Things you need to know about glass pool fencing in New Zealand - Building NZ
Things you need to know about glass pool fencing in New Zealand

Things you need to know about glass pool fencing in New Zealand

Glass Pool fencing is growing in popularity as a convenient way to secure the area without disturbing the view. A glass pool fence features reinforced glass panels, with or without a frame but is always anchored at the base.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

There are various types of products you can choose to surround your pool or backyard, from timber fencing to composite fencing. Are you looking for something that provides many different benefits, including great convenience and elevated curb appeal? Then look no further than glass pool fencing.

What is Glass Fencing?

Glass fencing is growing in popularity as a convenient way to secure the area without disturbing the view. A glass pool fence features reinforced glass panels, with or without a frame but always anchored at the base.

How Much Does Glass Fencing Cost?

The price for framed glass fencing starts at $630 per square metre. It’s followed by the cost of semi-framed, starting at $885 per square metre. For a high-quality frameless glass pool fencing, you will need at least $1,150 per square metre, on average.

Choose the Right Glass for Glass Fencing

Before making any decisions, narrow the selection. Start with the benefits your glass fencing should provide. Are you aiming for privacy, or would you prefer a fence that is there but not there?

If privacy is your goal, then a frosted glass barrier will be an excellent solution. It will block curious eyes and give you peace of mind. On the other hand, if you wish to secure the pool area but preserve the views, clear frameless glass fencing is probably the best choice you can make.

Besides, of course, your budget, the safety and quality of the pool fence should be the 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 the standards. The style of the fencing depends on your individual preferences, but it would be best if it fits the surroundings, complying with safety regulations at the same time.

Are you attracted to glass pool fencing but worry about its stress resistance? You should know that the safety fence is usually made of tempered glass. That means the material was toughened by heating, followed by exposure to rapid cooling. 

This process directly impacts the strength of the glass panels, making them safer and ensuring that no dangerous shattering will take place in the case of breakage. In the event of breakage, this type of pool safety fence will spread out in a bunch of harmless tiny crumbles.

Finally, a glass pool fence should also be durable and easy to maintain.

Framed Glass Balustrades by Unex Systems

Framed Glass Pool Fencing

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

Semi-Framed Glass Pool Fence

This midway-solution presents a compromise between the traditional format and a modern allure. 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.

Semi-Frameless Glass Balustrades

What You Should Know About Frameless Glass Pool Fences

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

Besides unobstructed landscaping and improved curb appeal, frameless glass pool fencing also allows you to keep an eye on your children at all times.

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 since that’s where the slots are. Finally, a button-fixed installation fixes even the panels below the ground by attaching bolts at strategic locations.

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. Keep in mind that the tempered safety glass, which is often used for glass pool fencing, is up to six times stronger than regular glass.

Glass Pool Fence offers effortless maintenance

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. 

The best way to clean is also the simplest; all it takes is some water and regular liquid soap. Even a dishwashing liquid will do, just avoid any rough scrubbers and use a soft sponge instead. After rinsing, you can either use a dry cloth to polish the glass or let it air dry.

Repeat the process every three to six months, more frequently if the pool is in heavy use.

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 Safety Guidance

Pool Fencing Regulations

By law, a swimming pool must have a barrier that restricts access to children younger than five. This applies to any kind of a pool with a depth of over 400mm. The Building Code also requires self-closing doors in the pool barrier, ideally with audible alarms.

Before installing a swimming pool fence, you will need a building consent. Territorial authorities can issue a notice to fix a non-complying pool, followed by a possibility of infringement or prosecution.

Glass pool fencing must not feature any gaps that exceed 100mm in or under it. This rule also applies to pet doors. A minimum height of 1.2m is required above the ground and over and above any permanent projection including raised gardens, retaining walls, etc. Additionally, horizontal rails should be at least 900mm apart with all fencing supports placed on the inside to disable climbing in.

For more details look at pool fencing requirements under the NZ Building Act 2004.

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