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Gold Coast Glass Pool Fences – Fully Frameless options Your overview of Fence Spigots and Patches.

Glass Pool Fences in the Gold Coast are a frustrating area to figure out. That is the reason why we wish to try to educate everybody about the various sorts of Glass Pool Fences that are available on the Gold Coast. This article will take you through your options for Semi-Frameless Glass Pool Fences and the kinds of posts that you can go for.

Patch Fitting System

A patch fitted frameless glass fence system employs either a 10mm or 12mm thick toughened glass panels suspended by small metal clamps that keep the glass in place. These clamps are referred to as ‘patches’ in the industry, and this creates an illusion that the glass is simply floating between a couple of posts, only held up by these four clamps.

In the Gold Coast, the glass is often most likely to be either 10mm or 12mm thick, the deciding factor boils down to the distance that the glass has to span in between the posts. There are generally specific rules that vary from region to region which is why we suggest using a professional installer. Importantly one that knows the regulations from your area and can make sure that your pool fence or balustrade will definitely pass the important inspection for compliance.

These systems have the tendency to be a good choice when your home currently has a few existing posts and the ground may not be a strong concrete base– this option gives additional support to make it a safer system. A example is a patio or verandah with a roof that is actually supported by posts and the floor may be a slightly older timber deck or paved on top of a gravel foundation. A frameless glass panel that is mounted on spigots may not be among the most suitable application for this kind of ground so the second best thing is for a patch fitted frameless system. The glass is still what we would certainly call a frameless system, as the glass is not actually set into any posts, but is suspended from the four small patches, two on each side.

Spigot Mounted System

One of our more sought-after choices is the fully frameless glass pool fence system. It is a fully frameless glass system including glass panels, supported on top of small metal posts called ‘spigots’. Typically it will consist of 12mm thick toughened glass panels, while the spigots are a small post that can be either put into the floor or set with a ‘heavy duty’ rapid-set concrete. This is usually done when the glass panels will be installed on a solid concrete base. One option that makes this glass pool fence extremely flexible is the possibility for the spigots to be installed to a timber deck. This will of course depend upon the quality of the deck, and whether or not it is properly prepared with ample joist timber to fix through the decking.

The glass sits within these spigots and supports the panel, which can weigh anything up to 80kg. Due to the weight of these glass panels it is extremely important that the ground they are actually being set on is solid with little or no chance of motion or slippage for the lifetime of the fence. There might be some adjustment tolerances possible, but ultimately that will add to your maintenance time on the fence. However, if performed correctly from the beginning then the fence should be maintenance free – with the exception of a little cleaning.

For glass pool fencing especially, there are rigorous rules controlling to the spacing between the panels and also the distance from the ground to the bottom of the glass, and the distance from the glass panel to the side of a structure. These rules are rather specific and that is why we constantly recommend having a professional installer to install the glass, especially on the Gold Coast for the reason that all pool fences must be passed by a Pool Safety Inspector.

The finished product will be panels of glass that seem to be floating above the ground except of course for the two spigots. This style of pool fencing has become very popular over the last decade as a result of the accessibility of the toughened glass on the market. So, the name really does say it all; a frameless glass fence.

 

If you wish to learn more about the system that may be best for your Gold Coast needs, to get a free quote, or even to get our advice on just how best to design and structure your Glass Pool Fence solution, talk to us on 1300 937 902 or see more of our product lines on our Gold Coast Pool Fence Website

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