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Selecting the right company to install your glass pool fence

Toughened glass is a great pool fence material, but installation must be on-point as well!

Glass pool fencing installations are absolutely amazing for your backyard or pool area.

Toughened glass fences add extra safety to your environment, due to the remarkable properties of this material. However, it is important to understand that installing glass pool fences correctly is equally as important as the quality of the material being used. Improper installation might actually cause issue and compromise the quality of the pool fences.

As you might know, toughened glass, also known as tempered glass, is a material made from glass, being subjected to extreme heat and rapid cooling. This causes the glass to fracture inside into tiny granules, which make the glass strangers and prevent it from splintering in razor-sharp chunks should it ever break. Toughened glass, as the name suggests is stronger than regular glass – in fact, it can be up to 4 or 5 times stronger than the common glass you might find in your windows.

Toughened glass is popular in many commercial and private applications, and it is absolutely perfect for glass pool fences. These fences are secure and durable, and they fit in seamlessly with the aesthetics of your backyard, since they won’t obstruct the view, nor cause dramatic changes in the looks of your environment. If you are looking for a seamless, transparent (no pun intended!) solution to enhance your pool areas, glass pool fencing might exactly be what you are looking for.

The increased durability and safety of toughened glass is the reason why this material is commonly used for pool fences, but if not installed by a professional team who knows what they are doing, the integrity of your fence can be easily compromised. Due to the fabrication process of toughened glass, there will be some weak spots in the glass, which are often found at the edge of a glass panel. If bent or not installed correctly, toughened glass fences might be more prone to breakage. In most cases, toughened glass fences need to be expertly cut in order to fit in the particular frame you wish to utilize for your fence. This is the reason why you should always pay attention to the way installers handle the frame and the glass material.

How can you make sure you select the right company for your glass pool fence installation? Follow these simple tips to make sure you get it right and you make the best decision from the get-go!

Ask for advice and keep it close to home

As you might imagine, starting from your inner circle might actually the best way to find the most amazing service provider. If you have relatives, friends or acquaintances with pool glass fences and they seem to be happy with their own installation, you might actually have great luck in asking for their advice. They might be able to direct you towards the provider that they have used, and they could assist you in the process of making the most out of your budget if they can get you some discount through referral programs if anything like that is actually in place. It’s always nice to keep things close to home!

Look for online reviews and get informed

The web is your friend! When you are perusing potential companies to hire for your glass pool fence installation needs, it is always a good idea to check for reviews. There are many websites and online communities where consumers leave honest and impartial reviews of local businesses and service providers. These websites might certainly give you a good idea of what to expect, and they can certainly help you avoid some nasty bad surprises.

While online reviews might not always be super accurate and they are, of course, based on personal opinion, they will give you a good idea of what you’re in for.

As mentioned earlier, you want to make sure to entrust your pool glass fence installation to people who are reliable and know what they are doing. The installation process is particularly delicate in this particular situation, and improper installation work will cause you troubles and issues down the line. This is the reason why you should try to find out more about a business’ reputation before you give them your hard-earned cash for an installation project!

Get in touch and get a better idea of the company’s professionalism!

If you want to get an idea of the professionalism and the type of service you are going to get from a company, contacting them and getting to talk to one of their representatives is a great way to assess whether or not you might enjoy the experience. In some cases, first impressions matter and a good introduction go a long way.

Compare quotes and features offered by the provider

It might be a good idea to ask for a couple of quotes and look around to get an idea of the expenses you might face and to see what different providers will bring to the table.

Get to know what you really need

If you are reading this article, you are probably doing things the right way already: you are getting informed! Don’t go out blind when looking for a provider for your glass pool fence installation. Make sure you understand the basic process and learn a little bit more about what you need. This way, you might get a better idea of the installation costs, the elements involved and the things you should look out for when working with an installer.

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How is Toughened pool fencing glass made

Exploring the characteristics and advantages of tempered glass material

Your backyard and pool area might look absolutely stunning with some glass fencing.

Glass fences have several advantages. They don’t obstruct your view or ruin the aesthetics of your environment, they are seamless and add shelter and protection to your valued pool. They also will serve as a really great enclosure to better keep an eye out on your children or preventing your pets or feral animals to enter the pool area.

Having said that, not all glass is created equal! Your average window-grade glass won’t cut it for a proper fencing application: you are going to need toughened glass.

In case you are not familiar with it, toughened glass is actually a type of glass that can be up to 5 times stronger than regular glass. Although it will still remain relatively fragile, being glass, it certainly offers more protection against hits or weathering, and it is more reliable for outdoors use.

Often referred to as “tempered glass”, this material is created through a methodology that involves thermal and chemical processing.

How is it made? Breaking down the fabrication process.

Heat or chemical reactions will cause the glass to transform. The outer surface will compress, while the internal glass material will get tenser. Essentially, the glass is being broken from the inside out, and it will actually crumble into a bunch of really tiny granular chunk that will likely pose no risk of injury.

Ironically, the glass is made stronger…by breaking it!

The micro-breakage however, doesn’t just add strength to the glass but also prevents it from breaking in sharp, dangerous spikes. Should the glass ever break, it will simply crumble up in harmless granules.

Usually, the manufacturing process happens onto a rolling platform or table, which will move the glass into a furnace that will heat up the glass at a certain temperature, usually ranging from 560 to as high as 720 Celsius degrees.

As you might know, glass items might fracture if you expose it to a wildly varying temperature shift. This is the core concept behind the production of toughened glass, which leads us to the next phase of the manufacturing of this remarkable glass product.

The second step of the process happens through the rapid cooling of the glass. When still very hot, the glass will go through cold air drafts, which contributed to the process of inner fracture of the glass.

Heat and rapid cooling are well-established elements of this process, but they are not the sole options for toughened glass manufacturers. There is also an alternative toughening approach that happens through chemical reactions, by essentially shifting the chemical composition of the glass itself. This different method involves using ion exchange of sodium ions in the glass with potassium ions, which are actually much larger. This happens by submerging glass in a molten potassium nitrate compound. This process is commonly used when manufacturers are trying to obtain the maximum durability possible, or mold the glass in complex shapes.

The two different production approaches are all equally effective, and they work well in different application. There are a few technical disadvantages of toughened glass: the product is not as easy to mold into shapes as regular glass, and it needs to be pre-cut to the right size or pressed to shape before the toughening process begins.

Since the edges of toughened glass panes are often subject to more stress, they are more prone to damage, and they could be seen as the weakest spots in the material.

What is the point of the entire process? When untempered (or regular) glass breaks, it will often splinter in very sharp pieces. As you probably understand, broken glass is dangerous and it is very easy to get cut by it. On the other hand, when tempered/toughened glass breaks, the granular crumbles are not going to splinter, and they will not be as sharp and dangerous. This is exactly the reason why toughened glass is often used as a safer option in many public establishments or even in households that are more concerned with safety and injury prevention.

When normal glass breaks, it often ends up into sharp chunks. Toughened glass will simply crumble apart, often leaving no dangerous debris behind.

In addition to that particular quality and different breakage response, toughened glass is actually stronger, as the name implies. As mentioned earlier this material can be up to five times sturdier than regular glass. The strength of toughened glass largely depending on the particular compression applied during its fabrication.

A brief history of toughened glass

The roots of modern tempered glass date back to the mid 19th century when a French glassmaker came up with a process of “tempering” by submerging molten glass into a bath of hot oil. The method became widespread throughout Europe and was eventually brought to the United States at the turn of the century. By the mid 20th century, toughened glass was popular throughout the world.

Even though toughened glass was invented in the 1830s, the concept of tempered/toughened glass was known much earlier in history, albeit not yet understood. As far back as during the 17th century, people observed that molten glass would grow stronger when dropped in a bucket of cold water for rapid cooling.

Famously, King Charles II marveled at the so-called “Prince Rupert’s Drops”, which were bits of glass in the shape of a teardrop, made by dropping the molten glass in a bucket of water.

Essentially, the front end of the glass was really hard to break, and it would even resist hammer blows. On the other hand, it would crumble into little pieces by hitting the tail end even slightly!

Common Uses and Applications

Toughened glass has been commonly used in many different environments – not only households but also commercial and public spaces. Banks or Museums often use tempered glass enclosure for protection and safe display of items.

Retail stores such as jewelry or electronics shop selling higher end items would also often use tempered glass in order to offer a further layer of protection to their items. Some extremely strong forms of toughened glass are actually bulletproof. They won’t deflect or be immune to bullets, but the bullet is not strong enough to penetrate the actual glass. Even the strongest regular glass would simply splinter or break with the pressure of a bullet or a weapon hit. However, tempered glass, which is essentially filled with microscopic glass fracture will simply crumble up around the bullet or entry wound. An attacker will not have enough time to actually destroy the glass before authorities or security agent would stop an attacker!

Thankfully, you might not have anybody trying to shoot up your home, but it sure feels nice to have an extra layer of safety! When it comes to pool fencing application, toughened glass is often regarded as one of the finest choices in terms of material.

Wooden fences look nice and have a very cool old-fashioned look, but they are full of shortcoming. Wood is very vulnerable to weathering and it requires very frequent maintenance. Eventually, wood will also splinter, leaving dangerous debris and spikes all around the pool area. This debris might also end up in the water, affecting the safety and integrity of your pool.

Regular glass is a big no-no for obvious reason. It is sometimes used as a cheaper alternative to toughened glass, but surely at the expense of safety. Should something (or someone) ever bump on a glass fence, it will send it into a million chunks.

Did you ever accidentally break a glass or mug? The terrible feeling of never knowing whether you managed to catch all the little pieces and chunks of broken material is really annoying, especially when you are worried about the safety of your family. Imagine that feeling, in your pool area. The last thing you want is having to worry about glass going all over the place.

This issue will be completed avoided with toughened glass. Should the material ever break, the crumbles will not likely fly around violently, and they will be easy to gather and destroy. They will also be less likely to cause injuries since they are not going to be very sharp at all.

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Enhance the Appearance of Your Pool & Home with Glass Balustrades

That amazing, modern look you’ve seen in magazines and on some of Brisbane’s finest homes can now be yours for an affordable price. Our experienced team is available now to help you plan and install glass fencing for your pools or other home areas.

Create the look you’ve always wanted for your outdoor spaces with a style upgrade that can also add a significant amount of value to your home!

Our team has installed glass balustrades all over Brisbane, so you can be sure that unusually sized or shaped pools aren’t a problem for our installers. No matter the size or shape, we’ll help you develop a custom plan for placing your new fencing that is both attractive and safe, and then install it to the highest standards. Pools aren’t our only focus; we can also plan and install glass fencing for balconies, docks, boardwalks and more.

A free, no-obligation quote is waiting for you when you’re ready. Please leave some basic information about your project here or call to learn more about how affordably we can transform the look of your pool and home.

Glass Pool Fencing

Glass pool fencing installation is one of our most popular services, and after hundreds of installations, you can trust our team to do it better than anyone in Brisbane for a great price. There are many reasons to consider some glass fencing for your pool. It goes without saying that glass fencing makes your pool more comfortable by holding back the breeze without obstructing your views. Our clients also love the way that their new glass fencing beautifies their pool and provides a non-intrusive safety barrier for ledges.

Glass Balustrades

Our team can install glass balustrades for the interior and exterior of your home. These features look stunning when attached to stairs, balconies and rooftop entertainment areas. For the cost of an affordable installation, you can permanently make your home that much better. Glass balustrades are in high-demand right now. Adding them anywhere can add some value to your home.

Commercial Services

Our services aren’t just for homeowners. We can also help commercial clients with large projects. Talk to us about adding attractive glass balustrades to office buildings or residential projects in the Brisbane area. These features can add a lot of personality to offices, and a lot of value to rental units of all types. Balustrades look great with both new and old developments, as clear glass matches everything from metal to stone and even lumber. There are few buildings that don’t look better with balustrades. We can make great offers on large-scale projects.

Planning & Installation

Planning and installation are part of all of our services, but they are also both available independently if you have unique needs. If you are just looking for a design that will fit the look of your home, we can help you develop one. Additionally, we can also assist you by installing plans that you’ve developed yourself.

Why Choose Us for Your Glass Balustrades in Brisbane?

Experience

Glass balustrades can be fragile and even unsafe if they aren’t built properly. That’s not a problem you need to worry about when you trust our team to handle the planning and installation. We’ve installed hundreds of balustrades around the area, and our team is educated on and compliant with all building codes and standards that keep these fences safe and looking great for years.

Customer-Focused Service

From the design to the day of the installation, we are dedicated to you. We know that most homeowners care deeply about the look of their homes, and expect their upgrades to look and perform well for years. That’s why we make every effort to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want at every stage of the process. We don’t pressure you, or try to guide you to the designs that are easier for us.

Competitive Prices

We pride ourselves on being able to deliver the most premium look for an affordable price. Thanks to a professional process and great relationships with our manufacturers, we can control costs without sacrificing quality, and we pass those savings onto you. Can we offer you the best price in Brisbane on glass balustrades? It’s easy to find out because our quotes are always free to you. Leave your details with us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible with more information on our offer.

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