The key is working together
One of the best ways to ensure that you are getting the fence installation right is to involve a landscape architect from the start. This will ensure that the correct design considerations are included in the installation plan.
A landscape designer will look at things from a different angle and help you explore avenues that may not seem open to you if you only stick to what your local council has told you.
There is more than one way to install a pool fence while meeting legal requirements. However, if you don’t know what your options are and what to look for, it can lead to a less aesthetically pleasing result.
The optimal scenario is to meet with your certifier and landscape architect at the same time. That way, you can have an open conversation and exchange ideas to arrive at your preferred outcome – while also making sure your pool fence complies with the laws of the council.
Which materials look best?
When it comes to what pool fence materials look best it always depends on the property, but glass is usually a fairly safe bet.
There are numerous materials to choose from – glass, powder-coated aluminum and wood. Glass is the most seamless and can disappear into a landscape more than other materials, but it will cost you more compared to a standard aluminum fence.
If you have a large area and don’t want to spend too much money on installing the entire area with glass, you can use glass as the main fence line to keep it open and visible – and then turn to a black top aluminum fence that’s inside Garden can be hidden and disappears around plants.
If you go for a powder-coated aluminum, go for black as it more disappears than green when it comes up against plants. Avoid creams, reds, and lighter colors as they will stand out and often ruin the look of the backyard.
Which materials last the longest?
Durability is also an important consideration. Glass is a top contender when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
Most people automatically assume that aluminum fences require the least maintenance. However, glass is very strong and is often held in place by high quality stainless steel and reinforced concrete.
There are seldom problems with glass fences coming off, and when something goes wrong with glass it is very obvious, while sometimes the screws and fittings on aluminum fences come loose and remain invisible for some time. Glass is also essentially more difficult to climb than other materials because it’s just a slippery surface.
Compliance and design can be friends
From a compliance perspective, it is important to understand the pool fence laws in your state and seek professional advice to ensure that you are not installing a fence that does not meet the requirements.
Pool fence installation isn’t cheap, so make sure you get it right the first time. If your pool area is on one of the perimeter fences, you need to make sure that the perimeter fence also meets the requirements.
Regardless of what material you use, it is important that you have a certified product.
While it can cost you a little more upfront to make sure both compliance and design are ahead of the curve, the initial effort is often worth it in the long run.
Safety is a top priority. Second is the aesthetics. If you install a fence that ruins the overall look of your backyard, the value of your property is likely to suffer. The potential loss you could incur due to poor fence design far outweighs the cost of hiring a landscape designer to make sure you get it right the first time.
For more information about pool fencing regulations, click your state or territory …
New South Wales
Australian capital territory