Category Archive: Powder Coat

  1. Western Australian Standards Explained For Pool Fencing

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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.

    Gate Summary:

    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.

     

    Wall Requirements:

    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.

     

    Acceptable Windows:

    • 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.
  2. Maintenance For Powder Coated Fencing and Gates

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    You will be making a really smart move if you decide to install a powder coated fence or gate. If you live in Perth, you know how unpredictable the weather is from high winds and rain to unbearable heat the year round.

    Powder coating is not only extremely durable but environmentally friendly and cost efficient. It takes very low maintenance but will remain in top shape with just a light cleaning and care.

    Prevents Dirt & Salt Build Up:

    complete fanceEven though powder coating is extremely durable, it’s not invincible. There are certain climate and environmental changes that can affect it over time. A build up of dirt in the joints and crevices of the fencing and gates can make a home for insects and bacteria and cause a breakdown in the coating.

    Powder coating is excellent for preventing salt damage on steel fencing and gates. If you live by the ocean, like the Western Suburbs of Perth, you know how damaging the salt air can be. Over time, without at least a yearly cleaning, salt will build up on the coating will cause the colouring to become very chalky in appearance. So, to extend the life of your coating make sure you clean properly.

    How To Clean Powder Coated Fencing & Gates:

     

    In order to clean the powder coating surface, follow these steps to ensure its longevity:

    Use a wet sponge or a soft brush and wipe gently to remove any loose dirt and debris. This step is for removing most of the debris from the surface

    powder coatinglevel. To remove salt and other harder elements, use a soft brush with a mild household detergent. Never use a detergent that contains solvents or petroleum-based chemicals, it could damage the coating. The best way to know if the detergent is safe for your powder coating, can it touch your skin or should you wear gloves. In other words, if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your fencing or gate powder coating.

    After cleaning, rinse off the detergent with lukewarm water, let it dry naturally or use a cloth to dry and polish for a cleaner finish. You can also use a pressure wash as it will probably be more effective than hand washing with a sponge or brush. The downside, it could possibly leave more residue behind. This is especially true in coastal areas because the coating could have a coating of sea salt on the fence. If you live in areas that have hard water, the pressure wash water may leave residue behind without a detergent to soften the water.

    Maintenance For Your Powder Coated Fence & Gate:

    It is not difficult to maintain your powder coated fence or gate but it does require some care. As a general rule, the harsher the climate the more often you will have to clean. A powder coating is a tough outer layer against elements for your fencing and gates, but keeping it clean, at least once a year, is necessary to prevent dirt build up.