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Which to Choose: Glass or Tubular Metal Pool Fencing?

by Arianna Griffin

Pool fencing is mandatory in Australia to keep children safe and out of danger. Fencing also enhances and defines the landscape. You may be wondering whether to choose glass or tubular metal pool fencing. To help you decide, consider the following points.


One attribute that glass has over aluminium tubes is that glass creates a sense of openness in a garden. As the glass panels are see-through, the yard isn't separated into two distinct areas. This effect is ideal if you have a small yard that you want to seem more expansive.

While tubular metal allows you to see beyond the fence, it does produce a more defined barrier that designates the pool area, which is something you may prefer in any case. Tubular bars offer clear visibility so you can keep a watch over the pool, but the metal railings are more visually prominent.


If you want to install a decorative element in the yard, you may prefer a tubular metal fence. They come in various colours, including white, black and green. Plus, the metal can be shaped to include circles, scrolls or spearheads. Alternatively, you could install a straightforward flat-top contour with vertical railings, crossed on top by a horizontal bar.

Glass pool barriers feature varying degrees of framing depending on their design. Frameless models are secured at the bottom with channels or spigots to create a sleek appearance. Framed models feature periodic posts, to which the glass panels attach, giving the fencing a more traditional look.


Both glass and tubular metal provide safe barriers that help to protect children from harm. Pool fences need to follow strict building regulations. They need to be of a certain height and only allow specific-width gaps between railings or panels and the fence bottom.

To comply with safety rules, make sure that no obstacles, such as rubbish bins, sit beside the fence, possibly allowing children to climb over the top.

Other regulations apply to the gates, which typically need to be self-latching. A gate should also open outward, away from the pool, so that it doesn't accidentally push people towards the pool if opened unexpectedly. Check your local council and state governments for accurate regulations in your region. Both glass and tubular barriers can be built to conform to the required regulations. Your contractor should be up with the latest guidelines to make sure your pool fencing is compliant.