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A vertical cable balustrade offers a safe and stylish option for pool fencing


Nearly one in five West Australians have a swimming pool in their backyard but along with all the benefits comes the responsibility of ensuring the facilities are properly secure.

Anyone who has installed or is planning to install a new pool will no doubt have faced the challenge of finding fencing that is durable, aesthetically pleasing and well priced.

Traditional aluminium pool fencing, once the only option for securing domestic swimming areas, is fast lagging in the popularity stakes and even though it is more costly, many homeowners choose glass fencing for the unobstructed views.

But keeping glass looking clean and sparkling can be difficult.

Sentrel is a vertical wire balustrade that can be used around pools and stairs. The system features Australian spotted gum and merbau as the horizontal rails.

Wire balustrades were previously not suitable for swimming pool areas because horizontal cables were easy to climb, presenting the risk of children scaling the fence and accessing the water.

“This is a fantastic alternative for pool fencing,” Sentrel’s Jennifer Fair says. “Previously, the options available to pool owners when it comes to pool fencing have been seriously limited.

Now with Sentrel’s NATA-certified system, you can have a stylish look that does not limit airflow or require the cleaning that glass necessitates.”

Jennifer says one of the most desirable characteristics of Sentrel pool fencing is that it blends almost invisibly with its surrounds. “The pool fencing panels in our vertical cable balustrade range enable a seamless transition from deck and balcony areas to the pool and entertaining areas while retaining a stylish and coordinated look, ” she says.

“Our stunning timber and vertical cable balustrade offers an improved and affordable alternative where safety and sophistication meet in a contemporary product which appeals to designers and homeowners alike.”

A version of the product which features extruded aluminium in place of the timber is also available. The system’s vertical cables are continuous and there are no visible anchor points. Tensioning mechanisms are invisible. The timber panels can be easily re-tensioned if required.

“Our timber product was developed as a DIY product so either a carpenter or anyone handy with a tool belt can easily fit it on site,” Jennifer says.

“Each panel, once set up, takes about 10-15 minutes to install. We have 40 panel lengths ranging up to 2.8m long.”

The Australian-designed and manufactured product won best new product at Designex in 2011.

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