Pool Fences - Types, Installation and Maintenance  

by Pool Builders on 02-10-2010 in Articles

This article covers the different types of pool fencing that is commonly available and also briefly discusses pool fence installation and maintenance.

The most common materials used for swimming pool fences here in Australia and throughout the world are aluminium, glass and timber. Each of these materials are desirable by different people for many different reasons, with the main factors being style and budget. Choosing the right material for your fence isn't only a matter of budget or style preferences though as some fences offer higher levels of security over others and some offer solutions for stopping your pets from entering the pool.
Timber Pool Fencing is often used around swimming pool's that have been built into or along side timber decks, however they also look great around in-ground pools that have been surrounded by a garden.
Timber pool fences are very versatile they often come in prefabricated panels that can easily be modified to fit your needs and painted or stained to fit in with your current colour scheme. A big advantage of timber fences is you can re-paint them. Timber fences allow you to change the look and feel for your home quickly and easily and there are many outdoor paints and stains available on the market today so the chances of finding your dream colour are high.
Aluminium Pool Fencing is the most common fence surrounding homes and swimming pools. Aluminium pool fences blend well with old or modern home designs and can easily be used as a fence for your front or backyard as well.
Aluminium pool fences are very low maintenance, stylish, easy to install and best of all affordable. Aluminium fencing comes in a huge range of styles, colours and sizes. Just like timber panels prefabricated aluminium pool fence panels can be easily modified to fit your needs and even re-painted. Not all panels can be re-painted with ease though; some aluminium pool fences are powder coated and need to be re-painted by a professional.
Glass Pool Fencing can provide a durable and extremely transparent fence. Glass fencing is often used to preserve pristine views or achieve that "premier" look in luxury homes.
Glass fencing is a popular choice as long as your budget allows for it. Glass fencing is quite expensive when compared to timber or aluminium fencing and can be difficult to install by yourself, however there are some great DIY glass pool fence kits on the market that make glass pool fences both affordable and easy to install.
Pool Fence Installation in most cases isn't to difficult and can be done by yourself saving you a pretty penny. If you decided to install your pool fence yourself, ask a friend to give you a hand. In most situations you will need four hands and the extra set of eyes always helps keep things in check. You will also need to contact your local council or government to find out about the regulations in your area. If you go ahead and install your fence and it doesn't satisfy local regulations you are at risk of a hefty fine.
Pool Fence Maintenance is important in prolonging the life of your fence. Aluminium and timber fences require almost no maintenance while glass fences need to be cleaned regularly. Cleaning a glass fence regularly with the manufactures recommended cleaning product will protect the coatings on the glass and ensure algae doesn't grow on your panels.
If you live in a coastal area it's a good idea to wash your aluminium and timber fences regularly. Hosing them down once every few weeks will remove any salt build up that may over time corrode parts of your fence.
For further information about pool fencing and fencing in general head to: [http://www.fencepac.com.au/Retail/PoolFencing-166]

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