Toughened Glass pool fences Part 1, Safety and Choice

Toughened Glass pool fences: Part 1, Safety and Choice

Absolut Custom Glass are popular within The Gold Coast for our Frameless and Semi-Frameless Glass Pool fencing installs– but customers typically ask us why we recommend glass so much.
Beyond the visible appeal, we use glass for our fencing because each piece we use is a highly specific kind of safe, and toughened glass.

Toughened glass is normal annealed glass that has been heated to severe temperatures (circa. 620 degrees) to ensure that it becomes at least four times sturdier than normal glass. This is done by trimming panels to the right size, drilling the correct holes, and after that rolling the glass through specialised oven heating in order to get to the right temperatures. Once cooled, the glass has been tempered and toughened so it is far more resilient than the average sort of glass you may find around your home. This means that when a 12mm thick piece of glass is used, which already has considerable strength, is toughened so that its’ strength increases by roughly four fold – imagine the strength you need to punch through glass 5cm thick! This is the type of glass is used with all pool fencing that Absolut uses on our pool fencing Gold Coast work, therefore giving it superior strength. It also implies that in the extremely unlikely case of breakage, the panel will smash into very small cubes that are less likely to cause harm.

For glass that is not framed and mounted generally on two robust mini posts (spigots) it is highly recommended that 12mm minimum thickness is used. For glass that is supported by posts between the glass panels the strongly recommended thickness is 10mm. The posts add a bunch of strength to the glass panels. Gates are generally 8mm thick because of the weight in glass and the strength of the pool fence hinges that need to hold all of its weight. It is conceivable to use 12mm thick glass for gates but this does require a heavy-duty hinge set with hydraulics to make sure it does not slam dangerously due to its weight. The only time different thickness glass would be made use of on a project is when there is a mixture of semi-frameless and frameless glass fencing or balustrade. On a property where there are several demands for different terrains this may happen, but generally one system is the best to have, a mixture would not be pleasing to the eye. The best system is the one that goes with your budget. However if a completely frameless glass pool fence or balustrade is within your budget then this would certainly be the absolute best. This offers the least hindrances to your view and allows the most light through.

If you wish to learn more about toughened glass, toughness, and what to do with damages, you can keep reading about toughened glass here

If you ever have any queries about Glass types, thicknesses, or safe treatment, please feel free to call our qualified team of pool fencing installers here at Absolut Custom Glass on 1300 937 902 We are always happy to talk about Gold Coast pool fencing.

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