Glass Fences vs. Traditional and Mesh Fences
When deciding on a new fence for your backyard or swimming pool, there are a few things to consider: security, style, and durability. There are many types of fences available on the market today, including the new trend of frameless glass fencing. Glass fences are a great option for homeowners who want to create a safety barrier around their pool or property without obstructing their view.
Curious how glass fences compare to traditional and mesh fences? Here are the pros and cons of each type.
Glass fences have a modern, elegant look that maintains your view and makes your yard appear larger. Tempered glass is very durable and resistant to breakage (six times stronger than regular float glass). The #316 stainless steel hardware resists corrosion and does not require any maintenance. As a result, frameless glass fences last longer than other types of fencing. With self-closing and self-latching gates, it is an excellent choice for pool safety fencing. Though cleaning the glass is simple, the panels look best when wiped down every 8 weeks.
Traditionally popular and inexpensive on the front end, wood fences come in a variety of styles. They add warmth and a welcoming feeling without breaking the bank. However they are susceptible to rot and damage from bugs or other animal pests, and require periodic painting, staining, or treatment to extend the life of the fence. Occasionally, posts or slats will need to be replaced.
Metal fences such as aluminum, steel, chain-link and wrought iron range from inexpensive to high-cost, depending on the style. Chain-link fence is versatile, but utilitarian in appearance, certainly lacking in aesthetic beauty. Steel fencing is extremely heavy and difficult to install. Custom wrought iron fences can be very beautiful, but are highly susceptible to corrosion and will require constant upkeep. They will need to be sanded or repainted every 2-3 years. Metal fences that provide a foothold for children to climb are not recommended as pool safety barriers.
Mesh pool fences are easy to install, inexpensive, and can be removable. However they are not visually appealing and are less durable than other fencing types. Low-quality aluminum posts can bend, snap, or break, creating a safety hazard if children (or adults) lean on or fall into the fence. Mesh fences are not tension resistant and may require routine adjustment or replacement.
Plexiglass offers a similar aesthetic as glass, but does not handle the elements as well. Plexiglass will become cloudy and yellowed after only a year through exposure to UV rays, chlorinated water, and salt in the air. It is also easily scratched during regular cleaning. Plexiglass is not recommended for areas with heavy winds or severe weather. Though plexiglass is cheaper than glass, the initial cost savings may not be worth it as these fences will have to be replaced frequently.