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Toughened Glass Pool fences – What you need to know (Part 1)

Absolut Custom Glass are well known in The Gold Coast for our Frameless and Semi-Frameless Glass Pool fencing installs– but consumers often ask us why we advise glass so much.
Beyond the aesthetic appeal, we use glass for our fencing because every single piece we use is a highly specific type of safe, and toughened glass.

Toughened glass is regular annealed glass that has been warmed up to remarkable temperatures (circa. 620 degrees) to ensure that it becomes at least four times sturdier than regular glass. This is done by cutting panels to the right size, boring the correct holes, and then rolling the glass through specialised oven heating in order to get to the right temperatures. Once cooled, the glass has been tempered and strengthened so it is much more resilient than the average type 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 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, therefore giving it first-class strength. It also means that in the unlikely case of breakage, the panel will fragment into very small cubes that are much less likely to cause harm.

For glass that is not framed and mounted generally on two robust mini posts (spigots) it is strongly recommended that 12mm minimum thickness is used. For glass that is assisted by posts between the glass panels the highly recommended thickness is 10mm. The posts add a great deal of strength to the glass panels. Gates are typically 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 possible to use 12mm thick glass for gates but this does demand a heavy-duty hinge set with hydraulics to make sure it does not slam dangerously due to its weight. The only time other 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 various needs for different terrains this may happen, but generally one solution is the best to have, a mixture would not be pleasing to the eye. The absolute best system is the one that goes with your budget. However if a fully frameless glass pool fence or balustrade is within your budget then this would certainly be the most reliable. This offers the least obstructions to your view and lets the most light through.

If you would like to discover more about toughened glass, toughness, and what to do with breakages, you can keep reading here

If you ever have any issues about Glass types, thicknesses, or safe treatment, please feel free to contact our certified 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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