10 May Tips For Pool Fencing
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.