While there are a multitude of choices when it comes to fencing around your pool, glass is becoming more and more popular. Why? Because it’s stylish and sleek, yet functional and durable at the same time. And if that’s not a winning combination, we’re not sure what is!
However, there are still many factors you should take into consideration before deciding on the final style of your pool fence.
While glass is the most popular choice and most definitely the most aesthetically-pleasing choice (especially if you don’t want to disrupt the beautiful view of your pool) it does come at a cost. Generally speaking, glass is the more expensive option, so you’ll need to be financially prepared for this. Also, the cost will vary depending on the size of your area (e.g. how many panels are required), how many gates are needed and what height you want the glass to be.
Glass pool fences are safe and durable – there’s no doubt about that. For starters, the smooth panels mean that there’s nothing for a child to grab onto to climb up the fence. Also, the panels are set so close together and so close to the ground, that there’s no way a child or a pet could fit any part of their body through the gaps. As an added safety measure, you can ensure the panelling is installed and set into concrete, so that pets won’t be able to dig under the fence and gain access to the pool area.
The beauty of a glass pool fence also means that you can see everything that’s going on in the pool area without any obstruction.
3. Quality of the glass
The quality of the glass is actually essential to the functionality and safety of the fence. Always purchase your panels or fencing through a certified supplier. While glass is often associated with breakages, pool fences are made from toughened glass, meaning it’s at least 12mm thick, depending on the style. This also means that it’s exceptionally difficult to break. If it does break for some reason, it will not shatter. Rather, it will break into small cubes without sharp edges.
However, you cannot be assured this level of safety and durability with a low-quality glass. Even heat treated toughened glass panels can break due to nickel inclusions hidden during the manufacturing process, so always tread with caution when choosing your supplier.
4. What style are you after?
There are also different styles of glass you can get. Some people will prefer a completely transparent glass, letting in more light and creating a more open space. Others will prefer a frosted or opaque look which affords more privacy. Or, you could even do a combination of the two if you so wished.
Additionally, when it comes to style, it’s also important to consider what size panels you want, what kind of hardware you’re after and how many gates you’ll require. When it comes to the hardware, always ensure high-grade, corrosion-resistant materials are being used.
5. Australian regulations
Australia has strict regulations when it comes to pool fences (and for very good reason). Despite water safety being at the core of the Australian lifestyle, we are still experiencing hundreds of drownings each and every year. Sadly, many of these are children. Regardless of what kind of pool fencing you choose, you always need to ensure it abides by the Australian safety laws and regulations. This differs from state to state, so always check before you install.
As a general idea, here are the regulations in a nutshell:
- A 1200mm minimum height from ground level for all pool fences.
- The gap at the bottom of all doors, panels and fencing must not be more than 100mm.
- Pool fencing must be made from durable material, including steel, timber and glass. There cannot be any holes, damage or cracks in the material.
- Pool gates must swing outwards away from the pool and must be fitted with a self-closing latch on the poolside of the fence.
- There must not be anything around the outside of the pool fence that a child could climb on to enter the pool area. This includes trees, footholds, furniture and more.
Choosing whether glass pool fencing is the right choice
A glass pool fence is modern, sophisticated, durable and functional. It’s no wonder so many people are flocking to install one around their pool. But, as with any decision, there are factors to consider before jumping in and making a splash.
Thinking about installing a glass pool fence or balustrade in your backyard? Look no further than Trade Glass Depot. We provide some of the best quality glass fencings across the country. Contact us today for more information.