Pool fence compliance & FAQ’s
1. Are you insured?
THIS NEEDS TO BE YOUR FIRST QUESTION!
PGB is a recognized member of the Master Builders Association, and The Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia (SPASA). With many years’ experience in the glass industry, and many years in other trades beforehand, at Peninsula Glass Balustrading we know what we are doing, and we love what we do, so we’re not going anywhere. And that’s the bottom line.
2. Do PGB products comply with Australian standards and local council requirements?
We take safety very seriously at PGB, and put safety before any aesthetic or price related issues. Pool fencing stops children from drowning. Balustrading stops you from falling off a building. Safety cannot be overlooked. We ensure all our products comply with AS1170 Codes, AS1926 Pool Enclosures and AS1288 Glazing codes.
3. At what stage do you need to visit for a free consultation/quotation?
Glass is a finished product so it is extremely important to get it right the first time. A free consultation/quotation in the early stages of basic construction will enable us to explain fixing details. We have to take into consideration: application of waterproof membrane, tiling, concrete, timber support, core drilling and concrete rebates. Waiting until everything is completed often requires lifting newly laid tiles (risking damage), lifting of decks for nogging etc.
4. What is the standard finished height of a Frameless Glass Pool Fence?
The Minimum height for any pool fence is 1200mm from any ground surface. But nothing is ever as simple as it looks. There are a lot of elements to take into account such as foot holds and climbing hazards, as well as structures like BBQs, garden beds, even window sills, within a certain radius of the fence. Bear in mind the standard was developed with a 5 year old child in mind and if there is a way in, they will find it. So pool safety education for children is a very important thing to consider.
5. Are PGB products guaranteed?
Yes. Our guarantee covers all products, workmanship, fixtures and fittings. PGB is a well-known and established company on the Peninsula with a solid reputation for getting it right and having it last. A full explanation of our guarantee is provided in our standard terms & conditions. We cannot however guarantee glass from breaking.
6. How long does the job take from start to finish
We endeavour to have your glass pool fence or glass balustrade installed within 4 weeks from the day you accept our quote, provided there are no unforeseen delays. As a smaller and more personal company, it is much easier to keep on top of your job and keep you fully aware of any potential delays. Call us or email and ask how are current lead times are.
7. Do I need a handrail on my frameless glass pool fence?
Only if that fence, or section of fence, is protecting a fall of 1000mm or more. This constitutes a Balustrade and fall protection is required in the event of the glass failing. There are also new alternatives in glass, that allow installation protecting a fall to be handrail free. Call us for more information.
8. Stainless Steel Vs Powder Coated Aluminium (pros & Cons)?
We use the highest grades of stainless steel including 316 Marine (used on yachts) and duplex 2204 (used under water), but stainless steel products installed in an external application will still generally tarnish over time and require some form of cleaning or maintenance. This surface rust, known as Tea-Staining, does not affect the structural integrity of the product used and tends to be accelerated in certain conditions such as coastal regions. Powder Coating is one of the most durable exterior finishes available. It is used on many metal items which are exposed to the weather. Powder coating is the best way to insure durability, weather resistance and colour retention.
9. How safe is the gate on a frameless glass pool fence?
Our gates exceed the Australian Standards for pool fence compliance. Our Pool Safety Latch is positioned in such a way that it is extremely hard for young children to gain access to your pool. ALL OUR LATCHES ARE KEY LOCKABLE! All our glass, including our frameless glass gates, are also heat soaked as well as toughened giving even further strength and resistance to breakage.
10. Can the fence be attached to…….?
A timber deck?
Yes. The posts will require bases attached to them to facilitate attachment to the timber decking.
Concrete and tiles?
Yes. Holes need to be core drilled through the tile and concrete. The posts are then fastened into these using a special cement based grout.
My garden bed or lawn?
Yes, we put in concrete pads and then install the fence posts into these.
Check our blog for a free PDF template to draw up your own pool fence as well as PDFs for concrete footing details.