We are a professional pool fencing fitting business on the Gold Coast– and if we were to give one strategy to those DIY people around, it is ‘be sure you finish the job’. We’re frequently summoned to help correct DIY projects when they go wrong, and all too frequently it is because they ignored one of the final stages– linking the sections together. So we want to help you understand ways to tie your panels together– because this will help to avoid damage in high wind areas. It is one of the last steps to a good installation, and a process that many DIY jobs forget to contemplate. This is even more crucial if you live around the coast or in a high-wind area since you could have noticed that your new fence waves around ‘a bit too much’. Despite what type of fence you’ve installed or if you have secured it to a timber decking or into concrete this is an important measure. For this problem, there are two options to prevent this type of movement, the short way, and the right way.
The easy solution:
There’s a product on the market that is commonly known as a ‘ridge-clamp’ this is a little stainless-steel butterfly clamp with a screw in between two small pieces of the stainless steel that fits in between the panels. Each segment of the steel has a rubber insert to make sure that no steel touches the glass surface. Once installed between two panels, they are usually located at the top of the panels (as that is where the movement is) they may be tightened which will get rid of much of the panel movement. Most glass pool fence suppliers will stock these at varying prices and a couple of different sizes.
The Pro Solution:
The other solution is to install a Nano-capping rail that fits over the top edge of the glass and runs the length of the glass pool fence or glass balustrade. (In most states this is compulsory to have fitted to balustrade or some other type of handrail) This is a small u-channel that is glazed onto the top of the panels. A little more intrusive than the ridge clamps, but the result is a much sturdier structure. With this approach, there is no metal touching glass, rubber or wet glaze. However, it can only be welded on concrete applications due to movement of timber in dry and wet weather.
If you want to learn more about several of the other possible issues with DIY pool fencing, steps to resolve them, or to receive a free quote on pool fencing materials, then please phone us on 1300 937 902 or browse through our Gold Coast Pool Fencing websites and DIY Pool Fencing Websites