Choosing how you get your pool fence installed is just as important as your style and shape of pool. You can choose to install your fence yourself, with supplies purchased from your local hardware store. Doing your own install could take weeks, installing piece by piece in your spare time. Alternatively, you can choose a professional installer, and have them complete the job in just a few days. Having a professional install your fence also ensures that your fence is installed the first time correctly and will be compliant.
Here are our top tips for choosing a pool fence installer.
Consider best price vs best work
Finding installers is incredibly easy now, with the help of a quick google search. As you begin to choose, resist the urge to engage the first contractor that appears on the search. Take the time to speak to a few companies and obtain quotes – This gives you a rough idea of the average market price. Some companies charge inflated prices and others charge well below others. Take the time to consider your quotes before choosing the company to install your fence.
Some installers are working in the field that offer low rates because they use low-quality products. Be specific with what you expect from your installer and the finished product when obtaining quotes – This will help you compare like products and services.
It pays to take the time to research what you should expect from your installer and the products they provide. It should be important to your installer that you are fully satisfied with their work and final product.
Ensure they adhere to the latest legislation
It is the job of your pool installer to not only do an excellent job of your fence but also to know the ever-changing compliance laws. There have been significant changes in the last few years, with the newest changes coming into effect only this year. If your installer doesn’t know the standards, it is best not to engage their services.
Remember your pool fence is subject to inspection before registration, and if it does not meet standards, it cannot be registered. Unregistered pools risk large fines due to significant safety breaches.
A good pool fence installer will be able to guide you through the best and safest options for your pool. They should be well versed, or willing to double-check, the latest and most updated pieces of legislation and compliance standards. Should parts of your pool area be insufficient for safe pool fencing, your installer is required to bring it to your attention.
Always use clear communication
Just as any trade performed in your home, you and your contractor must have a line of clear communication. Your installer should keep you informed every step of the way, including when they will be on your property and times at which payment is due. Your installer should take the time to discuss options with you before the install and take time to check in with you on the day of the install, to ensure that everything is correct.
Communication is the key to trust, and if your installer isn’t communicating, you need to consider whether they are the right installer for you. As a consumer, you have the right to choose between tradespeople and products. If you feel that an installer is not suitable for you and your family, you have the right to not engage their services.
Remember, your installer will be on your property, and it is essential that you are confident in the job that they are doing. At the time of install, if you are not satisfied with the behaviour of your installers, you are within your rights to speak to the installer. If there is no clear communication, you cannot be sure that the installer is doing an adequate job of installing a fence that is compliant and safe.
Does the installer need to be licensed?
In Victoria, a fence installer is not required to be a licensed and registered builder. This does mean that you are eligible to install your own fence if you choose. Building contractors do need to be registered as a building practitioner with the Victorian Building Authority. If your contractor does not display their practitioner number on their invoice, you are welcome to enquire concerning their registration.
Although your fencer does not have to be a qualified builder, your pool fence will be subject to a safety compliance inspection before registration. This compliance inspection is carried out by a trained, registered, and licensed pool safety inspector. For more information on what a pool safety inspector does and why you need them, click here.
Taking the points above into consideration, take your time choosing your pool fence installer carefully. Speak to the team at Pool Barrier Services to ensure you are confident with their services. Our team assesses for the highest standard of quality fencing and service, ensuring your pool enclosure is safe and compliant.
For professional advice and assistance with safety and pool inspections, contact our friendly team today.