Can You Use Glass Balustrades for Pool Fencing?

If you are looking for pool fencing that incorporates glass so that you improve the aesthetics of your pool area while being able to see what is happening in the pool area, glass balustrades are the way to go. Here's everything you need to know about glass balustrades:

Design and Construct

Glass balustrades comprise large pieces of glass that are held in place by stainless steel fixtures to form a fence. The design you choose depends on the aesthetics you want to achieve or some functional aspects. Discuss these needs with your glass balustrade specialist so that you get what you need.

The two most common designs are where:

  • Stainless steel poles are fixed on the ground at equal distances apart, and a glass panel is attached securely between each post.
  • The posts are eliminated, and instead, there are short stainless steel anchors to hold the glass panels from below.

Stainless Steel Handrail

It is always advisable to include a stainless steel handrail. It is not uncommon for people using the pool or around it to want to support themselves on the fence at one point or another. Having a handrail prevents people from supporting themselves directly on the glass panels; this can cause accidental injuries or glass damage.

Why Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is preferred because it does not corrode or rust when exposed to moisture, it has great aesthetics, and it is hygienic. Because of these features, you might realise that it is often more expensive than aluminium. Aluminium might be disliked because it is not as strong as steel, meaning it is not impact-resistant; it can easily deform.

Glass Thickness

You never know what can happen near a pool; anyone can slip and hit the glass forcefully. That is why it is recommended to purchase tempered or toughened glass. You will also find that glass used for balustrades must meet Australian Standards for glass thickness. This is a way for the government to protect people from poor-quality glass that can break and cause injuries.

Is Glass Balustrade Fencing Expensive?

This depends on the design and the size of your swimming pool area. Stainless steel is expensive; the more stainless steel a particular design uses, the more expensive it is going to be. Additionally, if your pool area is quite big, you might have to spend more of your hard-earned money to cover the entire area. You can always ask your glass balustrade specialist whether there is a way to save some money, for example, using other cheaper materials in some places.

Reach out to a professional to discuss your pool fencing options.