What You Need to Know about Different Types of Pool Fencing

Australian and NSW pool safety standards dictate that any pool area must be surrounded by a fence that separates your swimming pool from your property. Although required by law, as the pool owner, the type of fencing you choose is entirely your decision. 

However, it isn’t necessarily a straightforward one largely due to the range of choices available. As a result, it’s important you carry out thorough research before making a decision.

In this guide, we will explore the most popular types of pool fencing available to you, taking key factors including safety and style into consideration to help you find the perfect design for your property. 

How to Choose the Right Type of Fencing for Your Pool

Nowadays, homeowners almost have too much choice when it comes to choosing pool fencing. 

The biggest challenge is finding a style of pool fencing that meets Australian standards of pool safety whilst also suiting the style of your property perfectly.

At Seamless Fencing & Glass we make no compromises on the level of safety we offer and we also believe that pool fencing should blend in naturally with its surroundings.

What Types of Pool Fencing are Available?

In this section we compare different types of pool fencing, exploring the benefits, drawbacks and standout features of each to help you find the perfect style.

The most popular styles of swimming pool fencing are: 

Glass Pool Fencing

Glass Pool Fencing is split into two main types, frameless and semi-frameless.

Both as equally contemporary and modern in style as the other, they differ in the way in which they’re installed.

  • Semi-Frameless Pool Fencing
    sees glass panels secured to stainless steel or aluminium posts which connect the glass while frameless pool fencing sees glass panels installed into spigots secured to the ground at the bottom of the fence.
  • Frameless Glass Fencing
    in particular continues to grow in popularity, offering unobstructed views of your pool area and is the perfect way to monitor young children playing in the swimming pool whilst also meaning you never miss out on any priceless family moments taking place either.

Frameless Glass Pool Fencing options do differ in cost when compared to other styles of fencing but as a pool barrier, there aren’t too many more stylish options out there.

How Much Does Glass Pool Fencing Cost?

At Seamless Fencing & Glass we specialise in this type of pool fencing, working to ensure our custom designs complement your pool and backyard as a whole.

We also only use fully endorsed toughened glass, prioritising safety above all other features.

This means security and durability are no longer factors you need to worry about when it comes to Glass Pool Fencing.

Metal Tubular Fencing

Metal swimming pool fencing can be split into two main types:

Aluminium and Steel.

Aluminum and Steel Pool Fences might look similar, but they’re quite different.

  • Aluminium Fences are lighter and can last a long time without rusting or corroding, which means they’re easy to take care of over the years.
  • Steel Fences are heavier, making them not the best for DIY projects in your backyard pool.

Both Aluminum and Steel Pool Fences give your pool and yard a classic look.

We don’t recommend installing any pool fence on your own. There are strict safety rules to follow, and installing fences and gates correctly requires professional skills.

For Aluminum and Steel Fences, you can pick from many styles. The two most popular are Flat Top and Loop Top finishes.

  • Flat top – sees vertical bars fixed within the top and bottom horizontal rails.
  • Loop top – designed in the same way with vertical bars fixed to a bottom horizontal rail but finished with a tubular fencing ‘looped’ through the top rail in a style that looks like it is bent round to its neighbouring bar.

If you want a clear view of your pool, Frameless Glass pool Fencing is probably the best option.

But if you want a fence that matches your security gates or yard fence, Metal Fencing could be the perfect choice for your pool because it’s very secure.

Mixed Fencing

One style of pool fencing we see continues to grow in popularity of both concepts, with frameless glass for the unobstructed view from the entertainment area with flat top tubular fencing running along the less visual areas, or commonly where foliage is the backdrop. 

We find this combination subtly exhibits that you have some given some thought on how to best complement the varying functions and aesthetics that occupy and make up your little oasis.

Other Styles of Fencing for Your Swimming Pool 

  • Metal Pool Fencing
    The most common types are steel and aluminium, though wrought iron is another option.
  • Temporary Barriers
    When building a new pool, it’s important to put up a temporary fence. Mesh pool fences work well temporarily but aren’t as durable as permanent fences.
  • Spa Pool Fencing
    Spa pools need a fence unless they have a secure, child-resistant cover, to comply with NSW pool safety rules.
  • Timber Fencing
    This is a cheaper alternative but requires more maintenance and treatment compared to glass or metal fences.

Final Considerations

We hope this guide has helped to break down the different types of pool fences available. Whatever choice you make, first and foremost your priority should be to ensure pool safety.