Glass pool fencing can be a good choice for any property, as glass helps to block breezes that can cool pool water, and which might blow dirt and other debris into the pool. Glass also doesn't block sunlight or your view of the surrounding area, so you won't feel as if your pool area is closed-in when you choose glass fencing. If you are thinking of having glass fencing installed around your home's pool, note a few questions you might have about this type of fence, and this can ensure you know what's involved in its upkeep.
Is the glass cleaned with standard glass cleanser?
Glass cleansers that you use on mirrors and windows inside the home may not be sufficient for cleaning a glass fence, which might get covered with dirt, mud, silt, and other such large debris. Those glass cleansers can also leave streaks behind, which are often more visible on a fence that is exposed to direct sunlight. A glass fence may need a special cleanser that you add after getting the fence wet with a garden hose, and which is then rinsed off with a hose as well. This is usually a simple process, so don't assume you'll need to clean the fence manually, with a rag and bottle of everyday cleanser.
Do the metal brackets rust?
If you've ever seen a glass fence with rusted metal brackets, clips, and other hardware, this was probably a very cheap, low-quality fence that was not maintained properly. The metal used for a high-quality fence will be coated so that it resists rust, and the metal should be examined on occasion for any signs of developing rust, so this can be buffed away. If you invest in a quality fence and check it as often as recommended by the manufacturer, you shouldn't need to worry about rust and corrosion over the years.
Will the glass show fingerprints and other such marks?
If you have children, pets, or neighbours who stand at the fence while chatting, you may worry about the glass showing these types of marks. Note that glass fencing made for exterior use will usually be manufactured with different materials than glass used for residential windows, to make the glass stronger against high winds and other such risks of damage. These material may also make the glass more resistant to visible marks, such as fingerprints. While the glass may show some markings, especially from very dirty hands and animal paws, you typically don't need to worry about these marks making the glass unsightly from everyday use.