Over the past few years, glass pool fencing has become a top choice fencing solution amongst many Australians. It is much preferred for its stylish look as well as the unobstructed views that it offers many people from various vantage positions in the pool. Thanks to the advances in pool installations, it is possible to have large glass pool panels secured in place by clamps or metal frames that will hold the entire piece in place.
There are various styles of glass pool fencing that homeowners can choose from. These include the following glass fencing installations:
- Frameless Glass Pool Fencing: This kind of fencing is well supported by clamps or even low profile spigots which have been placed at the ground level. As a result, it generally offers homeowners a very clean look, the cleanest in fact amongst the various other options in the market.
- Semi-frameless glass pool fencing: In this kind of glass fencing installations, the glass panels are supported by channels along with posts that will form a frame around the panels and also offer support for the glass.
There are various techniques which are used in the installation of glass fencing on your swimming pools. A common technique involves core drilling of the support posts or the spigots onto the surface surrounding the pool. An alternative technique involved the base-plating of channels on the surface.
Fencing Materials Used
The recommended glass material used in the fencing is a toughened safety glass. Homeowners can choose from various thicknesses such as 12mm thickness, 10mm thickness or an 8mm thickness of glass panel to be used in the installation. There are various fittings that are generally required for the glass panel installations such as clamps, spigots and posts. It is also important to have a gate mechanism around the panel.
This should be manufactured using a high-grade premium quality stainless steel or even an aluminum material that has been powder coated. The use of these materials will guarantee extra durability because these materials are generally exposed to the outdoors for a longer duration of time.
The safety of the pool
Safety considerations are also important when it comes to glass pool fencing installations. For most parents, the chief concern is child safety. The pool must be constructed according to Australian standards in order to ensure the safety of everyone including children and toddlers.
The various safety measures that should be undertaken are generally detailed by the local councils. It is important that these codes are followed during the pool construction process. As a pool owner, it is important to keep in mind that you have certain responsibilities as well as obligations in order to ensure that your pool is safe.
For example, you must have a certain level of pool height, the pool gates must be self locking or self-closing and the pool needs to be maintained on a regular basis for the duration of use. It is also important to note that glass pool fencing is likely to cost you a lot more than the use of other more traditional materials such as timber as well as steel.