As you may know, Absolut Custom Glass are popular in The Gold Coast for our Frameless and Semi-Frameless Glass Pool fencing installations – We only install glass because our company believes in its appeal, and its safety. But remember, than while the glass is much safer, it is not 100% immune to breakages.
This is part 2 of our discussion about toughened glass – you can find part 1 here
Most commonly toughened glass breakages occur because customers miscalculate the sheer weight of the panels. If you consider it, modern manufacturing methods allow common panel sizes to be up to 2 meters in length and 1.2 meters in height. This can quickly get up to over 70kg per panel!
If you are fixed to follow a DIY Pool Fencing path, then Special ‘glass gloves’ should definitely be worn when handling glass to give some additional grip. And it is very important to follow safe lifting practices when lifting panels.
While breakages of toughened glass is rare they do occur and this is generally from a hard object coming into contact with the edge of the glass. Toughened glass is at its toughest in the center of the panel and its weakness is at the edge. This occurs during the tempering process.
If breakage does occur it is essential to remember what the panel weighed before it was broken, (Remember, 70kg!) because all that weight will now be on the floor in tiny little cubes of broken glass. Whilst there are no shards from breakages of broken toughened glass, the tiny pieces still have some sharp edges and can cause modest cuts when handling. Always use a thick glove or even better, glass gloves when tidying up and don’t attempt to use your kitchen dustpan and brush. This will be too light-weight to handle the excess weight. Ideally use a metal dustpan or a small shovel. And place into a rubbish bin that is solid enough to take the weight. Most recycle centers will not take tempered glass in Australia so for recycling contact your local glass suppliers to see if there is a centre that will take the glass for recycling.
Here is an instance of a broken glass panel – and what it takes to destroy it from the right angle. Goes without saying, but please never try this at home.
If you ever have any thoughts about Glass types, thicknesses, or safe handling, please feel free to phone our experienced team of pool fencing installers here at Absolut Custom Glass on 1300 937 902 We are without a doubt always happy to talk about Gold Coast pool fencing.