Glass Pool Fences in the Gold Coast are a tricky area to find out. And that is actually the reason why we would like to attempt to educate our clients about the various kinds of Glass Pool Fences that are available on the Gold Coast. This post will take you through your options for Semi-Frameless Glass Pool Fences and the varieties of posts that you can select.
Patch Fitting System
A patch fitted frameless glass fence system makes use of either a 10mm or 12mm thick toughened glass panels suspended by little metal clamps that hold the glass in position. These clamps are referred to as ‘patches’ in the industry, and this makes an illusion that the glass is simply floating 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 distance that the glass has to span in between the posts. There are generally specific rules which vary from state to state and that is the reason that we suggest using a professional installer. Importantly one that knows the regulations from your region and can ensure 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 a few existing posts and the ground may not be a strong concrete base– this choice gives extra support to make it a safer system. A good example is a patio or verandah with a roof that is supported by posts and the floor 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 actually be 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 certainly call a frameless system, as the glass is not set into any posts, but is suspended by the four small patches, two on either side.
Spigot Mounted System
One of our more preferred choices is generally the fully frameless glass pool fence system. This is a fully frameless glass system consisting of glass panels, supported on top of small metal posts called ‘spigots’. Generally it will include 12mm thick toughened glass panels, while the spigots are a small post that can be either put into the floor or prepared with a ‘heavy duty’ rapid-set cement. This is normally done when the glass panels will be set up on top of a solid concrete base. One option that helps make this glass pool fence extremely versatile is the choice for the spigots to be mounted to a timber deck. This will obviously depend upon the quality of the deck, and if it is properly prepared with enough joist timber to fix through the decking.
The glass sits within these spigots and supports the panel, which can weigh anything up to 80kg. Thanks to the weight of these glass panels it is quite important that the ground they are actually being set on is solid with little or no prospect of movement or slippage for the lifetime of the fence. There may be some adjustment tolerances possible, but ultimately that will enhance your maintenance time on the fence. However, if performed correctly from the beginning then the fence really should be maintenance free – besides a little bit of cleaning.
For glass pool fencing especially, there are particular rules controlling to the spacing in between the panels as well as the distance from the ground to the bottom of the glass, and the distance 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 considering all pool fences must be passed by a Pool Safety Inspector.
The finished product will be panels of glass that look to be floating in the air except of course for the two spigots. This style of pool fencing has become incredibly popular over the past several years as a result of the availability of the toughened glass on the market. So, the name really does say it all; a frameless glass fence.
If you would like to find out more about the system that might be best for your Gold Coast needs, to get a free quote, or perhaps even to get our guidance on exactly how best to design and structure your Glass Pool Fence solution, chat with us on 1300 937 902 or see more of our product lines on the Frameless glass website