09 May What You Need To Know Before Installing A Pool Fence
When Should You Get A Free Consultation & Quote:
In order to receive the highest quality of construction, you need to consult with your contractor from the beginning. Getting a consultation and quote in the early stages will allow your contractor to explain all details covering the cost and construction. Contractors have to take into consideration the application of waterproof membranes, the tiling, concrete, lumber support, core drill and any concrete rebates. If you wait until everything has been completed, it could become very expensive and difficult to alter. In the aftermath, new tiles might have to be removed and penetration of waterproofing membranes could lead to damage.
Cleaning The Glass:
All products that are outdoors, in the elements, will need to be cleaned and maintained. If glass is treated with a wax, such as those used in car wash detergents, it will keep the glass cleaner for a longer period of time. Simply use a bucket of hot soapy water using a car wash cleaner with a wax additive. Wash the glass using a soft bristled brush then hose down and let it dry.
The Proper Height of a Balustrade by Building Code:
The minimum height of a balustrade is 1000mm (1.0 metres) from the floor level on the balcony, terraces or landing. The minimum from the stair nose is 865mm (0.865 metres); as stated by the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
What’s the Standard Height of a Pool Fence & Will Making It Higher Be Safer?
By building code, the minimum height of a pool fence should be 1200mm, from the ground surface. Any horizontal surfaces or protrusions within a radius of 1200mm (1.2metres) from the top of the fence, that is greater than 10mm, will call for the removal of the protrusion or any additional height of the fence to make compensations.
Increasing the height of a pool fence will only keep a child of approximately 5 years of age out. No matter what the height of the fence is, older children will find a way to get in if they want to. The better option is to educate your children on safety around a pool.
Are All Your Products Guaranteed?
Yes, we guarantee all our products, workmanship, fixtures and fittings up to 7 years. We are a high quality, professional company that strives for our customers’ satisfaction. The only thing we cannot guarantee is the glass getting broken.
Do Your Products Meet Australia Safety Standards?
Yes, all our products meet Australian Safety Standards. Balustrades will prevent you from falling off a building and pool fencing will prevent children from drowning. All of our products are designed and installed to meet and/or exceed Australia’s safety standards. Our products are in total compliance with AS1170 Loading Codes, AS1288 Glazing Code and AS1926 Pool Enclosure Code. Nu-Lite places safety first and take it very seriously.
Which is a Better Choice – Stainless Steel or Powder Coated?
Even though stainless steel is a beautiful, elegant material, it is best used on the interior so as to be protected from outdoor elements. Stainless steel installed outdoors will tarnish and will require maintenance and cleaning over time. The surface of these products will develop “Tea Staining” or rusting but will not affect the structure’s capabilities. The rusting process will accelerate under certain conditions, such as a coastal environment.
On the other hand, powdered coatings, due to new technologies, are a much superior alternative for outdoor applications. Standard Powder Coating surfaces have a 7 year manufacturers warranty and in some cases you can get a 15 to 25 year warranty.
Powdered Coating is offered in a variety of colours and can be cleaned with a mild detergent that is used to wash your car. Select a detergent with a wax additive, such as those for cars. These detergents will protect the painted and glass surfaces, while keeping them cleaner for a longer period of time.
Is It OK to Use a 6mm Glass in a Semi-Frameless Pool Fence?
Quite honestly, No! Glass pool fencing must comply with the requirements of AS1926. Even though this standard does not address the glass standard AS1288, it is our strong opinion that is an oversight.
Pool fencing, in general, is covered under the Building Act 1993 which includes the Building Code of Australian (BCA). BCA addresses the glass standard AS1288 Glass In Buildings. Therefore, all fencing, including pool fencing, is required to comply with the glass standard. This, in turn, makes 6mm glass inadequate for use in semi-frameless applications unless the posts spacing is reduced to 590mm apart. This will not give a nice appearance that most people expect from their glass pool fences.
Do You Have a Registered Building Practitioner?
Construction of a balustrade or pool fencing is regulated by the Building Act 1993, it is a requirement that all projects of this nature be carried out by a registered building practitioner. A registered building practitioner guarantees they have the experience, knowledge, qualifications, will meet all exact quality standards and has the required insurance.
Toughened Glass or Laminated Glass:
We are limited to using Toughened glass in all balustrade applications due to the changes to AS1288. Both toughened glass and laminated glass are in the same category of grade A safety glass. The biggest difference is laminated glass, when broken, stays in one piece. Toughened glass, on the other hand, shatters into tiny pieces.
Toughened glass in balustrades and pool fencing is the better product because its size is 5 times stronger than laminated glass, making it much more difficult to break. Unfortunately, should there be a rare occurrence and the glass breaks, it’s potentially more dangerous because the barrier no longer exists.