Tips To Puppy Proof Your Pool & Backyard

A new puppy is a real joy. Bringing fun and bundles of love to any household, you probably can’t wait to bring your new furry friend home. However, there is so much to consider before you even get your puppy back to your house; what food they will need, where they will sleep, and how you will train them.

One of the main considerations you should make as a dog owner is ensuring that your pooch is safe in all parts of your home – and this is especially important when it comes to the outside space. This is also a vital thing to think about if you happen to be bringing home a cat or kitten.

Read on to discover how best to pet-proof your backyard and pool area!

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Plants

If you grow plants in your garden, you may find yourself concerned about how to keep them safe from a rambunctious dog or cat. Dogs especially are programmed to dig, so your best bet is to avoid exposed soil, and to put up low borders or barriers around plants. While this might not keep a cat out, it should keep a puppy at bay.

You should also consider what plants you are growing. Some can be poisonous to animals, so check ahead of time and remove any that could pose a danger to your pet, and be careful about what you plant going forward.

Fencing

The last thing you want is for your dog to escape into the neighbourhood, where traffic and other dogs could pose a threat, not to mention those who might steal your pup. Make sure that you install adequate fencing before you let your dog out into your backyard. You should check your existing fencing to ensure that there are no gaps in it – even a small sliver of space can be an escape route for a determined dog. Secure the bottom part of the fencing to keep them from digging their way out.

When doing this, also think about how high dogs can jump. A fence might be adequate at the bottom, but dogs can jump quite high and you may need a taller fence to keep them inside safely. This will also depend on the breed, so do your research.

Pool

Securing your pool so that your dog or cat cannot go for any unexpected swims is essential. Not only can this be dangerous to your pet, but it can contaminate your pool. While you might balk at the idea of putting up a fence around your pool and ruining the look of your stylish backyard, don’t worry. There is a perfect solution.

Glass pool fencing will keep pets away from your pool while still looking incredibly attractive. This allows you to keep your backyard looking great, while you can relax knowing your dogs and cats are safe from taking an unplanned dip.

Get in touch

If you want your outdoor pool to be safe from your furry friend (and vice versa!), then get in touch with Frameless Glass Installations. We provide beautiful and functional glass pool fencing for all types of pools and homes, so let us know how we can help you.

Why Winter Is The Perfect Time To Get New Pool Fencing

If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, there’s no doubt that it will be getting used in the hottest parts of the year to help cope with the intense Australian summer. If you’re thinking about upgrading your pool fencing, you want to do it at a time when you’re not using your pool a lot. Take a look at why winter is the perfect time to get new pool fencing.

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It won’t interfere with outdoor activities

With Australian summers easily reaching the 30s and 40s almost every single day, your home pool is likely to be well used over the summer months. The last thing you and your family want is construction work interfering with your swimming and relaxing. This is why winter is the perfect time to think about getting a new pool fence.

You can get better prices

You are likely to get a much better price on your new pool fence if you decide to get it put up in winter. It comes down to supply and demand. Because spring and summer tend to be popular for pool fence remodelling, contractors will raise their prices accordingly.

The costs for materials are also higher, which can account for the higher costs that are passed along to the consumer. During winter, however, not only are the prices of materials significantly lower, but many contractors will lower their prices to try and increase their business during the offseason. For anyone wanting to get new pool fencing, this makes winter the perfect time.

It will be ready for summer

Construction of any kind can be a lengthy process. If you start the construction on your new fence in the warmer months, you might not be able to use your pool until the fence is finished and will then have to wait for winter to pass as well. This could potentially put your pool out of use for a large portion of the year. If you get your fence constructed in winter, it should be finished just in time for the beginning of summer.

You can beat the rush

While pool fencing can be completed at any time of the year, a lot of people opt to get theirs done in spring and summer. Because of this, many contractors are booked to capacity and may not be able to take your job, or you could potentially have to wait longer than normal for your fence to be finished. Beat the rush and avoid the masses by organising your new pool fencing in winter. While others are rushing to book in contractors, your beautiful new fence will already be completed.

If you are planning on installing a new pool fence soon, we highly recommend getting it done in winter. Not only will you save yourself money, but your pool fence will be completed and ready to use by the time summer rolls around again and your pool gets put to good use. For help with your new pool fence on the Sunshine Coast, why not give us a call on 07 5479 0003? We’re looking forward to starting the project.

4 Cleaning Tips for Glass Balustrades and Pool Fencing

Many people assume that having glass balustrades or a pool fence will involve lots of intensive cleaning. Surprisingly, glass fencing is actually fairly low-maintenance and doesn’t require work like painting that’s needed for other types of fences.

The glass panels are fitted above ground, and this means the glass doesn’t attract a build-up of dirt or dust around the bottom of the panels. To keep your glass balustrades or pool fencing in fantastic condition, we’ve put together some cleaning tips.

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Keep up Regular Cleaning

You’ll need to keep up with regular cleaning, and we recommend cleaning the glass roughly every 10 weeks. It’s best not to use normal glass cleaners on this type of glass; instead, the best option is just warm water and dish soap. Apply soapy water to the glass using a sponge or soft microfiber cloth and then rinse off with a hose. Any leftover water can be removed with a squeegee, or alternatively, the panels can be left to air dry.

Tackle Stubborn Spots

For stubborn marks that soapy water can’t remove, don’t use extra-strength cleaning products. The best choice is a 50/50 solution made from water and vinegar. Apply this solution to the stubborn areas and the marks should come away with ease. Again, any leftover liquid can be easily removed with a squeegee.

If you’re really struggling to get rid of stains, applying the solution with a piece of screwed up newspaper is a smart technique. This helps to buff away the stain without leaving scratches or abrasions.

Cleaning the Railings

Glass balustrades will certainly have metal railings attached, and your pool fence may also have railings or metal posts attached to it if you’ve chosen a framed design. To keep your fence or balustrades looking fantastic, it’s important not to neglect the metal parts of the fence. Fortunately, they’re easy to take care of and can simply be wiped clean with a damp cloth or sponge.

Methyl-based mineral spirits are a good option for removing any stubborn stains on the metal parts of your balustrade or fence without causing any damage to their powder coating.

Regularly Check your Fencing

The longer you leave dirt or stains to accumulate, the harder it’ll be when you get round to cleaning or maintaining your pool fence or glass balustrades. Regularly keep an eye on the condition of the glass, particularly if it’s an outdoor pool fence that might be hit with stains like bird droppings.

Tackle problems like this promptly to prevent them from becoming harder to deal with later on.

Get in Touch

If you’re looking for exceptional framed and frameless glass pool fences and glass balustrades on the Sunshine Coast, contact Frameless Glass Installations today. Our team has 15 years of experience supplying high-quality glass products, including pool fences and frameless shower screens.

Our wealth of knowledge makes us the Sunshine Coast’s local specialists for anything glass. Get in touch to find out more.