Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Craig Gibson
If you're installing a swimming pool, you also need to budget for pool fencing.
To protect children, pool fencing is now required by law throughout Australia. As long as the fence conforms to Australian Standards for pool fencing, the material you choose is up to you. In terms of cost, you can expect pool fencing to cost anywhere from $200 per linear metre for timber fencing, to $600 per linear metre for a high end frameless glass fence.
You can install any type of pool fencing, as long as it complies with the relevant Australian standard and local regulations. The main types of pool fencing include:
Metal: steel and aluminium are the most common metal options, as they are durable when powder coated (aluminium) or if marine grade steel is used. In terms of design vertical bars are not permitted, as they increase the likelihood of a child gaining a foothold.
Glass: glass has become the go-to pool fence, though you do pay for the privilege of having uninterrupted views. Each panel of safety glass is attached to a stainless steel or aluminum post with a spigot. Expect to choose between 8mm, 10mm and 12mm glass panels.
Two basic styles of glass pool fencing are available:
Pool fencing is designed to keep small children out of the pool area and must not be able to be climbed. Your pool fencing must not have gaps, footholds and must be rigid enough to withstand pressure being applied.
To that end, a number of specifications must be adhered to. These include:
There are a number of Australian Standards that govern pool fencing. This includes AS1926.1 (Safety Barriers for Swimming Pools and Spas) which covers fence height, the size of vertical gaps, a Non Climbable Zone (NCZ), horizontal members and the gap at the bottom of the fence. Local regulations do vary by state, and some require an inspection. From April 2016 in New South Wales all homes with a pool or spa pool need a certificate of compliance or an occupation certificate before they can be sold or leased.
Note that the regulations also cover spas, which must also be fenced. In some states Development Approval is also required for a new swimming pool, spa pool and pool fencing.
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Australian Standard AS 1926.1 stipulates that gates must only swing outwards. i.e. away from the pool area and must be fitted with a self closing device and latch. Gate latches must be at least 1.5 metres above ground level if installed outside the gate and at least 1.2 metres if installed inside. There must also not be an opening that would allow a child to open the gate from the outside.
You should keep your pool fencing and gate in working order by regularly checking that your gate and latch are operating as they should. Your fencing panels should also be checked for wear and tear, and all bolts should be regularly tightened.
There are number of elements to consider when you get a quote for pool fencing. Expect any quote to include the following materials:
Expect to be quoted in the region of:
Prices will vary based on the scale of your project, as well as the quality of glass and components.
It depends where you live. For example, in NSW a carpenter can install metal and glass fencing. Glaziers can install glass and acrylic fencing, such as pool fencing. In other states a builders licence may be required.
If in doubt check with your local council or licensing authority.
When it comes time to hiring a pool fence installer, take time to make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask then include:
You should also ensure that your installer confirms in writing that your pool fence will be installed in accordance with the latest Australian Standards.
It costs nothing to get quotes for pool fencing supply and installation. Your installer will also be able to help you through the council approval process.
Looking for inspiration? Why not browse our pool fencing designs gallery - you might just see something that you like.
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