We are not saying that if you have a glass pool fence installed that breakages are inevitable, however, accidents do happen and breakages can occur. This can be caused by a range of reasons, rocks from lawn mowers or other backyard machinery, hefty objects coming into contact with the rim of the glass screen, or even something hefty falling on it from a height. Despite the fact that all glass screens for pool fencing have been strengthened they can nevertheless produce tiny, sharp bits of glass after a breakage. All Australian Pool fences should meet the Australian Standard AS/NZS2208 and are classified as “Grade A Toughened Safety Glass”. That means that There should not be any shards of glass but rather a pile of small glass cubes, they look harmless enough but can produce fine little cuts on your skin if not dealt with appropriately. That is why we wanted to tell you what to do if you have a Cracked Pool Fence.

First off is to ensure that nobody enters the area without shoes, and if possible move as much glass away from the edge of the pool. If you are lucky and your glass panel is not in the direct vicinity of the pool then you can start to remove it right away. You will want to use a conventional broom that as stiff as possible otherwise you will find it quite challenging to sweep it up. Next off, consider the weight of a glass panel (up to 70kg), that signifies that there is this quantity of glass in weight on the ground and you will need a sturdy container to put it in. Do not try and use any type of plastic bag, just think it should be a container that can handle the load from the Cracked Pool Fence.

Try not to handle the shattered glass at all with exposed hands, a reliable pair of yard gloves should be a minimum step– if you have something stronger, use those. It is also recommended to use a metal dustpan if you have one, a plastic one will do the job but you may find it struggle to hold all the mass of the glass. Once you have gathered all the glass from the area outside of the pool, then it is time to retrieve the glass from the pool. A pair of swimming or diving goggles is best to use here and the glass pieces will be much easier to see if they’re not in direct sunlight. Use the dustpan below the water to scoop as much as possible. An useful trick is to then place a sieve or some type of netting over the basket of your filter box and use the vacuum hose of your pool pump to get the rest. This will stop any glass going through your filter system and causing potential damage.

Once you have cleaned up the glass from the Cracked Pool Fence as best you can it is time to find a glass pool fence business that supply and install replacement screens. Not all glass pool fence contractors will do this as it can be very costly and tricky to predict the time needed for each individual job. Remember this will not be the same price as you bought your glass pool fence per metre for, as most of the price will be in labour, not supplies. Most screens require a minimum of two people to lift them and oftentimes two site visits are often required. One time to evaluate the proportions of the replacement panel, and the next visit to install it. Prices can vary a lot on this sort of restoration job and we have found pricing on the market anywhere between $500 – $1000 per panel. The proportions of the panel will not improve this cost by much because as mentioned before, the majority of this cost is in labour.

It is always best to be sure that you have removed as much of the glass as possible as most businesses will charge additional fees for cleaning. This can turn out be very pricey as you would be paying tradesmen by the hour to sweep up glass – so wise to have it done before they arrive.

If you wish to find out more about how to deal with Cracked Pool Fence, your new replacement pool fence, methods to avoid breakages, steps to take for care, or even get a complimentary quote on a replacement pool fence, then call us on 1300 937 902 and take a look at a few of our success stories at our Gold Coast pool fence website