Important considerations for creating a safe and stunning poolside fence

Designing an idyllic recreation and entertaining setting around your pool can add value to your property and deliver many lifestyle benefits. Yet the pool design itself is just one of several elements that need to be considered when planning an outdoor oasis. Fencing, paving, tiling and landscaping are all equally important and should not be tacked on as an afterthought. Installing a high quality, architectural style boundary fence will offset the pool area beautifully and be the perfect backdrop for furniture, plants and other elements such as an outdoor kitchen for alfresco dining.

When deciding on a poolside fence, consider the style of fence to ensure it complements the home and garden. An architectural style boundary fence like SlimWall by Modular Wall Systems allows the fence to be customised so it blends in with your home’s overall design and the pool is showcased to its full effect. To achieve this you may need to replace the existing boundary fence.

Most pressing when it comes to pool fencing is making sure that the fence complies with the strict council laws that govern the installation of pool fences. Regardless of whether the fence sits on the boundary or is freestanding, compliance is mandatory. At a minimum, the fence must be 1.8 metres high from the pool coping or 1.2 metres high around the freestanding pool perimeter. Choosing a product like SlimWall for the boundary area will not only exceed the minimum height requirement imposed by councils, but will also have a smooth non-climbable surface with no ‘good’ and ‘bad’ side. This is an important consideration as, by law, the ‘good’ non-climbable side of a timber fence must face the neighbouring property thus leaving pool owners with an unappealing look around their swimming and entertaining area. With SlimWall there is no such issue.

Pool fences can also be susceptible to excessive moisture which is why the durability and performance of the fencing product you select is another important consideration. The impact of a beautifully landscaped pool can be quickly diminished by rotting timber or buckling metal. SlimWall™ is a composite panel product made from strong fibre cement sheeting that will withstand the test of time and comes with the added benefit of brilliant acoustic qualities.

The poolside noise often generated by young families or visiting friends can impact on the neighbours. SlimWall incorporates AcoustiMax panels which have proven noise barrier qualities that deliver a 20dB+ or four fold audible reduction in noise levels making it a great choice for those conscious of not disturbing the neighbours – and it also means you are less likely to hear their noise as well.

Modular Wall Systems, manufacturer of SlimWall, has been partnering with pool builders and residential home owners for more than twenty years and understands the value of a safe and sensationally styled fence for pool zones. For further information and advice about acoustic fencing solutions call Modular Wall Systems on 1300 556 957 or visit