Use The Right Fence Materials As A Pool Barrier

Yaron Berkowitz - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Use The Right Fence Materials To Build A Pool Barrier To Code

Are you planning on adding a pool to your home in a residential development? As you plan your design for this great recreational feature, do not forget to consider the fence materials you will need to create the proper pool barrier in your yard. Over the past two years, many Australian states have developed legislation about pool fencing in order to reduce drowning deaths. Pools are attractive to children and if your pool is not fenced, you may be inadvertently inviting unauthorized visitors. If you fail to control who has access to your pool, you could find yourself liable for an accident.

Using A Common Fence For Your Pool

When you live in a development, you may already have a fence that encircles the perimeter of your property. Depending on the location of the pool in your yard, you may be able to use the existing fence as part of the pool enclosure. If you want to make any changes in a common fence that divides properties, you need to get permission from your neighbour, your development or homeowners association, especially if you want to use a design or fence materials that will change the appearance of the fence. You may also want to consult the design guidelines for your development to see if there are any restrictions on certain styles and colours.

According to regulations, the fence materials needed to make the barrier compliant with the law include metal panels, chain wire, wood, rods, bricks, rendered cement, concrete blocks, and other materials that can be used to construct a dividing wall. Hedges or vegetation will not meet code and may entice a child to climb over them to get to the pool. You must plan carefully if you want to incorporate this type of landscaping into your design for an approved fence.

Working With Your Neighbour On Fencing Issues

There is no question that you need a proper fence for your pool, but working with your neighbour about incorporating parts of the common fence can be challenging. If you know your neighbour will not be cooperative at first and you want to avoid the discussion, you can send them a notice of your proposed work at least 14 days before the work starts. Since sending a notice may aggravate your neighbour, if possible try to work out your fence plans with them in person. You must even notify them if the fencing company needs to come onto their property to make the installation, unless there's an emergency situation.

When you need a fence for your pool, the cost of fence materials and labour is on you. However, if your neighbour also has a pool and you both want to use the common fence as one part of your barrier, you and your neighbour should share the cost of making any modifications or adding any barriers.

Find Fence Materials At Triple Star

When you are ready to build your fence, Triple Star Fencing Supplies has the fence materials you need for fences that meet code, just call 03 9793 1114 or visit the website.

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