A swimming pool is a great asset to any home, but you can’t afford to skimp on safety.
Pool fencing is obligatory and there are strict rules on the height of the fence, that can be used the the type of gate.
- Pool fences must be a minimum of 1.2m high and there are a wide variety of designs on the market, from steel picket fences to aluminium tubular fencing and glass.
- Frameless glass fencing is one of the most attractive options and gives an uninterrupted view of the garden. But it’s also the most expensive type of fencing.
- Another option is to go for semi-frameless glass, which costs approximately half the price of frameless glass but still offers good visibility.
- What a lot of people don’t realise is water features over 300mm deep require a 1.2m pool fence around them. There are heavy penalties for those that don’t comply so check on your pond.
- The best way to disguise a pool fence if you can’t afford glass is to choose a metal fence in a colour that blends with the surroundings.
- Green will obviously fit in with trees and grass, but you could also match the colour of the house or choose a lighter or more neutral look.
And remember, don’t have garden furniture or structures near the outside of your fence, because even if your pool fence meets safety standards, a child could still climb over with disastrous results.
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