Decisions, decisions. Just when you thought deciding on getting a glass pool fence has solved all of your dilemmas (as it’s the best kind of pool fencing), you discover you are wrong. Before you sit back, relax and wait for your project to be completed, there is still one important decision you need to make and that is to choose between frameless and framed glass pool fences. Because let’s face it, both options look equally amazing! And they both serve the same purpose too – to keep the kids safe from accidental drowning and slipping. This makes selecting even more difficult. Since we know a lot of people are torn when making this very difficult decision, we’ve decided to outline the differences between the two styles of glass fences to help you come up with a decision before the start of the summer.
Framed Glass Fences
Many homeowners go for the traditional type of glass pool fencing because it’s what they are used to. Framed glass fences consist of standard glass panes that are secured in place by posts made of stainless steel. These posts are implanted securely into the ground. Usually, the posts or frames are mounted first then followed by the glass, which the installers will slide into place right before they add the top bar to make sure the fence is locked and fastened. Some are worried that the frames will obstruct the view but the truth is, it’s very minimal and it will still give you a good view of the surrounding area.
Frameless Glass Fences
Before, homeowners were limited to framed glass fences but today you can have the option to go for frameless glass fences and many homeowners actually prefer this type of fencing because it creates an amazing illusion that there isn’t any barrier at all. Instead of posts, frameless glass fences consist of huge panes made of extra sturdy glass that are positioned and affixes in place by spigots that are made of stainless steel. Ideally, these stainless steel spigots are drilled deep into the surrounding surface of the pool or cemented directly to the ground. There will be tiny gaps between each glass pane but they are not wide enough for kids to squeeze themselves in including pets so it still serves its purpose to keep your children and your pets out.
Now that you know the difference between the two, it’s time you make a decision. What are you going to get, a framed glass pool fence or a frameless glass pool fence?
The funny thing is, even if you know the difference, both still look aesthetically pleasing and it can still make it hard for you to come up with a decision. Apart from its sleek and modern design, both type of fences are also incredibly durable and sturdy and the prices are more or less the same so by choosing one over the other, it doesn’t make that much difference at all. In most cases, it all boils down to one’s personal opinion because let’s face it; although both have their differences, the variances are not that substantial. However, it is worth mentioning that majority of homeowners opt for the frameless type of glass fencing because it is barely noticeable. But there are also those who prefer the framed style. There are some other things to consider too.
Semi Framed Glass Fences
If after going through the differences and still you could not decide whether or not to get the frameless type or the framed type, don’t fret because there is always a third option. Do you know that you can go for a semi-framed glass fence? In that way, you can get the best of both worlds. The semi-framed type of glass fencing consists of glass panes slide into frames made of stainless steel but the marked difference between this and the framed type of glass fence is that the semi-framed don’t have a top and bottom frame. There won’t be any gaps between the glass panes, which make it even more attractive plus it prevents kids from squeezing their way in. For this particular design, the price is somehow similar to the framed and frameless design. Again, there really is no considerable difference when it comes to pricing.
Still confused? Give ALS Glass Works a call. We’ve been in this business for years and we can share with you some information about glass pool fencing to help you come up with a decision.
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