If you are a pool owner in Australia, you are probably aware that pool fences are a necessity (it’s illegal in the country not to install them!). Although you need to put some fencing up, who said you couldn’t get fancy with it? Homeowners who don’t particularly like the look of a fence around their swimming pools often prefer to install a glass pool fence.
Generally, this approach is considered much more pleasing to the eye, since glass is less noticeable than other materials, such as wood, concrete or steel, just to mention a few. Glass pool fences are also made with sturdy tempered glass.
This particular type of glass is often used in many industrial applications because it is very robust and it does not shatter into dangerous sharp spikes when broken. In the event of damage, tempered glass is going to crumble up instead of breaking into shards. This is particularly important in light of fencing applications since it can prevent injuries in the unlikely event a glass pool fence should break.
There is a wide variety of glass pool fences on the market, built with different materials and utilizing different installation approaches. It all can be broken down into two different categories; framed and frameless glass pool fences. Continue to read in order to learn more about these two different strategies and what are the main differences between them.
Framed Glass Pool Fences: sturdy and reliable, but maybe not exactly the most seamless.
This particular approach is perhaps the most common and widespread: many homeowners rely on this method to secure their glass pool fences and hold it in place with the help of sturdy posts that are usually made of stainless steel. The stainless steel posts are typically embedded very deeply into the ground, to ensure maximum stability, even in case of extreme wind or harsh weathering.
When installing a framed glass pool fence, posts are customarily installed beforehand, while the glass components of the fence are later slid into place. There are many pros and cons with frames glass pool fences. While this particular approach to installation is quite reliable and easy to perform, there might be some aesthetic drawbacks.
As mentioned earlier, framed glass pool fences require steel post in order to be installed. These posts aren’t transparent, and they might disrupt the looks of the fence since you will noticeable see the posts going through the fence to hold it in place. Another potential drawback is that there might be some gaps between glass panels, as it might not always be possible to slide glass in consecutive sequences, such as along corners.
Frameless Glass Pool Fences: the way to go for classy, sophisticated and elegant homes.
The frameless approach to glass pool fencing installation is quite similar in terms of reliability and sturdiness, yet it is aesthetically more seamless because it can disguise the look of the fence since there are no steel posts that highlight the installation. The spigots of a frameless fence are commonly embedded directly into the ground, or into stainless steel spigots that are actually cemented down into the ground for extra stability.
Other Options: hybrid installations and other methods.
For those of you out there who are still undecided, there are other options: some homeowners prefer a hybrid approach to the installation, often referred to as a “semi-framed” installation. This particular 3rd option essentially bridges the gaps between the framed and frameless types, in order to feature the best of both worlds into a seamless and advantageous design.
Semi-framed glass pool fences still rely on stainless steel posts, but the posts aren’t quite as big and often leave the bottom and top of the glass panels alone. This way, the aesthetic impact of the posts is minimized.
In some cases, some homeowners prefer to use both framed and frameless installations, perhaps by installing a frameless pool fence on a side only, to declutter the view from their home.
Which one is best for you?
There is no “better” way to put up a glass pool fence: it all depends on your particular needs and preferences. If you prefer a glass pool fan that integrates with your design a little better, you might want to consider a frameless installation. Without the metal post, the fence will integrate with your space better.
If you are looking for a reliable installation and prefer the fence to be more visible, go framed!
Your choice might not solely depend on personal preference. In certain situations, your options might be limited to a specific option. For instance, certain terrains or pool installations might restrict your particular choices.
If you are not convinced about what to do, a professional might surely be able to consult with you and suggest the best approach, based on the needs of your home environment, as well as taking your personal preferences into account.