Two important tips for those who want to install a balustrade around their swimming pool
If you want to secure your swimming pool by fitting a balustrade around it, here are two of the most important things to keep in mind when having this feature fitted.
Make sure this structure is made from stainless steel
When asked to fit balustrades around swimming pools, fence contractors usually advise their clients to opt for stainless steel balustrades. There are two specific reasons why they tend to give this advice.
The first is that any balustrade that is erected near a pool will, of course, get splattered with pool water on a regular basis. As such, it must be made from a material that can handle near-constant exposure to water. Stainless steel is perfect in this respect, as it will not corrode even if it is regularly doused in water. As such, if you pick this type of balustrade, you won't have to try to avoid getting it wet when you grab hold of it after emerging from the pool, or have to dry it off every time you accidentally splash it with water after diving into the pool.
The second reason why fence contractors recommend using a balustrade made from stainless steel is that swimming pool water usually contains chlorine. The appearance of a piece of stainless steel will not normally be negatively affected by regular exposure to this chemical, provided the chlorine is diluted (which it would be, in a large swimming pool). The same cannot be said of, for example, timber, which will gradually lighten and become more weathered looking if it is regularly splattered with water that contains chlorine.
Ensure that it is not fitted too close to the pool's edge
When having this balustrade erected, you must ensure that the fence contractor positions it at least a couple of feet away from the pool's edge.
The reason for this is as follows; if this barrier is placed within, for example, 10 inches of the pool's edge, anyone who uses the pool will find it difficult to walk along this narrow pathway after climbing out of the water, or when they need to speak to someone who is already in the pool. The narrowness of this space could lead to people falling into the pool far more often than they did when there was more floor space for them to stand on.
By asking the fence contractor to place this barrier a few feet away from the edge, you can create enough space around the pool for people to safely navigate this area.