Absolut Custom Glass are known within The Gold Coast for our Frameless and Semi-Frameless Glass Pool fencing installations– but consumers typically ask us why we suggest glass so much.
Aside from the visual appeal, we use glass for our fencing because each and every single piece we use is an extremely specific type of safe, and toughened glass.
Toughened glass is regular annealed glass that has been heated to remarkable temperatures (circa. 620 degrees) to ensure that it becomes at least four times more powerful than regular glass. This is done by trimming panels to the correct size, drilling the correct holes, and after that rolling the glass through specialised oven heating to get to the right temperatures. When cooled, the glass has been tempered and toughened so it is far more resilient than the average kind of glass you may find around your house or apartment. 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 superior strength. It also indicates that in the unlikely case of breakage, the panel will smash into very small cubes that are less likely to cause injury.
For glass that is not framed and mounted typically 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 strongly recommended thickness is 10mm. The posts add a lot of strength to the glass panels. Gates are normally 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 possible to use 12mm thick glass for gates but this does need a heavy-duty hinge set with hydraulics to make sure that it does not slam dangerously due to its weight. The only time different thickness glass would be applied on a project is when there is a mixture of semi-frameless and frameless glass fencing or balustrade. On a property where there are different needs 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 matches your budget plan. However if a fully frameless glass pool fence or balustrade is within your budget then this would be the very best. This offers the least hindrances to your view and permits the most light through.
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If you ever have any issues about Glass types, thicknesses, or safe treatment, please feel free to call our certified team of pool fencing installers here at Absolut Custom Glass on 1300 937 902 We are always happy to discuss Gold Coast pool fencing.