May 21, 2022

Things to Consider When Glazing Salt Water Pool Areas

Written by Rebecca Clayton

Minimally framed glass walls with heated glass to residential swimming pool spa

If you are using glazing to these areas it is important to let IQ know whether this will be a salt water or chemical pool

Glazing is often an inherent element of the design of swimming pool spaces. But if you are using glazing to these areas it is important to specify if this will be a salt water or chemical pool.

Why does this matter?

The added salts, chemicals and minerals in the air given off by a salt water pool turns this swimming pool area into a Marine Environment. If the framing and glass elements are not finished correctly it can lead to premature oxidisation of the frames, damage to the finishes and clouding to the glass panel.

Framing and glazing elements around salt water pools need to be treated the same as glazing to marine environments. This includes using marine grade finishes of the framing and protecting the glass against the harsh environments.

Frames should be powder coated to a minimal of a 50 micron thickness however, IQ would always suggest pre-anodising the frames first, encasing the metal framework in a bonded paint finishes before the marine grade powder coat is applied. This will ensure colour fastness to the framings for a much longer period than powder coating alone.


A self-cleaning or low maintenance glass coating is always advisable. This will make it more difficult for salts and alkaline to stick to the glass surfaces and also will make any stains to the glass much easier to clean.


IQ Glass has been providing slim framed, glass elements to swimming pools for many years and will be happy to assist or help you with any questions regarding the glazing to your pool environments.

Contact IQ Glass on (0)1494 722 880