How to Pick the Right Fence for Your Swimming Pool

Home Swimming Pool

Home Swimming PoolIt is a great idea to have a swimming pool in your backyard. But remember, all pools need good fencing around it for safety.  There are many options when it comes to fences for your pool, although the preferred choice of many homeowners today is glass fencing. If you follow a few tips, then it becomes simpler for you to pick the right fence.

  • Call in the professionals

When you have your pool installed, it is best to call in the fencing experts to help you make the right choice of glass fencing. Perth-based professionals can suggest the best type of glass that will suit the general décor in your yard and the height of fencing you will need.  You can also inform them of the purpose for which you actually need the fence, besides safety. Short-list a few of them before picking the right one to suit your needs.

  • Choose the right material

The material for the fences usually is wood, vinyl, metal, brick and glass.  As mentioned earlier, glass appears the best option. Bricks are opaque and you really cannot view the pool from your home. Vinyl, metal and wood fences cannot really be customized precisely, which means there could be gaps. Young children and pets can slip through these gaps into the pool. Metal can also rust and hurt anyone. Glass is sturdy, can be customized, is weather proof and easy to maintain.

  • Frameless glass fence

Frameless glass fences come with all the benefits of glass mentioned above and are also beautiful to look at. You can see the blue waters right from your bedroom and the view can be refreshing. These frameless wonders will appear to seamlessly blend with pool waters and make the whole yard look wonderful.

Make sure that you ask for certification from the fence professional you hire, so that the fence is installed correctly and is securely in place.

Pool Fencing: Regulations and Your Responsibilities

glass pool fence

glass pool fenceA pool adds beauty to your home, but it can be a threat to the safety of your family members, as well. Many drowning incidents take place when children are left alone in and around pool environments. Be aware of the regulations set by the government, and do your best to ensure your family’s safety.

Whether you own a swimming or a spa pool, Consumer NZ, Water Safety New Zealand and Auckland Glass noted that you’re responsible for installing the necessary features that will keep everyone safe from drowning.

Do You Need to Install a Fence?

The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act (FOSPA) of 1987 and the Building Act of 2004 are two legislations related to the safety of pools in every New Zealand household. The former is for the protection of young children from falling into swimming pools without a fence. It requires households to install any type of fencing around their pool with at least a height of 1.2 metres. The latter is for the construction of new pools and the renovation of existing pools. All work related to pools should comply with Subpart 4 of the Building Code, which includes the provision requirement of barriers.

Are There Any Exemptions to This Rule?

The Section 5 of FOSPA specified that exemptions are applicable for certain pools. The decision is up to the homeowners, whether they still see the importance of installing a fence of not.

  • Pools that need climbing — or with sides that are 1.2 m or higher — don’t need fencing. The stairs or ladder leading to it, however, needs a fence to prevent easy access. If the stairs are removable, then it’s okay not to install a fence so long as you remove the stairs when the pool is not in use.
  • Indoor residential pools are exempt, but safety measures should be in place. Children shouldn’t be able to access the area easily. The doors and windows need to have an automatic lock, a restrictor and many other features that keep entry points closed.

Keep your family safe from accidents in your pool area by following the regulations set by NZ officials. As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to apply the rules they set to promote safety.