The world of pool fencing is broad and can be confusing, from material to safety standards, so where to start? Investing in a pool and fencing is a big step in improving your home, so make sure you have as much information as you can before making your decision. Pool Barrier Services has a team of consultants with a wealth of knowledge and can help you find the best fencing options for your pool. We have a referral network to the most experienced and competent tradespeople and fencing installers on the pool compliance area. Now, which questions do you need to ask?
Do I need a fence?
All bodies of water over the depth of 30cm are required to be fenced, regardless of whether your pool is temporary or permanent. Framing your pool in a fence serves more than a safety feature. The right pool fence can be a feature around your pool and add to the value of your property. Your experienced fence installer can show you the range of options available and help you choose the best one for your style preferences.
What is the minimum height my fence needs to be?
The height of your pool fence is an essential feature of ensuring your fence meets safety standards. Under current pool safety standards, pool fences are required to be 1.2m in height. This is standard height; however, fences do range from 1200mm to 1800mm. If you want a taller fence, speak to your fencing installer, and they can arrange the best option for your expectations.
Not all fences, regardless of height, are still required to be fitted with self-closing and self-latching gates.
Can I have a little more space in my pool area?
Your pool fence needs to be at least 1.2m from your pool, but there is no set maximum. This is measured by having proper and adequate fencing and is open to interpretation. The interpretation of these standards is made by pool safety inspectors. Speak to your pool fence installer to determine the best placement of your fence around your pool.
There is a general opinion that your pool enclosure should only include your pool and enough space to walk around the pool nothing more. By limiting other activities within the pool area, such as eating or playing, you increase your pool’s safety and decrease the risk of severe injury or pool-related accidents.
What will my fence need to be made of?
There are various materials and styles for pool fences, from the traditional metal fence to more modern glass options. Your installer will be able to guide you on the safest option for your family and pool. They will be able to guide you through safety regulations and the pros and cons of each style.
There are specific safety features that must be included in your fence, such as standard gaps between bars, self-closing gates and self-latching features. Speak to your installer to ensure you have all the safety features in your fence and gate. All pool fencing styles come with standard safety features, and you just need to choose which material and style are best for your garden.
How long will my fence last?
Depending on the material of your fence, determines how long they will last. Traditional powder-coated metal fences are known to become damaged by the sun over a number of years, whereas tempered glass fences are better for durability. Your pool fencing installer can advise you of ongoing maintenance and the projected life of your fence when considering options.
What do I need to do to make sure my fence is compliant?
You must be very aware that if you are using the boundary fences as the barrier there are numerous variables that can affect the compliance depending on the when the pool or spa was constructed and the Australian Standard that applies.
Pool Barrier Services is your local expert in all things regarding fence and barrier compliance. They will advise you on the standards and assist you in installing a safe and compliant pool barrier system.
If you are installing a new barrier keep in mind that a permit must be sought for any newly installed or modified barrier systems. Pool Barrier Services can assist with the process in conjunction with qualified Building Surveyors. The permit process requires site plans and paperwork to satisfy the building regulation requirements. When they are satisfied with the safety of your pool the qualified inspector is engaged and they will issue a compliance certificate.
This certificate will need to be lodged with your local council within 30 days of being issued by the inspector.
Your fence and pool also need to be reinspected, and a safety compliance certificate reissued every four years.
When speaking to Pool Barrier Services, don’t be afraid to ask any question you need to ensure you are 100% happy with your fence and barrier system.
Pool Barrier Services are committed to making your pool the safest and most luxurious we can for your enjoyment and pleasure.
For professional advice and assistance with safety and pool inspections, contact our friendly team today.