We are a professional pool fencing installation business on the Gold Coast – and if we were to give one strategy to those DIY people around, it is ‘see to it that you finish the project’. We are often hired to help address DIY projects when they go wrong, and all too commonly it is because they failed to remember the last stages – linking the sections together. So we wish to help you understand the best way to tie your panels together – because this will help to minimize damage in high wind regions. It is one of the final steps to a good installation, and an element that many DIY assignments fail to contemplate. This is particularly important if you live around the coast or in a high-wind location because you may in fact have noticed that your brand-new fence bends around ‘a bit too much’. Irrespective of what type of fence you’ve put in or if you have connected it to a wooden decking or into cement this is an imperative measure. For this situation, there are two alternatives to stop this type of movement, the short way, and the right way.
The simple solution:
There’s a product on the market that is generally known as a ‘ridge-clamp’ this is a little stainless-steel butterfly clamp with a screw in between two small pieces of the stainless steel that fits in between the panels. Each segment of the steel has a rubber insert to ensure that no steel touches the glass surface. When placed between two panels, they are usually arranged at the top of the panels (as that is where the movement is) they may be fastened which will minimize the majority of the panel movement. The majority of glass pool fence vendors will stock these at varying costs and a few of different sizes.
The Pro Solution:
The other method is to install a Nano-capping rail that fits over the top edge of the glass and runs the length of the glass pool fence or glass rail. (In most states this is compulsory to have fitted to balustrade or some other type of handrail) This is a small u-channel that is glazed onto the top of the panels. A little more intrusive than the ridge clamps, but the result is a much sturdier structure. With this option, there is no metal touching glass, rubber or wet glaze. However, it can only be welded on concrete applications due to movement of wood in dry and wet weather.
If you want to find out more about some of the other possible problems with DIY pool fencing, steps to deal with them, or to receive a free quote on pool fencing materials, then please phone us on 1300 937 902 or see our pool fence website and Our DIY Pool Fencing Website