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Product properties and features

What is the difference between Colorsteel and powder-coated?

Colorsteel is a baked paint system applied to the zincalume base by NZ Steel. Powder coating is a powder applied to galvanised steel. Both are quality finishes, but Colorsteel has superior corrosion resistance, particularly near the sea or a salty pool.

How does it compare with timber?

ColorScreen is priced about the same as a medium-quality wooden fence, but if you add the cost of painting the wood (and re-painting frequently), then ColorScreen becomes better value. Also, ColorScreen will not need repainting for many years.

How do I cope with sloping ground?

Both ColorScreen and PoolSide can be racked to follow sloping ground up to 8 degrees, without changing the panel. Larger angles of slope are simple to achieve with minor changes to the installation methods.

Can it be stepped as well as sloping?

Either stepping or sloping is possible (or both in combination!).  However, if your fence is for pool safety, talk to Moduline first to ensure the approach is compliant with pool fencing rules

Can the fence be bolted down to timber or concrete?

Bolting down is no problem. Discuss the technical side with Moduline first.

How do I deal with shorter panels if my fence is an odd length?

For ColorScreen and other products with screen fill, the posts for the last panel are installed, and the rail is cut to length with a hacksaw. The Duopanel (screen) infill is trimmed with a cheap carbide scoring tool.
For NatureGuard and other products with bar fill, it is the same, except the shorter panel is assembled before installation.

Can the fence be used as an infill between columns?

Both ColorScreen and NatureGuard are an excellent choice for this, as our panels are able to be cut to any length.

Can the bottom rail touch the ground?

We recommend a gap underneath to allow water to drain away.

How deep are the post holes in the ground?

Holes are 600mm deep and 200mm diameter for standard soil conditions.

Can a panel be a different height at each end to effect a change in fence height?

Sloping panels can be made for a Colorscreen fence by trimming the tops of the individual “Duopanels” with tin snips. Sloping panels are achievable for NatureGuard fences, but are more challenging to assemble.

How do I cope with changes of direction including a right angle?

The fence panels can be joined at any angle. If they are at 90 degrees, some people prefer a 50mm square post for visual reasons or for ease of construction on decks.


Why is the gate latch post 1.5 metres high?

The swimming pool fencing regulations require the latch to be 1.50 metres above ground, and Moduline believe the post should be level with the latch.

How do I cope with climb points that make the standard fence too low?

Taller panels are available to allow 1.20 metres above the climb point.

Which way do pool gates open?

Gates must open away from the pool.

Is the Magna latch key lockable?

Yes, and the Magna latch set comes with two keys.

What is the minimum fence height for a swimming pool fence?

1.20 metres above ground.

Can PoolSide fencing be used as a balustrade or barrier?

For creating balustrades or barriers with a drop of over 1.0 metres, the design criteria and rules are different.  We have a specific product for this called SafeBarrier Pro, which meets all the technical needs of that work.  Discussing your needs with Moduline prior is essential.

What is heavy duty PoolSide fencing?

Heavy duty PoolSide fencing looks identical to our standard domestic product, but the vertical bars are made from a heavier welded tube. It is used whenever higher panels are required, when the fence is used for a childcare centre, or when a front fence needs greater strength.

Are there any restrictions for using galvanised pool fencing panels?

If the fence is near the sea or close to a salty pool it is advisable to have your fence in one of Moduline’s standard colours.


Is the fence the same on both sides?

Both sides are prime painted sides; one has ribs, and the other has valleys. Most customers prefer the rib side.

What do I do in high-wind areas?

For high-wind areas, we can supply shorter panels to reduce the post centre distance. When ordering, please make Moduline aware that you live in a high-wind area

What is the trellis-top fence made of?

The trellis is vinyl. Other infills such as timber trellis can be fitted

Are there any sharp edges on the panels?

The panels interlock so there are no sharp edges.

Assembly & Installation

What is the difference between kitset and pre-assembled?

Kitset panels have all components separated and require an assembly operation. They are much easier to freight, resulting in less damage when transported. Pre-assembled pool fence panels are sold only in Auckland, where Moduline delivers with its trucks.

Is assembling the panels difficult?

No – the skills required are to be an average handyman and to be able to read instructions.

Is installation difficult?

Installation of assembled panels is very simple. Detailed instructions are available, and the average handyman installs these comfortably.

Is an installation service available?

In Auckland, we have our own contractors available. Outside Auckland, we have a list of independent installers.

Maintenance, Life, Warranty

What are the maintenance requirements? 

The same as your car or house. For the best paint life, periodic washing to remove grime or salt spray is advised.

What is the warranty?

The Colorsteel paint should last at least 15 years, but different areas have different corrosion problems. Different fence components also have different life spans. If you require a specific warranty Moduline will tailor it to your situation.

What happens to water in the bottom rail?

Water can escape in two ways: through drain holes in the bottom rail and through the gap between the end of the rail and the post.

Will the colours fade?

The colours will fade, but our experience shows that the rate at which Colorsteel fades is less than most paint systems.

Can I repaint the fence some time in the future?

Repainting can be done. It is best to discuss this with a reputable paint supplier.

Will it rust?

The fence is produced from steel that is either galvanised or zincalumed giving a very long life before any rust occurs

What happens to the cut edges?

The zinc coating on either side of the steel protects the cut edges. It is very important not to use an angle grinder or abrasive disc for cutting, as these burn back the galvanising from the cut edge.

What if I am close to the beach?

Discuss this with Moduline as different products can be used near the beach.

How do I remove graffiti?

Standard graffiti removal products available from hardware stores, work well on Colorsteel. It is much easier to remove graffiti from the steel than from rough sawn timber or concrete.

About Moduline

Where is the fence made?

The fence is produced at our factory, with 99.9% being made in New Zealand products.

How long has Moduline been in business?

We have been manufacturing since 1983 and can still supply replacement parts for fences that were installed way back then.


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