Glass pool fencing in Australia - our top tips - Building AU
Glass pool fencing in Australia - our top tips

Glass pool fencing in Australia - our top tips

Glass pool fencing is a great way to safely secure the area around your pool without obstructing the view. With a few different options available we thought we’d cover the basics including costs and regulations to get you off on the right track.

Words by Yohei Guy

There are a number of different ways to surround your property when it comes to fencing including timber, composite and aluminium fencing. However, when it comes to your pool, glass fencing offers an array of advantages and benefits that few can match.

What is glass fencing?

A glass fence features reinforced glass panels that are securely anchored at its base, with or without a frame. It is a type of fence that is growing in popularity as a convenient way to secure an area without disturbing the view.

It is seen as a quality product and one of the best ways to safely secure the area around a pool, the high visibility it offers being its most valued trait. Glass pool fencing panels are also incredibly strong making them a fantastic long term choice for homeowners.

There are a number of different types of glass fencing including framed, semi-framed and frameless.

Framed glass pool fencing

The most common type of glass fencing is framed glass pool fencing. It is comprised of standard glass panels and stainless steel posts that secure them in place. Typically, the posts or frames are fixed securely into the ground first. After the panels are inserted into position, a top bar or rail is added to ensure that the fence is completely locked and fastened.

Semi-framed glass pool fencing

Semi-framed glass pool fencing is a combination of both framed and frameless fencing. Glass fencing panels remain attached to posts fixed into the ground, but the framing is minimised to encompass only the necessary area. A handrail might be featured at the top.

Frameless glass pool fencing

Frameless glass fencing is a smart, modern solution for situations when the most discreet barrier is required. This type of fencing is nearly invisible since it features no metal shell or visible joints - only a series of almost floating seamless panels. It provides an effective barrier for your pool area but not for your eyes.

Besides unobstructed landscaping and improved kerb appeal, frameless glass pool fencing also allows you to keep an eye on your children at all times. For these reasons, it’s considered the most desirable of all three fencing options.

There are three different ways to install a frameless swimming pool fence. Spigot-fixed means that panels are bolted to the surface with high-quality stainless steel plugs. Slot-fixed fencing provides a feeling of glass emerging from underground given that’s where the slots are. Finally, a button-fixed installation fixes the panels below the ground by attaching bolts at strategic locations.

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How much does glass fencing cost?

Glass pool fence costs vary depending on the type of fence you choose, the quality of glass selected and the installation costs of the professional. Generally speaking, pool fencing can cost between $200 - $600 per linear metre with the framed pool fencing being the most affordable and frameless glass fencing being the most expensive.

However, we do stress that the price range does vary quite a bit so it definitely pays to get a few quotes from a number of highly-rated professionals before making your decision.

Choosing the right type of glass fencing

There are a large number of choices out there and a lot of jargon so it’s always best to simplify the process by deciding what you need from your glass pool fencing. Are you aiming for privacy (which is actually possible with glass) or would you prefer something that is barely perceptible?

If privacy is one of your goals, then frosted glass panels are an excellent solution. It will block curious eyes, giving you peace of mind to relax in your space. If, on the other hand, you wish to secure the pool area but preserve your views, clear frameless glass fencing is probably the best choice you can make.

The safety and quality of your pool fence should also be prime things to consider before installation. The type and composition of glass for your pool fence will determine its reliability and longevity, so always choose a certified supplier and products that meet safety regulations and standards. The style of the fencing will depend on your individual preference, but never forget to think about your surroundings. A fence might look great in a brochure or showroom but it could be aesthetically unsuitable in your outdoor environment.

If you’re worried about its strength, it’s good to know that the fence is usually made out of tempered glass. That means the material was toughened by heating through a heat soaked process, followed by exposure to rapid cooling. This process directly impacts the strength of the glass panels, making them safer, ensuring that no dangerous shattering will take place. In the event of a breakage, it will react by spreading out in a bunch of harmless tiny crumbles.

Finally, a glass pool fence should also be durable and easy to maintain. Glass shows up dirt and dust more so than other materials so be sure to check with your suppliers about their easy-to-clean credentials.

How strong is glass pool fencing?

Despite its delicate look, this type of glass fencing is quite strong. A powerful wind might shake the panels, but the toughened glass supported by equally strong stainless steel connectors can easily withstand a much stronger force. The previously mentioned tempered safety glass, which is almost universally used in pool fencing, is up to six times stronger than regular glass.

Maintaining a glass swimming pool fence

Glass fences do not require extensive maintenance and in most cases, occasional basic cleaning will suffice. The good news is that you don’t need any professional service or specialised maintenance products as you can easily do this yourself.

Water and regular liquid soap are all that is required but there are also some great glass cleaning products available too for an immaculate finish. Avoid any rough scrubbers, using a soft sponge instead. After rinsing, you can either use a dry cloth to polish the glass or let it air dry.

It’s up to you how often clean you choose to clean your glass fences as some will get more use than others and be in dustier environments. Some might do this monthly but others may only need to do it every 3 - 6 months or so.

Glass pool fencing needs no refinishing or upkeep. If you choose to add a self-cleaning glass coating, your maintenance duties could even turn from occasional to non-existent.

Pool fencing regulations

The Australian standards for pool fencing are fairly robust and rightly so given the potential tragedy of accidental drownings, especially with young children. When selecting a glass pool fencing professional, it’s important to make sure they are well versed in all the required regulations.

Some basic regulations include:

  • Durable materials should be used at all times
  • Minimum 1,200mm high fence
  • No gaps of more than 100mm in the fence system (e.g. between posts and panels or at the bottom of the fence)
  • Self-closing and self-latching gates
  • Inside gate latches to stop children from entering on their own.

States across Australia also have their own pool safety regulations so be sure to ask your chosen professional about these requirements too.

For more details see the pool fencing requirements as stated by the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia.

Glass pool fencing that works for you

Glass fencing is an excellent way to protect and secure your pool all year round. Whether you go for the reliable framed glass fence or the premium frameless glass fence (or a mix of both) you’ll be completely satisfied by the finished product which will look great, add value to your property and help keep all pool users safe.

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