POOL TO BE EN GARDE CHOOSE RIGHT FENCE FOR YOU OUR TIPS
Have a look online, skim through popular magazines and watch home and garden TV shows to get ideas about the design and layout you might want for your pool fence
If maintaining a view of the pool is important, check out the various qualities of glass available
Ask friends and family for recommendations and go with the company that can achieve the look you want and standard you need
Discuss different colour options (aluminium fencing) to suit your theme. The right colour fence can really make a job look great
Do some initial homework on fence compliance rules and seek professional advice for complicated areas before commencing any work. For details, visit: fairtrading.nsw.gov.au SWIMMING season is fast approaching so it is time to ensure your pool fence complies with NSW safety standards.
“It gets very busy in the lead-up to summer and even more so just before Christmas deadline, so we are looking at a lead time of four to five weeks,” owner of Poolsafe Fencing Paul McNamara said.
“Summer leads to a rise in the number of unlicensed pool fencers on the lookout for work because we can only take on so much.
“You should request to see a fencers’ license, website and brochures, and don’t be afraid to ask for referrals,” Mr McNamara advised.
New pools must have 1.2m-high pool fences and 1.8m-high boundary fences. The gap from the ground to the bottom of the pool fence must be 10cm or less.
The requirements differ for pools built before 2010, the details of which are outlined on the NSW Fair Trading website. Mr McNamara said glass fencing was the top choice for trend-conscious pool owners but that a full frameless option could cost up to double that of an aluminium fence.
There is also maintenance to consider. “Glass looks great but you have got to keep it clean, whereas aluminium is nearly maintenance free. Just make sure the gate is working and there is oil on the hinges,” Mr McNamara said.
Paul McNamara measures up a pool fence in Sydney.