The beginning of the year is a busy time for pool installers. Because the Australian summer is in full swing, many families get fed up with the heat and opt to get a new pool installed while the weather is still good for swimming. Pool owners must be aware that compliant fencing is mandatory in Australia, so once you make the decision on your pool style, then you need to make decisions about the pool fence. Glass pool fencing is a very popular choice, so as a new pool owner, you want to make an informed decision about whether this material is right for your home. Here are the pros and cons you need to know about installing a glass pool fence.
Pros Of Glass Pool Fences
There is something quite elegant about the look of a glass pool fence. But elegance is not the only thing attractive about glass pool fences. Here are four pros of using glass:
- The uninterrupted view of a glass pool fence is a major selling point. There is no framing or blind spots in the glass, so you can see what your kids are doing in the pool 100% of the time.
- The uninterrupted lack of intrusion of a glass fence also means a small garden looks bigger because there is no solid barrier breaking the eye focus as you look out into the garden.
- Glass fencing is thick, so it is strong. It does not rot when exposed to water as a wood fence does over time. It does not rust or corrode as a metal fence can.
- Maintenance for a glass fence is easy as it only requires washing it to remove dirt or bird droppings.
In order to make an informed decision about a glass pool fence, you do need to consider the three cons of this choice.
Cons Of Glass Pool Fences
The biggest con of a glass pool fence is its cost. It can cost triple the price per linear metre for a glass pool fence versus a timber fence. The second con is the cleaning factor. You will need to clean the glass more often than you would need to stain a timber fence to keep the glass fencing looking neat and new. This can be a deterrent to those who do not like to do maintenance. Finally, while a glass fence is durable, it can be scratched, so it is important to keep sharp edges away from the glass. Scratched glass panels cannot be repaired and need to be eventually replaced.
Now that you know the pros and cons of a glass pool fence, have a chat with your contractor about moving ahead with this marvellous choice of pool safety equipment.