Glass pool fences might all look similarly beautiful and sleek, but they still provide ways for you to personalise the fence for your specific pool area.
The Degree Of Framing
The advantage of glass fences is how they open up the garden; they protect the pool without blocking the view. This openness depends on the degree of framing. Less framing and hardware equal less obstruction for a cleaner look. Frameless models use minimal spigots and brackets to attach the glass panels to the ground and each other so that little hardware disrupts the smooth expanse of glass. If you want an unhindered view of the pool from another part of the garden, you can then notice what is happening at a glance. Semi-framed fences use more hardware in their construction. The glass panels typically connect at the sides via posts, and channels might secure them to the ground. Though streamlined, the bigger hardware gives the fence a more substantial look. If you live in a particularly windy area, posts that secure the glass can help prevent them from swaying.
Tinted Or Frosted Glass
After selecting a framing type, you can also choose different glass treatments. Though all pool fences use toughened safety glass as dictated by regulations, other decorative glazing options are possible. These include tinted or frosted glass. Tint colours might be blue, green, bronze or grey. The advantage of tinting is that you can accent your pool area with a particular colour; grey-toned glass can highlight grey slate paving for example. Tones can also soften sun glare. Frosted glass is another glazing option that defines a more separate enclosure. This too reduces sun glare, but it also blocks clear vision, so if you want to keep an eye on children playing, for example, from another area of your yard, the frosting will obscure a clear line of sight.
Other decisions are about the hardware for the pool fencing. Typically, steel or aluminium form the base metals. Aluminium naturally resists rust and thus easily withstands splashing pool water. Stainless steel also naturally withstands rust due to its chromium content, but other forms of steel need special treatments to help. A powder-coating process is one option that creates a protective layer to protect inner metal from moisture and rust. When selecting hardware, you can usually pick a colour such as silver, black or another shade to match it with your home's exterior.
Talk with a pool fencing contractor about the glass options you have for your pool area.