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Balustrades – Rules and Regulations You Need to Know About

 

Although finding the right style of balustrades for your property is fairly simple, the process for installing them can sometimes be more complicated.

Before installing balustrades on your property, you’ll need to make sure they comply with industry standards and regulations.

Here in Queensland, there are strict standards set for the installation of balustrades and pool barriers. These regulations are designed to ensure the safety and functionality of balustrades and fencing, setting measures to prevent accidents and maximise safety in high-risk areas.

It’s also important to know that there are different rules and regulations for different types of balustrades, and these can also vary depending on their size and location. Regulations for deck balustrades, for example, will be different from the requirements for pool fencing.

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Here’s a quick guide for some of the most important rules and regulations that you need to know when installing balustrades in your property:

Decks and Balconies

The rules and regulations for deck and balcony balustrades are particularly strict in Queensland because balustrades are commonly used in properties throughout the state. The most important rules involve requirements for the dimensions and specifications of these barriers:

  • Any deck or balcony that’s more than one metre above the ground will require a balustrade that’s also at least one metre tall. It should also not contain any gaps or openings (i.e. balustrade posts, space between the floor) that are more than 125 millimetres wide. This requirement also applies to stair railings and sloped balustrades.

 

  • Balustrades in decks, balconies, or stairs that are more than four metres above the ground cannot have any climbable elements (ex. horizontal railings) located between 150-760 millimetres from the floor.

 

  • Balustrades and handrails in stairs must also be at least 865 millimetres tall from the ‘nosing’ of the stair tread across the entire length of the stairs.

 

For more details on the regulations for this type of balustrades, please check the relevant building codes for balustrades in decks, balconies, and stairs from the Department of Housing and Public Works.

 

Pool Balustrades

All pools in Queensland must comply with pool safety standards, which specify the presence of pool barriers in every pool area to prevent drowning and injuries.

If you have a pool in your property, then you need to make sure your pool fencing complies with regulations. Some of the fundamental rules include:

  • Pool barriers must be at least 1200 millimetres tall, measured from the finished ground level.

 

  • Any gap or opening between the bottom of your barrier and the finished ground level should not be more than 100 millimetres.

 

  • There should be no climbable objects within 900 metres of your pool balustrade. This is the standard 900mm non-climbable zone for every pool balustrade. If there any climbable objects within this range, then they must be properly shielded to prevent kids and young children from climbing them.

 

  • If your pool balustrade is less than 1800mm tall and has verticals that are more than 10mm apart, then there should also be no climbable objects within 300mm of your barrier on the inner side.

 

  • If your pool balustrade is more than 1800mm tall, the 900mm non-climbable zone may also apply on the inner side of your fence. Make sure there are no ground elements inside that could reduce the effective height of your fence.

 

  • Pool barriers must have gates that are self-closing, self-latching, and outward-opening. The latches on these gates must also be at least 1500mm above the ground and 1400mm from top of any lower horizontal railing. If latches are located inside, then they need to be at least 1200mm above the ground 1000mm above any lower horizontal railing.

 

For more information on the compliance standards for pool balustrades, please read through the QBCC’s guide for pool safety and compliance.

 

Consult with Professionals

If you’re not sure whether your balustrades (old or new) comply with regulations, don’t hesitate to consult with balustrade professionals who can guide you. By complying with these rules and guidelines, you can make sure your balustrades are safe, effective and built to last.

Ensuring your balustrades are compliant may take some work, but it’ll be worth it to protect you and your family.

 

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How much does glass pool fencing cost?

Learn about the costs and expenses you can expect when thinking of installing a glass pool fence.

Before you embark on a costly and time-consuming pool fencing installation project, it might be wise to gather some information and gain a better perspective on the market. There are a few different approaches to pool fencing installations, and the cost of an installation can add up to the expenses needed to source the best materials. It is essential to ensure that your pool is safe and secure, and a proper fence is a necessity. However, most fences can be aesthetically unappealing and can dominate the landscape of your yard. Glass pool fencing is a fantastic option to ensure that your pool is properly enclosed, yet stylish and sleek. One of the many benefits of glass pool fencing is its simple and unadorned design, which will not get in the way of your space.

If this sounds like the perfect solution, read on to learn all you need to know about purchasing and installing a glass pool fence for your home.

What is the price of glass pool fencing?

Before getting your pool fenced in, there are a variety of aspects to consider in regards to cost. In this article, we will be breaking down the details to give you a general idea of what specific expenses you may face.

First of all, the price will vary depending on the professional contractor you hire to do the job. Installation cost is hard to generalize because different contractors will offer different rates.

As for the cost of the materials, take into account glass warranty costs (which is recommended), the thickness and quality of the glass and how many gates you require.

To get the most specific idea of the pricing, please contact us for a free custom quote based on measurements.

Can I DIY my glass pool fence?

The short answer is yes and no. If you choose to DIY, you may save some money, but it will take some research to make sure you can pull it off successfully. There are many online fencing companies that can provide you with a specific quote if you know what material you want and the measurements around your pool.

The next step is to purchase your materials. Contact a few different providers to make sure you get the best price possible for the materials that you will need. Another important feature when you are purchasing the glass panels is to make sure that they the correct thickness. By sourcing thick and high-quality glass, you will ensure that your fence will be more durable and long-lasting. Other details to work out are the pricing of gate and corrosion resistant fixtures and whether you want frameless or semi-frameless glass pool fences.

Keep in mind, Australia has very strict legal requirements and it is a specialised area. Also, you will have no warranty on installation and it can be inconvenient to find parts missing on delivery of goods

If you do not follow these correctly, it may cost you more than you expect!!

 

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Pros and Cons of glass.

If you haven’t had a glass pool fence before, it can be a big step when deciding whether it is the right fit for you. We have compiled a brief list of the pros and cons of a glass pool fence to help make you the best decision for you and your family.

Pros:

  • It is aesthetically modern and sophisticated.
  • The fence won’t be visually obtrusive so that you can style your plants, home décor and furniture however you want. Glass goes with anything!
  • Glass stands out as a truly solid and enduring build material, so it will weather well in the outdoors.
  • Most metal fences experience a lot of rust due to climate, chlorine and constant use, among other issues. The glass will remain as new as the day you purchased it.
  • It will also be easier to keep your eye on any children swimming in your pool through the transparent glass panels.

Cons:

  • Glass panels are a little pricier than cheaper materials such a aluminium. (Link)
  • Although glass is very durable and resistant to corrosion, it does need to be cleaned regularly, as it is easier to see dirt or smudges on the panels.
  • These kinds of glass fences are less private than other materials that you can’t see through, such as metal or wood.
  • Other uses for glass panels:

Although most people use glass panels for pools, they can also be used for a variety of other applications.

  • Veranda fence: This is a great option if you have animals or small children you want to prevent from going out the front of your home. The best part is that it will not obstruct your street view.
  • Garden protection: If you have any plants, small trees or even a patch of homegrown vegetables that you want to protect, a short glass fence is a fantastic way to keep them safe from, pets, children or other nuances for the plants.
  • Front protection: You can even use this kind of fencing for your front yard for an elegant and decluttered solution.
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Glass pool fencing makes your pool a feature

If you own a swimming pool you know that a fence is a must have for both safety and security. One unattended child near your pool could end in tragedy and leave you open to a major lawsuit.

Unfortunately, most fences come with their own set of maintenance issues and most do very little to beautify your property.

If you are concerned with appearance as well as security then glass pool fencing is the answer. It offers many advantages over traditional fencing materials like wood or aluminium and enhances the curb appeal of your home or property rather than distracting from it.

It is all about the view
There is no doubt that the sun glistening off the sparkling water in a swimming pool is a dazzling sight and there are few more elegant ways to create ambiance than a lighted pool glowing against the darkness of night. With a glass pool fence, there is nothing to obstruct these wonderful sights. Whether inside the enclosure or outside looking in, you get the full effect.

Besides the sheer beauty that glass fencing brings to your home it also enhances your pools security. Kids are less likely to sneak in for a quick dip if they can be easily observed.

They save you money
True, glass pool fences may require a slightly higher initial investment but over the long haul the pay for themselves. Unlike wood, aluminium and other traditional fencing materials, glass is all but impervious to the elements.

You will never have to replace rotting boards or dented panels. You won’t have to spend time and money fighting mould, rust, corrosion or replacing worn panels. All fixtures and fittings used by Wood Glass Group meet Australian safety standards and are made of 2205L marine grade stainless steel. All of the panels they use are hardened glass that meets or exceeds Australian design requirements. In short, they are tougher than they will probably ever need to be and will save you far more money over the lifetime of your fence than you spend to have it installed. No other fencing material can deliver that kind of savings.

Glass Pool Fencing Options

Glass pool fencing comes in two different styles:

1) Frameless Glass Pool Fence
2)Semi-Frameless Glass Pool Fencing

They both offer many of the same advantages but the semi-frameless has thin posts separating each section of glass while the frameless offers a slightly cleaner look and completely unobstructed view. Whichever you choose it will be a stunning addition to your pool area that will increase both your homes beauty and resale value.

For sophistication, class and an elegant appearance, a glass swimming pool fence is hard to beat. You have invested thousands of dollars in your swimming pool. Why hide it behind an ugly fence that adds nothing to your property’s value? Instead, turn it into the central feature that it deserves to be.

A glass fence will display your pool in all its beauty, increase the resale value of your home and overtime pay for itself in maintenance and repair savings. Why waste your money on anything else?

For more information on glass pool fences or glass balustrades for your home or business, contact Wood Glass Group today. Our in-house design and installation team are waiting to assist you.

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