Are you in the market for a new pool fence? Do you want a protective barrier that is both functional and visually appealing? Look no further than glass pool fencing! This modern fencing option is perfect for beautifying and enhancing the landscape design of any outdoor space. For backyards, rooftop decks, and lounges by the pool, steel and glass is the way to go. Let’s explore some of the benefits of glass pool fencing, different types of glass systems, and tips for incorporating this style into your home landscape!
Benefits of Glass Pool Fencing
Over the past decade, homeowners and business owners alike have turned to steel and glass, throwing out their mesh or metal fence in favor of a sleek, minimalist design that compliments the surrounding environment. Glass pool fencing has become a particularly popular choice among homeowners for several reasons. Here are some of the benefits of installing a glass fence or railing system:
First and foremost, glass pool fencing is a safety feature that can prevent accidents from occurring in your backyard. Did you know that the majority of infant deaths (ages 1 – 4) are caused by drowning? The clear glass panels allow for visibility, so you can always keep an eye on your children or pets while they play in the pool. Moreover, glass fencing is much harder to climb. Pets and children won’t be able to scale the fence to reach the other side. If you’ve got a particularly energetic pet, you could opt for a taller fence for the greatest peace of mind.
Glass pool fencing is made with toughened safety glass that is resistant to shattering or breaking. This means that it can withstand harsh weather conditions, as well as accidental impacts. At StyleGuard, we have both laminate and tempered glass available. Laminate glass is offered for added safety and durability. If you have laminated glass panels, they will not shatter when broken or cracked. Still, it takes a large and concentrated amount of force to shatter tempered glass panels.
3. Low Maintenance
Glass pool fencing is easy to clean and maintain, requiring only occasional washing with soap and water to keep it looking new. The easiest way to clean your glass fence is with a gentle detergent and warm water. Avoid using glass cleaner as it may leave marks or residue. Use a sponge, or microfiber cloth to wash the fence after you’ve sprayed it with water. Then, all you need to do is hose your fence down and it’ll be as good as new!
Glass pool fencing is a sleek and modern option that can complement any outdoor space. It is available in a range of styles and finishes, so you can choose the one that best suits your aesthetic preferences. While stainless steel looks amazing with crystal clear glass by default, some homeowners may opt for custom colors to blend with the architecture of their home or pool area. Specifically, black or white powder coating is popular among new glass fence owners who want to add some custom color to their fence!
Types of Glass Systems
There are two main types of glass pool fencing systems: frameless and semi-frameless. Each option can be customized in various ways, but those are the two main categories. Each glass fence or railing system fits into one of the two. Here is a closer look at each option:
1. Frameless Glass Pool Fencing
Frameless glass pool fencing is by far the most popular choice among our clients, mainly for its seamless look. The glass panels are held in place by small stainless steel clamps, or spigots, and the absence of a frame creates an unobstructed view of your pool and surroundings. With a frameless fence, you get the most out of your surroundings, and allow the environment to breathe through your barrier, unlike traditional fencing options. This style is ideal for those who want a minimalist and modern look.
2. Semi-Frameless Glass Pool Fencing
Semi-frameless glass pool fences feature additional hardware, adding an aesthetic touch, and sometimes greater support. Adding a frame to your glass fence typically comes in 3 forms: a continuous channel along the bottom (sometimes called a base shoe), a top cap rail for added grip support, or steel posts that fit between each glass panel. Sometimes, people prefer all three! This style is perfect for those who want a more traditional look that still showcases the beauty of the glass panels. With these systems, visibility is still very high, much more so than a mesh, wood, or metal fence. You can click here for a list of different hardware options.
Incorporating Glass Pool Fencing into Your Landscape
Now that you know the benefits and types of glass pool fencing, it’s time to incorporate this style into your landscape design. Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Choose the Right Style
Before you install glass pool fencing, think about the overall look and feel of your backyard. Choose a style that complements your existing landscaping and outdoor décor. Should you opt for frameless or semi frameless? Do you want stainless steel hardware, or a color that matches the ambience of your home? These are just a couple questions you should consider before ordering your new fence.
2. Consider Lighting
Glass pool fencing can create a stunning effect when paired with outdoor lighting. Consider installing lights along the fence to highlight the beauty of the glass panels and enhance your landscape design. At night, pool lights and the refraction of the water make for a dreamy look when paired with a glass fence. Part of a glass fence is allowing the sunlight to shine through, maintaining visibility while blocking wind, and not compromising safety.
3. Add Greenery
Incorporating plants and greenery around your glass pool fence can soften the look and add natural beauty to your backyard. Consider planting tall shrubs or climbing vines for a lush and inviting atmosphere. Some of the most beautiful projects we’ve worked on are completed with a stunning glass fence that recedes into nearby shrubs, trees, or other greenery.
4. Compliment a Focal Point
Glass pool fencing can be a stunning focal point in your backyard. It can also enhance the landscape features of your backyard that are already in place. Consider placing your fence in a prominent location, or adding a water feature nearby to draw the eye and create a sense of serenity. An outdoor spa area, a grotto, and even a waterslide feature can all be made more attractive with glass fencing!
5. Work with a Professional
We’re here to make sure your new fence is designed perfectly for your unique space. We have worked with homeowners all across the country to create beautiful stunning steal and glass systems. Our professionals can help you understand exactly what you need, and help you answer questions about hardware requirements and options for your particular fence. When it comes to installing glass pool fencing, it is best to have someone with expertise and experience. You might consider working with a landscape designer to best design your glass system, and our professional installers will make sure your fence comes out exactly the way you want it—or better!
Glass pool fencing is a stylish and practical choice for enhancing the landscape design of any outdoor space. With its safety features, durability, low maintenance, and modern look, it’s no wonder why it’s becoming the most popular choice among homeowners with an eye for beauty. By choosing the right style, considering lighting and greenery, creating a focal point, and working with a professional, you can incorporate glass pool fencing into your landscape design and create a backyard oasis that is both functional, beautiful, and most importantly, safe!
If you have questions about glass pool fencing, glass railing systems, or any questions about our products, don’t hesitate to contact us today!