As a pool owner needing a new fence, it makes perfect sense you are considering glass balustrades to keep your pets and children safe from drowning. Glass balustrades offer the fencing protection required by law but still give you a clear, unobstructed view of your favourite summer activity. As with every fencing option, you need to know what the maintenance requirements are for this type of fence before you install it so you are confident it will get the regular attention it deserves. Here are two helpful pointers you need to know about glass balustrade maintenance.
When it comes to cleaning your new glass balustrade, this chore is no worse than tackling your dirty glass shower door; however, there are a couple of tips that you can use to make this task easier on yourself:
- Never clean outside glass when the glass is hot from the midday sun. The detergent you are using will dry onto the glass faster than you can clean it off, and that makes for an exercise in frustration and bad language. Do this job first thing in the morning when the glass is cool.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners that have small particle grits in them on the glass. These scratch the glass and those tiny scratches become home to extra dirt and dust that lodge in the scratch rather than slide off the glass.
- Purchase a squeegee with a long handle to help you clean the glass. Squeegees make sure all the rinsing water is removed uniformly so streaks are not left behind on the glass to dry.
As well as caring for the glass of your balustrade, you also need to maintain the frame.
Glass balustrades that have an aluminium frame need extra care, particularly if your home is in a coastal area where the frame is exposed to salty sea air. The salt can lead to corrosion of the frame if it is not regularly maintained.
Wash the frame monthly in a coastal area or every three months in other areas. You can use household detergent and cold water for this job. Not only will it keep the frame shiny and looking like new, but it also makes sure any corrosive salt or acid particles are removed before they can begin eating at the metal frame.
Finally, make sure you also get a fencing professional back each year to check the structural integrity of the glass and frame. This ensures your product warranty is maintained and you have peace of mind knowing your beautiful new fencing is offering the protection it was designed for.