For homeowners lucky enough to have the luxury of an in-ground pool on their property, there are several reasons why installing pool fencing is a good idea. Pool fencing provides privacy as well as a necessary safety feature to a user's pool, keeping out small children, uninvited guests and other hazards. Once consumers choose the right pool fencing for their needs, there are several steps to follow for correct installation.
Types of pool fencing
There are several types of pool fencing available. In choosing the appropriate fit, buyers should consider their budget as well as aesthetics and function.
Aluminium pool fencing comes in many ornate variations but is not optimal for consumers looking for privacy. Aluminium fencing is durable, easy to maintain, and available in several colour options. Consumers can also opt for aluminium fencing with a polyester powder coating to prevent corrosion. Buyers who like the benefits of an aluminium fence but want a more upscale look should consider upgrading to wrought iron fencing.
Wood fencing is a good option for consumers looking for something traditional, durable, and easy to customise. Wood fencing is also an inexpensive option compared to some of its counterparts. However, wood fencing requires more maintenance than other types of fencing. Wood fencing is a great option for consumers who are concerned with both safety and privacy but are on a tight budget.
Glass pool fencing provides unobstructed views to a pool, which is great for homeowners who want a contemporary aesthetic appeal but not so great for those concerned with privacy. When it comes to safety, most glass pool fencing is climb resistant. Glass pool fencing also comes in frameless or semi-frameless styles. Consumers should consider that glass pool fencing is expensive and can be hard to replace if it breaks or cracks.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) fencing is available in several styles, including solid slats, spaced pickets, or solid panel slats. With these style options, consumers can customise their level of privacy. PVC is very easy to maintain but typically does not have the same natural aesthetic appeal as other types of pool fencing. Although most PVC pool fencing comes in white, some manufacturers also offer additional colours.
Pool fencing installation process
Once consumers have selected the best pool fencing for their needs, installing the fencing requires several necessary steps. Buyers should also consult the fence manufacturer's instructions during the installation process.
Mark off the perimeter
Marking off the installation area of the pool fencing is the first step using twine or something similar. Most pool fences sit at least 60 to 91 centimetres away from the edge of the pool. It is also important to mark the location of the fence gate. Most gates are anywhere from 91 to 182 centimetres wide.
Measure and mark each fence post
Next, measure the length of each fencing panel and the distance between each section and the corresponding fence pole. Mark off the entire space around the pool at intervals that match the distance between each fencing pole. A handy suggestion is to cut pieces of wood or cardboard that matches these measurements to properly place each fencing section.
Drill the holes
Using a cement drilling machine and cement drill bits, drill holes at the marked spots around the pool. The depth of the hole should be equivalent to the length of the plastic sleeve that came with the fencing material. It is important to wear safety goggles and work gloves during the duration of this step. If the fencing sits outside the perimeter of the concrete surrounding the pool, dig the holes with a post hole differ.
Insert the pool fencing
After drilling the holes, insert the plastic sleeves into each post hole, and then insert a fence post into each hole. If the holes are dug in the ground, place each pole and surround it with cement. Once the posts are inserted and any cement has hardened, insert a fence panel into each slot. Finally, insert the fence gate at its appropriate location.
How to buy pool fencing on eBay
With the right instruction, you can easily install your own pool fencing, and the reliable sellers on eBay offer all the products you need to install your selected fencing. Further, the site makes it easy to find exactly what you are shopping for with its keyword search box and helpful search filters. To save time and money on shipping when purchasing heavy items, look for local sellers who offer pickup.