has taken Australia by storm. It is a popular choice for pool fencing and wherever a homeowner needs a fence, but does not want to spoil their view. To the untrained eye, all glass fencing looks alike, but there are some things you need to know about it before you start getting quotes.
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Glass Fencing FAQs
After you start comparing quotes for glass fencing, you will have a lot of questions. These frequently asked questions will save you from having to go back to fencing suppliers and ask more questions:
1. How thick is the glass on your fencing panels?
The glass panels used for fencing can be 8, 10 or 12mm thick. The thickness will make a significant difference to their price. 8mm glass is usually recommended for light-duty fencing only. Choose 10mm or 12mm thick glass for a stronger fence.
2. Do you use safety glass?
All glass fencing must conform to Australian Standards and must be safety glass.
3. How large are your glass panels?
The panels used on glass fences come in a variety of standard widths and heights, but custom panels can be made where needed. Custom sized panels cost more, but in most cases, no more than one or two will be needed, if any.
4. What are your posts and other metal components made from?
Both aluminium and stainless steel are used. Look for a thicker gauge of marine grade stainless steel or powder coated aluminium for best results.
5. Is DIY installation possible?
Most suppliers can provide you with your fencing in kit form. If you follow the directions to the letter, you may be able to install your fence yourself. However, DIY installation may limit your warranty and keep in mind that the glass panels are heavy and require careful installation.
Both frameless and semi-frameless glass fencing is available. In high wind areas, glass panels separated and supported by posts is recommended because the wind can bend and even break an unsupported panel. Whether you choose aluminium or stainless steel components is largely a matter of preference, but stainless steel is stronger than aluminium and may be a better choice for fences that have to withstand harsh conditions.
If you choose glass pool fencing
, it will have to conform to state and local regulations. An inspector will check the fence height, latches and other details to ensure small children cannot enter the pool area without supervision. For pool fencing, always choose a local expert who knows regulations in your area and will build a fence that conforms to them.