POOL TO BE EN GARDE CHOOSE RIGHT FENCE FOR YOU OUR TIPS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Re­becca Isaacs Visit: pool­safe­fenc­ing.com.au

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.

Pic­ture: VIR­GINIA YOUNG

Paul McNa­mara mea­sures up a pool fence in Syd­ney.

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