Toughened Glass Pool Fences: Part 2 – Breakages and Safety

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 only install glass because we believe in its appeal, and its safety. But remember, than while the glass is much safer, it is not 100% immune to damages.

Most typically toughened glass breakages happen because consumers ignore the sheer weight of the panels. If you think about it, modern manufacturing methods allow typical panel sizes to be as much as 2 meters in length and 1.2 meters in height. This can quickly equate to over 70kg per panel!

If you are determined to follow a DIY Pool Fencing course, then Special ‘glass gloves’ should always be used when handling glass to give some additional grip. And it is very important to instil safe lifting methods when lifting panels.
While 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 strongest in the center of the panel and its weakness is at the edge. This occurs during the tempering process.

If breakage does occur it is important to keep in mind what the panel weighed before it was broken, (Remember, 70kg!) because all that weight will now be on the floor in tiny little cubes of broken glass. Whilst there are no shards from breakages of broken toughened glass, the tiny pieces still have some sharp edges and can cause modest cuts when dealing with. Always use a thick glove or even better, glass gloves when cleaning and don’t attempt to use your kitchen dustpan and brush. This will be too light-weight to manage the excess weight. Ideally use a steel dustpan or a small shovel. And place into a rubbish bin that is sturdy enough to take the weight. Most recycle centers will not take tempered glass in Australia so for recycling contact your local glass suppliers to find out 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 questions about Glass types, thicknesses, or safe handling, please feel free to phone our qualified 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.