructed and in good condition.
There should be no gaps in the fence greater than 10cm
If your pool is very close to your fence boundary, you are required to ensure no water will splash onto your neighbors property.
Design Your Fence To Meet Electrical Requirements:
One often overlooked element in pool fencing is the electrical earthling of the metal components surrounding the pool. Australia Standards require that certain metal objects, including those used in pool fencing, that are installed close to the waterline of the pool, must be connected to an earth bond and installed by a qualified electrician.
It’s really sad to realize your beautiful new tiles and pavers will have to be ripped up because you didn’t plan on the electrical cables to be installed to an earth bond first. There are workaround solutions, but they almost always involve compromises that could have been avoided.
Correct planning for the entire pool lay out will save you from unforeseen problems, including the need for proper electrical cabling.
Consider Adelaide Frameless Glass to help you avoid electrical cabling issues in the first place.
Avoid Windows & Doors Opening Into The Pool Area:
Under recent changes of Pool Safety Laws, self-closing doors to or from your house, cannot be used as a portion of the pool safety barrier. There are certain steps to ensure you have a barrier installed on your windows and doors. In some cases, you cannot do anything about your windows and doors locations. Windows that are adjacent to your pool area must have permanent mesh fly screens installed.
Know the Height of your Finished Fence:
Under the Australian Standards, pool fences are required to be a minimum of 1.2m in height. Most fence panels, especially glass, are 1.2m in height and those panels are normally mounted slightly above the ground level for easy cleaning. This will make the overall height to be approximately 1.25m in height.
Another reason you should plan ahead, landscapers and pool construction often incorporate other items such as water features ,that when finished, will reach 1.2m in height. This can cause problems when the pool fence is only a couple centimeters higher.
You Must Plan Around Climbable Objects & Uneven Ground:
Items around the outside of your pool area can be non-compliant and potentially unsafe. These items may include, but not limited to: planter boxes, window sills, trellises, retaining walls, potted plants, raised timber decks and garden taps.
Obviously, easy changes would be moving plants, plant boxes but in other cases, the fence will need to be redesigned for fixed object (steps, decks, trellises) to ensure that the pool area is safe and it complies with all the regulations.
Uneven or sloping ground can lead to other issues as well. Changes in ground gradient can affect the way the fence needs to be applied. This can cause for added expenses, if it will be a difficult area for the fence.
There are very few issues that can’t be correct with proper planning, ahead of time. A really well thought out design can save you money while giving you the beauty you are looking for.
Optimize Your Space:
Australians spend a great deal of time in their backyards and therefore there must be a nice balance between your pool area and your recreational area. It’s important to have a nice amount of space for those wishing to enjoy the pool, while others can move over to the barbecue pit for some tasty foods. If your pool takes up too much room, your not going to have enough room for other activities or barbecue treats!
You Must Have Sufficient Access To & Around The Pool:
In order to truly enjoy your pool area, you need easy access to the area for more than a quick dip! Many people will opt for a simple, divided up backyard with a single fence running from one side while blocking it from the other. It’s simple, easy and cost efficient. You must make sure you have the appropriate access space for your gate. Installing a new gate can become expensive and positioning the gate is critical. All gates must open away from the pool area in order to meet Australian Standards.
Installing A Timber Decking:
Having a beautifully designed timber deck is a very attractive appearance surrounding the pool. It has also become extremely popular and can be a great asset if done properly. Too many times deck builders overlook that the fence must be securely installed on and through the decking. Too many of these decks are designed and installed poorly and will not support the fence.
Speak with Adelaide Frameless Glass to get the correct decking specifications.
All fencing must be solidly connected to the deck structure frame. Glass fencing cannot be bolted directly to the decking Also, care must be taken when there is limited access to the bottom of the decking. Keep in mind, timber decking will shrink and expand, no matter how well constructed. Installing glass fencing, the right way, can eliminate some of this movement.
It’s also very important to know if the deck has a fall on the other side that is greater than 1m. It must meet the balustrade code, as well as the pool fencing code and can be a significant addition in cost.
Make Sure Paving & Concrete Slabs Are Properly Installed:
Specifications for the right foundation should be taken into consideration from the very beginning. Pavers that are placed on top of crushed rock and sand are not suitable for glass pool fences. The pavers will have to be removed, the concrete foundation then installed and the pavers re-installed.
Trying to work around this can be very difficult, time consuming and expensive. Therefore, plan ahead of time and know what will work and what won’t from the start. Installing the right concrete during the planning stage will save you time and money.
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When Should You Get A Free Consultation & Quote:
In order to receive the highest quality of construction, you need to consult with your contractor from the beginning. Getting a consultation and quote in the early stages will allow your contractor to explain all details covering the cost and construction. Contractors have to take into consideration the application of waterproof membranes, the tiling, concrete, lumber support, core drill and any concrete rebates. If you wait until everything has been completed, it could become very expensive and difficult to alter. In the aftermath, new tiles might have to be removed and penetration of waterproofing membranes could lead to damage.
Cleaning The Glass:
All products that are outdoors, in the elements, will need to be cleaned and maintained. If glass is treated with a wax, such as those used in car wash detergents, it will keep the glass cleaner for a longer period of time. Simply use a bucket of hot soapy water using a car wash cleaner with a wax additive. Wash the glass using a soft bristled brush then hose down and let it dry.
The Proper Height of a Balustrade by Building Code:
The minimum height of a balustrade is 1000mm (1.0 metres) from the floor level on the balcony, terraces or landing. The minimum from the stair nose is 865mm (0.865 metres); as stated by the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
What’s the Standard Height of a Pool Fence & Will Making It Higher Be Safer?
By building code, the minimum height of a pool fence should be 1200mm, from the ground surface. Any horizontal surfaces or protrusions within a radius of 1200mm (1.2metres) from the top of the fence, that is greater than 10mm, will call for the removal of the protrusion or any additional height of the fence to make compensations.
Increasing the height of a pool fence will only keep a child of approximately 5 years of age out. No matter what the height of the fence is, older children will find a way to get in if they want to. The better option is to educate your children on safety around a pool.
Are All Your Products Guaranteed?
Yes, we guarantee all our products, workmanship, fixtures and fittings up to 7 years. We are a high quality, professional company that strives for our customers’ satisfaction. The only thing we cannot guarantee is the glass getting broken.
Do Your Products Meet Australia Safety Standards?
Yes, all our products meet Australian Safety Standards. Balustrades will prevent you from falling off a building and pool fencing will prevent children from drowning. All of our products are designed and installed to meet and/or exceed Australia’s safety standards. Our products are in total compliance with AS1170 Loading Codes, AS1288 Glazing Code and AS1926 Pool Enclosure Code. Nu-Lite places safety first and take it very seriously.
Which is a Better Choice – Stainless Steel or Powder Coated?
Even though stainless steel is a beautiful, elegant material, it is best used on the interior so as to be protected from outdoor elements. Stainless steel installed outdoors will tarnish and will require maintenance and cleaning over time. The surface of these products will develop “Tea Staining” or rusting but will not affect the structure’s capabilities. The rusting process will accelerate under certain conditions, such as a coastal environment.
On the other hand, powdered coatings, due to new technologies, are a much superior alternative for outdoor applications. Standard Powder Coating surfaces have a 7 year manufacturers warranty and in some cases you can get a 15 to 25 year warranty.
Powdered Coating is offered in a variety of colours and can be cleaned with a mild detergent that is used to wash your car. Select a detergent with a wax additive, such as those for cars. These detergents will protect the painted and glass surfaces, while keeping them cleaner for a longer period of time.
Is It OK to Use a 6mm Glass in a Semi-Frameless Pool Fence?
Quite honestly, No! Glass pool fencing must comply with the requirements of AS1926. Even though this standard does not address the glass standard AS1288, it is our strong opinion that is an oversight.
Pool fencing, in general, is covered under the Building Act 1993 which includes the Building Code of Australian (BCA). BCA addresses the glass standard AS1288 Glass In Buildings. Therefore, all fencing, including pool fencing, is required to comply with the glass standard. This, in turn, makes 6mm glass inadequate for use in semi-frameless applications unless the posts spacing is reduced to 590mm apart. This will not give a nice appearance that most people expect from their glass pool fences.
Do You Have a Registered Building Practitioner?
Construction of a balustrade or pool fencing is regulated by the Building Act 1993, it is a requirement that all projects of this nature be carried out by a registered building practitioner. A registered building practitioner guarantees they have the experience, knowledge, qualifications, will meet all exact quality standards and has the required insurance.
Toughened Glass or Laminated Glass:
We are limited to using Toughened glass in all balustrade applications due to the changes to AS1288. Both toughened glass and laminated glass are in the same category of grade A safety glass. The biggest difference is laminated glass, when broken, stays in one piece. Toughened glass, on the other hand, shatters into tiny pieces.
Toughened glass in balustrades and pool fencing is the better product because its size is 5 times stronger than laminated glass, making it much more difficult to break. Unfortunately, should there be a rare occurrence and the glass breaks, it’s potentially more dangerous because the barrier no longer exists.