One of the first things people consider when buying a glass pool fence is what type of glass their fence requires. It is important that your new pool fence meets Australian standards and can be certified and there are some critical factors which should be taken into account when you purchase your new pool fence.
Over time there have been many stories about inferior quality glass panels shattering or “exploding” due to being made of a poor quality so, with good reason, customers want to ensure they get the right type of glass for the application.
We have compiled a list of factors to consider when selecting glass for your pool fence.
Thickness of glass
Glass panel thicknesses that are most commonly available on the Australian market range from 6mm through to 12mm. The thickness of the glass is of great importance.
We use and recommend the following thicknesses of glass:
Whilst it is possible to purchase 6-8mm glass panels, we urge customers to use caution with these thinner panels. In the event of an impact, such as a person falling into the glass panel we would not like the chance of these thinner panels standing up to the impact. Glass panels also take very high loads of wind and the thicker the glass the more likely that it will not shatter during high wind gusts or other weather events.
All of our panels pass the Australian Standard for Safety Glass in Buildings (asnz2208). In addition all of our panels are stamped by an International Certification Company (CSi) which signifies that our panels and production processes have met strict quality standards and criteria.
Whilst most of the panels from other suppliers may scrape by the Australian Standards, it is unlikely they would be stamped with certification by an independent company unless they are of a very high quality.
Height and width of the glass pool fence panels
Standard glass pool fence panels are usually 1200mm high. The width of the panels vary but generally a semi-frameless pool fence panel will be between 1600-1800mm wide whilst a frameless pool fence panel will be 1800-1900mm wide.
Special glass panels
Custom panels are often required where the fence meets another structure, such as a retaining wall, garden bed, stairs, decking or any other incline/decline in surface. We have special panels available off-the-shelf which is a huge money saver for many customers. The height of our custom panels ranges from 1300-1800mm (rising in 50mm increments).
The cost to custom make panels is usually much higher than the cost of a standard panel so it’s in a customers best interests to establish the costs of any special panels before committing to a supplier.
Type of spigot you will be using (frameless glass only)
If you plan on using premium compression spigots then you will need to use glass that has the mounting holes pre-drilled into the glass. Compression spigots use a bolt through system that anchors the glass to the spigot, creating a stronger overall fence.
If you are going for the cheaper alternative then you will likely be using friction spigots. Friction spigots use a grub screw to clamp the glass in, rather than bolting the glass in. Glass panels that are used for friction spigots don’t require any mounting holes through the glass.