Absolut Custom Glass are well-known within The Gold Coast for our Frameless and Semi-Frameless Glass Pool fencing installations– but people commonly ask us why we encourage glass so much.
Aside from the visible appeal, we use glass for our fencing because each piece we use is a highly specific style of safe, and toughened glass.
Toughened glass is regular annealed glass that has been heated to exceptional temperatures (circa. 620 degrees) to make sure that it becomes at least four times tougher than regular glass. This is done by cutting panels to the correct size, boring the correct holes, and after that rolling the glass through specialised oven heating in order to get to the right temperatures. When cooled, the glass has been tempered and toughened so it is much more resilient than the average sort of glass you may find around your house. 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 approximately 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, hence giving it remarkable strength. It also indicates that in the unlikely case of breakage, the panel will shatter into very small cubes that are less likely to cause harm.
For glass that is not framed and mounted normally 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 encouraged thickness is 10mm. The posts add a lot 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 have to hold all of its weight. It is plausible to use 12mm thick glass for gates but this does demand a heavy-duty hinge set with hydraulics to make sure that it does not slam dangerously due to its weight. The only time other thickness glass would be used on a project is when there is a blend of semi-frameless and frameless glass fencing or balustrade. On a property where there are several needs for different terrains this may occur, but generally one system is the best to have, a mixture would not be pleasing to the eye. The absolute best system is the one that meets your budget. However if a fully frameless glass pool fence or balustrade is within your budget then this would be the best. This offers the least disruptions to your view and allows the most light through.
If you want to find out more about toughened glass, strength, and what to do with breakages, you can keep reading here
If you ever have any concerns about Glass types, thicknesses, or safe handling, please feel free to contact our trained 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.