Don't DIY pool fencing

There are lots of DIY jobs that you can do around the home but installing pool fencing shouldn’t be one of them.

There are complex regulations for pool fencing and for good reason. A properly installed pool fence, along with proper supervision is what will keep your family safe.

Generally speaking, pool fencing must:

  • Be made from durable materials
  • Be at least 1.2 metres high
  • Have no climbable objects (trees, furniture etc.) within 1.2 metres of the fence
  • Not be more than 10cm off the ground
  • The gap between palings or panels cannot be more than 10cm wide
  • You also have to make sure that the gate is balanced correctly for easy self-closing and self-latching

Your local fencing professional will be aware of the pool fencing regulations and have all the tools and experience to complete the job properly. They will make sure your pool fencing is fully compliant to keep everyone safe.

Relax and enjoy your maintenance-free fence

Before you decide what sort of fence you would like, be realistic about the amount of maintenance you’re prepared to undertake.

If you’re planning to have a new fence installed, think about your lifestyle and how much time you have on your hands to look after it. Timber fencing looks great but requires a lot more maintenance than other types of fences, because they can potentially warp or rot.

The good news is that there are lots of low or maintenance-free options to choose from, if you’d rather be doing other things with your spare time:

Benefits of a maintenance-free fence

  • Low-maintenance costs – no re-varnishing or re-painting
  • Hours of time saved – little or no upkeep
  • Added value – a ‘set and forget’ option would be very attractive to potential buyers when selling your home
  • Long-lasting – most low-maintenance fences are weather and rot resistant

Speak to your local fencing expert about which type of low-maintenance fencing would be the best for your home and your budget.

Increase your privacy

If you are someone who values your privacy when at outdoors, why not call your local fencing professional who will be able to design and install a fence and/or gates that will achieve the level of privacy you are looking for. Then you can enjoy your outdoor spaces free from prying eyes; an added benefit is that it will also reduce noise from surrounding properties. Make sure you always check with your local council about fencing rules in your area, as they can vary.

Follow the fencing rule book

When it comes to fencing installation, rules can vary from council to council about allowable fencing styles and set-backs for your local area. If you choose a local fencing expert, they will have the skills and area knowledge to make sure your new fence meets council regulations and if your fencing project needs a building permit or approval.

Think about maintenance

Before you decide what sort of fence you would like, be realistic about the amount of maintenance you’re prepared to undertake. Timber fencing requires a lot more than other types of fences, because they can potentially warp or rot. Low or maintenance-free options include Colorbond, PVC or aluminium styles.

Tools of the trade

A fencing installation requires many specialist tools. If you use a fencing contractor, they’ll have access to these tools, plus the experience and knowledge to make sure your fence is built properly and looks great. This means that you don’t have to go out and buy or rent expensive equipment for a one-off DIY fence installation. You’ll also have the peace-of-mind that the fence will last!

Side access security

If you have side access and want to add an extra layer of security to your home, a lockable side gate is a great idea. It will prevent unwanted visitors from accessing your property and will act as a visual deterrent for would-be burglars. It will also keep kids and pets in and provide a secure way to access the backyard without going through your house.

No falling fences

If you need a new fence, make sure that you use a reputable fencing business, as they will use high quality materials and will create strong concrete footings for the fence posts. These are the elements that make a great fence, and you can be confident that it will stand up against strong winds and won't blow over in a storm.

On the fence about fencing?

If you can’t decide between aluminium or steel fencing for your home, there are a couple of things to consider. Aluminium is lightweight, cheaper than steel and it won’t rust. Steel fencing is very strong and can withstand most weather conditions (and if the steel is galvanized, it will also be low-maintenance). The best solution for this dilemma is to speak to your local fencing professionals. They will be able to take a look at your home and advise which type of fencing will suit your style, home and budget, and install it correctly.

Automate your gate

An automated gate will add value to your home, but has many other benefits including: improving your home's security, keeping pets on your property, preventing energetic children from wandering off, keeping out unwanted visitors, adding great kerb appeal and it can even lower your insurance premiums due to the additional security. Call your local fencing and gate expert to go through the options available for your home.

Don’t get stuck

When planning a new access gate at the side of your home, think about how it will be used. If you’re going to be moving lawnmowers, wheelbarrows or other bulky items, a more spacious opening may be required. Your local fencing & gate specialist can offer help and advice on the best solution for your needs.

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