Pool fences are more than a safety feature now; they are quickly becoming a stylish addition to your garden. Traditionally, powder-coated metal formed the round bars and rounded tops that graced every pool in the neighbourhood. With newer styles available like mesh fencing, it is time to discuss whether they are as safe as they are stylish.
What is a mesh fence?
A mesh pool fence is a newer fence style, which gives you a sleeker, more modern-looking barrier. Mesh fence is an intricate weave of thin metal or plastic fibres, creating a screen-like effect to surround your pool. Mesh pool fencing is similar to a fly screen you would find on your window, but stronger and safer. The mesh is fitted within frames, which are easily installed around your pool with minimum fuss.
Are mesh fences safe?
The current Australian Standards for pool fencing are contained in AS 1926.1-2012. Under these regulations, your pool fence must be at least 1.2m high, with a self-closing and self-latching gate. The standards provide for a range of materials, including wood, metal, and glass – included in the standards are mesh fences.
If you are considering a mesh fence, you may discover that there are a range of different sizes available. The size is based on the space between the weaves. To be considered safe and compliant, the distance between the weaves can be no more than 13mm. Size specifications prevent the fence from becoming climbable and the spaces being used as footholds.
All mesh fencing options come with self-closing and self-latching gates as standard for your safety. Mesh fencing complies with the Australian Standard and is a safe option for your pool.
Choosing your mesh pool fencing
When thinking about mesh fencing, you probably think of the old school fences, with wires curved and twisted around each other to create perfect little diamonds – however, these are perfect for climbing. This idea of a mesh fence isn’t what you will be considering for your pool. The mesh used for pool fencing is much finer, more robust and sturdier, specifically designed for the task.
There is a range of mesh options available, from larger holes to finer, screen-like fences. They are an attractive alternative to traditional fences and are easily installed. Mesh fences provide a more splendid view of your pool, like glass; however, they are cheaper and more cost-effective alternatives.
Mesh fences also give owners the option of a range of colours and patterns. Decorative screens can add a pop of colour to your area, or a design that reflects your style, such as a flora inspired mesh.
If you have mesh installed, but you are unsure if it adheres to safety regulations, the team at Pool Barrier Services will be able to conduct a pre-compliance inspection to determine the suitability and any changes required.
Benefits of a pool mesh fence
Mesh fencing is a cheap and stylish alternative to glass fences. The modern design gives your garden and pool an air of sophistication. With mesh fencing being metal, it is easy to clean; just give it a quick hose or use a mild soap, such as dishwashing liquid for any stubborn marks. Generally, mesh is mould resistant, so you don’t have to worry about rot or mould ruining your fence. Mesh fencing is designed to be used in all weather, lasting a long time to keep your pool barrier safe and certified.
Like glass, most mesh fences give you the option of seeing through them, with minimal blind spots, unlike traditional powder-coated fences. The fine weave creates enough of a barrier to be safe, but not too much that you cannot see into your pool area – this helps eliminate blind spots in the pool.
Remember, if there are children in the pool, an adult must be within arm’s reach of them at all times.
As mesh fencing is easy to install, it is ideal for pools that are only filled with water for a few months of the year. If you have an inflatable pool or above ground pool packed away during winter, mesh fencing can be installed and packed away easily. Storage is easy, either leaving the mesh in the frame and stowed away, or easily rolled for quick storage. Remember, if you choose to wash your mesh panels before storage, ensure they are completely dry before rolling them to prevent damage.
In the event that the mesh fence is damaged, repair is cheap and easy. Just have a qualified professional come out and replace the damaged panel, and you have a fully functional and certified fence once again. It is quick, easy and most importantly, safe.
Mesh could be the best for you
Mesh is a fantastic option for your pool. Not only are mesh fences cost-effective, extremely safe and durable, but they also look stylish and modern. The contemporary and sleek designs help keep your yard looking fresh for years to come. You will appreciate the easy to clean panels, so you can keep your pool area tidy, ready for use all year round.
Still not sure whether a mesh pool fence is right for your pool? Speak to the expert team at Pool Barrier Services, for all the latest information and safety guidelines. We are your one-stop information source of all things pool barrier safety and are happy to help answer all your questions.
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