For many, a fence is installed for privacy. But when there aren’t nosy neighbors beyond the fence but instead a gorgeous landscape or garden, or the fence surrounds a pool, seeing through the barrier is preferred. That’s where glass fencing comes in.
Fences constructed from glass panels are expensive. But if cost isn’t an issue, then you really can have the best of both worlds – the secure enclosure you desire with no visual barrier. The glass is tempered for strength and to resist impact. You’ve got options for framed glass fence that maximizes security and the more popular unframed glass fence that minimizes visual obstructions. The panels sit in posts with clamps that are fastened to concrete or installed in the ground.
This glass fence guide will assist you in evaluating glass fencing for your home and comparing it to other popular options covered in our guides such as shadowbox fence, bamboo fence, composite fence and more
Glass Fence Prices for Supply and Installation
Glass panels can be customized for your application or for building codes where you live. There are standard sizes too. Height of the stock panels is 4’ to 6’ from most manufacturers. Gates are available in the same sizes. Panel width is usually 4’, but larger panels are produced, especially with framed glass fences.
The cost of your glass fence will depend on the height of the panels and the style of the hardware you select. There aren’t good, better and best grades of glass fence as there are with most other types. Glass fencing is all premium material.
Considerations for Installation
Professional installation is offered by many local fencing contractors.
Here is the package price for 164 linear feet of glass fence:
Table 1: Comparison of Glass Fencing Costs Fencing.
|Fence Type||Cost Of Materials (including 1 gate)||Installation Cost||Total Project Cost||Cost Per Linear Foot|
|Note: Our pricing data are carefully calculated from industry averages as well as submissions from our own readers. This allows us to provide you with the best idea of the likely cost for your fence project. The above data is costed on an average of 164 linear foot|
Considerations for Installation
If you’re installing the fence around a pool, contact your building code department for how high the fence needs to be. In most communities, the height is 4’, but it’s worth checking for the code where you live.
DIY installation might be possible, but many of the top glass fence companies require that the fence be installed by trained installers or the warranty will be voided. Installation is a small part of the cost of a glass fence, so it makes sense to leave installation to the professionals. That way, if a panel is dropped or one is cracked from over-tightening a clamp, you won’t be responsible for replacing it.
Glass Fence Style, Details and Usage
Frameless glass fences are the most common, though some manufacturers make framed fence too. You’ll have a choice of the posts/clamps or frame style used. Most hardware is stainless steel to fit the upscale appearance of the fence and to withstand environmental conditions including salt spray from the ocean.
Common Uses of this Fence Type
Glass fence is most commonly used around a pool. It’s also a great choice for around a flower garden when you want to enjoy the blooms from a patio or deck without obstruction while still prohibiting pets and rodents. Glass fencing is useful for keeping pets and small children safe within your yard without blocking your view of the gorgeous scenery beyond the boundaries of the property.
Maintenance and Upkeep of Glass Fences
Glass fence is very easy to clean. Hosing it off occasionally will remove dust and yard debris. If your water is hard, and the hose or sprinkler leaves residue on the glass, then you’ll want to wash the panels with glass cleaner when you see streaks or the glass gets cloudy. Some manufacturers offer glass coating before the panels are installed that resists hard water deposits and make those that stick to the glass easier to rinse away. The coating costs $1-$3 per square foot of based on its quality. Ask about a warranty on any coating you’re considering, and it should give you an idea of how long you can expect it to remain effective.