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Plan for Your Pool Fencing

29/08/2020 Around the Pool 0

Plan for your pool fencing 

Have you ever completed a home renovation project  later thought “I wish I had known that before I started”?
In order to avoid that awful feeling we have created a list of tips and design ideas to save you headaches and dollars, and help you achieve the most from your pool area.
Our outdoor spaces are a massive part of NZ culture and where we spend a great deal of our pleasure time, year round.
We know that summer means long days swimming, sunbaking and relaxing by the pool, and winter afternoons spent next to the outdoor reading a good book. However you do it, it’s criticall to plan your outdoor space to suit your lifestyle, all year round.
Things to consider
Your Pool area needs to allow plenty of space for the kids waterslide, the deck chairs for summer afternoon cocktails, the umbrella,  but bear in mind your pool fence should allow for the cooler months when one does not necessary always want to walk through the pool area. Putting a great deal of thought into your fence design early on can have a great impact on many factors including functionality of your entertaining area, costs of both installation and materials and compliance to building regulations.
A few key factors should be planned very early in your project to avoid unwanted headaches and  costs. Below are some tips to get you started.
If you plan to DIY, please do your research. Familiarize yourself with government regulations, talk to your pool builder or certifier about your proposed plans, or speak to one of our staff who will help you make the right decisions
Timber decks
Timber Decks not only look great but are a definite favourite these days for pool surrounds. Pool fences must be secured to the structural frame of the deck not the decking boards alone. Timber noggins need to be installed between bearers, details please refer to our design producer statement1.
Fences cannot be mounted to the decking boards alone. This is simply not strong enough.
Semi-Frameless Gates on timber decks should hinge off existing structural posts or the House itself. Base Plated Posts just simply do not have the strength to carry the weight of a Gate constantly opening and closing over time.
Steps and climable permanent objects
There are many objects near a pool fence that can be  climbable including:
Boundary fence rails 
Retaining walls
Window sills
Garden taps and external power points. 
Steps onto decks
Raised garden beds
Plant branches in 1200mm distance to your fence
For further information see pool fencing regulations.
Ground levels
Your ground level is important and can affect your pool fence layout. You must ensure that your pool fence is a minimum of 1.2m high at all points. Should your ground height change, i.e. over a step or a garden bed, you may require custom panels of glass . Planning for this early on could devoid the need for this and reduce costs. Pavers, laid onto cracker dust or sand, are not a suitable anchor for pool fences. Pavers should be lifted and foundations poured.
To understand the fencing process, browse our guides so you can understand how a fence is measured, installed and maintained.
Feel free to book a free consult or appointment to meet us in our office. 
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