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Pool fences dont have to look ugly

Swimming pools can be enjoyed by everyone in the family, especially kids. when owning a pool, your family will feel like they are on a permanent holiday.

A backyard swimming pool is always a fun place. No matter what it is used for – relaxation, exercise or games.

But there is a chance of unintentional injuries around swimming pools and without an adequate pool fence children under 5 are still finding their way into pools around Australia, drowning is still one of the leading causes of death for children under five years of age, so it is important that the regulations are followed.

Whilst the most important factor is definitely pool safety, design is another important decision to make as we do not want to look at a eyesore every time we relax around the pool or look out of the kitchen window.

So how do I make my pool fence to look good?

There are a lot of choice out there and many types of pool fences out there in the market.

The benefit of steel and aluminium is you can create a stunning feature from your fence, by using slim sections of metal that are repeated down your garden it can draw your eyes deeper into the garden and pool beyond.

Most of our customers use black as it disappears easier into to the garden and looks modern and sleek.

Staggered Pool fence

If you would like to discuss any pool fencing design ideas please contact us at Balustrade design

How do I choose a safe pool fence?

As a minimum the pool fence should be designed to follow the following guidelines below

  • A barrier shall be designed and constructed so that it will restrict access by young children.
  • The barrier should be a permanent structure
  • Constructed from any durable material
  • All pools and spas built after 2010 require a four sided barrier (isolation fence), with no direct access from the house or any other building to the pool or spa.
  • Gates swing outwards (away from the pool)
  • Barrier gates must be self-closing from any position and self-latching.
  • A minimum of 1200mm high on the outside of the barrier
  • A minimum of 1800mm high if the barrier acts as a boundary fence
  • A maximum gap of 100mm under the fence or gate
  • A minimum height of 1500mm for the gate latch release if mounted externally
  • The barrier shall be vertical or lean away from the pool by not more than 15 degrees
  • Should be free of sharp edges and projections.

Australian Standard AS 1926.1-2012 is the most recent update to home pool regulations and should be followed fully when designing a pool fence there is a link to it below.

What is the best pool fence?

The look and style of your fence is down to your personal taste – but as long as it meets the standard, you can have any design your imagination allows for.

Here are a few of the main styles.

Pool fence styles

Flat top fences have vertical tube bars which are fixed and welded inside flat horizontal upper and lower rails.

Loop-top fences have sections of tubular pipe bent through the upper rail so that each section of pipe forms two vertical bars rather than one.

Picket fences have vertical tube bars which are fixed and welded inside flat horizontal upper and lower rail and through the upper bar.

Staggered top fences have welded loops, welded to the lower horizontal rail and the gaps filled in to create a more stable fence.

Edge on fences have heavier duty vertical tubes welded to the lower horizontal rail and no top rail.

For more information on pool fence regulations, click on your state or territory...

Australian Standard AS1926.1 Part 1: Safety barriers for swimming pools

New South Wales - Pool fencing requirements

Victoria - Pool Fencing Laws

Queensland - Does your pool comply?

Western Australia - Rules for pools and spas

South Australia - Pool and spa safety

Tasmania - Pool safety barriers

Australian Capital Territory - Pool barrier safety

Northern Territory - About pool fencing and barrier safety standards