What’s in a name?
What started out as ‘pool fencing’ has since found many other applications around the home. The correct general term should probably be ‘tubular aluminium fencing’ as not all of this type of fencing meets the requirements of pool fencing. It is now common to see such fencing offered for sale in the major hardware stores but labelled as ‘garden fencing’. It is usually slightly cheaper than compliant pool fencing because the design and manufacturing standards are lower. The important point here is that what might look like pool fencing may not be suitable for fencing a pool.
While we are on the subject, ‘pool’ fencing is generally not suitable for balustrading either, especially if there is more than a one-metre drop involved. What might look like a cheap alternative to proper balustrading may well be non-compliant and often quite dangerous, depending on the particular application.
These days, pool fencing also includes the new glass styles which are gaining popularity as prices decrease. Aluminium slats are also appearing everywhere as new construction systems are being developed.
The main advantages of aluminium fencing are that view and airflow are not obstructed. This makes it a great choice for ‘internal’ fencing within a garden or where a great view needs to be preserved. It is also easy to work with and can work well in unusual situations.
Range of options
Pool fencing is available in many more sizes than the ubiquitous standard 1200 high. Sometimes a little more security might be useful, both to keep things in – and out.
There is also a wide range of decorative options apart from the standard ‘flat top’ design. Not only can these dress up a fence, but adding features such as spikes or spears can make a fence much less appealing to climb.
For a more modern look, aluminium slats can be used in a wide variety of situations. Fencing, balustrading, or even screening to hide air conditioning units – or ugly neighbours (and their stuff). As well as the usual powder coating, there is a range of timber-look finishes also available.