This 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. We have a complete breakdown of the total glass fence cost you’re likely to incur should you choose this option.
|Glass Fence Cost for a 164 Linear Foot Project|
|Low Cost||$9512 – $13612|
|Medium Cost||$13940 – $21320|
|High Cost||$14432 – $31160|
|Average Cost||$13940 – $22960|
Compare Glass Fence Costs With Other Fence Types
For many, a fence is installed for privacy. But when there aren’t nosy neighbours 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 imp.act. 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.
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.
How Much Does Glass Fence Cost?
The cost of 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.
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|
Table 2: A Price Comparison of Composite Fence Costs from Around the Web
|Company||Cost Per Linear Foot||Total Project Cost|
|Improve Net||$85 – $190||$13940 – $31160|
|Remodeling Expense||$88 – $165||$14,432 – $27060|
|Fence Guides||$72 – $130||$11808 – $21320|
|Porch||$58 – $83||$9512 – $13612|
|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. If you have a price we’re missing from our price comparison then please submit it on our price submission page for display above.|
Factors Affecting the Cost of Glass Fence
Like with all fencing there are a few main factors which are likely to increase the cost of the glass fence and you need to keep these in mind when you’re thinking about obtaining fence estimates.
- Quality of Glass & Thickness – Glass fence panels come in a variety of different thicknesses, fencing used on balconies (elevated areas) and around pools is generally thicker, but you would need to refer to local requirements. In general, glass fencing is made using 12mm thick glass in panels around 1.8m in maximum length. There are occassions where 8-10mm thick glass will be used which is cheaper but obviously not as tough.
- Height of the Glass Fence – In general, the height of a glass fence will be around 4 f.t. and these are standard panels. If you need a higher fence for some reason then the cost will increase as these panels will usually have to be made to order specifically. It’s uncommon to need or see a glass fence above 4 f.t. in height.
- Length of the Glass Fence – As you’ll have learned throughout this website, fencing is costed per linear foot, therefore the more length you need then the higher the cost will be. This is because the material cost will be increased but also the labor required to install the glass fence will be higher too.
- A Framed or Frameless Fence – Frameless glass fencing is very attractive and provides unspoiled views when used in areas such as elevated decking or balconies. However, frameless will cost up to twice as much per square foot. This is because the glass will need to be thicker to support it’s own weight as well as been toughened should anyone lean or fall against it. However, as you’ll see from the images below, frameless glass fences are often worth the additional cost.
- Specialist Labor – Labor costs may be higher with a glass fence, this is due to the fact that it’s not a common type of fence like chain link fencing (which is covered in our chain link cost guide), and so not as many contractors will have the experience or ability to take the job on, you are therefore likely to be more limited in your options.
- The Lie of the Land – This is often not an issue as glass fences are commonly installed around pools and balconies. However, should the land you’re installing the fence upon have more slopes and essentially more spoil to remove then the labor cost will increase.
- Gate Installation – Do you need a gate to be included in the fence install? If so then expect to pay up to an additional $500 per gate installed.
Considerations for Glass Fence 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 as a more permanent and aesthetically pleasing alternative to removable pool fencing. 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. An alternative to keep pets in would be invisible fencing, our invisible fence cost guide has the details about costs, uses, installation and more.
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.