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Posted on 31/01/2017 by HomePlus - Joanna Wellwood

Pool Fencing for NZ Backyards

Swimming in summer is truly ingrained in the Kiwi culture, with so many New Zealanders having ready access to the ocean, lakes or swimming pools. Young children adore water and we have all seen the pure delight on a toddler's face when they are at the beach.  But we also know that the supervision of young children around water is vital, which is why fencing around a pool area is mandatory; to act as a barrier restricting young children from accessing the pool without supervision.

The technical aspects of compliant pool fencing can be bewildering, so getting an expert involved early in the process is highly recommended, helping you to get it right from the start.  You don’t want to waste time or money building a beautiful outdoor pool area, only to find out it is non-compliant and you have more work to do. 

1200mm arc for objects to be non climbable near a pool fence diagramOnce you have contacted a HomePlus pool fencing representative, they will visit you onsite to discuss your requirements, often helping out with sound advice on meeting the regulations.   A common issue they come across is making sure homeowners have nothing climbable within 1.2 metres of the fence; in height and in an arc radiating from the fence top. 

In fact feedback from council pool inspectors on common concerns arising from pool fencing inspections include - finding climbable objects within 1.2 metres of the fence, including steps and trees in the surrounding area.  Non-compliant heights can come about from stepping or raking of the surrounding fence around slopes or steps.  This is where specialist pool fencing knowledge is invaluable, for help with the technicalities and tricky angles in your pool fence design.

HomePlus has a range of pool fencing options - prefabricated aluminium fencing, semi frameless glass or a stunning Frameless glass system.  Many customers choose more than one pool fencing style, in particular requesting a section of glass fencing nearest to their home, for minimal impact on the look of the finished outdoor area, especially in areas flowing from the deck. 

The regulations can be quite complicated, but customers don’t have to be experts if they are working with the HomePlus pool fencing experts.   Contact your nearest branch for a measure and quote here.   

“Drowning is silent – Supervise”  Water Safety New Zealand

 Pool fencing from HomePlus showing stepping fencing for keeping the height correct on steps

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