How to Keep Your Glass Pool Fencing Looking its Best

  • February 28, 2019

Glass is one of the most popular choices when it comes to pool fencing. Not only is it visually appealing to the eye, but it’s also an affordable option. It boasts a range of benefits over other fencing materials, including being easy to clean and non-corrosive. Glass fencing also allows for your view to be maintained, making it easier to keep an eye on the kids in the pool or simply admire your outdoor area. To ensure your glass pool fencing continues looking its best, it’s important to keep it clean and well maintained. Read on to find out some helpful tips to care for glass fencing.

Clean Regularly

It’s essential to regularly clean your glass pool fencing every four to six months, although this can vary depending on where you live and how exposed the glass is to the natural elements. Use a hose to lightly rinse the glass and then use a rag or a piece of scrunched up newspaper to remove any build-up. These materials are effective and abrasive but won’t cause scratches. After you’ve removed all dirt and debris, use a sponge and warm, soapy water to clean the glass. Finish with a microfibre cloth that prevents streaks.

Avoid Using Harsh Glass Cleaners

When cleaning your glass pool fencing, it’s important to stay away from harsh glass cleaners that could damage the fencing components. For tough ground-in bore or calcium stains, use gentle products that are specifically designed for glass and granite cleaning. It’s also essential to ensure there isn’t any sand or dirt on the glass when cleaning, as this can cause damage. You can remove sand and dirt by simply hosing it down with clean water.

Apply a Protective Coating on the Glass

Finally, it’s important to apply a protective coating on your glass pool fence. This will help prevent dust and dirt from accumulating and keep the glass looking cleaner for longer. You should apply a coating once a year to ensure your glass pool fencing always looks clean and impressive. For more information on pool glass fencing, get in touch with the friendly team at Aussie Balustrading & Stairs. We’re happy to help you out with any enquiry, regardless of your needs.

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3 Reasons Why Stainless Steel is Ideal for Balustrading

  • January 25, 2019

With a sleek and contemporary look and feel, stainless steel is ideal for balustrading. A stainless steel balustrade has the ability to combine old and new together while working well paired with contrasting textures of wood, glass and stone. Furthermore, stainless steel is extremely durable and rarely needs any maintenance other than an occasional clean. This makes it the perfect solution for balustrading for stairs, fencing, balconies and more. Read on to discover three other reasons why stainless steel is ideal for balustrading.

Many Types Available

There are many types and grades of stainless steel readily available for balustrading. 304 is a general-purpose stainless steel that’s often used for architectural and domestic products. It contains 18 per cent chromium and 8 per cent nickel, meaning harsh environments won't affect the final product. Another popular type of stainless steel is 316, which is a marine grade option. It contains 18 per cent chromium and 10 per cent nickel, making it highly corrosion resistant.

Wide Range of Finishes

Stainless steel is available in a wide range of finishes, making it perfect for balustrading. Available finishes include high polish and satin, allowing you to achieve your desired look. High polished stainless steel provides a mirrored finish that’s created by polishing and buffing the steel with specialist polishing machinery. It’s more suitable for external balustrading, as it doesn’t stain easily. In comparison, a satin finish gives the metal a distinctive textured look, with a pattern of very fine lines that appear parallel to the brushing direction.

Beneficial Properties

Stainless steel is perfect for balustrading, as it doesn’t easily rust or corrode. This makes it ideal for harsh environments, with a thin protective layer around the metal providing protection when exposed to oxygen. But while it’s resistant to water and air, stainless steel can be prone to staining if used in coastal areas. In order to care for your balustrading in a coastal area, you must wipe it down with a cloth regularly. To enquire about available stainless steel balustrading for stairs, pool fencing, balconies and more, contact Aussie Balustrading & Stairs today.

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The Advantages of Frameless Balustrading

  • January 9, 2019

If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional stair railing, frameless balustrading is the perfect option. Regardless of whether you’re building a new house or renovating an existing one, frameless balustrading is compliant with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) AS1288 and is capable of matching any décor due to its sleek and sophisticated look. Able to be used for stairs, pool fences, hand rails and privacy screens, it’s a suitable solution for a wide range of applications. Read on to find out some of the many benefits of frameless balustrading.

Adds Value

The number one benefit of frameless balustrading is that it can help increase the value of your house. No one wants to buy a property where work needs to be done or unattractive balustrades are in place. However, installing stylish frameless balustrading can help to increase the interest in your home and boost the price you can receive for it. In addition, frameless balustrading can be cut to any size or shape, giving your property a unique and completely customised look.

Tough and Durable

Frameless balustrading is tough and durable, meaning it will stand the test of time. This is because it’s made from Grade A toughened glass that’s been heat-soaked to make it virtually indestructible. It won’t shatter if people or pets run into it, plus it’s also storm proof. Even the country’s strongest storms are highly unlikely to crack or break this extra durable glass.

Visually Appealing

Frameless balustrading is visually appealing, as it’s constructed to look sleek and modern. The stainless steel hardware that holds the glass panels in place are high-quality and look stunning next to the clear glass. Some styles can be hidden, making it look like the balustrade is holding itself up.

Safe and Versatile

Finally, frameless balustrading is a safe option, as the glass is approximately 12 mm thick and meets all Australian safety standards. It also satisfies all requirements of the Building Code of Australia for balustrades and handrails, complying with acceptable construction practice in relation to safe movement and access. As well as being safe, frameless balustrading is also quite versatile. Depending on what you like and what goes with your decor, you can choose from top mounted rails or slim side mounted rails that can be affixed to your walls. For extra privacy, the frameless balustrading also come as Frosted or Acid Etched. For more information on frameless balustrading, contact Aussie Balustrading & Stairs today. We can help you with all your frameless balustrading needs and provide a solution that fully complies with all performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia.

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