Gold Coast Glass Pool Fences are a frustrating area to figure out. And that is why we wish to attempt to teach our clients about the different sorts of Glass Pool Fences that are available on the Gold Coast. This article will take you through your options for Semi-Frameless Glass Pool Fences and the sorts of posts that you can pick.
Patch Fitting System
A patch fitted frameless glass fence system uses either a 10mm or 12mm thick toughened glass panels suspended by minimal metal clamps that keep the glass in place. These clamps are referred to as ‘patches’ in the industry, and this produces an illusion that the glass is actually floating in between a set of posts, only held up by these 4 clamps.
In the Gold Coast, the glass is often most likely to be either 10mm or 12mm thick, the deciding factor comes down to the gap that the glass has to span between the posts. There are generally specific rules which vary from one state to another which is why we recommend using a professional installer. Importantly one that knows the regulations from your local area and can guarantee that your pool fence or balustrade will pass the required inspection for compliance.
These systems have the tendency to be a good choice when your house already has some existing posts and the ground may not be a solid concrete base– this choice gives extra support to make it a safer system. A example is a patio or veranda with a roof that is supported by posts and the ground may be a slightly older timber deck or paved on top of a gravel base. A frameless glass panel that is mounted on spigots may not be among the most suitable application for this type of ground so the next best thing is for a patch fitted frameless system. The glass is still what we would call a frameless system, as the glass is not actually set into any posts, but is suspended by the four small patches, two on each side.
Spigot Mounted System
One of our more sought-after choices is generally the fully frameless glass pool fence system. It is a fully frameless glass system consisting of glass panels, supported on top of small metal posts called ‘spigots’. Typically it will include 12mm thick toughened glass panels, while the spigots are a small post that can be either placed into the ground or set with a ‘heavy duty’ rapid-set concrete. This is usually done when the glass panels will be installed on a strong concrete base. One option that makes this glass pool fence extremely flexible is the choice for the spigots to be installed to a timber deck. This will needless to say depend on the quality of the deck, and if it is properly prepared with adequate joist timber to fix through the decking.
The glass sits in these spigots and supports the panel, which can weigh anything up to 80kg. Due to the weight of these glass panels it is extremely important that the ground they are actually being set on is solid with little or no chance of movement or slippage for the lifetime of the fence. There may be some adjustment tolerances possible, but ultimately that will contribute to your maintenance time on the fence. However, if carried out properly from the beginning then the fence should be maintenance free – with the exception of a little bit of cleaning.
For glass pool fencing especially, there are particular rules controlling to the spacing in between the panels and also the distance from the ground to the bottom of the glass, and the space from the glass panel to the side of a structure. These rules are quite specific which is why we definitely recommend having a professional installer to install the glass, especially on the Gold Coast due to the fact that all pool fences must be passed by a Pool Safety Inspector.
The end product will be panels of glass that seem to be floating in the air except of course for the two spigots. This style of pool fencing has become preferred over the last several years because of the accessibility of the toughened glass on the market. So, the name really does say it all; a frameless glass fence.
If you would like to learn more about the system that may be best for your Gold Coast needs, to get a free quote, or even to get our guidance on exactly how best to style and construct your Glass Pool Fence solution, speak with us on 1300 937 902 or see more of our product lines on the website