Toughened Glass Pool Fences in QLD – Things to be aware of – Part 2

As you may know, Absolut Custom Glass are well known in The Gold Coast for our Frameless and Semi-Frameless Glass Pool fencing installations – We exclusively 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.

Most frequently toughened glass breakages happen because people ignore the sheer weight of the panels. If you consider it, modern production techniques allow standard panel sizes to be up to 2 meters in length and 1.2 meters in height. This can rapidly get up to over 70kg per panel!

If you are set to follow a DIY Pool Fencing course, then Special ‘glass gloves’ should constantly be put on when handling glass to give some additional grip. And it is essential to instil safe lifting techniques when lifting panels.
Whilst breakages of toughened glass is rare they do occur and this is most likely from a hard object coming into contact with the edge of the glass. Toughened glass is at its toughest in the centre of the panel and its weak point is at the edge. This takes place during the tempering process.

If breakage does occur it is important to remember what the panel weighed before it was broken, (Remember, 70kg!) because all that weight will now be on the ground in tiny little cubes of broken glass. Whilst there are no shards from breakages of broken toughened glass, the little pieces still have some razor-sharp edges and can cause modest cuts when dealing with. Always use a thick glove or better yet, glass gloves when tidying up and don’t try to use your kitchen dustpan and brush. This will be too light-weight to manage the excess weight. Ideally use a metal dustpan or a small shovel. And place into a rubbish bin that is tough enough to take the weight. Most recycle centres will not take tempered glass in Australia so for recycling contact your local glass providers to see if there is a centre that will take the glass for recycling.

You can learn more about glass types, colours and strength on our main site

If you ever have any queries about Glass types, thicknesses, or safe handling, please feel free to get in touch with our experienced team of pool fencing installers here at Absolut Custom Glass on 1300 937 902. We are actually always happy to discuss Gold Coast pool fencing.

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