We are a professional pool fencing installation company on the Gold Coast – and if we were to give one tip to those DIY people out there, it is ‘make sure you finish the job’. We are often called in to help fix DIY jobs when the go wrong, and all too often it is because they forgot one of the final steps – tying the panels together. So we want to help you understand how to tie your panels together – because this will help to avoid damage in high wind areas. It is one of the final steps to a good installation, and something that many DIY projects fail to consider. This is particularly important if you live near the coast or in a high-wind area because you may in fact have noticed that your new fence waves around ‘a little too much’. Regardless of what type of fence you have installed or if you have attached it to a timber decking or into concrete this is an important step. For this problem, there are two options to stop this type of movement, the quick way, and the proper way.
The simple fix:
There is a product on the market that is generally known as a ‘ridge-clamp’ this is a small stainless-steel butterfly clamp with a screw in between to small pieces of the stainless steel that fits in between the panels. Each section of the steel has a rubber insert to ensure that no metal touches the glass surface. Once inserted between two panels, they are usually positioned at the top of the panels (as that is where the movement is) they can be tightened which will eliminate most of the panel movement. Most glass pool fence suppliers will stock these at varying prices and a couple of different sizes.
The Professional Fix:
The other method is to install a Nano-capping rail that fits over the top edge of the glass and runs the length of the glass pool fence or glass balustrade. (In most states this is compulsory to have fitted to balustrade or some other type of handrail) This is a small u-channel that is glazed onto the top of the panels. A little more intrusive than the ridge clamps, but the result is a much stronger structure. With this solution, there is no metal touching glass, rubber or wet glaze. However, it can only be welded on concrete applications due to movement of timber in dry and wet weather.
If you want to learn more about some of the other potential issues with DIY pool fencing, ways to fix them, or to get a free quote on pool fencing materials, then please call us on 1300 937 902 or visit our websites http://www.absolut.net.au/ and http://diyframelessglass.com.au/