We are a professional pool fencing fitting company on the Gold Coast– and if we were to give one recommendation to those DIY folk in the world, it is ‘make sure you complete the project’. We are oftentimes contacted to help fix DIY projects when they go wrong, and all too often it is because they overlooked the last procedures– connecting the panels together. Therefore, we wish to help you understand the best way to tie your panels together– because this will help to prevent damage in high wind regions. It is one of the final steps to a good installation, and an element that many DIY jobs forget to take into consideration. This is particularly relevant if you reside near the coast or in a high-wind location as you might in fact have observed that your brand-new fence bends about ‘a little bit too much’. Regardless of what type of fence you have put up or if you have fastened it to a wooden decking or into cement this is an essential procedure. For this situation, there are two methods to stop this type of movement, the fast way, and the correct way.
The simple solution:
There’s a product on the market that is generally called 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 steel touches the glass surface. When placed between two panels, they are usually arranged at the top of the panels (as that is where the movement is) they may be fastened which will get rid of much of the panel movement. Most glass pool fence suppliers will stock these at varying costs and a couple of different sizes.
The Pro 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 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 sturdier structure. With this solution, there is no metal touching glass, rubber or wet glaze. However, it can only be welded on concrete applications because of bending of timber in dry and wet weather.
If you wish to find out more about a few of the other potential problems with DIY pool fencing, steps to deal with them, or to get a complimentary quote on pool fencing materials, then please call us on 1300 937 902 or visit our pool fencing websites and DIY Pool Fencing Website