What Are the Standard Requirements for Glass Fencing?

At Dunn & Farrugia, we provide safe and reliable products to keep the outdoor living space secure and give customers the peace of mind knowing they’re compliant with Australian Standards.

This article will serve as a guide to help you understand the standard requirements for glass fencing. A certified fence installer can also provide tailored advice and support specific to your requirements.

Australian Standards

If your swimming pool or spa is deeper than 300mm, you must have a safety barrier to prevent unwanted access from pets, children and others who may be vulnerable. In regards to glass barriers, they must satisfy certain building requirements and safety standards outside of traditional pool fencing:

  • AS 2208-2006 Safety Glazing Materials in Buildings
  • AS 1926.1-2012 Safety Barriers for Swimming Pool
  • AS 1288-2006 Glass in Buildings Selection and Installation

Pool Fencing Height and Access

In Australia, glass pool fencing must be at least 1200mm in height and gaps must be less than 100mm.

While glass pool fencing has no footholds for people to climb on, you should be sure the structure is not built near objects that may be used for this purpose. For example, nearby rocks, taps, surface elevations, pot plants and tree branches.

According to standard requirements for glass fencing, barriers must be at least 900mm away from objects that can be climbed. For peace of mind, your licensed installer will advise you on the best solution to minimise the risk of unwanted entry.

Pool Gates and Latches

All pool gates must provide safe access and reduce the risk of unwanted entry.

The following requirements must be met to comply with Australian Standards:

  • Gates must open away from the pool
  • Gates must automatically close by themselves
  • The gate latch should be installed on the pool side
  • For glass fencing, the latch should be installed at least 1200mm up from the ground

Compliance Certificates

A Compliance Certificate confirms that your swimming pool has been inspected and confirmed for safe use. Inspections can be performed by a local council member or accredited certifiers.

At Dunn & Farrugia, we’re licensed certifiers who take the hassle out of certifying your outdoor pool. After your glass fence is installed simply provide your name, address, type of fence, and proof of purchase – let us take care of the rest.

For more information about the standard requirements for glass fencing, call (02) 4731 6974 or request a FREE quote to start your fencing project with us.

What Are the Council Requirements for Pool Fencing?

According to the 2017 Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Drowning Report, 291 drowning deaths occurred from 2016-17. Of the 44 drownings in swimming pools, this accounted for half of all drownings for children aged 0-4.[i]

Providing a safe environment for pets, children and other vulnerable people is vital to preventing drowning in residential swimming pools. For homeowners and builders, there are council requirements for pool fencing that apply to each state, territory and city council.

Let’s take a general overview of the basic rules and guidelines that apply to most regions across Australia.

Keep in mind this information should only be intended as a guide. Please refer to your local council for more information about rules that are specific to your area.

Height and Gap Restrictions

Having the right measurements for your fence will prevent pets and children from squeezing underneath or between the gaps or climbing over it.

In Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Sydney, the following guidelines must be met:

  • All pools or spas with a depth of 300mm or more must have a safety barrier
  • Safety barriers can be installed by a registered builder or owner-builder with the correct licenses and certification
  • All pool fences must be 1200mm in height from the ground up
  • All pool fences must have a gap of no more than 100mm from the ground up
  • If the fence has vertical bars, the gap must not be any more than 100mm between each bar

Non-Climbable Zones

Depending on where you install, there may be nearby objects that could be used to climb over the fence such as tree branches, barbecues, pot plants, rocks and furniture.

To prevent this from happening, the council requirements for pool fencing states a ‘non-climbable zone’ must be established around the installation. This zone is measured in an arc form that extends from the top level down to the ground.

Your licensed fencing installer will provide this service for you to help establish a safe and compliant zone.

Gates and Latches

A gate that doesn’t close on its own increases the risk of unwanted access, personal injury and drowning.

To ensure your pool fencing gate is safe, reliable and compliant, you must follow these guidelines:

  • Gates must be self-closing
  • Gates must open outward from the pool
  • Gate latches should be at least 1500mm from the ground
  • If you have a glass pool fence, the latch must be at least 1200mm from the ground

For more information about the council requirements for pool fencing, please call (02) 4731 6974 or request a FREE quote to start your fencing project with us.

[i] https://www.royallifesaving.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/20260/RLS_NDR2017_ReportLR.pdf

 

What’s the Difference Between Australian Made and Imported Colorbond?

When it comes to having a boundary fence, you want an outdoor feature that looks impressive, can withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and increases the value of your property investment.

But can a cheaper alternative offer the same level of quality and assurance you get with an Australian made COLORBOND® steel product?

Let’s take a look at a few factors to consider when choosing a boundary fence for your property.

Tested in Australian Conditions

In Australia, our buildings face some pretty rough conditions.

Extreme wind, hail and rainfall. Tropical storms, dust and if you live near the coast, high levels of atmospheric corrosion. With all the different conditions our buildings are exposed to will that cheaper, imported steel handle it?

For over 50 years, COLORBOND® steel has been exposed to a variety of outdoor conditions at testing sites across Australia. And undergone accelerated durability testing in controlled laboratory settings. By exposing each product to severe tropical, marine and industrial environments, they’re guaranteed to be suitable for use in a range of building applications and meet the Australian Standard AS2728.

This guarantee only comes with an Australian made COLORBOND® steel product.

Long-Lasting Quality

With their good looks and proven durability, COLORBOND® steel products are designed to maintain their bold colour, structural integrity and corrosion-free appearance.

While an imported product may look good for the first few years of its life, you’ll begin to see signs of wear-and-tear such as colour fading, rust seeping into the panels, and possibly warping resulting in a loss of structural integrity.

With proper care and due diligence, your Australian made Colorbond® steel product will continue to impress and preserve the ‘like new’ appearance for a long time.

Warranty

As one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of pre-painted steel, BlueScope offers a range of warranties subject to the companies own criteria for each product.

How does BlueScope know which kind of warranty to give you?

By going to their website, you can choose the BlueScope steel product you wish to install along with its overall size and level of exposure to marine conditions. The website will review your specifications and provide an estimated years of coverage for your warranty.

If you choose an imported steel product, you may not receive the same level of care and peace of mind. The warranty may have certain exclusions that could leave you liable for the cost of certain kinds of damage, or it may be limited to only a few years – unlike BlueScope steel which has up to a 10 year warranty.

For more information about Colorbond® steel boundary fencing, call (02) 4731 6974 or request a quote for FREE advice on the best product for your location at incredible value to you.

What is the Cost of a Colorbond Gate?

The Cost of a Colorbond Gate

You’ve decided to buy a new Colorbond fence, you’re probably looking for a gate and wondering what the cost of a Colorbond gate will be.

The type of Colorbond gate you buy will depend on the property and your personal preferences. Do you want it to naturally blend in or stand out from the rest? Advice from a licensed installer will help you choose one that complements the architecture of your building.

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5 Reasons to Choose a Colorbond Gate

Colorbond Gates

Choosing the right gate is about more than great looks. It’s about how it blends in with the environment, how well it can stand harsh conditions and the effort it takes to maintain its appearance.

COLORBOND® steel has been shaping the way Australian homes and business protect their property for over 50 years.

With an evolving range of classic and contemporary colours, technological advancements in resisting harsh conditions, and easy access to trusted installers across the country – it’s no wonder so many people choose a COLORBOND® gate.

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The Advantages of a Colorbond Gate

The Advantages of a Colorbond Gate

Renowned for their durability, evolving range of colours and styles – Colorbond is one brand Australians continue to trust.

Over the years, Colorbond fencing and gates have become a popular choice for homeowners. Considering they offer increased privacy, protection against the elements and are low maintenance – it’s clear to see why.

What makes COLORBOND® steel so unique? Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of a Colorbond gate:

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How to Choose the Best Privacy Screens for Your Outdoor Space

How to Choose the Best Privacy Screens for Your Outdoor Space

We all want a nice outdoor area to call our own. A place to unwind after a hard day’s work. Somewhere to spend time with the kids and entertain friends on the weekend. A privacy screen is the best way to do the things you love in private – without having to sacrifice good looks. But how do find the best privacy screens? And who should you trust to install yours?

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The 4 Most Popular Colorbond Fencing Colours According to Aussie Homeowners

Colorbond Fencing Colours

A boundary fence is one of the most popular installations for the home. They offer privacy and separation from neighbours and blend in seamlessly with your outdoor features. Most impressive of all is the Colorbond colours, which let you express yourself freely in the comfort of your entertainment area.

As one of Australia’s trusted suppliers of boundary fencing, Colorbond Steel gives homeowners the chance to configure their outdoor space in a variety of ways. With a range of tones inspired by the colours of Australia, you can enjoy a taste of the outback life or the urban sprawl – the choice is yours.

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10 Ways to Use Privacy Screens in Your Backyard

Ways to use privacy screens

Backyard privacy screens are an elegant way to divide the property and shield aspects of the home from plain sight. Slats and louvres are the most popular style of privacy screens, which offer privacy and separation without compromising on good looks.

From backyard gardens, to carports and side entrances – privacy screens blend in with a range of areas around the home.

Here are 10 ways you can integrate a privacy screen into your home:

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