If you are lucky enough to have a backyard pool, then you already know the sheer joy of being able to cool off in comfort on a hot day.
Besides the aesthetic appeal it adds to your property, a pool is the perfect outdoor activity to enjoy friends and family. Pool designs that complement the look of your property are essential, and sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start.
With around 12% of Australian homes now having a swimming pool, one of the most important considerations is pool safety. If you are thinking of adding a pool and aren’t already familiar with NSW legislation regarding pool safety guidelines, take the time to learn more about it here.
Understandably, a safe, secure pool fence is a must for all pool owners, but there are still plenty of options to create the look you want.
Although there are other alternatives, we’ve focused on glass for pool fences to help you make an informed decision.
Glass provides a visually appealing and uninterrupted barrier, meaning small children or pets cannot slip in between posts or panels.
Frameless glass panels create a unique and stylish look around your pool. As the name suggests, frameless glass panels have a free floating look and are anchored to the ground, then clamped to each other using specially designed brackets.
The main benefit of frameless glass is of course, the stunning visual appeal. If you are considering using frameless glass for your pool fencing, make sure to check with your supplier that the glass meets Australian Safety Standards. Also, it is crucial to ensure that the thickness of the glass is sufficient to withstand reasonable force. We recommend that glass panels used in frameless pool fences is at least 10mm in thickness, but typically around 12-15mm is preferred.
Semi Frameless panels
Using semi frameless glass provides more stability to the pool fence overall with the addition of supportive posts. This adds greater strength, meaning it is possible to use a slightly thinner glass panel.
If you have children, using semi frameless may help to make the fence more visible – the last thing you want is your little one walking right into a fence because they didn’t see it!
Semi frameless panels still offer unobstructed views, meaning you can soak up your surroundings without interruption.
Framed glass panels
Fully framed glass panelling provides the sturdiest solution for your pool fencing requirements. The entire perimeter of each individual panel is secured, providing stability and strength.
Choosing safety glass can be a little more expensive than other types of glass, however for peace of mind, it can’t be beat. The manufacturing process specifically focuses on toughening the panels, making them less susceptible to stresses and impact than regular glass panels.
Safety glass can be used for any style of pool fencing, including frameless, semi frameless or fully framed.
If you’re looking for some visual inspiration, check out some outstanding glass pool fence designs on Pinterest to help you get ideas for your own home.
To talk to Newcastle’s experts in pool fencing glass, get in touch with the Koala Glass on (02) 49 68 1450 and discuss installation at your home.