We are a reliable pool fencing fitting organization on the Gold Coast– and if we were to give one strategy to those DIY people in the world, it is ‘be sure you complete the project’. We’re oftentimes called in to help correct DIY projects when they go wrong, and all too often it is because they neglected the final steps– attaching the sections together. Therefore, we would like to help you understand the best way to tie your panels together– because this will help to minimize damage in high wind areas. It is one of the last steps in a good installation, and an element that many DIY assignments forget to contemplate. This is especially significant if you live close to the coast or in a high-wind location because you might in fact have observed that your brand-new fence waves about ‘a little bit too much’. Despite what sort of fence you’ve installed or if you have fastened it to a timber decking or into concrete this is an imperative step. For this problem, there are two alternatives to stop this type of movement, the short way, and the proper way.
The simple solution:
There’s a product on the market that is commonly known as a ‘ridge-clamp’ this is a small stainless-steel butterfly clamp with a screw in between two small pieces of the stainless steel that fits in between the panels. Each section of the steel has a rubber insert to make sure that no metal touches the glass surface. Once placed between two panels, they are usually placed at the top of the panels (as that is where the movement is) they can be fastened which will eliminate much of the panel movement. The majority of glass pool fence suppliers will stock these at varying prices and a couple of varied sizes.
The Professional Fix:
The alternative 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 rail. (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 approach, 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 would like to learn more about some of the other inherent issues with DIY pool fencing, ways to fix them, or to get a complimentary quote on pool fencing materials, then please phone us on 1300 937 902 or browse through our pool fence websites and our Australian DIY Pool Fencing Website